With one in seven Canadians living in poverty, we continue to face significant challenges around eliminating poverty in our country. There is hope for a better future because of the generosity of donors, volunteers and community partners who continue to support The Salvation Army’s programs and services.
The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for individuals and families often tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction.
The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in 400 communities across Canada and in 131 countries around the world.
The Salvation Army’s diverse programs focus on the individual needs and strengths of the 1.7 million people we help each year. We are making huge impacts by changing lives and building communities.
- 1 in 7 Canadians Live in Poverty
- 1 in 5 Canadians will skip a meal to make ends meet
- 1 in 6 people who use food banks have jobs
- 1 in 4 households pay more than they can afford for housing
At a glance
Year founded: 1865
Geographic region of focus: Canada
Total revenue for last fiscal year: $807,700,000
Top funding sources:
- Government funding: 31%
- Individual donations: 25%
- Thrift store: 20%
- Other: 12%
- Emergency and Disaster Services
- Community and Family Services (emergency food, clothing and furniture)
- Supportive Young Parent Programs
- Young Entrepreneurship and Employment Training Program
How you can help
As the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in Canada, The Salvation Army offers unprecedented support to society’s most vulnerable. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are giving hope today by investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people. We provide several methods for making an online donation at salvationarmy.ca.
Consider joining our team! Last year over 130,000 volunteers dedicated 1.1 million hours to our mission. Their dedication and effort have a huge impact on the amount of support and hope we are able to give to communities across Canada. Volunteers are integral to the work we do and help The Salvation Army to continue making a difference.
Events and fundraising
Christmas Kettle Campaign
November 16 – December 24, 2018
The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is a fundraising effort that occurs each year during the Christmas season. Kettles are found in 2000 locations across Canada and donations support local Salvation Army programs and services. To volunteer visit bellringers.ca or donate at fillthekettle.com
Hope in the City
November 21, 2018
The Salvation Army Hope in the City Leadership Luncheon kicks off our Christmas fundraising season in Ottawa. Our guest speaker Jay Barnard, also known as Chef Recovery, will share his inspirational story of hope and transformation after receiving help from The Salvation Army. hopeinthecityottawa.com
December 1, 2018
The Salvation Army and Running Room annual Santa Shuffle is a 5 km Fun Run and 1 km Elf Walk held in 38 communities across Canada. Teams and individuals collect pledges to support local families through our programs at The Bethany Hope Centre. Register at santashuffle.ca
Festival of Carols
December 9, 2018
This Salvation Army Festival of Carols is a celebration of the Christmas season and of this very generous community through song and music. This free concert includes a sing along and the sounds of choir and brass. Two performances will be held at Centrepointe Theatre. Contact the Centrepointe Theatre box office for tickets and information.
Board members and executives
President - Radical Simplicity Inc.
Retired Deputy Minister - Government of Ontario
Partner, Audit and Advisory - Deloitte
Chief Research Officer - Vision Critical
Robert G. McFarlane,
Vice-Chair RSA Canada, Retired EVP & CFO - TELUS
Managing Director, Consulting and Deals - PwC Canada LLP
Marnie A. Spears,
President & Chief Executive Officer - Ketchum Canada Inc.
Bruce V. Walter,
Chairman - Nunavut Iron Ore, Inc.
Get in touch
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