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The General
By-Laws
As Amended to July 2016
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Table of Contents
PURPOSES AND OBJECTS
TESTAMENT - ARTICLES OF FAITH
THE GENERAL BY-LAWS OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION
ARTICLE I
GENERAL
Interpretation
ORGANIZATION
General
Policy Statements
Provincial Commands
Branch Charter
Channel of Communication
Qualification to Vote and/or Hold Office
Command Auditors
Holding of Property
Badges, Insignia
Fund Raising
Financial Year
Financial Accountability
Seal
Special Sections
Old Comrades’ Associations
ARTICLE II
MEMBERSHIP
General
CATEGORIES OF MEMBERSHIP
Life Members
Ordinary Members
Associate Members
Affiliate Voting Members
Affiliate Non‑Voting Members
MEMBERSHIP IN USA BRANCHES/POSTS
Ordinary Members ‑ USA Branches/Posts Only
Associate Members ‑ USA Branches/Posts Only
Affiliate Voting Members ‑ USA Branches/Posts Only
MEMBERSHIP IN EUROPE BRANCHES
Ordinary Members ‑ Europe Branches Only
Associate Members ‑ Europe Branches Only
Affiliate Voting Members ‑ Europe Branches Only
PROHIBITION OF OTHER TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP
APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
T.V. SECTION
TRANSFERS
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ARTICLE III
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COMPLAINTS AND APPEALS
Definitions
Ladies Auxiliary Members
Proof of Complaint
Complaint Procedure
Procedure
Complaints at Command Levels
Mediation
Hearing Procedures
Decision   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
Dispositions   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33
Failure to Deal with Complaint  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
Withdrawal  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
Appeals  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
ARTICLE IV
DOMINION COMMAND  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
Executive Council  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
Honorary Officers  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
Vacancies   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
Meeting and Quorum  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Powers and Duties   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Levy  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
Senior Elected Officers  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
Committees  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
Special Powers of the Dominion President   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
Salaries and Expenses   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
Employees   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
ARTICLE V
PROVINCIAL COMMANDS  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Executive Councils   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Officers and Members   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Powers and Duties   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
Zones and Districts  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
Sub‑Executive committee  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Provincial Command By‑Laws   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
ARTICLE VI
BRANCHES  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
General  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
By‑Laws  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Amalgamation of Branches   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
FINANCIAL REVIEW COMMITTEE   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
By‑Laws for Command Special Branches  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
ARTICLE VII
ZONES AND BRANCHES/POSTS IN THE USA AND EUROPE  . . . . . . . . . . . .54
Obligations of Membership   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
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Branches /Posts   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
Zones   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
ARTICLE VIII
AUXILIARIES  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
Ladies Auxiliaries   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
Youth Auxiliaries  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
ARTICLE IX
DOMINION CONVENTION  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58
When Held   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58
Delegates   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58
Quorum  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59
Voting and Proxies  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59
Resolutions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
Committee on Resolutions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
Duties of Convention and Other Committees   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
Convention Committees  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63
Expenses of Committee Members  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63
Compliance with canadian law  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63
ARTICLE X
PROVINCIAL CONVENTIONS  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
When Held   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
ARTICLE XI
POPPY FUND  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Campaigns   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Purposes  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67
Central Fund  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67
ARTICLE XII
DUES, AFFILIATION FEES PER CAPITA TAX   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
General  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Branch Dues & Per Capita Tax  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Branch Returns  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Provincial Command Returns  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
ARTICLE XIII
MISCELLANEOUS  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Distribution of Legion Magazine  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70
Centennial Fund   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70
Matters of Procedure  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70
Amendments   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71
Repeal  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71
APPENDIX “A”
GUIDE TO ELIGIBILITY TO MEMBERSHIP  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72
Duration of Hostilities  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72
Non‑military Services  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72
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Purposes And Objects
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The purposes and objects of the Legion shall be:
a. to constitute an association of those who have served or are
serving in Her Majesty’s armed forces or any auxiliary force and of
others who support the purposes and objects of the Legion, which
association shall be democratic and non-sectarian, and shall
not be affiliated to or connected directly or indirectly with any
political party or organization;
b. to bring about the unity of all who have so served;
c.  to further among them the spirit of comradeship and mutual help
and the close and kindly ties of active service;
d. to pass on to their families and descendants the traditions for
which they stand;
e. to perpetuate the memory and deeds of the fallen and of those
who die in the future;
f. to promote and care for memorials to their valour and sacrifice,
to provide suitable burial if required, to keep an annual memorial
day, to preserve the records and memories of their service and to
see that such services shall not be forgotten by the nation;
g. to ensure that proper attention shall be paid to the welfare of all
who have served and the welfare of their dependants and to see
to the maintenance and comfort of those who require special
treatment, particularly the disabled, sick, aged and needy, and to
promote the welfare of their dependants;
h. to educate public opinion regarding national duties to the dead,
the disabled and others who have served, and their dependants;
i. to foster loyalty among the public and education in the principles
of patriotism, duty and unstinted public service;
j. to strive for peace, goodwill and friendship among all nations, at
the same time advocating the maintenance by Canada of adequate
and sufficient forces on land, sea and in the air for the defence of
our country and for the discharge of those obligations which rest
upon us by virtue of our partnership in the Commonwealth;
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k. to support suitable undertakings for the training, employment and
settlement of ex-service personnel, and the education of
their children;
l. to preserve their statutory, acquired and legitimate rights, and
those of their dependants and, in so doing, to offer the Legion’s
co-operation to those officially charged with the responsibility of
administering such rights by federal or other governments;
m. to assist comrades now serving, especially in connection with
their return to civil life, and to safeguard the interests of their
dependants whilst they are in service;
n. to assist ex-service personnel to secure not less than the
recognized standard rates of wages;
o. to secure adequate pensions, allowances, grants and war gratuities
for ex-service personnel, their dependants, and the widows,
children and dependants of those who are dead, and to labour
for honourable provision being made for those who, in declining
years, are unable to support themselves;
p. to cooperate with the Commonwealth and allied associations of
similar aims and objects;
q. to establish, organize and regulate provincial, district and
local bodies, or commands and branches in convenient centers
throughout Canada and elsewhere;
r. to establish, organize and regulate provincial, district and local
bodies of women for the purpose of assisting the Legion in seeing
to the maintenance and comfort of disabled, sick, aged and needy
ex-service personnel and their dependants, and to cooperate
with the Legion in the promotion and carrying out of all aims
and objects of the Legion, such a group to be known as a Ladies’
Auxiliary of The Royal Canadian Legion;
s. to acquire, hold, sell or lease real and immovable, personal and
movable property;
t. to raise and coordinate funds for assisting those mentioned in
the preceding paragraphs, to provide for the administration of
the Legion and its authorized Provincial and District Commands,
branches and ladies’ auxiliaries, and to see that these and other
funds raised for such purposes are applied to those purposes and
none other;
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u. to act generally on behalf of all those who have served in Her
Majesty’s forces;
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v. to encourage, promote, engage in or support all forms of national,
provincial, municipal or community service, or any charitable or
philanthropic purpose; and
w. to engage only in activities which will be to the credit and benefit
of the Canadian community and which will encourage and
promote the positive reputation of the Legion.
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MI SSI ON STATEMENT
OUR MISSION IS TO SERVE VETERANS,
WHICH INCLUDES SERVING MILITARY  
AND RCMP MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES,
TO PROMOTE REMEMBRANCE  
AND TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITIES
AND OUR COUNTRY.

The material provided in this publication is the sole property of The Royal Canadian Legion and shall not be
reproduced in any form without the expressed written permission of Dominion Command, The Royal Canadian
Legion . This manual amplifies Legion policy and is produced under the authority of the Dominion Executive
Council as per Article 408 of the General By‑Laws .
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Testament - Articles Of Faith
Whereas The Royal Canadian Legion was founded upon principles,
which endure today, and will serve well all who belong or may belong in
the future including, among others -
-  A solemn remembrance of Canadians who gave their lives so that
our nation might be free.
- Loyalty to the sovereign and to Canada.
- Safeguarding the rights and interests of the disabled, the widows
or widowers and dependants and all who served.
- Maintaining our right to encourage our people and nation to
every reasonable support to peace at home and throughout
the world.
- Maintaining in and for Canada the rule of law - encouraging the
national and united spirit - ordered government - and striving
for peace, goodwill and friendship between Canadians and
among all nations.
- Advocating the maintenance in and by Canada of adequate
defences.
- Retaining the spirit of comradeship forged in wartime and
nurtured in peacetime to the benefit of the history and unity
of the nation.
And whereas throughout the history of the Legion certain values
have endured to the benefit of the veteran segment, the Ladies
Auxiliary and their chosen successors, all to the credit and benefit
of the Canadian community.
And whereas it is the recognized duty of each segment, the one to the
other, to perpetuate The Royal Canadian Legion and its principles,
facilities and programs for the general welfare of our nation now and
in the future.
We, the undersigned, for ourselves and representative of our segment of
The Royal Canadian Legion, covenant and renew our obligations to each
other and to the nation and do solemnly declare.
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REMEMBRANCE
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That those who died in the service of the nation will always be remembered
together with their widows and widowers. We will remember them.
That Remembrance Day shall remain and be reverently observed on the
11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of each year by us and our
successors. Lest We Forget.
That the sacrifice made by so many shall not be in vain and we shall
strive to maintain unity in our nation, together with our constant
endeavour to promote and maintain peace, goodwill, and friendship
within our country and throughout the world, so that all citizens may
be worthy of the sacrifice they made.
JUST RIGHTS
That those who survive and need our aid may be assured of reasonable
and adequate assistance.
LOYALTY
That we maintain our loyalty to the reigning sovereign and to Canada
and its people - to stand for ordered government in Canada and decline
membership or to continue any membership to anyone who is a member
of or affiliated with any group, party or sect whose interests conflict
with the avowed purposes of The Royal Canadian Legion or support any
organization advocating the overthrow by force of organized government
in Canada or which encourages or participates in subversive activity or
propaganda.
COMRADESHIP - SERVICE
That our original basis of common service and sacrifice expressed in
comradeship shall survive among us and our community so that the
ideals for which so many laid down their lives will be fulfilled.
MEMBERSHIP
That The Royal Canadian Legion remain strong and united. That
those who served or are serving or have served in the armed forces of
our country together with their widows or widowers and dependants
and such others as from time to time are admitted and subscribe and
continue to subscribe to our purposes and objects, shall be encouraged
to belong provided always that we shall remain democratic and nonsectarian
and
not
affiliated
to
or
connected
directly
or
indirectly
with

