Lightening the Burden for Ontario’s Legion HallsNovember 5, 2018
NORTH BAY — Ontario’s Government for the People today reiterated its commitment to ease the burden on Ontario’s Royal Canadian Legion halls by ensuring they pay no property tax and looks forward to tabling legislation shortly.
“Legion halls play a vital role in communities across Ontario, for veterans and their families, and we want to make sure they can continue to provide services for years to come,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Our veterans have paid their fair share to Ontario and to Canada. We remain committed to ensuring Legion halls in Ontario pay no property tax, is the least we can do to recognize and honour the service and sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform.”
The Royal Canadian Legion offers vitally important services for Canada’s military veterans, including assistance in adjusting back into civilian life, advocacy on behalf of veterans, financial assistance programs, as well as support for families and seniors.
Many Legion halls in Ontario are already exempt from municipal property tax. The government’s commitment is that all property occupied by branches of the Ontario Command of The Royal Canadian Legion would be exempt from paying property tax, starting in 2019.
“Royal Canadian Legion branches serve as community hubs for social and family-based events in many towns and cities across Ontario, including here in Nipissing. Our government commends them for all the great work they do in our communities. We honour and remember the sacrifices made to preserve our freedom,” said Fedeli.