The Salvation Army in Canada

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Caption: Salvation Army distributes warm coats to people in need

Warm Coats for Cold Winter


The Salvation Army is making sure that with frigid temperatures across Canada, everyone has access to a warm winter coat.

From coast to coast, many Salvation Army centres are collecting new and gently used coats to distribute to people in need of warm clothes for winter.

Winter coats can be expensive, and for some individuals, buying a coat may mean not having the money to pay rent, bills or buy food.

The Salvation Army doesn’t want people to have to make that choice.

If […]

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Benefit by Giving at Year-End


When you make a gift by December 31, you not only do more for others than you may have expected, your gift is tax deductible and you improve your own financial position.

Giving several types of gifts is still possible this year. The following are options that may also serve as future strategies.

  • General Donations:  General donations are simple and direct. You can make an unrestricted donation to be used where the need is greatest, or designate your gift for […]
Salvation Army hits homestretch for Annual Christmas campaign

Salvation Army Hits Homestretch for Annual Christmas Kettle Campaign


With Christmas only days away, The Salvation Army is calling on Canadians to help fill the kettle.  With a fundraising goal of $21 million there is still a long way to go.

The Salvation Army will accept donations through Christmas Eve in its iconic red buckets and online kettle.

Mary is among thousands who will receive a Christmas hamper with all the fixings for a turkey dinner, and more.

“Without The Salvation Army and its donors I’d have no dignity, no […]

Caption: Parents choose gifts for Christmas morning at Salvation Army toy centre

Donations Help Parents Play Santa Claus and Restore Dignity


This Christmas season, Julieen is one of thousands of parents invited to Salvation Army toy depots across Canada to choose a new and donated toy for their children to open on Christmas morning.

Selecting something they know their children will want and appreciate is just one of the ways The Salvation Army restores a sense of dignity and independence to those who have met with hard times.

Some people lack the choices that many of us enjoy. To be able to provide […]

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Great Success for the 23rd Annual Salvation Army Santa Shuffle


On Saturday Dec. 7, in 39 cities across Canada, approximately 16,000 runners braved the cold, winter weather to participate in The Salvation Army’s Santa Shuffle 5K Fun Run & 1K Elf Walk.

Thank you to everyone who ran, walked, donated or volunteered for this amazing event. Your support will help The Salvation Army offer practical and meaningful support to vulnerable Canadians.

The Shuffle is held annually, in partnership with The Running Room, to raise funds for Salvation Army social and community services […]


Host an Online Christmas Kettle for The Salvation Army


Three million Canadians live in poverty, making access to everyday needs, such as food, clothing and shelter, difficult. Donations made to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign help ensure that we can provide direct and compassionate service to approximately 1.8 million people each year.

The Salvation Army invites you to host an online kettle. The easy-to-use tool allows you to customize a kettle web page and encourage family and friends to donate.

This Christmas, invest in the future of marginalized people in […]


Partnerships and The Salvation Army


The Salvation Army’s services are possible because of partners who want to help make people’s lives better.  These relationships are critical to the efforts of The Salvation Army this Christmas season.

We are grateful to Salvation Army partners such as Lowes Canada, who are operating a national toy drive; Kellogg’s Rice Krispies, whose Treats for Toys program will buy toys for children in need; and Walmart Canada who, on December 21, will match donations made by individuals to Salvation Army Christmas […]

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Salvation Army Helps Fight the Flu Bug


According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, influenza affects 10 to 25% of Canadians each year.

In some communities, The Salvation Army, in partnership with local health authorities, is playing an active role in promoting good health and preventing the spread of the seasonal flu.

Salvation Army centres are opening their doors, making it easier for people to get inoculated. For vulnerable people, such as those living in homeless shelters, seniors, or those with limited access to nutritious food, the flu […]

Remembrance Day 2013

Take Time to Remember


The year 2013 marks the 95th anniversary of the end of the First World War. On November 11 Canadians will gather at cenotaphs across the country to remember those who fought and died for our freedom.

During both world wars and throughout the Cold War, The Salvation Army tried to establish a degree of civility amidst the loneliness and dehumanizing conditions of war. The Army provided comforts such as hot drinks and snacks and helped maintain morale by establishing leave centres […]

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Differences Between Rural and Urban Poverty


Although rural poverty is no better or worse than urban poverty, there are unique challenges. Rural residents face social isolation and higher transportation costs, which create burdens related to obtaining food. Not surprisingly more rural households access food banks when compared to urban households.

Other difficulties include limited access to employment opportunities, income, and adequate health and education opportunities.

Have rural Canadians been dangerously neglected?