any
political
party
or
organization.
That
so
long
as
veterans
remain,
or

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their widows or widowers, they shall be fully and adequately represented
in all the councils of The Royal Canadian Legion. Future ex-service
persons shall enjoy the same privileges in perpetuity.
SYMBOLS
The Poppy is our emblem of supreme sacrifice and must forever hold
an honoured place in our hearts and image immortalizing as it does our
remembrance and honouring of those who laid down their lives for ideals
which they, we and all Canadians rightfully cherish. It shall challenge
us to serve in peace, as in war, to help those who need our help, and to
protect those who need and deserve our protection. The cross of sacrifice,
on appropriate occasions, is symbolic of the same worthy principles
of remembrance.
The Torch shall remain symbolic of justice, honour and freedom
throughout our land. These were the principles for which our comrades
fought and died. We of today and tomorrow covenant to hold it high lest
we break faith with those who died. Justice, honour and freedom are our
charge for now and forever. We serve best by fostering these principles in
ourselves, our children and their children so long as The Royal Canadian
Legion shall survive.
Our Badge is symbolic of our loyalty to our sovereign, our support to
our nation in our worthy citizenship and our remembrance for our fallen
comrades and fellow Canadians of like principles.
Our Flag, being the Canadian Flag, is representative of our nation
both at home and abroad. We will uphold it ourselves and forever teach
respect for it by our successors, within and without the Legion. At the
same time, we will remember our historical association with the Union
Flag and the Red Ensign.
Our successors shall themselves learn and pass to their successors
these principles including, when necessary, our best services in times of
great need, our unique strengths to our family and community, and the
worthiness of remembering their contributions in their continuing time.
We, individually and collectively, guarantee we will be true to these
principles and subject only to the limits prescribed by democratic
law teach and hand down them to our continuous successors without
reduction but with enhanced values.
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The following General By‑Laws
are in effect from 1 October 2014  
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THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION
until 1 October 2016
GENERAL
I NTERPRETATI ON
The General By-Laws Of
The Royal Canadian Legion
Article I
101. Unless the context otherwise requires:
a. THE ACT means The Act to Incorporate The Royal Canadian
Legion (Statutes of Canada 1948, Chapter 84, as amended).
b. MEMBER means a person who has been duly admitted to any
of the types of membership provided for herein.
c. MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING means a member who has
been initiated and who is not under suspension or is not
in arrears in payment of dues. However, a member’s rights
and privileges may be limited or restricted in circumstances
described herein.
d. VETERAN: A Veteran is any person who is serving or who
has honourably served in the Canadian Armed Forces, the
Commonwealth or its wartime allies, or as a regular member
of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or as a Peace Officer
in a special duty area or on a special duty operation, or who
has served in the Merchant Navy or Ferry Command
during wartime.
e. SPOUSE means either:
i. either of two persons who are married to each other; or
ii. either of two persons who are not married to each other
and who, at the date of the application for membership,
is cohabiting and has cohabited with the other person for
a period of not less than one year, prior to the date of
such application.
f. CHARTER means the document granted by Dominion
Command on the formation of a branch or Provincial
Command or ladies auxiliary attached thereto.
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g. BRANCH means a body of persons fulfilling the qualifications of
membership who, having made petition to the proper Provincial
Command or, in the case of independent branches, to Dominion
Command, have been granted a charter by Dominion Command.
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h. POST may relate to a branch located in the United States  
of America.
i.
ZONE means the branches/posts in a specified area within a
command formed by that command into a unit for administrative
purposes.
j. INTERNATIONAL ZONE means a body outside Canada
authorized by Dominion Command to conduct operations as
specified in accordance with Article VII of these By-Laws.
k. DISTRICT means two or more zones, or in any command where
there are no zones, a number of branches/posts, in a specified
area within a command formed by that command into a unit for
administrative purposes.
l. PROVINCIAL CONVENTION means the accredited delegates
within the territory of the Provincial Command assembled in a
general meeting at a time and place specified by that command.
m. PROVINCIAL COMMAND means the provincial convention
and, when it is not in session, the provincial executive council.
n. DOMINION COMMAND means the supreme authority of the
Legion, that is the Dominion Convention and, when it is not in
session, the Dominion Executive Council.
o. DOMINION CONVENTION means the accredited delegates
assembled in general meeting at a time and place specified by
the Dominion Executive Council.
p. Masculine words include the feminine.
q. Singular words include the plural.
102. This by-law, together with any amendments enacted thereto,
constitutes the General By-Laws of The Royal Canadian Legion,
herein generally referred to as the Legion.
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ORGANIZATION
GENERAL
103.
a. The Corporate structure of the Legion as created by the Act,
currently qualifies Commands and Branches in Canada as
non-profit organizations under the Income Tax Act of Canada.
b. Dominion Command has supreme jurisdiction in all matters
within the purposes and objects of the Legion. Its decisions
on questions of policy and on the course of action to be taken
in respect thereof shall be authoritative and binding upon all
commands, councils and branches.
POLI CY STATEMENTS
104. Only the Dominion President, or a person delegated by him, after
consultation with the Senior Elected Officers of the Dominion
Executive Council, shall make public any statement, oral or
written, as to the policy of the Legion, in connection with any
question or matter, unless or until such policy has been declared:
a. by a meeting of the branch affected, or by the executive
committee of such branch, as to matters of local character and
within the jurisdiction (see Section 109) of the branch;
b. by a provincial convention or provincial executive council, as to
matters of a provincial character and within the jurisdiction of
such Provincial Command; and
c. by a Dominion Convention or the Dominion Executive Council,
as to all other matters and questions and particularly those of a
national character.
PROVINCIAL COMMANDS
105. Dominion Command may organize and constitute only one
command in each of the provinces of Canada, subject to the
following exceptions:
a. The command in the Province of Manitoba may include all
of the Province of Manitoba and that part of the Province of
Ontario west of longitude eighty-five degrees west, and in that
event shall be designated the Manitoba and Northwestern
Ontario Command.
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b. The command in the Province of British Columbia includes
branches organized in the Yukon Territory and may include the
States of Washington and Oregon in the United States of America.
It shall be designated the British Columbia/Yukon Command.
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c. The command in the Province of Prince Edward Island
includes the Magdalen Islands.
d. The command in the Province of Alberta includes branches
organized in the Northwest Territories and it shall be
designated the Alberta-Northwest Territories Command.
e. The command in the province of Nova Scotia includes
branches organized in the Territory of Nunavut and it shall
be designated the Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command.
106.
a. Subject to the powers of Dominion Command and these
By-Laws, the respective Provincial Commands shall have
jurisdiction over all matters arising within their territorial limits.
b. In the development of Provincial Command’s policy on
matters or issues which could impact on the Legion as a whole,
Provincial Commands shall secure Dominion Command
approval in advance.
107.  
a. The responsibility for organizing and supervising branches
within the territorial jurisdiction of a Provincial Command,
and their compliance with the purposes and objects of the
Legion, rests with that command.
b. Dominion Command may, upon notice to the Provincial
Command concerned, make arrangements and carry out, any
necessary work or organization effort in any area.
c. In areas outside the territorial jurisdiction of any Provincial
Command, the responsibility for organizing branches rests
with Dominion Command.
BRANCH CHARTER
108.
a. Upon the application of fifty or more persons within an urban
area, or ten or more persons in any other areas, who desire
to form a branch, and who fulfill the qualifications for voting
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membership, the Provincial Command, after being satisfied
that the petitioners will be able to maintain a satisfactory branch,
may recommend its formation to Dominion Command.
b. A Provincial Command, after due investigation, may recommend
the formation of a branch within its jurisdiction having less than
the stated minimum number of members.
c. On receiving a recommendation, Dominion Command may grant
a charter to form such a branch.
d. When any branch fails to maintain the minimum membership
required by this section, the charter of the branch may be withdrawn.
e. Upon dissolution of a branch, Dominion Command is to be
notified accordingly and the charter of the branch, if applicable,
its auxiliary will be surrendered to Dominion Command or
retained by Provincial Command for action.
109.
a. Every branch and command is limited in the exercise of its  
powers to its own territory, and any activities contemplated
outside that territory must first be approved by the command
having jurisdiction.
b. The jurisdiction of a branch refers specifically to those issues
and activities which relate solely to the internal operations of
the branch. A branch may not issue By-Laws or policy statements
or authorize activities which impinge on the image or operations
of the Legion as a whole.
CHANNEL OF COMMUNICATION
110.
 a.  The normal channel of communication shall be from a member  
to the branch and from the branch through its command.
 b.  The use of a member’s private contact information is  
restricted to conducting the administrative affairs of the
branch or command.
QUALIFICATION TO VOTE AND/OR HOLD OFFICE
111.
a. Except as otherwise provided in these By-Laws, only ordinary,
life, associate and affiliate-voting members in good standing  
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(see 101.c.) shall have the right to vote or hold office at any level
of the Legion.
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b. No person shall be nominated for any office in the Legion
unless present or having signified in writing a willingness to
accept such office and signed by a member in good standing.
c. All branch officers, elected or appointed, shall have the right to
vote at branch executive meetings.
d. Unless otherwise provided at the time of appointment or in
branch or command by-laws, the duration of an appointment
is for a term as specified by the appointing authority for that
position. Termination before the end of the term may be done
only for cause and only by the appointing authority. Appointees
may appeal their removal for cause in the same manner as if the
removal was a disposition of removal from office or position held
as a result of a complaint hearing. The appeal committee may
either confirm the removal or direct reinstatement.
112.
a. No member who is a full-time, regular part-time or casual
employee of any branch, or command, or any organization
thereof, who receives directly or indirectly any salary or wages
for or on account of any service rendered to the branch or
command or organization thereof, shall be eligible to hold any
executive position in the Legion.
b. For the purposes of this Article, a member who provides
unpaid volunteer services to a branch is not, by virtue of
accepting tips from paying customers, considered to be
receiving a salary or wages.
c. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, ladies auxiliary
members employed by a branch or command may, at the
discretion of the branch or command, hold office in the auxiliary.
113. Where any member of the executive of a branch or command
transacts business or performs any service for which a fee or
commission is paid by any branch or command, the executive
office or position shall immediately be forfeited and become
vacant, unless such transaction has been approved in advance,
such approval to be given by the executive of the branch or
command as the case may be.
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114.
a. The person who is president of any command or branch of
the Legion at the end of the elective term shall become the
immediate past president on the election of a successor.
b. A president who resigns before the term of office is completed
is not the immediate past president.
c. In the event of the death, resignation, inability to act, or
removal of the immediate past president, the position of
immediate past president may be filled for the remainder of the
term by the appointment of a former president by the branch
executive or the executive council of a command.
COMMAND AUDITORS
115.
a. At every Dominion or provincial convention, an auditor  
or auditors shall be appointed to hold office until the
next convention.
b. The executive council may fill any vacancy in the office
of auditor.
c. The remuneration of the auditors shall be determined by
the executive council.
116. The following persons do not qualify for appointment as auditors:
a. A member of Dominion or Provincial Executive Council.
b. An employee of the Legion or organization thereof.
117. The auditors shall provide a report to Dominion and Provincial
Command conventions on the accounts examined by them, and
the report shall state:
“We have examined the balance sheet of The Royal Canadian
Legion - Dominion/Provincial Command - as at December 31, 20—
and the statements of revenue and expense and surplus - General
Funds, reserves - Special Funds and changes in financial position
for the year then ended. Our examination was made in accordance
with generally accepted auditing standards, and accordingly
included such tests and other procedures as we considered
necessary in the circumstances. In our opinion, these financial
statements present fairly the financial position of Dominion/
Provincial Command as at December 31, 20— and the results of its
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operations and the changes in its financial position for the year then
ended in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles
applied on a basis consistent with that of the preceding year.”
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118. Every auditor of the command shall have a right of access at all
times to all records, documents, books, accounts and vouchers
of the command, and shall be entitled to require from the
officers and members of the executive council and any employee
such information and explanation as may be necessary for the
performance of duties of auditors.
119. The auditors of the command shall be entitled to attend a
convention at which any accounts, which have been examined or
reported on by them, are to be read or considered, for the purpose
of making any statement or explanation they may require or may
be requested to make with respect to the accounts.
HOLDING OF PROPERTY
120.
a. The real property that may be held or acquired by any branch
or command may be held in the name of such branch or
command, or may be held in trust by a board of trustees duly
appointed by such branch or command for that purpose.
b. The appointment, rights, powers and duties of trustees shall
in each case be fixed and determined as hereinafter set forth.
c. A board of trustees may take, hold, possess and acquire by
purchase, lease, exchange, gift, devise, bequest, endowment
or otherwise, real or immovable property necessary or useful
for carrying out the purposes and objects of the branch
or command.
d. Except in the course of the ordinary and usual activities of the
branch, a Branch or the trustees of a branch may not sell, lease,
mortgage, pledge, hypothecate or alienate in any manner, any
property held by them without the prior written consent of the
Provincial Command.
e. A Provincial Command in determining whether to consent to
the alienation of branch property as provided in Subsection (d)
shall consider whether such alienation will benefit the Legion
or the community in which the branch is located.
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121.
a. Every Provincial Command, and every branch with the
approval of the Provincial Command having jurisdiction, may
by by-law establish the procedure to be followed for dissolving
or winding up the branch or command, or for hypothecating,
mortgaging, pledging, leasing, selling, conveying or otherwise
disposing of its real or personal property except in the ordinary
and usual course of its activities.
b. The by-law shall require written notice to all voting members
of the place, date and time of the meeting at which the
transaction will be brought up for decision, and shall specify
the minimum period of such notice, the quorum and the
minimum favourable vote, not less than two-thirds of those
present at the meeting and entitled to vote, that must be
obtained to make the transaction valid.
c. The proposed By-law or any procedure that the commands or
branches use must incorporate the following criteria:
i. The proposed transaction shall be presented for
consideration in the case of a command to the provincial
convention or the provincial executive council exercising
the powers conferred upon it between conventions pursuant
to Section 505, and in the case of a branch to a duly called
meeting of the members of a branch. In order that the matter
may be presented, there must be present a quorum of voting
members according to the rules of the command or branch.
ii. Written notice of the proposed transaction, setting out
the reasons for its proposal, also its nature, terms and
conditions, and having attached thereto or enclosed
therewith a copy of the by-law or resolution which is
proposed for adoption by the meeting for the purpose of
carrying out the proposed transaction, shall be delivered
by the command or branch to, or sent by post addressed to
the last known address of every person entitled to vote on
the proposal not less than 14 days before the date set for the
meeting.
iii. At the meeting, prior to any vote being taken, the purpose,
nature and effect of the proposed transaction shall be
explained and considered.
iv. The number of voting members present shall be recorded.
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v. The vote may be taken by show of hands, by standing vote
or by ballot, as provided in any rules of the command or
branch. If there are no such rules, the method of voting
shall be determined by the meeting.
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vi. For the adoption of the by-law or resolution, not less than
two-thirds of the members present and entitled to vote
must vote in favour of its adoption.
vii. Where the matter is dealt with by resolution, the resolution
shall be recorded in full in the minutes of the meeting.
Where it is dealt with by by-law, a copy of the by-law shall
be attached to the minutes. The number of members voting
for or against the motion to adopt the by-law or resolution
or any amendment thereto shall be recorded in the minutes
of the meeting.
122.
a. Except as provided in this section, no Provincial Command
or branch may become incorporated under the laws of
Canada or any province thereof for the purpose of holding
property or otherwise, nor may any command or branch
cause a corporation to be formed for the purpose of holding or
administering any of its property.
b. A Provincial Command, or with the approval of the Provincial
Command, a branch or group of branches may become
incorporated or cause a corporation to be formed for the
purpose of undertaking a housing and/or domiciliary care
program, provided that if the total cost of any such program
is to exceed $500,000 the approval of Dominion Command
must first be obtained. In all cases the approval of Dominion
Command must be obtained for the use of the name ‘Legion’ in
connection with the program.
c. A command, or with the approval of the Provincial Command,
a branch may set up a corporation to hold property for the
purpose of operating a sports training plan.
d. Dominion Command may set up a corporation to operate The
Royal Canadian Legion Centennial Foundation.
e. A Provincial Command, or with the approval of the Provincial
Command having jurisdiction, a branch or group of branches
may cause a corporation to be formed in such a manner that it
qualifies under the Income Tax Act as a non-profit, charitable
entity, to raise funds for charitable purposes.
