The Salvation Army

Although Canada is one of the most developed countries in the world, roughly three million people live in poverty.
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Although Canada is one of the most developed countries in the world, roughly three million people live in poverty. That’s one in 10 Canadians. This is a staggering statistic, particularly when we explore the many ways that poverty negatively impacts the lives of people in our communities:

  • One in eight households struggle to put food on the table;
  • 90,000 people will use a food bank for the first time this month;
  • One in seven children go to school hungry;
  • 230,000 people experience homelessness each year.

Every day, however, thousands of Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers strive to make life better for those struggling to make ends meet. Working in 400 communities across Canada, The Salvation Army is one of the largest and most complex social service organizations in the country.
Despite this significant scope of work, The Salvation Army's diverse programs focus on the individual needs and strengths of the 1.9 million people we
help each year. We are making a huge impact by changing lives and building communities.

Info at-a-glance

Year founded


Total revenue in 2016


Geographic region of focus


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

Funding priorities

  • Emergency and Disaster Services

  • Community and Family Services (emergency food, clothing and furniture)

  • Supportive Young Parent Programs

  • Young Entrepreneurship and Employment Training Program


Consider joining our team! Last year 136,000 volunteers dedicated approximately 1.2 million hours of their time 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.

Image of man playing trombone in a symphony
Festival of Carols.

Events and fundraising

Christmas Kettle Campaign, November 23-December 24, 2017

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 are an opportunity for the public to donate whatever funds they can to support the work of The Salvation Army during the Christmas season and throughout the year.

Image of woman and child putting a coin into a christmas kettle

Santa Shuffle, December 2nd, 2017

The Salvation Army and Running Room annual Santa Shuffle 5 km Fun Run and 1 km Elf Walk is held in 41 communities across Canada. Teams and individuals of all ages collect pledges online to assist families and individuals in need with basic necessities at Christmas and all year long. Santa Claus leads the 1 km Elf Walk and mascots greet participants along the route. Everyone is encouraged to dress up in their favourite Christmas costumes, take part in activities and enjoy a free healthy hot breakfast. All participants receive a unique Santa Shuffle finishers’ medal. Register at and help fight poverty and restore dignity.

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Santa Shuffle. Photo credit:

Board members and executives

Headshot of Susan McMillan
Commissioner Susan McMillan, Territorial Commander
Headshot of Andrew Lennox
Andrew Lennox, National Advisory Board Chair

Janice Barton, President - Radical Simplicity Inc.
Daniel Burns, Retired Deputy Minister - Government of Ontario
Calvin Buss, Partner Audit and Advisory - Deloitte
Andrew Grenville, Chief Research Officer - Vision Critical
Robert G. McFarlane, Vice Chair RSA Canada, Retired EVP & CFO - TELUS Corporation
Pina Sciarra, 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

The Salvation Army
820 Woodroffe Ave
Ottawa, Ontario
K2A 3V7
613-233-8428 x226