The War Amps has been continued under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and is registered as a charitable organization with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The War Amps is funded by donations to the Key Tag Service. It does not receive government grants.
Since 1918, The War Amps has met the needs of war amputees. Today, the Association continues to serve them, and all Canadian amputees, including children. The Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program provides financial assistance for artificial limbs, regional seminars and peer support. Through CHAMP, The War Amps tradition of “amputees helping amputees” will continue long into the future.
The War Amps has a unique structure within the charitable field. In 1946, the Key Tag Service was launched to provide employment for returning war amputee veterans from the Second World War. This service was recognized as a sheltered workshop at that time. Throughout the intervening years, hundreds of Canadians with disabilities have worked at the Key Tag Service, and it continues to employ Canadian amputees and other people with disabilities today. A significant portion of the costs of the Key Tag Service is considered to be a charitable program of the Association as recognized by CRA.
The War Amps is proud of its history and the programs and services we offer to amputees. Public support of the Key Tag Service, which has returned more than 1.5 million sets of lost keys, enables the Association to continue to operate its many programs, such as the CHAMP Program for child amputees, the National Service Bureau for war amputees and seriously disabled veterans, the National Amputee Centre for adult amputees and Advocacy, ensuring the rights and interests of amputees.