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f. With the approval of Provincial Command, a branch may
stratify or otherwise partition its property as provided by the
appropriate provincial or territorial legislation.
123. In areas outside Canada, Dominion Command may make further
exceptions to the prohibitions in the preceding section.
124.
a. The real and personal property of any branch which has
been wound up or dissolved or the charter of which has been
revoked shall vest in the Provincial Command concerned and
shall be used to pay or otherwise satisfy the liabilities of the
branch. Any surplus remaining shall, subject to these By-Laws
and the By-Laws of such Provincial Command, be disposed of
as such Provincial Command sees fit.
b. In disposing of property pursuant to Subsection 124.a., a
Provincial Command shall have regard to any clearly expressed
wish of the branch for its use for the benefit of the community
where the branch is located, and may consent to its disposition
for such purpose only where it is satisfied:
i. that a responsible continuing community organization
exists to which the property can be transferred or otherwise
disposed of to or for the benefit of the community, and
ii. such community organization has agreed in writing
to maintain and use the property for the benefit of the
community subject to such terms and conditions as
the Provincial Command shall deem desirable in
the circumstances.
c. Upon the winding up or dissolution of any branch, its property shall
not be distributed to or for the benefit of the members thereof.
BADGES, INSIGNIA
125. Dominion Command shall establish all official badges and other
insignia, official colours, official headgear and official dress of
the Legion.
126. No insignia, badge or other design shall be placed or worn on
branch or command Legion colours, or on the official headgear
or official dress of the Legion unless the said insignia, badge or
design has first been authorized by Dominion Command.
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127. Members of auxiliaries, past presidents, honorary officers, life
members and other members who have rendered service to the
Legion may wear badges of such design as have been approved by
Dominion Command.
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128. All membership badges and Legion insignia remain the property of
the Legion and may be worn only by members in good standing or
as authorized by Dominion Command.
FUND RAISING
129.
a. No Provincial Command or branch shall, at any time or in
any manner, appeal for financial contributions or payments of
money from the public or from the membership of the Legion,
beyond the area in which such command or branch normally
operates and exercises jurisdiction.
b. For the purposes of this section, where there are two or more
branches in any urban area, such area shall be such portion
of the urban area and area adjacent thereto as the Provincial
Command having jurisdiction may allot to such branch.
FINANCIAL YEAR
130.
a. Except for the purposes of poppy funds, the financial year for
all branches and commands shall be as determined by each
Provincial Command.
b. The financial year for poppy funds shall commence on the first
day of October in each year and terminate on the 30
 day of
September the following year, except for Dominion Command.
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY
131. All monies received by any level of the Legion shall be deposited
forthwith, in the name of such level of the Legion, in a chartered
bank, trust company, or any other institution authorized under
provincial law.
132. All cheques issued by any level of the Legion shall be signed by
two duly authorized signing officers.
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133.
a. All levels of the Legion shall maintain an adequate system of
SEAL
accounting and financial reporting, subject to direction by
superior commands.
b. Provincial Commands may by by-law require branches to
submit financial statements.
c. Provincial Commands may by by-law require a branch to
conduct an external audit or an External Review Engagement
of its financial records or Poppy Trust Fund.
134.
a. The corporate seal of the Legion shall be in the custody of the
Dominion Secretary, who, under such seal, shall have full and
complete authority to certify as to the authenticity of any and
all documents in his possession.
b. The seal of the Legion may be affixed to any document
requiring execution by Dominion Command over the signature
of any of the following persons: the Dominion President, the
Dominion First Vice President, the Dominion Treasurer or the
Dominion Secretary. The Dominion Executive Council may
confer similar authority upon other officers.
135. Every branch and Provincial Command shall have a seal which
shall be according to such designs as may be determined by
Dominion Command but which, in the case of a branch, shall bear
words identifying the command to which the branch belongs and
the number of that branch and, in the case of a command, naming
that command.
136. The seals of the branches and Provincial Commands shall be in
the custody of the respective secretaries thereof, who shall have
authority to certify as to the authenticity of any and all documents
in their custody.
SPECIAL SECTIONS
137.
a. Dominion Command may establish special sections for the
protection of particular sections of ex-service personnel.
b. The members of each special section may elect their own
officers or pass By-Laws for governing their own officers or
pass By-Laws for governing their affairs, but such By-Laws
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shall not be inconsistent with these By-Laws or with the
purposes and objects of the Legion, and must be approved
by Dominion Command before becoming effective.
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c. Representation of special sections on the Dominion Executive
Council may be approved by Dominion Convention on the
recommendation of the Dominion Executive Council but such
representation, if approved, shall be limited to one individual.
Representation of special sections on Provincial Executive
Council may be approved by Provincial Convention on the
recommendation of the Provincial Executive Council but such
representation, if approved, shall be limited to one individual.
d. The Tuberculous Veterans’ Section for the purpose of
safeguarding the special interests of tuberculous veterans and
veterans suffering from respiratory ailments is a recognized
Special Section of The Royal Canadian Legion with authorized
representation on the Dominion Executive Council.
e. The Operational Stress Injuries (OSI) section for the purpose
of supporting the needs of Veterans and their families who
are affected by OSI is a recognized Special Section of
The Royal Canadian Legion with authorized representation  
on the Dominion Executive Council.
f. The Imperial Veterans’ Section is a recognized special section
of The Royal Canadian Legion. Although inactive at this time,
the Legion will continue to protect the interests of Imperial
Veterans in perpetuity.
OLD COMRADES’ ASSOCIATIONS
138. Old Comrades’ Associations and similar organizations for
maintaining a particular tradition and fellowship, and other
organizations of ex-service personnel in Canada, may be affiliated
with the Legion on such terms and conditions as Dominion
Command may decide. Individual members of such organizations
may become ordinary members only on application to a branch of
the Legion.
139. Nothing in these By-Laws shall amend the Articles of Faith of
the Tuberculous Veterans’ Section nor the Imperial Veterans’
agreement as it appeared at the date of incorporation of the
Legion by special act of Parliament.
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MEMBERSHIP
GENERAL
Article II
201.
a. Except as hereinafter otherwise provided, to become a member
of the Legion one must become a member of a branch.
b.  The approved categories of membership are: Life, Ordinary,
Associate, Affiliate Voting and Affiliate Non-Voting.
c.  Members of the Canadian Forces may be accepted as military
members at large in the Dominion Command special branch.
d.  Subject to the provisions respecting Tuberculous Veterans’
Section, no person may be a member of more than one branch
of the Legion at the same time (see Sections 224-226).
202.  No person who advocates the destruction by force of the duly
constituted government of the country where the branch may
be, or any person proven to advocate, encourage or participate in
subversive action or subversive propaganda shall be permitted to
become a member.
203.  Any person prohibited by the preceding section from being a
member of the Legion, and who is a member of the Legion, shall
upon this fact being proved by trial, or admitted by him, forthwith
and without further process, cease to be a member.
204.  Any member leaving, suspended or expelled from membership in
the Legion, shall have no claim upon the Legion or against any of
its officers or officials.
205. No member of the Legion may sign in or bring in to any Legion
premises any person who was expelled from the Legion or who
has had their membership revoked by the Dominion President.
Further, no member of the public who has been expelled from
the Legion or had their membership revoked by the Dominion
President may enter any Legion premises.
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CATEGORIES OF MEMBERSHIP
LIFE MEMBERS
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206. Life Membership may be awarded to any Ordinary, Associate or
Affiliate Voting member for outstanding service. The membership
period required is ten (10) consecutive years immediately prior to
the date of nomination.
a.  Nomination for this award must be made by the member’s
current branch and approval is required by the Provincial
Command. Payment of Dominion and provincial per capita tax
shall be made as per the following schedule, after proof of age
has been established to branch satisfaction:
59 years of age and under — 15 years per capita tax
60-64 years of age inclusive — 10 years per capita tax
65-69 years of age inclusive — 7 years per capita tax
70 years of age and over — 5 years per capita tax
i. If a member dies between the time a Life Membership is
approved by the Provincial Command and submission
to Dominion Command, no per capita tax is required. A
certificate will then be produced and sent to the family.
 NOTE: A branch will not be refunded if a life member
dies after the per capita tax has been submitted to
Dominion Command.
b.  A meritorious life member who is a Canadian citizen or
a Commonwealth subject and who held this category of
membership as at 1 October 1998, may be nominated for a
change of category to life membership by the branch of which
he is a member. After approval at a branch general meeting
the change of category should be submitted to Dominion
Command for processing. The fifteen (15) years per capita tax
paid upon becoming a meritorious life member will be applied
to the life membership fee and no further payment of per
capita tax will be required.
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c.  A life member of the Legion shall be recognized as a life
member irrespective of place of residence. On transferring
from one branch to another such life member may be required
to pay branch dues to remain in good standing, but shall not be
required to pay either Dominion or Provincial per capita tax.
d.  The provisions set forth in this section as to life members shall
not affect the validity of life membership granted to members
of the Great War Veterans Association of Newfoundland before
the said Association ceased to exist and the said members shall
be and are life members of the Legion.
e.  Membership in the Great War Veterans Association of
Newfoundland shall be counted in computing length of
ordinary membership for the purpose of this section.
ORDINARY MEMBERS
207. Ordinary membership is open to any Canadian citizen or
Commonwealth subject who is of federal voting age and whose
service was terminated under conditions other than dishonourable
or for reasons of misconduct and who served or is serving in:
a. the Canadian Forces or Her Majesty’s Forces, including
Regular or Reserve Forces under class “C” service; or
b. the Forces or Underground Forces of any of Her Majesty’s
allies in any war, conflict or police action in which Canada
was involved (Provincial and Dominion Command approval
is required for underground service); or
c.  an actual theatre of war in any of the non-military services,
during any war in which Canada was involved, (i.e. Merchant
Navy) see Appendix “A”; or
d.  Her Majesty’s Reserve Forces including Cadet Instructors
on the Cadet Cadre, for not less than one year; or
e.  The Royal Canadian Mounted Police or The Royal
Newfoundland Constabulary, for not less than one year; or
f.  the Forces of a country while that country was a member  
of NATO or NORAD in alliance with Canada; or
g.  the Forces of the United States; or
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h.  the Vietnam War in the Forces of the United States, Australia,
New Zealand, the Republic of Korea or South Vietnam and who
was a Canadian citizen or Commonwealth subject at time of
service; or
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i.  the Canadian Coast Guard as an officer or crew member, and
who has two or more years of active service on the high seas or
inland waterways; or
j.  a city, municipal or provincial police force, as a police officer,
for not less than one year.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
208. Associate membership is open to any Canadian citizen or
Commonwealth subject, who is of federal voting age and who
is not eligible for ordinary membership, and who:
a. is the child, adopted child, stepchild, grandchild, sibling,
niece, nephew, widow/er, parent, or spouse (as defined in these
by-laws), of a person who is or was eligible to be an ordinary
member; or
b. is the spouse, parent or sibling of an associate who qualified
under Subsection 208.a. or Subsection 208.c. to h. In the case
of divorce or legal (documented) separation, a spouse who is an
associate member through marriage to an associate member,
retains the right to membership unless such membership
lapses; or
c. is the child of an associate member; or
d. served as a Cadet civilian instructor for not less than 3 years; or
e. served in The Royal Canadian Sea, Army or Air Cadets, for not
less than 3 years; or
f. served as an officer in the Navy League of Canada, for not less
than 2 years; or
g. served below the rank of officer, in the Polish Forces after
WWII, and whose services were terminated under conditions
other than dishonourable or for reasons of misconduct; or
h. served in a city, municipal, volunteer, unorganized territories,
provincial or federal Emergency Response Service for not less
than one year.
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AFFILIATE VOTING MEMBERS
209. Affiliate voting membership is open to any Canadian citizen or
Commonwealth subject who is of federal voting age and who is
not eligible for ordinary or associate membership.
AFFILIATE NON-VOTING MEMBERS
210.
a. Affiliate non-voting membership is open to any citizen from
an Allied country, excluding Canada and the Commonwealth,
who is of federal voting age and who is not eligible for ordinary,
associate or affiliate voting membership and who supports the
purposes and objects of The Royal Canadian Legion. Affiliate
non-voting members shall have the same rights as all other
members except the rights to vote and hold office.
b. A member admitted under Subsection (a) is not permitted to
apply for voting status, unless otherwise qualified.
 Note: Affiliate Non-voting members are allowed to attend branch
meetings and participate in debates but cannot enter into the
voting process, including motions.
MEMBERSHIP IN USA BRANCHES/POSTS
211. Membership in USA Branches/Posts is only open to Canadian
citizens and Commonwealth subjects who meet the eligibility
criteria stated in Sections 206-209, as well as United States
citizens who meet the criteria stated in Sections 212-214.
ORDINARY MEMBERS - USA BRANCHES/POSTS ONLY
212.
a. Ordinary membership is open to any United States citizen
who is of federal voting age and whose service was terminated
under conditions other than dishonourable or for reasons of
misconduct and who served or is serving in:
i. Her Majesty’s Forces in any conflict in which Canada was
involved; or
ii. the Forces or Underground Forces of any of Her Majesty’s
Allies in any conflict in which Canada was involved
(Zone and Dominion Command approval is required for
underground service); or
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iii. the United Nations or Commonwealth police action in
Congo, Gaza, Cyprus or in any other area that may be
specified by Dominion Command; or
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iv. the Forces of the United States and who is the parent,
spouse or child of a person who is or was eligible to be
an ordinary member; or
v. the Forces of the United States in a theatre of war under the
command of a Commonwealth Naval, Military or Air Force
Commander, for not less than three months. Members
admitted under this section shall not exceed 30% of the
total branch membership.
b. A member admitted under Subsection 212.a. is permitted to
transfer membership to a branch of the Legion in Canada.
However, a mandatory change of membership category, to
Affiliate non-voting, would be required.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS - USA BRANCHES/POSTS ONLY
213.
a.  Associate membership is open to any United States citizen,
who is of federal voting age and who is not eligible for ordinary
membership, and who:
i. is the child, adopted child, stepchild, grandchild, niece,
nephew, spouse, widow/er, sibling or parent of a person
who is or was eligible to be an ordinary member in a
United States branch/post, pursuant to Section 212; or
ii. is the spouse, parent or sibling of an associate member who
qualified under Subsection 213.a.i or Subsection 213.a.iii.
In the case of divorce or legal (documented) separation, a
spouse who is an associate member through marriage to an
associate member, retains the right to membership unless
such membership lapses; or
iii. is the child of an associate member.
b. A member admitted under Subsection 213.a. is permitted to
transfer membership to a branch of the Legion in Canada.
However, a mandatory change of membership category, to
Affiliate non-voting, would be required.
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AFFILIATE VOTING MEMBERS - USA BRANCHES/POSTS ONLY
214.
a. Affiliate voting membership is open to any USA citizen who
is of federal voting age and who is not eligible for ordinary or
associate membership and who supports the purposes and
objects of The Royal Canadian Legion.
b.  A member admitted under Subsection 214.a. is permitted to
transfer membership to a branch of the Legion in Canada.
However, a mandatory change of membership category, to
Affiliate non-voting, would be required.
215. Notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 206 to 214, any person
who was qualified and became an ordinary, associate or affiliate
member of a branch in Canada shall retain such qualification
notwithstanding that the member has become a citizen of the
United States of America.
MEMBERSHIP IN EUROPE BRANCHES
216.  Membership in Europe Branches is open to Canadian citizens and
Commonwealth subjects who meet the eligibility criteria stated
in Sections 206 to 209, as well as any NATO country citizen who
meets the criteria stated in Sections 217 to 219.
ORDINARY MEMBERS - EUROPE BRANCHES ONLY
217.
a. Ordinary membership is open to any NATO country citizen
who is of federal voting age and whose service was terminated
under conditions other than dishonourable or for reasons of
misconduct and who served or is serving in:
i. Her Majesty’s Forces in any conflict in which Canada was
involved; or
ii. the Forces or Underground Forces of any of Her Majesty’s
Allies in any conflict in which Canada was involved
(Zone and Dominion Command approval is required for
underground service); or
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iii. United Nations or Commonwealth police action in the
Congo, Gaza, Cyprus or in any other area that may be
specified by Dominion Command; or
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iv. the Forces of a country while that country was a member
of NATO or NORAD in alliance with Canada.
b. A member admitted under Subsection 217.a. is permitted to
transfer membership to a branch of the Legion in Canada.
However, a mandatory change of membership category to
Affiliate Non-Voting would be required.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS - EUROPE BRANCHES ONLY
218.
a. Associate membership is open to any NATO country citizen,
who is of federal voting age and who is not eligible for ordinary
membership, and who:
i.  is the child, adopted child, stepchild, grandchild, niece,
nephew, spouse, widow/er, sibling or parent of a person who
is or was eligible to be an ordinary member in a branch in
Europe, pursuant to Section 217; or
ii.  is the spouse, parent or sibling of an associate member who
qualified under Subsection 218.a.i or Subsection 218.a.iii.
In the case of divorce or legal (documented) separation, a
spouse who is an associate member through marriage to an
associate member, retains the right to membership unless
such membership lapses; or
iii.  is the child of an associate member.
b.  A member admitted under Subsection 218.a. is permitted to
transfer membership to a branch of the Legion in Canada.
However, a mandatory change of membership category to
Affiliate Non-Voting would be required.
