Cornwall Legion to Receive Federal Emergency Support Funding

Cornwall, ON –Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Member of Parliament Eric Duncan has announced that Royal Canadian Legion Branch 297 in Cornwall will receive much-needed funding through the federal government’s Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund.

The Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund provides grants to non-profit and registered charitable organizations that support Veterans and their families. These grants will help organizations with operational costs and financial shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Cornwall Legion will receive funding in the amount of $10,845.

“This funding is much needed as we have seen our revenues drastically impacted since the start of the pandemic, as all Legions have, yet our costs have not gone down” said Marvin Plumadore, President of Branch 297. “This funding will help as we enter into a second lock-down which will again put us in a difficult position”.

“I am pleased to see some financial aid coming to our local Legions, who not only support our veterans, but also operate community meeting venues and support many other not-for-profit organizations,” said MP Duncan.

“Since the start of the pandemic, my Conservative colleagues and I have been pushing the federal government to deliver aid to Legions across Canada. I have hosted virtual meetings and kept in touch with the leadership of our local Legions and heard first-hand how assistance with operating costs would be critical in order to keep their doors open,” continued Duncan. “Despite taking nearly ten months to get the news, I am pleased the government has responded to our concerns.”

Further announcements of financial assistance to other local Legion branches will be made in the coming weeks. Duncan and his staff will continue to work with the remaining Legions to apply for the second round of funding in the New Year.


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Adrian Bugelli
Executive Assistant to Member of Parliament Eric Duncan