New legislation once approved, will mean Royal Canadian Legions across Ontario will no longer pay property tax in 2019.
Speaking to veterans along with their families and guests at the 17th Annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon earlier this week in Oakville, Premier Doug Ford said “Our veterans have paid their fair share to Ontario and to Canada… it is the least we can do to recognize and honour the service and sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform.”
In Parry Sound, Branch 117 like many Royal Canadian Legion branches in the province, are already exempt from paying municipal property taxes.
Parry Sound Director of Finance Kim Chen says Parry Sound Town Council passed a bylaw removing the municipal levy in 2016 however, the education portion of the tax bill is still in effect.
The move by the province will also remove that levy meaning the legion will no longer pay any property tax in 2019.
The Royal Canadian Legion is Canada’s largest veteran support and community service organization, with 270,000 members and over 1,400 branches across the country.
The Ontario Command of The Royal Canadian Legion is comprised of over four hundred branches throughout Ontario.
With a total membership of over 100,000, the Ontario Command of the Legion is the largest service-oriented organization in Ontario.
Members of the Royal Canadian Legion include serving and retired Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police members, as well as families of veterans.
In a statement released Monday, the government says it looks forward to tabling the legislation shortly.