AFFILIATE VOTING MEMBERS - EUROPE BRANCHES ONLY
219.
a.  Affiliate voting membership is open to any NATO country
citizen who is of federal voting age and who is not eligible for
ordinary or associate membership in a branch in Europe.
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b.  A member admitted under Subsection 219.a. is permitted to
transfer membership to a branch of the Legion in Canada.
However, a mandatory change of membership category to
Affiliate Non-Voting would be required.
220. Notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 206 to 209 and 216
to 219 any person who was qualified and became an ordinary,
associate or affiliate member of a branch in Canada shall retain
such qualification notwithstanding that the member has become
a citizen of another NATO country.
PROHIBITION OF OTHER TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP
221. No branch shall permit any type of membership other than life,
ordinary, associate, affiliate and meritorious life (prior to June
2000 only).
APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
222. Application for membership shall be in accordance with
the requirements and procedures outlined in the
Membership Manual.
223. No branch shall accept a membership or transfer application
from any member currently under suspension or from any
person who has been expelled from the Legion or from any
other Veterans’ Organization.
T.V. SECTION
224. Applicants for Legion membership who also meet the more
restrictive criteria at Section 225 may choose to be assigned to
the Tuberculous Veterans Section. Subject to the consent of such
applicants individually, their membership shall be included in
the nearest Tuberculous Veterans Section branch. Application
forms of such applicants shall be clearly endorsed “Tuberculous
Veterans Section”.
225.  Membership in the Tuberculous Veterans Section is restricted
as follows:
a. Life, ordinary and associate membership in the Tuberculous
Veterans Section is open only to a person who is:
i. tuberculous or respiratory disabled; or
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ii. the child, adopted child, stepchild, grandchild, sibling,
niece, nephew, widow/er, parent or spouse of a tuberculous
or respiratory disabled, life or ordinary member; or
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iii. the spouse of an associate member who qualified under
Sub-subsection 225.a.ii.
b. Affiliate membership in the Tuberculous Veterans Section is
only open to a person who is:
i. tuberculous or respiratory disabled; or
ii. a professional who is or was engaged in treatment or research
of tuberculosis or other related respiratory disability.
226.  Dual branch membership is permitted only in the  
following circumstances:
a. Any life, ordinary, associate or affiliate member of a
Tuberculous Veterans Section branch may become a life,
ordinary, associate or affiliate member of any branch of the
Legion upon presentation of his membership card and payment
of branch dues less per capita tax.
b. Any life, ordinary, associate or affiliate member of any branch
of the Legion may become a life, ordinary, associate or affiliate  
member of any branch of the Tuberculous Veterans Section if
he meets the membership criteria, upon the presentation of
his membership card and the payment of branch dues less per
capita tax.
TRANSFERS
227.
a.  Any ordinary, associate or affiliate member in good standing
or whose membership has lapsed for a period of less than
3 years and any life member, may transfer membership to
another branch in accordance with Subsection 1204.a. and the
procedures laid down by Dominion Command. The branch a
member is transferring to, is to initiate the transfer.
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b. It shall be the duty of the membership committee of the
branch to which an application for transfer is submitted, to
satisfy itself as to the correctness of the facts contained in
the application, and to thoroughly investigate the applicant’s
character, eligibility and suitability for membership in the
branch by contacting the member’s previous branch, and to
report its findings to the general meeting of the branch.
c. Applications for transfer shall be presented to a general or
special meeting of the branch for approval or otherwise, prior
to submission to Dominion Command. The Branch Executive
Committee has the authority to approve applications for
transfer when regular monthly General Meetings of the branch
are not held.
d. Notwithstanding Subsection 227.a., a branch has the right to
refuse permission for a member to transfer to that branch.
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Article III
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COMPLAINTS AND APPEALS
DEFINITIONS
301. For the purposes of this article the following definitions will apply:
a. Clubhouse: the premise occupied by a Legion branch.
b. Committees:
i. Complaint Committee: This committee comprises a
Chairman and two other voting members appointed by the
President of the Branch or Command. At Branch level, only
one member of the Executive may be appointed to hear a
complaint against a member. It hears evidence, renders a
decision and informs both parties to the complaint and the
Secretary of the Branch/Command involved.
ii. Appeal Committee: This Command Committee is appointed
by the President, and comprises a Chairman and two other
voting members, the majority of whom must be members
of the Executive, and none of whom have served on the
Complaint Committee in the matter under appeal.
iii. Should the President be the complainant, then the senior
Vice-President shall exercise the powers of the President as
set out in this section.
c. Conflict of Interest: Is deemed to exist when a member has,
through his office, influence or knowledge, a real or perceived
interest in, or effect on the outcome of any complaint or appeal
made under the provisions of this Article. No member shall sit,
or continue to sit, upon any committee herein for the purposes
of Article III where a conflict of interest exists.
d. Complainant: Is a member who lodges a complaint under
this Article.
e. Complaint: Is a formal written allegation made by one member
against another member, that the member against whom the
allegation is made, has violated one or more of the provisions
of Subsection 304.a.
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f. Document: Includes any written complaint or notice provided
for by this Article.
g. Lodge or Lodged: Means the physical receipt of a document by
the intended recipient.
h. Party: The parties to any proceedings under this Article, are
the member who lodged the complaint and the member against
whom the complaint was lodged.
i. Serve or Service: The service of any document required to be
served under this Article shall be effected:
i. On any member required to be served by:
(1) enclosing a copy of the document in an envelope
addressed to the member at his last known address
and forwarding same by certified or registered mail
or prepaid courier;
OR
(2) delivery of the document to the member personally,  
in the presence of a witness.
ii. on any Branch or Command by service on the Secretary
thereof, as provided in Subsection 301.i.i.
LADIES AUXILIARY MEMBERS
302.
a. Complaints against an L.A. member may only be lodged by
another member of the L.A.
b. The provisions of Article III shall apply in respect of
procedures and dispositions.
c. Where the member complained against is a member of the
branch and the L.A., any penalties imposed will apply in
respect of both the branch and the L.A.
PROOF OF COMPLAINT
303. In proceedings before any committee under this Article, the
onus shall be on the complainant to establish the probability of
the allegations made in his complaint, to the satisfaction of the
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members of the Committee, failing which, the complaint must be
dismissed. The benefit of any doubt must be given to the person
against whom the complaint is lodged.
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COMPLAINT PROCEDURE
304.
a. Any member, not in arrears in payment of dues, may,  
on reasonable and probable grounds, initiate complaint
proceedings against another member, alleging one or more
of the following offences:
i. breach of clubhouse rules or privileges;
ii. profane or disorderly conduct in or about any place where
any event is being carried on under Legion auspices
or control;
iii. breach of his obligations to the Legion or of these By-Laws;
iv. knowingly lodging a false complaint against a member;
v. conduct which in any way brings or tends to bring the
Legion into discredit; and/or
vi. theft or misappropriation of Poppy funds, Legion funds  
PROCEDURE
or property.
b. To properly initiate complaint proceedings, a member must:
i. ensure that the complaint contains a brief account of
the incident or circumstances which forms the basis
of the complaint;
ii. specify the clause under Subsection 304.a. that applies;
iii. sign the complaint;
iv. enclose payment of a complaint filing fee in the amount
of $100 payable to the Branch or Command with which
the complaint is filed. The complainant will have the $100
returned in all but one circumstance. That circumstance
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is where there is a final disposition at a hearing (after all
appeals, if any, are heard) and at that hearing the entire
complaint is completely dismissed. Then and only then will
the $100 filing fee be forfeited; and
v. address it to and lodge it with the Secretary of the
appropriate branch or command within 15 days from the
date the complainant in good faith, first had knowledge of
sufficient facts of the alleged offence having been committed.
A complaint which complies with the requirements of this Section
(304.b.), shall be deemed to be properly lodged. Any complaint
which does not comply with the requirements of this section shall
be dismissed by the President on the report of the Secretary.
c. To properly lodge a complaint:
i. Where a complaint alleges theft or misappropriation of Poppy
funds or Legion funds or property it must be lodged within
15 days from the time the complainant has knowledge of
sufficient facts of the offence to constitute a valid complaint,
regardless of when the alleged offence occurred.  
ii. In all other cases, the complaint must be lodged within 15 days
from the time the complainant has knowledge of sufficient
facts of the offence to constitute a valid complaint, and within
one year from the time the offence was allegedly committed.
d. Except as hereinafter provided, where the complaint is against
a Branch member, it must be lodged with the Secretary of the
Branch to which the member against whom the complaint is
made belongs.
e. Where the complaint is against a current or former Branch
President, Zone, District or Provincial Command officer, and
where it relates to an alleged offence arising out of their duties
while serving or having served in this position, it must be
lodged with the Provincial Secretary.
f. Where the complaint is against a current or former Provincial
President or a Dominion Command Officer, and where it relates
to an alleged offence arising out of their duties while serving
or having served in this position, it must be lodged with the
Dominion Secretary.
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g. The reasonable and probable grounds referred to in Subsection
304.a. may be on the basis of the member’s personal knowledge,
or on information supplied to him by some other person.
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h. Where a complaint has been properly lodged in accordance
with Subsection 304.b. and pending the final disposition of
such complaint, the President of the command or branch may
deprive the member against whom the complaint is lodged, of
clubhouse privileges and remove him from office or position
held. Such deprivation and/or removal is not appealable.
However, if the complaint is withdrawn or found to be
unsubstantiated upon completion of the hearing, the member
shall be immediately reinstated for all purposes and any
removal from office is deemed to have never occurred.
COMPLAINTS AT COMMAND LEVELS
305. Upon receipt of a complaint at Provincial or Dominion Command
level, the Command President or designate shall consult with the
appropriate Chairman of the Constitution and Laws Committee to
determine if the complaint has been properly lodged and is valid in
accordance with this Article. If the complaint has been improperly
lodged, it shall be dismissed by the Command President, otherwise
it shall be proceeded with, in accordance with this Article.
MEDIATION
306.  
a. Upon the lodging of a complaint at any level, the President
of the respective Branch or Command may cause the parties
to be contacted to determine whether mediation should be
attempted to resolve the complaint.
b. Where it appears that mediation may resolve the complaint,
the President of a Branch or Command shall appoint a
mediator or a mediation team for this purpose.
c. Either party, the mediator or the mediation team may
terminate the mediation process at any time by giving written
notice to the President.
d. Where a mediator or mediation team is appointed, the time
periods set out in Article III continue to apply.
e. A mediated resolution may include any disposition as set out in
Section 311.
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f. Any resolution by mediation must be in writing and signed
by both parties and the mediator(s). The complaint is then
deemed to be concluded for the purpose of this article and
there is no appeal from the result.
HEARING PROCEDURES
307. Where, at any stage during the Hearing Procedure set out
in Sections 308 and 309 civil or criminal proceedings are
commenced, the Hearing Procedure shall be suspended until a
judgement is rendered in the civil or criminal proceedings, at
which time the Hearing Procedure will continue, upon notice
being served to the parties, at the point at which it was suspended.
308.
a. In all complaints the Secretary shall immediately bring it to
the attention of the President and acknowledge receipt to the
complainant as either being properly lodged or not as determined
by the President. The Secretary shall serve (see Subsection 301.i.)
a copy of the properly lodged complaint on the member against
whom the complaint was lodged within seven days.
b. Within 21 days of receiving the complaint the President shall
appoint a Complaint Committee.
c. In accordance with Subsection 301.b.i. the Complaint
Committee shall be formed and two additional members shall
be appointed as waiting members.
d. The Committee Chairman shall decide on a date and place of a
hearing to be held not later than 45 days after the appointment
of the Chairman.
e. At least 21 days before the hearing the Committee Chairman
or his designate shall serve (see Subsection 301.i.) notice on the
parties advising them of the date, time and place of the hearing,
their right to be heard, to call witnesses and the names of the
Committee members including the members in waiting.
f. Each party shall have the privilege of one peremptory challenge
of any one of the members except for the Chairman, by serving
notice thereof on the Chairman at least 10 days prior to the
hearing. No challenge will be allowed at the hearing.
g. The provisions of Subsection 301.c. must be strictly observed.
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309.
a. The Complaint Committee shall hear the evidence in support of
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the complaint in the presence of the member complained against
and his agent if the member desires. Both parties or their agents
(but not both), shall have the right to introduce evidence, crossexamine
witnesses
and
to
call
witnesses
on
their
behalf.
b. Evidence should normally be given under oath/affirmation when
practical to do so. Examples of an oath and an affirmation follow.
 Oath: Do you swear that the evidence you shall give to this
Committee will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but
the truth so help you God?
 Affirmation: Do you solemnly affirm that the evidence you
shall give to this Committee will be the truth, the whole truth and
nothing but the truth?
c.
i. If the member complained against does not appear, without
due cause and notification, the committee, upon proof of
service to that member, may proceed in his absence.
ii. If the complainant does not appear, without due cause and
notification, the Committee upon proof of service on the
complainant, shall dismiss the complaint and may assess costs.
iii. The Chairman for due cause and with notification may
postpone the hearing for a period not to exceed 60 days
from the date originally scheduled.
d. A record of the proceedings shall be prepared and supported
by either a voice or video recording or, where feasible, by a
qualified court reporter.
DECISION
310.
a. The decision of the Complaint Committee shall be forwarded
to the Secretary of the Branch/Command, and served (see
Subsection 301.i.) on both parties to the complaint, within 30
days of the hearing. The decision is final unless appealed under
Section 314.
b. Where the decision provides for expulsion from the Legion, the
decision shall be served (see Subsection 301.i.) immediately
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on the next superior Command and shall not become effective
until it has been considered under Subsection 314.g.
DISPOSITIONS
311.  
a. The Complaint Committee may either dismiss the complaint
or if proven, impose one or more of the following:
i. reprimand (may require a letter of apology);
ii. deprivation of clubhouse privileges for any period up to  
24 months;
i i i. removal from any office or position held and prohibition  
from running for and holding any office, for a period of up
to 24 months;
iv. suspension for a period up to 12 months; and/or
v. expulsion from the Legion.
b. Where a complaint alleges only a breach of clubhouse rules
or privileges, the committee may dismiss the charges, or, if
proven, impose one or more of the following:
i. deprivation of clubroom privileges for a period not to
exceed 12 months; and/or
ii. issue a reprimand that may also require a letter of apology
to the Branch and/or if applicable, to the individual or
individuals that may have been aggrieved.
c.
i. Deprivation of clubhouse privileges means that for the time
specified, except to attend meetings of the branch or in
connection with the performance of his duties, the member
may not enter any branch premises nor participate in sports
or social events.
ii. Suspension means that the member is not in good standing
for any purpose including meetings and sporting events and is
prohibited from entering any branch premises of the Legion.
iii. Expulsion from the Legion means that the person’s
membership has been rescinded in accordance with
Subsection 314.g., and the Dominion Secretary shall be
notified accordingly by Provincial Command.
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iv. In all cases where a penalty of expulsion has been imposed,a copy
of the decision shall be forwarded to the next superior Command.
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FAILURE TO DEAL WITH COMPLAINT
312.
a. Where a complaint has not been proceeded with in accordance
with the time limits required by these By-Laws, the
complainant or the member complained against may send a
copy of the complaint to the next superior Command which
shall initiate the necessary action.
b. Where a superior Command has dealt with a complaint
under Subsection (a) and has determined that the Branch or
Command was at fault or negligent in not dealing with the
complaint within the time prescribed, it may deal with the
complaint and at its discretion assess its costs of dealing with
the complaint against such Branch or Command.
WITHDRAWAL
313. A complaint made under Section 304 may be withdrawn by the
complainant at any time by written notice given to the appropriate
Secretary.
APPEALS
314.  
a. Where a Complaint Committee:
i. has imposed a penalty of:
(1) expulsion from the Legion;
(2) removal from any office;
(3) suspension for a period of more than 180 days; or
ii. did not conduct the proceedings according to the provisions
of this Article; or
iii. made significant errors which affected the fundamental
fairness of the hearing or the final decision;
 either party to the complaint may appeal as provided by
this section.
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b. The member against whom a complaint has been lodged may:
i. appeal the decision of the Complaint Committee and
the penalty imposed;
ii. appeal the decision of the Complaint Committee
without appealing the penalty imposed; or
iii. appeal only the penalty imposed by the
Complaint Committee.
c. The complainant may:
i. appeal the decision of the Complaint Committee
dismissing the complaint; and
ii. not appeal the penalty imposed by the
Complaint Committee.
d. Decisions of the Complaint Committee with respect to penalty
may only be appealed on the ground that the penalty is
excessive in view of all of the circumstances of the complaint.
e. The Party appealing, shall within 30 days of the notice of
decision, serve (see Subsection 301.i.) the appeal on:
i. where the complaint committee was appointed by the
branch, the secretary of the Provincial Command;
ii. where the complaint committee was appointed by the
Provincial Command, the secretary of the Provincial
Command; or
iii. where the complaint committee was appointed by
Dominion Command, the Dominion Secretary.
 The appeal shall state and explain the grounds for the appeal
and shall include any evidence and documents submitted to the
complaint committee. No new evidence shall be accepted.

