More Local Legions Receive Federal Emergency Support

LONG SAULT, ON – Three more Royal Canadian Legions in our region will be receiving much-needed funding through the federal government’s Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund.

The Lancaster and Long Sault branches will both be receiving funding in the amount of $10,845. The branch in Chesterville will be receiving $7,449.

“Branch 544 Lancaster did apply and received $10,850.00. This money is for a portion of expenses like rent, utilities, and insurance that have already been paid, starting in March 2020 when the pandemic hit. This funding is much appreciated since there was no revenue coming in,” said Bill Bresee, President Legion Branch 544 (Lancaster).

“This much needed funding will allow us to pay the bills necessary to keeps the doors open, once we can reopen safely. It will also allow us to complete some upgrades to our bar area that will benefit our many members,” said Randy Robertson, President of Legion Branch 569 (Long Sault).

“The Chesterville Legion was fortunate to be able to reopen in July 2020. So it only required Government Assistance for the period that it was closed between March 17 and July 17.  We received a reimbursement of expenses totalling $7,449 and appreciate the assistance that the Government of Canada has provided to the Legion and other Veterans organizations.” Said Steven Grubb, President Legion Branch 434 (Chesterville)

“Our Royal Canadian Legions across our region not only support our Veterans, but support numerous community causes with donations and as a community meeting place. It is important that they are able to continue their great work after we emerge from this pandemic,” said Eric Duncan, MP Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry

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.


For more information:

Adrian Bugelli
Executive Assistant, Office of Member of Parliament Eric Duncan