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Barrie legion receives almost $11K in federal funding; 'Our survival depends on it'

'This economic boast will help us to get through the short term,' says local president

Doug Shipley, Member of Parliament for Barrie-Springwater-OroMedonte, announced $10,845.04 in funding from the Government of Canada to support the Royal Canadian Legion #147 in Barrie. This funding will assist the Barrie legion branch with their operational costs so they can continue providing important support for veterans.

The Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund is part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to protect jobs, provide emergency support and keep businesses afloat through the pandemic. Organizations such as the Barrie Royal Canadian Legion play a critical role in the well-being of veterans, their families and the community.

In November, the Government of Canada provided $14 million to the Royal Canadian Legion’s Dominion Command to allow for the rapid distribution of financial aid to individual branches across the country. Dominion Command was responsible for determining which branches would receive funding.

Organizations receiving these funds will have access to the support they need to replace charitable and other revenue lost because of the pandemic and will be able to continue their work with veterans and their families during a time when it is needed most.

“Our legions always deserve our support so I am pleased to see the delivery of these funds to the Barrie legion and I commend the volunteers and staff for the good work they do on a daily basis but especially during this difficult time,” said MP Shipley. “They are a vital part of our community and I will continue to advocate for more funding support to ensure they have the means to continue.”

“The government answered our call for funds to assist the Barrie legion and like most legions during this pandemic, our survival depends on it. This economic boast will help us to get through the short term,” said president Marcel Vigneault, Royal Canadian Legion, Barrie Branch #147.