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The Soldiers' Aid Commission provides financial assistance to Ontario’s eligible Second World War and Korean War veterans and their families.

The Commission is governed by the Soldiers’ Aid Commission Act and reports directly to the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services.

Eligible Veterans

To be eligible for Soldiers' Aid Commission financial assistance, a veteran must:

  • be in financial need
  • live in Ontario, and
  • have served with the Canadian Armed Forces in the Second World War or the Korean War.

Veterans who served in the Merchant Navy during the Second World War are also eligible for assistance.

Financial assistance may also be extended to spouses and children of veterans.

Financial Assistance

The Commission provides funds for the following:

  • health-related items, like hearing aids, glasses, prescription drugs and dental needs
  • home-related items, like rent, repairs, moving costs, furniture, repair/replacement of roof and furnace
  • specialized equipment, like assistive devices, wheelchairs and prosthetics
  • personal items, like clothing and specialized support services

The Commission may share the costs of special items and services with other veterans' organizations, if costs exceed the maximum amounts that can be granted.

How to apply for assistance

The Commission accepts applications made by veterans or their families via the following organizations:

Royal Canadian Legion - Ontario Command

To apply through the Royal Canadian Legion – Ontario Command, please contact them and ask a service officer to help you apply:

Veteran Affairs Canada

To apply through Veteran Affairs Canada (VAC), please contact them to request service and benefits:

If you already have a VAC account, you can log in to your profile and follow the steps under “service and benefits.”

Brief history of the Commission

The Soldiers’ Aid Commission was established in 1915 to help returning First World War veterans and their families with problems they faced as they re-entered civilian life, such as finding work and housing.

During the 1920s, the Soldiers’ Aid Commission became a crown ward and at its peak had over 600 children under its care. Following the Second World War and the Korean War, the Commission was expanded to provide supports and services to these returning veterans and their families.

Over the years, the Soldiers’ Aid Commission has provided financial support for countless veterans and their families to assist them during hardships.

Learn more

If you have any questions or are looking for general information about the Soldiers’ Aid Commission, please call 416-327-4674.