Nearly $50,000 in federal funding to support local Legion branches

Royal Canadian Legion branches in the Greater Sudbury area are getting federal help to keep operating their local programs that provide assistance to veterans and their families.

Nickel Belt MP Marc G. Serré announced that $48,000 in federal funding will be directed to five local Legionl branches. The funding was announced on behalf of Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay.

The funding breakdown is as follows:

• Capreol Royal Canadian Legion Branch 179 — $10,845.05

• Sturgeon Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch 225 — $10,845.05

• Onaping Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch 503 — $5,250.00

• Chelmsford Royal Canadian Legion Branch 553 —  $10,845.05

• Lockerby Royal Canadian Legion Branch 564 — $10,845.05

The Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund is part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to protect jobs, provide emergency support and keep businesses afloat through the pandemic, said a news release from Serré’s office. It said organizations such as the local Legion branches play a critical role in the well-being of veterans, their families and the community.

In November, the Government of Canada provided $14 million to the Royal Canadian Legion’s Dominion Command to allow for the rapid distribution of financial support / aid to individual branches across the country, said the release.  Dominion Command was responsible for determining which branches would receive funding.

Organizations receiving these funds will have access to the support they need to replace charitable and other revenue lost because of the pandemic and will be able to continue their work with Veterans and their families during a time when it is needed most.