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RCMP Veterans Policy and Bylaw

The Governance Manual

The RCMP Veterans’ Association’s diversified and geographically diverse structure does not lend itself well to a “one size fits all model for governance. The responsibility of the Board of Directors is to provide the Association with strategic direction and to ensure accountability in measuring how our mission is accomplished. The delivery of the business plan and the actual work involved in achieving the strategic direction set by the Board is the responsibility of management, and in our case, that translates to the Chief Administration Officer (CAO) working interdependently with the Association Division Presidents, the Board and the Chair of our various Committers.
Our individual efforts and collective performance will determine the future of the RCMP Veterans’ Association. Our ability to have a positive impact on the thousands of veterans who look to us now and will in the future is not tied to the positions we hold but to the leadership we bring to the Board and to the Association as a whole The new RCMPVA Governance Manual is available in the pdf link below. This is a searchable pdf.

Association Manual

The purpose of this Manual is to supplement the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (CNCA), Articles and the By-Law by providing: detail, clarification, and explanation respecting policies and procedures required by the CNCA, Articles, By-Law or Board; and establishing governance of activities of the RCMP Veterans’ Association (RCMPVA or Association) dealing with administrative and operational matters of the Association.

The Manual, therefore, is intended to be an explanatory document. It is based on and structured after the By-Law, but the explanations otherwise have no independent legal authority. It also contains various mandatory procedural policies as prescribed by the Board.

Should you have any questions, or suggestions for edits, please contact the RCMP Veterans Association CAO at rcmpvetscao@rcmpva.org


The Association By-Law was approved by the Board of Directors in February of 2022 and, by ordinary resolution, approved by the membership effective June 3rd, 2022.

The Association By-Law No. 1 is established by the Board of Directors who are supported by the By-Law Committee to ensure the By-Law is aligned to regulate the activities and affairs of the RCMP Veterans’ Association.

The By-Law is a working document, and as such amendments to it can be
considered to continue to enhance it where needed. The Board of Directors can make, amend or repeal any by-law (except in respect of matters referred to in subsection 197(1) of the Incorporation act), and present it for approval by way of an ordinary resolution at a general meeting of members. The voting members can confirm, amend, and confirm as amended, or reject the resolution.

Proposed amendments should be made in writing and provided to the Division President/Executive for review. Following division review they would be forwarded as recommendations for amendment/s to the By-law to the Chair of the By-Law Committee for review and response. The Board of Directors, in consultation with the By-Law Committee will provide advice and guidance on next steps for proposed amendments.

The reader should note that the version of our By-Law, featured in the download below, is the most recent (2022) version of the By-Law. Should you have any questions about the material contained in the download please contact the Association through our contact page.


Communications Policy – In Progress

Certificate and Articles of Continuance

In 2014, articles of continuance were filed to transition to the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. We function as an independent, not-for-profit organization that operates at arm’s length from government. To view the articles please click the link below.

RCMPVA Privacy Code

For the Protection of Personal Information

It is the policy of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Veterans’ Association (RCMPVA) to respect and safeguard the privacy of our members. While the RCMPVA does not engage in activities of a commercial character, we are committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of personal information in a manner consistent with the following Principles.


An Association is responsible for personal information under its control and shall designate a Director or Directors as Privacy Compliance Officers who are accountable for the Association’s compliance with the following principles.


The purposes for which personal information is collected shall be identified by the Association at or before the time the information is collected.


The knowledge and consent of the member are required for the collection, use, or disclosure of personal information, except where inappropriate.


The collection of personal information shall be limited to that which is necessary for the purposes identified by the Association. Information shall be collected by fair and lawful means.


Personal information shall not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with the consent of the individual or as required by law. Personal information shall be retained only as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.


Personal information shall be as accurate, complete, and up-to-date as is necessary for the purposes for which it is to be used.


Personal information shall be protected by security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information.


An Association shall make readily available to members specific information about its policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.


Upon request, a member shall be informed of the existence, use, and disclosure of his or her personal information and shall be given access to that information. A member shall be able to challenge the accuracy and completeness of the information and have it amended as appropriate.


A member shall be able to address a challenge concerning compliance with the above principles to the Privacy Compliance Officer.

These Principles apply to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Veterans’ Association not only as an organization but also to each individual member, prospective, or past member as a condition of membership or association with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Veterans’ Association, with respect to the Personal Information of other members.

