Province provides $1.5 million to legions for COVID-19 relief

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The province is providing $1.5 million to the Royal Canadian Legion BC/Yukon Command to help offset the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent circuit-breaker restrictions.

“Legions play an important role in our communities, caring for the people who have served our nation,” said Premier John Horgan. “Our government committed to finding a solution and we’re delivering support to ensure legions can keep serving veterans, their families and our communities.”

Legions generate a significant portion of revenue to fund their services through food and beverage service, which was disrupted by public health orders preventing people from gathering indoors, the province said.

The $1.5 million mirrors the average grant provided to businesses under the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant.

“In response to the economic impacts of the pandemic, B.C. has provided the most direct financial support of any province,” Premier Horgan said. “We will continue to support people, businesses and non-profits as we build the foundation of a strong economic recovery for everyone.”

The Royal Canadian Legion BC/Yukon Command has 145 branches, serving veterans, ex-service personnel, seniors, youth and many aspects of community life.

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