Barrie legion grant money will go towards continuing to support community’s veterans

Over $10,000 in funding by way of the federal government

A sigh of relief might have been heard at the local legion, after it received over ten thousand dollars in federal funding.

Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte MP Doug Shipley announced on Wednesday, the Royal Canadian Legion #147 in Barrie will receive $10,845.04 in funding from the Government of Canada to support its operating costs. Funding is coming by way of the Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund, a subset of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, and will be used to help continue the legion’s efforts to support local veterans.

“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 boost will help us to get through the short term,” said President Marcel Vigneault, Royal Canadian Legion, Barrie Branch #147.

“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 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.”

Feature image courtesy MP Doug Shipley. A pre-lockdown stock image shows Legion President Marcel Vigneault and MP Shipley