Navy League of Canada



Established in 1895 to ensure adequate naval defence, the Navy League of Canada’s main objective was to promote an interest in Maritime Affairs throughout Canada, while also keeping watch over policies relevant to Canada’s waters.

The two World Wars placed heavy dependence on the Navy League and its ability to support Merchant Navy and operate hostels. However, by the end of the Second World War and the closing out of its War Services operations, the Navy League was again able to turn its attention to its primary objectives: continued support of youth training and promoting a knowledge of Maritime Affairs.

Today, the Navy League of Canada provides most of its services through our 260 local Branches. We promote Maritime Affairs by supporting Canada’s youth through maritime-themed programs. There are two separate programs: the Navy League Cadets, for youth aged 9 to 12, and the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet program, for youth aged 12 to 18, which is delivered in partnership with the Department of National Defence.

When appropriate, we provide the government with recommendations for the responsible and sustainable stewardship of our marine resources. Our interests include defence, Canada’s agricultural, industrial, and business sectors by encouraging steadfast maritime safety and protection. We have also worked to ensure that Canada’s Navy and Coast Guard remain sustainable, ready and able.

Lastly, we are one of the founding members of the International Sea Cadet Association (ISCA), which promotes cultural exchanges between cadets in twenty different nations.

The Navy League of Canada is rightfully proud of its members, current and past, and is grateful to them for their selfless support of its objectives.



The Navy League of Canada also spreads awareness of the maritime field by offering several awards, granted annually, to recognize excellence in Canada’s marine sector. These include:


  • The Lockheed Martin Centennial Award, generously created by Lockheed Martin, is presented each year to recognize the Royal Canadian Navy sailor who most exemplifies excellence at the rank of Master Seaman and below.
  • The Robert I. Hendy Award is granted to individuals who have accomplished feats or achievements of national or international significance in the area of maritime affairs.
  • The J. J. Kinley Award is awarded to members, employees or units of the Canadian Coast Guard, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, or the Canadian Armed Forces who have made remarkable contributions in support of naval and maritime interests.
  • Navy League Prize (Royal Military College) Each year, the Navy League Prize is presented to the top graduating Royal Military College Naval student.
  • Navy League Prize (Canadian Coast Guard College) Each year, the Navy League Prize is presented to the graduating Officer Cadet who has displayed exemplary courtesy and deportment throughout the entire training period, and is entering service within the Canadian Coast Guard.

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