The Poppy Campaign

Every year, from the last Friday of October to November 11, tens of millions of Canadians wear a Poppy as a visual pledge to honour Canada’s Veterans and remember those who sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today. While the Poppy is distributed freely to all who wish to wear one, the Legion gratefully accepts donations to the Poppy Fund.

The Poppy Campaign is very much a local initiative, conducted by Legion Branches in cities, towns and communities across the country. Donations collected during the Poppy Campaign are held in Trust at the branch level to directly support Veterans and their families within their community and to help ensure Canadians ‘never forget’. Learn more about how your donations help Veterans

In the days leading up to November 11, Poppies can be seen in every corner of this great country. This show of support and display of remembrance would not be possible without the efforts of thousands of Legionnaires and Cadets who volunteer to distribute Poppies to the community through schools, community organizations and local businesses. We are so grateful for their efforts, and for the support of the many partners, local and national, who welcome Legion volunteers and Poppy boxes into their locations. 

Legion Branches inform the public of the results of their Poppy Campaign and how donations were dispersed over the following year. Dominion Command also releases aggregate national Poppy Campaign figures.

Our most recent reported campaign year was the 2016 Poppy Campaign in which more than 21.5 million Poppies were distributed, and $16.7 million dollars was dispersed between October 2016 to October 2017 to support Veterans and their families.

If you are looking for poppies in your area, visit one of our national 2018 Poppy Campaign partners between October 26 and November 11, or contact your Legion Branch to find poppies near you.

  • Bank of Montreal (BMO) – Poppy Boxes on site
  • Best Buy Canada – Poppy volunteers during scheduled periods
  • Bulk Barn – Poppy Boxes on site, plus Poppy volunteers during scheduled periods
  • Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. – Poppy volunteers on November 3, 4, 9 and 10, 2018
  • Dollarama – Poppy volunteers during scheduled periods. Additionally, Dollarama has made a corporate donation to the Royal Canadian Legion’s Dominion Command Poppy Trust Fund on behalf of all employees of Dollarama
  • HBC Hudson’s Bay and Home Outfitters Stores – Poppy Boxes on site
  • London Drugs – Poppy Boxes on site
  • Michaels – Poppy Boxes on site
  • Peoples Jewellers – Poppy Boxes on site November 10, 11
  • Princess Auto – Poppy Boxes on site, plus volunteers during scheduled periods
  • Revera Remembers – Poppy Boxes on site
  • Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix – Poppy Boxes on site, plus Poppy volunteers during scheduled periods
  • Tim Hortons – Poppy Boxes on site, plus Poppy volunteers during scheduled periods
  • Walmart Canada – Poppy volunteers during scheduled periods

The 2018 Poppy Campaign also features a new digital Poppy, found online at mypoppy.ca. Canadians who donate online will receive a digital Poppy in remembrance of a Veteran of their choosing. 

Canadians outside of the country can get a Poppy from their Canadian Embassy or Consulate. 

We thank all Canadians for supporting the Legion’s Poppy Campaign, honouring Canada’s Veterans.

If you want to get involved with the Poppy Campaign and help support Canada’s Veterans every day, join the Legion! Learn more