Navy League of Canada
The Navy League of Canada is a volunteer organization founded in 1918 under federal charter, but tracing its origins to branches of the British Empire Navy League established in Canada from 1895. The league's central function is the promotion of Canada's maritime interests, and it has consistently supported expansion of the merchant marine. The league provided seamen's comforts during wartime and has been active in youth training. Boy's Naval Brigades (now called Sea Cadets) were begun in 1903, and after 1945 training was extended to girls and preadolescents (Navy League Cadets).