The Salvation Army in Canada

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Free income tax clinics help low-income households

How Free Income Tax Clinics Benefit Low-Income Households


For many of us, it’s easy to file a tax return with tax software or by paying a tax preparation company. But when you can barely afford to put food on the table, the financial burden of having an accountant or tax preparation clinic prepare your return is overwhelming.

Across the country, from Moncton to Oshawa to Yellowknife, Salvation Army volunteer-run tax clinics ease pressures that already exist for individuals and families who are on a low/fixed income.

“The Salvation […]

Giving Trends

Giving Trends: What donors have to say about giving


A recent report by Hewitt and Johnston Consultants (hjc) says most Canadians donate to charities each year. The data collected in the report reveals trends in giving that include the following:

  • Peer-to-peer fundraising and crowdfunding (events, campaigns) have promising futures as fundraising strategies for younger generations.
  • Generation Y (born 1981-1995) and Generation X (born 1965-1980) are more likely to demand accountability and transparency than older donors.
  • Face-to-face and street funding is surprisingly strong.
  • Gen Y, X and Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) are […]
Hunger hurts Canadian children

Hunger Hurts 300,000 Canadian Children


Children who grow up in poor families are more likely to struggle in school, have poor mental and physical health, and will have a harder time realizing their full potential as adults.

More than 850,000 Canadians access food banks each month and one third of those seeking help are children. That means hunger affects 300,000 Canadian children.

The Salvation Army recognizes that poverty is a critical issue and that children are its innocent victims. In 2013, across Canada, The Salvation Army provided […]

Salvation Army programs give families resources to overcome challenges

Ending Poverty, One Family at a Time


Vulnerable families prosper when they are treated with respect and dignity. More than ever, as the gap of income inequality increases and the cost of living goes up, families face a number of obstacles.

From unemployment to financial instability to stressful family relationships, The Salvation Army offers support in as many areas as possible.

Salvation Army programs across the country include:

Salvation Army team members provide tea, coffee and treats, at Olympics

Salvation Army Engages in Olympic Games


As people from around the world convene in Sochi to see Olympic athletes compete for their countries, The Salvation Army is providing tea, coffee, treats, and translation where needed, to hundreds of people at venues with large screens showing the day’s events.

The team also has a presence in the mountain town of Krasnapolyna, where some of the events are taking place.

The Salvation Army values the opportunity to offer support, demonstrating Christian love and hospitality.



Food bank use increases. More than one-third of those helped are children and youth.

The Faces of Hunger


In a country of relative wealth, one in eight Canadian families struggle to get enough food.

According to HungerCount 2013 food bank use is higher than it was before the recession began five years ago.

The causes of food insecurity are well-known—low wages, unemployment, family breakup, layoffs and unaffordable housing, to name a few.

In many Salvation Army centres there has been a definite increase in demand for services.  People who have jobs but, after paying expenses, there is little money […]

Salvation Army helps vulnerable people develop literacy skills

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty with Words


Poverty and literacy are closely connected. A low literacy level leads to a lack of education and poor paying jobs, perpetuating the vicious cycle of poverty.

According to the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network, adults functioning at low literacy levels are more likely to be receiving social assistance and often lack the skills and means necessary to gain access to forms of help.

Increasing the level of literacy in both adults and children can lead families to financial stability, increased self-confidence and […]

Join the conversation and help end the stigma surrounding mental illness

Canadians Recognize Mental Illness


One in five Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their life. (Canadian Institute of Health Research)

Today, January 28, is Bell Let’s Talk Day when the issue of mental health will be openly discussed across all platforms across the country.  The campaign invites all Canadians to help end the stigma surrounding mental illnesses.

A Salvation Army report, “Canada Speaks 2012: Mental Health, Addictions and the Roots of Poverty”, reveals perceptions and attitudes […]

Young man seeks Salvation Army shelter services

Canada’s Changing Face of Poverty


Poverty shouldn’t exist in a country as wealthy as Canada. Even having a job doesn’t guarantee people freedom from poverty.

According to Statistics Canada, the number of unattached working-age adults living in poverty has doubled since 1981, increasing from 538,000 people to 1,195,000 in 2011. And in 2011, 35,000 more single-parent families lived in poverty than in 2010.

Poverty trends change over time and some Salvation Army centres are seeing a changing face in the people they serve.  In Saskatchewan more young […]

Caption: Salvation Army heating programs make life easier.

Heat or Eat?


In some parts of Canada, winter can impose financial burdens and low-income families are hardest hit.

In Canada, which is described as one of the world’s wealthiest nations, thousands of people work low-paying jobs whose incomes don’t reflect the cost of living. Many are forced to choose between staying warm or putting food on the table.

When temperatures drop and fuel costs are high, support is welcome relief. In areas of the country such as PEI and Nova Scotia, The […]