RCMPVA Privacy Policy

Policy for the Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information

1. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Veteran’s Association (RCMPVA) – PRIVACY CODE

  • The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Veterans’ Association (RCMPVA) adheres to and abides by the principles set out in the RCMPVA – Privacy Code. All members and volunteers associated with this Association must sign an acknowledgment that they will comply with the requirements of the Code.
  • Other persons, Associations or organizations who act for, or on behalf of, the RCMPVA are also required to comply with the principles and the Policy and will be given restricted access to personal information solely to perform the services provided for the RCMPVA.

2. The Policy Statement

  • It is the policy of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Veterans’ Association (RCMPVA) to respect and safeguard the privacy of all members. While the RCMPVA does not engage in activities of a commercial character, we are committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of personal information in a manner that meets or exceeds the requirements of Federal and Provincial privacy laws.
  • This Policy Statement applies to the RCMPVA not only as an organization but also to each individual member, prospective, or past member as a condition of membership or association with the RCMPVA, with respect to the Personal Information of other members.
  • The RCMPVA only collects personal information about members necessary to process membership, collect dues, enforce its By-laws and generally effectively provide services to the Association.

3. The Privacy Compliance Officer

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Veteran’s Association (RCMPVA) has appointed the serving elected Executive Officer as the person/position responsible for privacy compliance in this Association. His/her name shall be made available to members. The responsibilities of the privacy compliance officer shall include:

  • Establish and update information protection policies.
  • Ensure policies are implemented by other Associations and/or third parties to which Information is exchanged.
  • Establish criteria for classification of information.
  • Evaluate the accessibility of sensitive information and take corrective action where necessary.
  • Provide education to members on the importance of information protection.
  • Attempt to resolve member privacy complaints to the satisfaction of the member.

4. The Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information

  • No personal information shall be collected from a member without first obtaining consent to the collection, use and dissemination of that information.
  • Expressed consent (oral or written) must always be obtained except in the following situation.
  • Consent may be implied where the information is not sensitive and where it can be reasonably assumed that the individual would expect the information to be disclosed in this fashion.
  • Once information is collected, it will be used and disclosed only for the purposes disclosed to the individual.
  • Application forms prepared by the Association for use by members shall contain the clauses approved by the directors by which the member authorizes the collection, use and disclosure of personal information.

5. Disclosure for New Purpose

  • Anyone using personal information for some new purpose that extends beyond the consent already provided must obtain the express consent of the member for that use.
  • Requests for information by law enforcement officials, lawyers, private investigators or other agents or subpoenas for documents issued by the court must be referred to the Board of Directors.

6. Protecting Information

  • Information must be protected in a manner commensurate with its sensitivity, value and criticality. This policy applies regardless of the media on which information is stored, the locations where the information is stored, the systems used to process the information, or the processes by which information is handled.
  • Mail, email and faxes must be routed directly to the intended recipient.
  • Information should be available to other persons in the Association only on a need-to-know basis.
  • Filing cabinets designated by the Association to contain personal, including sensitive, information is to be kept secured at all times.
  • All Board Directors, Volunteers and Members will keep all Association files secure.

7. Accuracy of Information
To ensure the quality of the information collected:

  • Insofar as possible, personal information about members should be collected directly from the member.
  • Disclaimers of accuracy should always be attached to any disclosure of information and on all Association data.

8. Access to Personal Information

  • Copies of the RCMPVA Privacy Code, this Privacy Policy and any privacy information approved by this Association should always be available to the membership.
  • The Privacy Compliance Officer is responsible for responding to access requests and all such requests will be referred to him or her.
  • All members will co-operate fully with the privacy compliance officer in responding to requests.
  • On written request and appropriate identification satisfactory to the Association, an individual will be advised of personal information about him/her retained in the Association’s records.
  • Where information cannot be disclosed (for example the information contains reference to other individuals or is subject to solicitor-client privilege) the individual will be given reasons for non-disclosure.
  • An individual may have appended to a record any alternative information where the office is of the view that the appended information is, in fact, correct.

9. Compliance

  • Failure to comply with the Privacy Policy constitutes a breach of the RCMPVA Privacy Code.
  • Any complaints from an individual concerning the collection, use or disclosure of their personal information or concerning the individual’s ability to access their personal information must be referred to the privacy compliance officer, who will attempt to resolve the complaint to the individual’s satisfaction.
  • In the event the complaint cannot be resolved internally to the member’s satisfaction, he or she will be advised of where to direct the complaint.

10. Contact
For further Information contact the Privacy Compliance Officer(s) at:
RCMPVA Executive Officer