The decision of the appeal committee is final unless the appeal
committee has upheld or imposed the penalty of expulsion, in
which case the member against whom the complaint was made,
may appeal only the penalty to Dominion Command.
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APPEALS AT COMMAND LEVELS
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f. Upon receipt of an appeal at Provincial or Dominion Command
level, the Command President or designate shall consult
the Chairman of the Constitution and Laws Committee to
determine if the appeal has been properly lodged and has
sufficient merit to justif y the appointment of an Appeal
Committee. If the appeal does not meet the requirements it
shall be dismissed by the president, otherwise it shall proceed
in accordance with this Article.
g. Where a penalty of expulsion is imposed, and no appeal has
been filed within the 30 day appeal period, the decision shall
be examined in accordance with Subsection 314.f. to determine
if there is any basis for referring the matter to an Appeal
Committee. If there is no basis for an appeal to proceed, the
expulsion shall be confirmed. If there is a basis for an appeal,
the matter shall be referred to an Appeal Committee. If an
expelled member files an appeal this section does not apply.
h. Once it has been determined that an appeal will proceed, the
Command Secretary shall serve (see Subsection 301.i.) notice
on both parties to the complaint and advise the Secretary of
the Branch/Command. The Command President shall appoint
an Appeal Committee as specified in Subsection 301.b.ii.
i. The Appeal Committee shall consider the matters raised on the
appeal and render a decision on the material before it.
j. The Appeal Committee may make any of the following
decisions as appropriate:
i. where the appeal is against the decision or the decision
and penalty:
(1) confirm the decision and penalty;
(2) confirm the decision but vary the penalty;
(3) reverse the decision and revoke any penalty imposed; or
(4) where none of the above are appropriate, return the
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matter to the original level for a new hearing.
ii. where the appeal is against a dismissal of the complaint,
reverse a dismissal and return the matter to the original
level for a new hearing.
iii. where the appeal is against penalty only, the penalty may be
varied or confirmed.
k. The decision of the Appeal Committee shall be final and
binding on all parties.
l. Where a matter is returned to the original level for a new
hearing, the Appeal Committee shall provide any direction
it deems appropriate. Further, the provisions of Section 308
apply with time commencing on the date that the notice of the
decision is served (see Subsection 301.i.) on the secretary of
the Branch/Command concerned.
m.  A copy of the decision shall be served (see Subsection 301.i.) on:
i. the parties;
ii. the Secretary of the Branch or Command to which the
member complained against belongs; and
iii. the Secretary of the Command which established the
Appeal Committee.
n. The Command shall be responsible only for the expenses of the
Chairman and members of the Appeal Committee.
o. If the records disclose that the Appeal Committee concerned
made an error in the proceedings under this section a request
to review such proceedings may be made to the President
who in his discretion may direct such request to a Dominion
Command Appeal Committee. Such request must be made not
later than 90 days from the date of the service of the decision
of the Appeal Committee.
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Article IV
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DOMINION COMMAND
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
401. The Dominion Executive Council shall consist of:
a. Eight elected officers consisting of a Dominion President, a
Dominion First Vice-President, three Dominion Vice-Presidents,
a Dominion Treasurer, a Dominion Chairman and the Dominion
Immediate Past President. Their term of office shall be from the
conclusion of the Dominion Convention at which they are elected
to the conclusion of the next Dominion Convention.
b. One representative from each Provincial Command for a total
of 10 representatives.
c. One representative from the Tuberculous Veterans’ Section.
d. Other members as appointed by the Dominon President who
shall be non-voting members and who would attend meetings
at the call of the Dominion President.
402. In the event of a command or special section representative being
unable to attend a meeting of the Executive Council, the respective
Provincial Command shall, upon notification to the Dominion
Secretary, name a substitute for that particular meeting.
HONORARY OFFICERS
403. The term of office of the Grand President and all honorary officers
as appointed by the Dominion President will be from Dominion
Convention to Dominion Convention and may be extended as
circumstances warrant.
VACANCIES
404. In the event of the resignation, death or incapacity of the
Dominion President, he shall be succeeded by the Dominion First
Vice-President, in accordance with the policy adopted by the
Dominion Executive Council.
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405.
a. In the event of the resignation, succession to the Dominion
Presidency, death, or permanent incapacity of the Dominion First
Vice-President, the succession to this office will be open to the
three Dominion Vice-Presidents.
b. The Dominion Chairman shall ascertain which of the three
Dominion Vice-Presidents wish to be candidates for this office,
and shall then conduct a vote of the members of the Dominion
Executive Council to determine which of the Dominion VicePresidents
shall
succeed
to
this
office.
A mail
vote
may
be

