Honouring Our Veterans

Published on November 17, 2018

Ontario Honouring Ontario’s Veterans and Active Canadian Armed Forces Members

Kenora-Rainy River, Ont. — Last week Ontario’s Government for the People made announcements that give back to our Canadian military heroes and their families by launching consultations to establish a one-stop hotline for military families, easing the burden for Royal Canadian Legion Halls, and allowing military servicemen to fish for free in Ontario.


Improving Delivery for Ontario’s Military Heroes and Their Families


“Our government wants to make life a bit easier for military families who are transferred to different locations three times as often as the average Canadian family,” said MPP Greg Rickford. “These consultations have launched and will connect us directly with the families of those who serve in our armed forces. We want to better understand programs and services they are looking for, and identify the problems they face when moving to Ontario.”


The consultation process will occur in military communities, an online portal is available, and other provinces and federal jurisdictions will be included to form a complete picture of the challenges military families face. Results will inform the telephone hotline Ontario will establish to provide military families new to Ontario with the key resources they need on arrival. Details on the in-person consultation session will be available at a later date. In the meantime, families can visit Ontario.ca/MilitaryFamilies.


Lightening the Burden for Ontario's Legion Halls


"Legion halls play a vital role in our communities in Northwestern Ontario and across our great province, and we want to make sure they can continue to provide services for years to come," said MPP Greg Rickford. "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. It is the least we can do to recognize their service and honour the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform."


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.


Province to Offer Free Fishing to Veterans and Active Armed Forces Members


Ontario’s government for the people is amending fishing regulations so veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members who reside in Ontario can enjoy free recreational fishing by early 2019.


“The people of Ontario are grateful for the service of our veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members who have, and continue to defend our freedom and values,” said MPP Greg Rickford. “Recreational fishing is an important part of the lives of many Ontarians, especially here in Northwestern Ontario. This is a small way we can show our gratitude and respect for the heroes who have served for our country.”