Ontario’s Government for the People will exempt Royal Canadian Legion branches in
Ontario from paying property tax
Elgin-Middlesex-London — On Monday, Ontario's Government for the People reiterated
its commitment to ease the burden on Ontario's Royal Canadian Legion halls by ensuring
they pay no property tax and looks forward to tabling legislation shortly.
"Legion halls play a vital role in communities across Ontario, for veterans and
their families, and we want to make sure they can continue to provide services for
years to come," said Premier Doug Ford, addressing veterans, family members and
guests at the 17th Annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon. "Our veterans have paid
their fair share to Ontario and to Canada. We remain committed to ensuring Legion
halls in Ontario pay no property tax. It is the least we can do to recognize and
honour the service and sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform."
The Royal Canadian Legion offers vitally important services for Canada's military
veterans, including assistance in adjusting back into civilian life, advocacy on
behalf of veterans, financial assistance programs, as well as support for families
and seniors. In many communities across Ontario, the local Legion hall also acts
as a central hub, bringing people of all ages together as host for countless social
and family-based events.
Many Legion halls in Ontario are already exempt from municipal property tax. The
government's commitment is that all property occupied by branches of the Ontario
Command of The Royal Canadian Legion would be exempt from paying property tax, starting
"I've been lucky enough to meet and talk with hundreds of veterans across our province.
They are rightly proud of their service," said Ford. "This is just one example of
how our government will do all we can to give their dedication to upholding our
values and our safety the respect it deserves."
The legislation will, if passed, ease the burden on more than a dozen Legion halls
"Veterans are Canada's heroes. Our Government for the People remains committed to
ensuring those who have courageously fought for our country receive the honour and
respect they've earned," said Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek. "The Royal
Canadian Legion branches in my riding are social and recreational hubs and places
where veterans can receive support, and this legislation will allow them to continue
serving our communities for generations to come."