conducted
if
there
is
no
Dominion
Executive
Council
meeting
or

Dominion
Convention
within
the
specified
period.
This
provision

is
not
mandatory
if
the
vacancy
occurs
within
six
(6)
months
of

the
next
Dominion
Convention.
c. The Dominion Vice-President receiving the greatest number
of votes shall be elected Dominion First Vice-President. In the
event of a tie, the Dominion Vice-President receiving the least
number of votes shall be eliminated and another vote taken.
406.
a. In the event of the resignation, death or permanent incapacity
of both the Dominion President and Dominion First VicePresident,
a full
meeting
of
the
Dominion
Executive
Council

shall
be
called
immediately.
This
meeting
will
elect
a Dominion

President
and
Dominion
First
Vice-President
from
among
the

Dominion
Vice-Presidents.
b. Whenever a vacancy occurs among the three Dominion VicePresidents
for
any
reason,
including
election
to
higher
office,
the

Dominion
Executive
Council
shall
fill
the
vacancy
by
electing,

from
among
its
members,
a new
Dominion
Vice-President.
This

provision
is
not
mandatory
if
the
vacancy
occurs
within
six

months
of
the
next
Dominion
Convention.
c. Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of Dominion
Chairman for any reason, the Dominion Executive Council
shall fill the vacancy for the balance of the term by nominating
a candidate for appointment by the Dominion President until
elections are held at the next Dominion Convention.
d. Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of Dominion Treasurer
for any reason, the Dominion Executive Council shall fill the
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vacancy for the balance of the term by nominating a candidate
for appointment by the Dominion President until elections are
held at the next Dominion Convention.
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MEETING AND QUORUM
407. The Dominion Executive Council shall meet twice yearly in
February/March and in September of each non-convention year.
In a convention year, the Dominion Executive Council will also
meet at the convention. A majority of the voting members of the
Dominion Executive Council shall form a quorum.
POWERS AND DUTIES
408. The Dominion Executive Council shall have power to perform and
carry to completion work entrusted to it by the last convention
or these By-Laws, to supply any omissions of the convention, and
generally to carry on the business of the Legion in any manner
consistent with the expressed will of the convention.
409.
a. The Dominion Executive Council, between meetings of the
Dominion Convention, shall exercise any of the powers
conferred on the Dominion Convention by Section 6 (1) of the
Act of Incorporation. Such powers shall only be effective if
supported by at least two-thirds of all voting members of the
Dominion Executive Council.
b. Dominion Executive Council shall conform to the resolutions
passed by Dominion Convention, as outlined in Subsection
409.a. (except in the case of the implementation of Section 417).
410. Any amendment of the General By-Laws or rules of the Legion
made by the Dominion Executive Council shall forthwith be made
known by mailing a copy to all Provincial Commands and branches.
411.
a. Where any act or decision of the Dominion Executive Council
affects any Provincial Command, and that command believes
the act or decision to be “inconsistent with the expressed will
of the convention”, such act or decision shall, upon request
of the Provincial Command, be reviewed by an Appeals
Committee, whose decision on the matter shall be final.
b. Notice in the request for review under Subsection 411.a. shall
be given by the Provincial Command involved to the Dominion
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Secretary who shall refer it to the Dominion President who
shall initiate appropriate action.
c. Upon any review held pursuant to this section, representatives
for the Dominion Executive Council, the Provincial Command
involved and any other persons required by the chairman of
the Appeals Committee shall be heard.
412.
a. If circumstances require, Dominion Executive Council shall
have power to make levy or assessment upon branches.
b. Failure on the part of any branch to pay its levy or assessment
shall render the branch liable to suspension.
SENIOR ELECTED OFFICERS
413. The Senior Elected Officers of the Dominion Executive Council will
be the Dominion President, the Dominion First Vice-President,
the three Dominion Vice-Presidents, the Dominion Treasurer, the
Dominion Chairman and the Dominion Immediate Past President.
414. The duties of the Senior Elected Officers shall be as defined from
time to time by the Dominion Executive Council and shall include
the appointment of committee chairmen and members.
415. The Senior Elected Officers shall meet at the call of the Dominion
President for specific purposes only to include the budget and
matters of Dominion Command staffing. A majority of members
of the Senior Elected Officers shall form a quorum.
COMMITTEES
416. The Dominion Executive Council may establish committees as
required.
SPECIAL POWERS OF THE DOMINION PRESIDENT
417. If a decision, directive or mandate made or ordered by a Dominion
Convention cannot or should not be carried into effect, the
Dominion President may suspend the operation of the decision,
directive or mandate pending receipt of direct instructions from
the Dominion Convention, or, if it is not in session or about to be
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41
convened in session, from the Dominion Executive Council, by
way of a two-thirds majority vote.
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418.
a. The Dominion President may, after enquiry and for cause
clearly stated, revoke or suspend the charter or powers of any
command, branch or auxiliary, or suspend any officer thereof,
or revoke the membership of any member, or take any other
action not inconsistent with these By-Laws that is necessary
or advisable for the good of the Legion, and shall report to the
Dominion Executive Council upon the action taken.
b. An appeal to Dominion Command may be made by any
command, branch, auxiliary, officer or member affected by
such action. The following applies to an appeal from a decision
made on the authority of subsection 418.a, section 505 or
subsection 708.c of The General By-Laws:
i. Senior Executive Officers, Past Dominion Presidents and
Presidents of Provincial Commands shall be eligible to
serve on an Appeal Committee. The Dominion Executive
Council shall designate an individual from the above to be
Chairman of Appeals. The Chairman shall be tasked by the
Dominion Secretary to name three members to an Appeal
Committee from among a list of those eligible and who are
available to hear a particular case. None of those named
shall have any specific knowledge, or actual or perceived
bias as to the particular case to be heard;
ii.  An appeal under the above provision must be made in
writing and served on the Dominion Secretary within 30
days of the notice of decision. Service must be made by
registered mail or prepaid courier or personal delivery in
the presence of a witness;
iii.  The appeal shall state and explain the grounds for the
appeal and shall include any evidence and documents
relevant to the enquiry which has formed the basis for the
decision being appealed. Where required to provide a fair
hearing, oral and/or written submissions and such evidence
as the committee may find relevant to the appeal, may be
received by the Appeal Committee;
iv.  On receipt of the appeal at Dominion Command, it shall
be referred by the Dominion Secretary to the Chairman of
the Constitution and Laws Committee to determine if the
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appeal has been properly lodged and has sufficient merit
to justify the appointment of an Appeal Committee. If the
appeal does not meet the necessary requirements it shall
be dismissed by the President (or in the case where the
appeal is against a decision of the Dominion President, the
Dominion First Vice President) and the person appealing
shall be advised accordingly by the Dominion Secretary.
Otherwise the appeal shall proceed as indicated below.
v.  The Chairman of Appeals shall name three members to the
appeal committee from among those eligible and available
as listed in sub subsection 418.b.i. The Dominion Secretary
shall serve notice of the Appeal Committee, as specified
in sub subsection 301.b.ii of The General By-Laws, on
the affected parties including the Provincial Command
President, when applicable;
vi. The Appeal Committee shall meet either in person or by
teleconference, or such means considered appropriate, to
hear the matters raised by either party to the appeal and
render a decision based on the submissions made and any
relevant evidence received;
vii. The Appeal Committee may make any of the
following dispositions:
(1) confirm the decision of the Command President;
(2) substitute their decision for that of the Command
President, based on the submissions at the appeal
hearing;
(3) reverse the decision of the Command President; or,
(4) return the matter to the Command President for
a decision after directing further enquiry by the
Command President.
viii. A copy of the decision shall be served on the parties  
 affected by the decision in accordance with subsection
 301.i of The General By-Laws.
ix. Dominion Command shall be responsible only for the
expenses of the Chairman and members of the Appeal
Committee.
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x.  Subsection 314.o of The General By-Laws shall apply. In
the case of an appeal against a decision of the Dominion
President, the Dominion First Vice President shall perform
the duties of the Dominion President.
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419.
a. The Dominion President may appoint a trustee or trustees to
act in the name of and on behalf of any command, branch or
auxiliary, the powers or charter of which has been revoked or
suspended or of which the officers have been suspended, in
order to preserve all property and to administer the affairs of
such command, branch or auxiliary for such period of time as
may be designated in such appointment.
b. Every trustee appointed pursuant to Subsection 419.a. shall be
indemnified and saved harmless by Dominion Command from
and against:
i. all costs incurred by such trustee as a result of any action
brought against him in respect to any act done or permitted
by him in the execution of the duties of his office except
such costs as are occasioned by his own wilful neglect; and
ii. all other costs, charges and expenses which he sustains or
incurs in or about in relation to the affairs of the command,
branch, or auxiliary;
 except such costs, charges or expenses as are occasioned by his
own willful neglect or default.
420. Upon the revocation or suspension of the charter of any branch,
the property of such branch shall be used to cover the liabilities of
the branch, and any surplus shall vest in the Provincial Command
concerned, in trust, to be disposed of in accordance with Section
124 and the By-Laws of that command. If the charter of any
Provincial Command is revoked or suspended, the property of
the Provincial Command concerned shall vest in and be dealt with
by Dominion Command in accordance with the General By-Laws.
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SALARIES AND EXPENSES
421.
a. No salary shall be paid to any member of Dominion  
Executive Council.
b. Council members shall not receive any money for their
services, other than such compensation and expense
allowances as may be authorized by Dominion
Executive Council.
EMPLOYEES
422.
a. The Dominion Secretary shall be appointed by the Senior
Elected Officers. The Dominion Secretary shall report through
the Dominion President to the Dominion Executive Council.
b. The Dominion Secretary shall be responsible for the
management and administration of the staff at Dominion
Command and shall report any actions to the Senior
Elected Officers.
c. The Senior Elected Officers shall make certain that all
officers and employees handling funds of the command
are adequately bonded.
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Article V
46
PROVINCIAL COMMANDS
EXECUTIVE COUNCILS
501. Subject to these By-Laws, the provincial convention, and when
it is not in session, the provincial executive council, shall be
the governing body within its territorial jurisdiction.
OFFICERS AND MEMBERS
502. Each provincial executive council shall consist of:
a. A president, one or more vice-presidents, the treasurer,
the immediate past president and the Dominion Executive
Council members of the command. All of these officers,
with the exception of the immediate past president, shall be
elected by the provincial convention by a majority of the total
votes cast or as otherwise provided by provincial By-Laws.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Dominion Executive
Council representatives shall consist of members selected
or appointed in accordance with provisions contained in the
Provincial Command By-Laws.
b. Such other officers and members as the Provincial Command
By-Laws may provide, elected or appointed in the manner
prescribed by those By-Laws.
c. One representative of each of the special sections charged with
watching over the interests of special classes of ex-service
personnel as set forth in these By-Laws, provided there is a
branch or are branches of such special sections within the
command. (See Section 137)
503. Provincial Command By-Laws may provide rules under which
vacancies occurring among provincial officers or Provincial
Command members of Dominion Executive Council shall be filled.
504. No person shall be a member of a provincial executive council
unless such person is a member in good standing.
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POWERS AND DUTIES
505. Subject to Section 5 of the Act and these By-Laws and except
with respect to the revocation of charters and the revocation of
membership, the provincial president and the provincial executive
council shall exercise within their jurisdiction like powers to those
granted to the Dominion President and the Dominion Executive
Council under Article IV, subject to any obligation contained
therein, including measures set out in Sections 419 and 420 of
these By-Laws.
506. A Command shall make provision in its By-Laws for
implementation and management of administration fees for
lodging complaints and may do so for appeals under Article III
of these By-Laws.
ZONES AND DISTRICTS
507. A Provincial Command, for purposes of administration, may
group branches in a specified area within the command into a
unit to be known as a Zone, and provide for the election of a
presiding officer to be known as Zone Commander, and for the
election or appointment of other officers and a Zone Council
or Zone Committee.
508. A Provincial Command, for purposes of administration, may
group two or more zones in a specified area within the command
into a unit to be known as a District, and provide for the election
of a presiding officer to be known as District Commander, and
for the election or appointment of other officers and of a District
Council or District Committee. In commands where there are
no zones, two or more branches in a specified area within the
command may likewise be grouped into a District.
509.
a. Provincial Commands are solely responsible for the
administration of Zones and Districts within their jurisdiction
(i.e. meetings, voting rights, eligibility for election, property
rights, per capita taxes, etc.).
b. Conversely, Zones and Districts shall operate only as
administrative agents of the Provincial Command.
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SUB-EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
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510.
a. If authorized by the provincial convention, the provincial
executive council, for reasons of convenience or economy, may
appoint from among its members a sub-executive committee
consisting of such members as the command may decide.
b. The sub-executive committee has power to hold meetings,
transact business and carry out the duties between meetings
of the provincial executive council.
PROVINCIAL COMMAND BY-LAWS
511. Subject to the provisions of these By-Laws, Provincial Commands
shall adopt By-Laws to govern their affairs.
512.
a. By-Laws of Provincial Commands shall not become effective
until approved by the Dominion Command Constitution and
Laws Committee.
b. A Provincial Command may submit a draft of any by-law or
amendment to an existing by-law to the Dominion Command
Constitution and Laws Committee for approval. If any
by-law or amendment approved by that Constitution and
Laws Committee is subsequently passed by the Provincial
Command, it shall immediately come into full force and effect.
513. Provincial Commands shall provide standard branch ByLaws
which
shall
govern
the
affairs
of
all
branches
within
that

command
that
have
not
adopted
By-Laws
of
their
own.
514. A Provincial Command may, by its By-Laws, prescribe rules
to determine the date on which elected officers and executive
committee members of a branch in that command shall take
office and assume their duties and functions.
515. Each Provincial Command shall have power to legislate with
respect to voting by proxy.
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BRANCHES
GENERAL
601. Each branch shall be under the discipline of its
Provincial Command.
Article VI
602. The command, name and the branch number, in that order,
shall be shown in the designation of every branch.
BY-LAWS
603. Subject to the provisions of these By-Laws, branches shall adopt
By-Laws to govern their affairs.
604. Branch by-laws shall not become effective until approved by
the provincial command having jurisdiction over the branch.
605. By-Laws of independent branches shall not become effective
until approved by Dominion Command Constitution and
Laws Committee.
606.  
a. Branch By-Laws should provide rules under which vacancies
among branch officers or executive committees shall be filled.
b. Branch By-Laws should provide for the removal of an executive
committee member who fails to attend a specific number of
executive committee meetings.
607. Branch By-Laws shall include a provision for an annual meeting
and for annual or biennial election of officers and executive
committee members.
608. If Provincial Command By-Laws do not so provide, branch
By-Laws should determine the date on which elected officers
and executive committee members shall take office and assume
their duties and functions.
609. Branch By-Laws should make provision for the installation of
officers and executive committee members.
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610. In the event that neither the Provincial Command By-Laws, nor
the By-Laws of a branch determine these matters, branch officers
and members of the executive committee shall take office and
assume their duties and functions on the first day of the month
following that in which they are elected, and shall be installed in
accordance with The Ritual within 31 days of their election.
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611.
a. A branch may, by By-Law, provide that a member be required
to serve one term on the branch executive to be eligible to
be elected president, a vice-president or chairman and that
a member be required to hold membership in the branch
for a period of one year to be eligible for election to the
branch executive.
b. A branch may, by By-Law, provide that, in order to be eligible
for election to office, a member must have attended a minimum
number or minimum percentage of general branch meetings. A
by-law for this purpose should specify the required minimum
or percentage of meetings and the period of time during which
the minimum attendance must have been maintained.

