Here to serve those who have served
The RCMP Veterans’ Association (RCMPVA) has been in existence since 1886. It was incorporated under the name Royal Northwest Mounted Police Veterans’ Association by Letters Patent under the Companies Act on January 14, 1924, and steps were taken on December 1, 1954 to change the Association’s name to reflect the present-day name of the Force.
Purposes and objectives of the association
The Association came into being out of a recognition that the training, experience and comradery that members had obtained/developed during their active service, could still be put to very meaningful use in individual and collective service to Canada, the Force and other former members (or members of their immediate families and their dependents). That worthwhile precept, is still current today. To that end, the Association continues to subscribe to the following worthy purposes and objects in its Constitution:
- to promote and assist in the promotion and advancement of the best interests of Canada;
- to be of service to the Government of Canada when required and requested;
- to co-operate with and to render assistance to the Police, especially the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, in all matters of common interest or concern;
- to promote the physical, social and economic welfare of the Association’s members or the members of their immediate families;
- to provide support to worthy community services or organizations of a charitable or benevolent nature.
How the association functions
Policies and objectives of the Association are usually determined at its annual general meetings. The Board of Directors is the governing authority between general meetings. In addition, it is the responsibility of the Board of Directors to administer and manage the affairs of the Association on a day to day basis.
To assist the Board of Directors, as well as Divisions of the Association and the general public, the Association maintains a National Office which is usually staffed during normal work hours (Ottawa time). Being conveniently located in the Headquarters complex of the Force, the National Office is thus able to maintain a vital and close liaison with the Force.
Benefit Trust Fund
An outreach of the Association of particular importance is to be able to respond in a meaningful way to former members of the Force, members of their immediate families or their dependants, who are in financial distress. While assistance can take a variety of forms, it is important that rescue be undertaken in an effective, discreet, timely, and meaningful way, if it is to serve a useful purpose.
Such assistance may simply be by way of helping the individual connect with the appropriate Federal, Provincial or Municipal level of government best suited to assist.
Another form of assistance is available through the Benefit Trust Fund which exists under authority of the RCMP Act, or through a smaller fund established and maintained by the Association itself. Such assistance can also take the form of a grant, or a loan, repayment of which is geared to one’s circumstances. Financial assistance is available where there is no other funding available, or in addition to other forms of available assistance.
The objective is to provide temporary or ongoing relief where documented financial distress beyond the control of the individual exists, thereby enabling approved recipients to have simple, yet dignified financial expectations out of life.
If you know of an eligible, worthy person you are encouraged to contact the association for assistance.
The Force and the Association
The Force’s post-discharge responsibilities to former members are generally limited to ensuring that entitlements earned during one’s service are fully paid. While the Association takes a great deal of satisfaction out of its excellent rapport with the Force over the years, it also recognizes that enhancement to existing post-discharge benefits, must often be generated outside the Force, for the reason that the Force’s focus is primarily on serving members. The Force recognizes the Association as a credible advocate for the interests of former members. To retain that important status with the Force, it is vital that the Association be seen as truly representing former members, and this can best be achieved through strong and growing membership.