Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’m not a member of the military, can I still become a member of the Royal Canadian Military Institute?
A: You are certainly welcome to apply for membership; it is not a membership requirement for our members to have a military service record. Our members include a diverse group of individuals of all ages, backgrounds and professions.  
 
Q: How do I apply for membership?
A: We’ve done our best to make applying for membership easy for potential members. To begin, please fill out the online application here. Once our membership team receives the initial application, they will review the information and will then contact you with information about next steps including information about the category of membership you may be eligible for.  Once you are aware of your eligibility, you will be required to fill-out a full application form, which can be found here.
 
Q: How long will it take for my membership application to be approved?
A: Membership applications are reviewed by the Board of Directors at their monthly meetings which are typically held during the last week of each month. Your application will be reviewed during the month that you apply so long as you submit your application prior to the meeting. Once the Board has reviewed your application, you will be contacted by the membership team regarding the status of your application.
 
Q: How much does membership cost?
A: The cost of membership is based on a number of variables including:  age, military status (if applicable) and proximity to the RCMI. When you apply for membership, our membership team will be happy to provide you with information pertaining to the category of membership you may be eligible for. For more information about membership rates, please contact our membership team at membership@rcmi.org or 416 597-0286 ext. 120.
 
Q:  How much does it cost to become a member of the RCMI Fitness Centre?
A: As a member of the RCMI, you may gain access to our state-of-the-art Fitness Centre for the low fee of $30/month or $300 for a full year. If you are not a member of the RCMI and are interested in the becoming a member of our Fitness Centre only, please contact us at membership@rcmi.org for applicable rates.
 
Q: Can my spouse enjoy access to the facility when I am not present?
A: Yes, we have created an opportunity for your spouse to enjoy the perks of the RCMI without you present. With a one-time fee of $100+hst, your spouse will be provided with their own RCMI member access card and will be able to use the facility at their leisure. With a spousal member card they can also enjoy RCMI services including reserving dinning and accommodations and use of reciprocal clubs, all charges will be linked to your own account.
 
Q: Are there any discounts available if our corporation decides to sign-up as an organization
A: Yes, our Corporate Membership category includes membership at the RCMI for 3 people. For the three individuals, the corporation would be charged an initiation fee of $3000 and an annual fee of $3,845 (prorated from July 1).  Like our other categories of membership, the key contact (or corporation) would receive a charitable donation receipt for 100% of the initiation fee and for approximately 70% of the annual fee. If you there more than 3 people who are interested in taking advantage of the Corporate Membership rates, additional individuals can be added to a membership at the discounted rate of  $1000 initiation fee and annual institute fee of $1,275. Please note when applying for membership, all three members of the membership group must fill out a separate membership application form and be submitted together.
 
Q: Is there a membership category for people who are 65 years plus?
A: At the moment the RCMI does not have a membership category for people who are 65 years old plus. Our Senior categories which you may have seen in our membership package refer to those individuals who are currently Senior Serving members of the military.
 
Q: Do you have a membership category for students?
A: Yes, we encourage students to join.  You may qualify for our student membership if you are enrolled in full-time studies at an accredited university of college.  Our student members benefit from having no initiation fee and a low annual fee.
 
Q: Do Resident Members and Non-Resident members have different privileges?
A: Besides our Resident members being within close proximity to our facility and being able to visit us easily, all members of every category enjoy all the benefits and privileges that come with being a member of the RCMI.
 
Q: How can I pay for membership?
A: We currently accept the following forms of payment:
  • Credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express
  • Cheque
  • Cash
  • Electronic Transfer
 
Q: Can I pay Initiation fees and annual fees in installments?
A: Yes, fees can be paid in annual, semi-annual and quarterly installments. Please note: if you chose to pay your initiation/annual fees in multiple installments, a $5 administration charge will be added to each installment.
 
Q: Can I still apply to be a member without a proposer?
A: Preference will always be given to prospective members who are proposed by current members. However, if you do not know a current member, you are still encouraged to apply for membership. Along with your membership application, our membership team will ask that you submit a letter of intent as to why you are interested in becoming a member of the RCMI. When reviewing your application, the Board will also review your letter of intent and if your application is approved, one of the members of the Board will sign-off on your behalf.  
 
Q: Are there any Monthly minimum spends at the RCMI?
A: The RCMI does not have any monthly minimum spends to maintain membership at the RCMI, you will receive a monthly bill each month that will contain purchases that you made at the Institute.
 
Q: How can I refer a member?
A: Thank you for considering referring a friend or family member to the RCMI. When referring a prospective member, you simply need to place your name under the proposer section of the application form. Once the application form is complete, you can instruct the prospective member to send it to us at membership@rcmi.org .