612.  
NOTE: Where a branch enacts a by-law for this purpose, it will
be necessary that it keep an accurate record of attendance of all
members present at general meetings.
a. The amounts of, and periods of payment of dues other than  
per capita tax may be fixed by the branch.
b. The annual branch dues payable by all members shall be  
the same.
613.
a. Each branch shall provide that its immediate past president
shall be an officer and member of its executive committee.
b. Any branch immediate past president who is absent from
three consecutive meetings of either the executive committee
or the branch, or a combination of both, without due cause
satisfactory to the executive committee, shall cease to
hold office.
c. The Branch Executive Committee is empowered to appoint
anyone of the branch’s past presidents to hold office as the
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immediate past president for the remainder of the term subject
to general meeting ratification. (See Subsection 114.c.)
614. Branch By-Laws may provide for the formation of organized
groups within the branch providing they are administered by
the branch officers and that the funds are administered by the
branch treasurer.
AMALGAMATION OF BRANCHES
615.
a. Under this by-law, “branches” means those existing branches
which desire to amalgamate into one branch; “amalgamated
branch” means the new branch resulting from the amalgamation,
and “Provincial Command” shall mean both a provincial and a
state command.
b. Two or more branches in the same Provincial Command
may amalgamate into an amalgamated branch subject to the
provisions of this by-law.
c. Branches desiring to amalgamate shall each call a special
general meeting to present a resolution to amalgamate the
branches. If there is agreement between the branches for a
new name for the amalgamated branch, a resolution shall
be presented at each special general meeting to accept that
name. Each branch shall also present a resolution to nominate
three (3) members as the branch’s representatives on the
first executive committee of the amalgamated branch. If the
branches cannot agree on a name for the amalgamated branch,
that name shall be determined by the Provincial Command.
d. Each branch shall deliver a certified copy of the resolutions
passed at the special meeting of the branch to the Provincial
Command together with the branch’s charter. The Provincial
Command will advise the branch as to the requirements to
transfer the branch’s assets to the amalgamated branch and
each branch shall attend to complete all the documents to
transfer the assets and advise the Provincial Command of the
transfer of them to the amalgamated branch.
e. Upon receipt of the certified copies of the resolutions from
each branch, the Provincial Command shall advise Dominion
Command that the branches are to be amalgamated and
request that a new charter be prepared forthwith under the
name of the amalgamated branch and that the Provincial
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Command shall hold the charters of the branches pending the
transfer of their assets to the amalgamated branch.
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f. Upon being satisfied that the assets have been transferred
to the amalgamated branch, the Provincial Command shall
deliver the charters of the branches to Dominion Command
and Dominion Command shall deliver the charter of the
amalgamated branch to the Provincial Command.
g. The Provincial Command shall advise the branches to give
notice to their members of the time and place of an inaugural
meeting of the amalgamated branch at the time the Provincial
Command has been satisfied that the assets have been
transferred to the amalgamated branch. The charter of the
amalgamated branch shall be delivered to it at the inaugural
meeting. The nominees of the branches referred to in (c) shall
be the first executive committee of the amalgamated branch.
h. The first order of business of the amalgamated branch shall be
to adopt By-Laws.
i. The amalgamated branch shall be responsible for all
outstanding liabilities and obligations of the branches as of
the date of amalgamation. All the members of the branches
shall become members of the amalgamated branch as of the
date of amalgamation.
j. The years of service of the branch with the longest history in
that community will be given to the amalgamated branch.
There shall be no loss of years of service as a result of the
amalgamation process.
FINANCIAL REVIEW COMMITTEE
616.
a. A branch shall ensure a Financial Review Committee examines
the accounts of the branch.
b. The Financial Review Committee of a branch need not be
chartered accountants and may or may not be members, but
shall not be members of the executive committee of the branch
or employees of the Legion or organization thereof.
c. The report of the Financial Review Committee shall be
submitted within three months following the end of the
fiscal year, or such other period as may be approved by
Provincial Command.
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BY-LAWS FOR COMMAND SPECIAL BRANCHES
617.
a. Any command, including Dominion Command, may form a
special branch under its name and jurisdiction.
b. Membership in a special branch is limited to eligible members
whose special status restricts them from joining a regular
Legion branch.
c. Members shall be transferred to the branch of their choice
when their special status no longer exists.
d. A special branch will not hold meetings, elect officers or
appoint delegates and is not affiliated with a subordinate
command, District or Zone.
e. The command president and secretary will administer the
affairs of the special branch, under the direction of the
command executive.
f. Per capita tax shall be collected from all members of special
branches, and will be remitted to its superior command in
accordance with Section 1205.
g. The command name and the branch number, in that
order, shall be shown in the designation of command
special branches.
h. The provisions of other sections of Article VI do not apply to
command special branches.
i. Initiation of members of command special branches may be
deferred until such time as they transfer to a regular branch.
j. The Royal Canadian Legion military member at large
program shall be incorporated under this section of the
General By-Laws.
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Article VII
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ZONES AND BRANCHES/POSTS IN THE UNITED STATES
OF AMERICA AND EUROPE
OBLIGATIONS OF MEMBERSHIP
701. Members of branches or posts of The Royal Canadian Legion
outside Canada shall maintain and uphold the purposes, objects
and principles of the Legion, insofar as the same are consistent
with the allegiance which they owe to their country.
BRANCHES /POSTS
702. All branches/posts of the Legion outside Canada shall be authorized
by Dominion Command in conformity with these By-Laws.
703.
a. All branches/posts shall be administered by and be under the
jurisdiction of a recognized International Zone.
b. Recognized International Zones are as set out in Section 704
and all branches/posts within the designated area of a zone
shall be under the jurisdiction of that International Zone.
c. Branches/posts shall be governed by these By-Laws in the
same manner as branches in Canada.
INTERNATIONAL ZONES
704. International Zones are established as follows:
a. the Western Zone of USA;
b. the Eastern Zone of USA;
c. the Europe Zone;
d. such other International Zones as may be decided upon by  
Dominion Command; and
e. the jurisdiction of International Zones shall be as authorized
by Dominion Command and any new branches/posts formed
under this article shall be under the jurisdiction of the
designated International Zone.
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705. All International Zones constituted outside Canada shall be
governed by these By-Laws.
706. An International Zone, within its territory as authorized by
Dominion Command, has all of the obligations and duties of
a Provincial Command, in accordance with the Act and these
By-Laws. Wherever the term branch is used in the Act or these
By-Laws it shall include the term post as applicable.
707. An International Zone shall make By-Laws consistent with these
General By-Laws for the conduct of operations within its territory
and submit them to Dominion Command for approval.
708. An International Zone has specific rights as follows:
a. To deal with complaints under Article III of these By-Laws in
the same manner as a Provincial Command except for appeals,
which shall be referred by the International Zone Commander
directly to Dominion Command.
b. An International Zone Commander may, within his territory,
after enquiry and for cause clearly stated, suspend the charter
or powers of any branch/post or auxiliary, or suspend any
officer or take any other action necessary or advisable for the
good of the Legion, and shall report to Dominion Command
upon the action taken.
c. An appeal to Dominion Command may be made by any branch/
post, auxiliary, officer or member affected by such action.
STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES
709. In dealing with the disposition of property of any branch or post
outside Canada which has ceased to function as an entity of The
Royal Canadian Legion, the following considerations apply:
a. Remaining assets should vest in the International Zone to
deal with in a manner which best benefits The Royal Canadian
Legion and its aims and objects.
b. With respect to property, the International Zone should
have regard to any clearly expressed wish of the branch/
post members for use of the community where it is located,
in a like manner that would apply to branch assets in similar
circumstances in Canada.
c. The property should not be distributed to or for the benefit of
the members.
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Article VIII
56
AUXILIARIES
LADIES AUXILIARIES
801.
a. Branches and commands may set up ladies auxiliaries  
and charters may be granted to such auxiliaries by
Dominion Command.
b. A ladies auxiliary to a Provincial Command shall be under the
jurisdiction of the Provincial Command.
c. A ladies auxiliary to a branch shall be under the jurisdiction
of the branch.
802.
a. Membership in and the activities of an auxiliary shall be
governed by By-Laws passed by the auxiliary.
b. The By-Laws of a command auxiliary shall not become
effective until approved by the command concerned. The
By-Laws of a branch auxiliary shall not become effective
until approved by the branch and command concerned.
803.
a. A female member of the Legion or an ex-servicewoman  
who is eligible to be a member may also be a member of
a ladies auxiliary.
b. A member of a ladies auxiliary may transfer to another
auxiliary provided she is eligible for membership in the
auxiliary to which transfer is sought.
804. For disciplinary measures, Ladies Auxiliaries are governed by
Article III of these By-Laws.
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YOUTH AUXILIARIES
805.
a. The formation and operation of youth auxiliaries is permitted
under the jurisdiction of Provincial Commands and as
organized by individual branches. Youth auxiliaries will not be
chartered as the predominant membership is expected to be
below the federal voting age.
b. Membership in and the activities of youth auxiliaries shall be
governed by By-Laws passed by the branch sponsoring such
youth auxiliary, but shall not become effective until approved
by the Provincial Command concerned.
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Article IX
58
DOMINION CONVENTION
WHEN HELD
901. A Dominion Convention shall be held at least once in every two
years at such time and place as the Dominion Executive Council
may decide; provided that, with the unanimous consent of all
Provincial Commands, a three-year interval may be allowed
between conventions.
902.
a. The Dominion Executive Council may call a special Dominion
Convention at any time deemed necessary.
b. The Dominion Executive Council shall call a special Dominion
Convention at any time upon the request of seven of the
Provincial Commands.
DELEGATES
903.
a. Every branch shall be entitled to send to a convention, one
delegate for every 100 voting members or fraction thereof.
b. In determining delegate entitlement, only members whose
per capita tax has been paid up to the end of the preceding
calendar year may be included.
c. Where a branch has received its charter subsequent to the
end of the preceding calendar year, it shall be entitled to
one delegate.
d. Where, as a result of the amalgamation of two or more
branches, a new branch is formed and a charter has been
issued to it on or after January 1
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st
 in a convention year, the new
branch shall be entitled to the number of delegates based upon
the total number of voting members of the former branches
paid up as at the 31
st
 day of December of the previous year.
904. A delegate may be a member of another branch within the
same Provincial Command, but may not carry proxies.
905. Every delegate must be a member in good standing of a
branch with dues paid to the end of the current year.
906. Dominion Command employees cannot vote at
Dominion Convention.
907.
a. Voting members of the Dominion Executive Council who are
not accredited branch delegates shall be accredited delegates
to Dominion Convention.
b. All PAST Dominion Presidents who are not accredited branch
delegates shall be accredited delegates to
Dominion Convention.
QUORUM
908. Before any Dominion Convention may be opened, there shall be
present duly accredited delegates, excluding proxies, from at least
10 percent of the branches.
909.
a.  A quorum for the transaction of business at any Dominion
Convention shall be the presence on the floor of the convention
chamber of at least 25 percent of the accredited delegates
registered for that convention.
b. If the required quorum is not present, the chairman shall
adjourn the convention for the purpose of obtaining a quorum.
VOTING AND PROXIES
910. Other than on a ballot vote for election purposes, delegates to the
convention shall have one vote each.
911. Any delegate, accredited by the branch of which he is a member,
may carry, in addition to his own credentials, up to four proxy
credentials. These proxies may be from any branch or branches
within his own Provincial Command.
912. Proxies must be registered at the opening of the convention and
may only be used when an election ballot vote is required.
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913. Every proxy, to be valid, shall include a credential certificate
naming the delegate entitled to register such proxy.
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914. Only accredited delegates may vote at conventions.
915. Except for election of officers, the vote of the convention will be by
card indication YES or NO, unless a vote by ballot is directed by the
chairman or is demanded by at least 20 percent of the delegates on
the floor of the convention. In such instances, proxies cannot be used.
916.
a. When balloting is for the election of a single officer, the
candidate receiving the majority of the votes cast shall
be elected.
b. If no candidate receives a majority of the total votes cast on the
first ballot, a second ballot shall be held, deleting the name of the
candidate receiving the least number of votes on the first ballot.
c. However, if the total of the votes received by the two with the
lowest number of votes is less than the votes received by the
candidate with the next lowest number of votes, the names of
the two with the lowest number of votes shall be deleted from
subsequent ballots.
917.
a. When balloting is for the election of more than one officer in a
multiple delegate position, delegates will use the First Past the
Post voting system.
b. A delegate may not vote more than once on the ballot for
any candidate.
c. The ballots shall be in the form approved by the
Convention Committee.
d. Ballots not marked in conformity to this section shall not
be counted.
e. The candidates receiving the most votes shall be elected into
the positions.
918. Dominion Convention may, by resolution carried by two thirds
majority of the total votes cast, amend or adopt such rules to
govern voting as may be necessary.
THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION
RESOLUTIONS
919.
a. Resolutions to be dealt with at a Dominion Convention shall  
be submitted from a branch through Provincial Command.
b. Resolutions may be submitted by a branch or branches,
command or standing committee of Dominion Command.
c. All resolutions shall be forwarded to Dominion Command so
as to be received at its head office at least one hundred and
twelve (112) days prior to the opening date of the convention.
d. Resolutions received less than one hundred and twelve (112)
days prior to the opening date of the convention shall be
referred to the Dominion Executive Council. Those resolutions
of a routine nature will be returned to Provincial Commands.
Urgent resolutions will be retained for immediate review
and consideration.
e. A copy of the book containing all resolutions for the convention
shall be forwarded to each branch and command at least six
weeks prior to the convention.
920. Provincial Commands shall report all resolutions to Dominion
Command, with appropriate comment.
921. All changes of Legion policy and administrative procedures
resulting from resolutions passed or by-law amendments enacted
by conventions shall, unless otherwise specified, take effect on the
first day of October following the convention.
COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTIONS
922.
a. The Standing Committee on Resolutions shall meet in Ottawa
at least 100 days prior to the opening date of the convention
and shall consider all resolutions.
b. Where a resolution is applicable to the work of a committee,  
it shall be referred to that committee for consideration
and recommendation.
c. Where a resolution is not applicable to the work of any
other committee, it shall be referred to the Convention
Resolutions Committee.
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DUTIES OF CONVENTION AND OTHER COMMITTEES
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923.
a. Each of the committees to which resolutions have been
referred shall combine similar resolutions into one and prepare
a report containing all resolutions referred to such committee.
b. Each report shall identify the resolutions that have been
combined and will contain such comments as the committee
deems necessary.
c. Each committee shall submit its report to the chairman of the
Convention Resolutions Committee at least 80 days prior to the
opening date of the convention.
924.
a. The Convention Resolutions Committee shall report to the
Convention on all resolutions. Such resolutions in which it has not
concurred will appear in an appendix to the Convention Book.
b. When reporting to convention, the Convention Resolutions
Committee shall call upon other committees to present such
resolutions as are relevant to those committees.
925.
a. In the event that any committee reporting to the convention does
not concur in or does not report on any resolution duly submitted
for its consideration, any accredited delegate may, subject to the
following conditions, request that such resolution emanating from
within his own command be presented to the convention:
i. The request has the support of a majority vote of the caucus
from that delegate’s command, such majority support to be
proved by a written certificate to that effect, signed by the
president of the command or the chairman of the caucus.
ii. The request to introduce such resolution has been submitted
in writing, on a form provided by Dominion Command.
iii. The request shall be submitted to the Convention Chairman
not later than one hour prior to the end of the business
session on the second business day of the convention.
b. These conditions having been completed, such delegate may
present the resolution while resolutions dealing with the
general topic with which the resolution is concerned are before
the convention.
THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION
CONVENTION COMMITTEES
926. Any committee provided for in the Act or deemed necessary by
Dominion Command shall report to the convention. The powers
and duties of the committees provided for in the Act shall be as set
out in committee terms of reference.
927. The powers and duties of the convention committees terminate
with the convention, unless the convention otherwise orders.
EXPENSES OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS
928. Dominion Command will not be responsible for transportation
costs of committee members to convention except for those who
might be invited in accordance with Section 929.
929. The Dominion Executive Council may authorize payment of the
travel and per diem expenses of a chairman of a committee who
reports to convention but who is not a member of council, and
of any person invited by council to attend a convention, such
payment to be made on the same basis as if he were a member of
Dominion Executive Council. COMPLIANCE WITH CANADIAN
LAW The Royal Canadian Legion will be governed by An Act to
Incorporate The Royal Canadian Legion and these By-Laws.
COMPLIANCE WITH CANADIAN LAW
930. The Royal Canadian Legion will be governed by An Act to
Incorporate The Royal Canadian Legion and these By-Laws.
931. To comply with the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, in an
off-Convention year at Command level, there shall be an annual
meeting held which will have as a minimum the following agenda:
a. Presentation of the audited financial statements.
b. Approval of the auditors.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING
932. In the case of Dominion Command, notice shall be provided in a
Legion Magazine issue not more than 90 days and not less than
30 days before the annual meeting.
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 Notice shall specify:
 The Dominion Executive Council of The Royal Canadian Legion
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hereby gives notice of an Annual General Meeting of the
organization which will take place at (time), (date), (location).
 Agenda for the meeting:
a. Presentation of the audited financial statements.
b. Approval of the auditors for (years).
 This meeting is being held to fulfill the requirements of the
Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act. Members wishing to
make comment or raise questions on these two items may do so
by written submission to Dominion Command, 86 Aird Place,
Ottawa, ON K2L 0A1 to be received no later than (date 30 days
prior to the meeting).
 Documentation pertaining to the annual meeting shall be made
available on the Legion website at www.legion.ca at least 21
days prior to the annual meeting or upon written request by a
member enclosing a self-addressed stamped envelope received at
Dominion Command at least 14 days prior to the annual meeting.
933. Members may make submissions on the agenda items in writing
to Dominion Command which will be considered at the meeting if
received at least 15 days prior to the meeting.
934. A quorum for the meeting shall be 15 members of The Royal
Canadian Legion.
PROVINCIAL COMMANDS
935. Every Provincial Command shall make provisions in its By-Laws
for notice of and the holding of an Annual Meeting in the offProvincial
Convention
year
which
will
have
as
a minimum
the

