Of The Royal Canadian Legion

The Royal Canadian Legion in Nova Scotia began with the GWVA (Great War Veterans Association) early in 1925. With the union of the various Veterans organizations, on July 17, 1926 Nova Scotia Command of the GWVA became Nova Scotia Command of the Canadian Legion of the British Empire Service League.

During WWII, the Command made arrangements at the docks in Halifax to personally ensure that all personnel departing for overseas were seen aboard ship with a Color Party, and all those returning were welcomed home. Nova Scotia Command was unquestionably the busiest Command, by far, in Canada during the war years.

In 2000, then Dominion President Chuck Murphy, approached Nova Scotia Command with a request that the Command consider a request from the independent Branches in Nunavut Territory to join with Nova Scotia Command. During the Command biennial convention held in May 2001 a vote was taken and a unanimous decision was arrived at, thus combining Nova Scotia Command with Nunavut Territory to become Nova Scotia / Nunavut Command.

Nova Scotia / Nunavut Command presently consists of 7 Districts which are divided into 15 Zones, incorporating 109 Branches. The new Command headquarters, built in 2004, is located at 61 Gloria McCluskey Blvd. in Burnside Business Park.

Nova Scotia / Nunavut Command has, since its inception in 1925, continuously been an advocate and supporter of such programs for Veterans, ex-Service personnel and their dependents as:

  • Veteran Services - advocating with Veterans Affairs Canada to promote the well being of all Veterans, ex-service and serving personnel and their dependents.
  • Track and Field - a continuing youth program sponsored since 1954 - click on "Youth" in the site navigation
  • Leadership Training Camp - a continuing youth program sponsored since 1962 - click on "Youth" in the site navigation
  • Call to Remembrance - continuing youth program sponsored since 1995 - click on "Youth" in the site navigation

Other programs which are of significant note are:

  • Bursaries and Scholarship programs,
  • Poster and Literary contests
  • Veteran and Senior health care