The Province has announced that it will be providing relief funding towards the Royal Canadian Legion BC/Yukon Command in order for it to continue service.
According to the government, there are approximately 47,000 members in B.C., which include veterans and their families.
The Province says that the Royal Canadian Legion BC/Yukon Command will receive $1.5 million in one-time financial support to help offset the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
“Legions play an important role in our communities, caring for the people who have served our nation,” said Premier John Horgan. “Our government committed to finding a solution, and we’re delivering support to ensure legions can keep serving veterans, their families and our communities.”
The government notes that the $1.5 million mirrors the average grant provided to businesses under the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant and aligns with support provided by the federal government.
Like other restaurant businesses around the province, legions — which generate a significant portion of revenue from food and beverage service — struggled amid the circuit breaker restrictions which prevented people from gathering indoors.
“In response to the economic impacts of the pandemic, B.C. has provided the most direct financial support of any province,” Premier Horgan said. “We will continue to support people, businesses and non-profits as we build the foundation of a strong economic recovery for everyone.”
The Royal Canadian Legion BC/Yukon Command has 145 branches across the province.