following
agenda:
a. Presentation of the audited financial statements.
b. Approval of the auditors.
THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION
PROVINCIAL CONVENTIONS
WHEN HELD
Article X
1001. A provincial convention for each Provincial Command shall
be held annually or biennially as determined by the Provincial
Command, at such time and place as the Provincial Command
may decide.
1002. Provincial Commands, by by-law, must provide for:
a. the holding of special conventions;
b. the number and selection of delegates; and
c. voting procedures.
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Article XI
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POPPY FUND
CAMPAIGNS
1101.
a. Where a Command, Branch or group of branches conducts
a Poppy Campaign as a group or jointly with any other
organization, that Command, Branch or group of branches
shall be responsible for all aspects of the campaign.
b. All branches shall participate in Poppy Campaigns and
Remembrance Day services.
c. Poppy distribution to the general public will commence no earlier
than the last Friday in October and conclude on 11 November.
d. The ceremonial presentation of the National First Poppy to
the Governor General by the Dominion President will be
coordinated by Dominion Command for an appropriate date
prior to the actual campaign start date. When possible, the
date for the ceremonial presentation of the First Poppy will be
advised by 1 September to all Provincial Commands.
 Presentation of Provincial First Poppies by Provincial
Commands to Lieutenant Governors and any other First Poppy
presentations by branches shall be actioned at a convenient
date subsequent to that for the presentation of the National
First Poppy to the Governor General.
1102.
a. All monies received from a campaign shall be deposited in
a separate trust account in one or more of the banks, trust
companies or other institutions referred to in Section 131.
b. With the exception of promotional materials, Provincial
Commands and branches shall use only Poppy Campaign
material supplied by Dominion Command.
1103. A Command, Branch or group of branches may hold Poppy Trust
Funds for a short term in government or corporate bonds or other
readily transferable securities authorized by the appropriate
legislative body for the investment of trust funds.
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PURPOSES
1104.
a. The basic purpose and obligations of Poppy Trust Funds are to
assist a Veteran, as defined in Subsection 101.d of The General
By-Laws and their family who are in need of assistance.
b. The Command, Branch or group of branches may withdraw or
expend monies from the Poppy Trust Fund account only for the
purposes in accordance with the requirements and procedures
outlined in the Poppy Manual.
CENTRAL FUND
1105.
a.  Each Provincial Command shall establish a Central Provincial
Poppy Trust Fund from which sums may be made available to
branches whose Poppy Trust Funds are depleted, and to which
contributions may be made by Branches or groups of branches
whose Poppy Trust Funds are in excess of their requirements.
b. Dominion Command shall establish a Central Dominion
Command Poppy Trust Fund.
c. A command may transfer sums from its central Poppy Trust
Fund to the central Poppy Trust Fund of another command.
NOTE: As stated in Subsection 130.b. of these By-Laws, the  
Poppy Fiscal Year begins 1 October and ends 30 September of
the following year.
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Article XII
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DUES, AFFILIATION FEES PER CAPITA TAX
GENERAL
1201. Except as otherwise provided in these By-Laws, this article
applies to all categories of Legion membership.
1202. An enrolment fee may be charged by any branch.
BRANCH DUES & PER CAPITA TAX
1203.
a. Per capita tax, as levied from time to time by a Dominion
Convention for Dominion Command and by provincial
conventions for Provincial Commands, shall form part of
annual branch dues.
b. Per capita tax due to Dominion Command includes payment
for Legion Magazine.
c. Per capita tax shall become due and payable on the 1
 day of
January in each calendar year.
d. A member in arrears as of 31
 January of that year is not in
good standing for any purpose. Once the yearly membership
dues have been paid, the member is considered to be “in
good standing”.
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e. Where a new member joins the Legion after the 30
 day of
June in any year, the per capita tax payable to Dominion
and Provincial Commands by such member for the year
shall be one-half the per capita tax levied by the appropriate
conventions for that year.
f. Where a new member joins the Legion after the 31
 day of
August in any year, the per capita tax payable to Dominion
Command and Provincial Commands by such member for
the year shall be one-third the per capita tax levied by the
appropriate conventions for that year.
1204.
a. Members not in good standing under the foregoing provisions
who have allowed their membership to lapse may renew their
th
st
st
membership upon payment of the unpaid dues for the current
year and are also eligible to buy back any preceding years of
unpaid dues. Such renewal will not restore any office which
may have been forfeited but will qualify them for continuous
years of service and long service awards.
b. Unpaid dues and per capita tax may be remitted by any branch.
BRANCH RETURNS
1205. Each branch shall:
a. remit at least monthly to Dominion Command a per capita tax
payment of all tax collected during the preceding month; and
b. supply forthwith such information relating to the affairs of the
branch as may from time to time be required by its Provincial
Command or by Dominion Command.
PROVINCIAL COMMAND RETURNS
1206. Each command shall:
a. submit to Dominion Command annually by the 30
 day of
April an audited financial statement for the previous year;
b. submit to Dominion Command annually by the 31
 day of
December an audited statement of its poppy trust account for
the previous fiscal year;
c. establish rules to ensure that poppy fund campaign returns
are made to it with reasonable promptness by Districts, Zones,
Branches and groups of branches in that command; and
d. forward annually to Dominion Command a summary of
the Poppy Campaign statistics in that command for the
preceding year.
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st
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Article XIII
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MISCELLANEOUS
DISTRIBUTION OF LEGION MAGAZINE
1301.
a. Every member in good standing shall be entitled to receive
Legion Magazine.
b. Any member may elect by notice to Legion Magazine to receive
a French-language insert in the Legion Magazine.
CENTENNIAL FUND
1302.
a. The Centennial Fund was established to provide a perpetual
memorial to those who have fallen in the service of Canada
by continuing the activities of The Royal Canadian Legion
consistent with the purposes and objects of the Legion.
b. The capital of the fund as on the 16th day of June 1988 shall
remain intact.
c. Expenditure of the accumulated interest shall be controlled
by the Dominion Convention on recommendation of the Ways
and Means Committee.
d. Change in the policy shall require a two-thirds majority of
voting delegates to a Dominion Convention.
MATTERS OF PROCEDURE
1303. In all matters of procedure not provided for in the By-Laws of
any command or branch, the provisions of the Legion’s “Rules of
Procedure for Legion Meetings” shall apply. In all cases where
these rules do not make adequate provision, then and then only
“Robert’s Rules of Order” shall apply.
THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION
AMENDMENTS
1304. These By-Laws may be amended, repealed or re-enacted at any
Dominion Convention by a majority vote of the whole convention,
provided that one month’s notice has been given to Dominion
Command of such proposed amendment, unless such notice is
waived by a two-thirds vote of the convention.
REPEAL
1305. By-law Number 1 being the General By-law of The Royal Canadian
Legion, together with all amending By-Laws hitherto adopted
are hereby repealed. This repeal does not affect the validity of
any appointment made or thing done under the authority of the
repealed By-Laws while in force.
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Appendix “A”
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GUIDE TO ELIGIBILITY TO MEMBERSHIP
This Guide is supplementary to and does not restrict the generality of the
provisions of Article II of the General By-Laws.
DURATION OF HOSTILITIES
1. South African War   11 Oct. 1899 - 31 May 1902
2. World War I    4 Aug. 1914 - 11 Nov. 1918
3. World War II    3 Sept. 1939 - 14 Aug. 1945
4. Korean War   25 June 1950 - 27 July 1953
5. Persian Gulf War   16 Jan. 1991 - 27 Feb. 1991
NON-MILITARY SERVICES
Canadian citizens or commonwealth subjects who served in an actual
theatre of war in which Canada was engaged are eligible for ordinary
membership, for example:
THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION
Air Raid Wardens
Civil Nursing Reserve
Corps of Canadian Fire Fighters
Ferry Command
Fishery patrol
Home Guard
Knights of Columbus
Legion War Services
Merchant Navy
National Fire Services
Naval auxiliaries
Overseas forestry units
Red Cross
Reserve and deep sea salvage tugs
Saint John Ambulance
Salvation Army
War correspondents
Women’s Land Army
Y .M .C .A .
Explanatory Note Re Section 205
Article 15:01 of Queen’s Regulations - Reason for Release
ITEM 1: MISCONDUCT
a. Sentenced to Dismissal - Applies to the release of a member of
the Forces when sentenced by a Court Martial to dismissal or
dismissal with disgrace.
b. Service Misconduct - Applies when a member of the Forces is
convicted by a service tribunal of a serious offence, or offences,
or when convicted by a civil power of a serious offence related
to the performance of his duties, that warrants release under
t hi s c ategor y.
c. Illegally Absent - Applies when a member of the Forces has
been illegally absent and will not be required for further
service under existing service policy.
d. Fraudulent Statement on Enrolment - Applies when a member
of the Forces, at time of enrolment, made a fraudulent
statement which having regard to the circumstances under
which it was made and its effects, warrants release under
this item. False statement as to age or a minor oversight or
ambiguous statement made through enthusiasm to join the
forces should not result in release under this category.
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