The Salvation Army in Canada

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Vince sits in front of Salvation Army shelter

Helping the Homeless Beat the Streets


People don’t want to be homeless. Yet thousands of Canadians are one paycheck away, one crisis or one unpaid bill away from becoming homeless.

World Homeless Day, October 10, raises awareness of the issues facing people who are experiencing homelessness and encourages the public to take action to make a difference.

Vince’s story

When Vince and his girlfriend of seven years parted ways, he was suddenly homeless.  

“The breakup left me angry, hopeless and I felt worthless,” says Vince. “I fell into a […]

Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner

Salvation Army Serves up Food and Dignity


Thanksgiving is just around the corner and many of us will sit down to a traditional Thanksgiving feast. But, for vulnerable people such as low-income earners, the elderly on fixed incomes and people experiencing homelessness, Thanksgiving is a day where limited food and lack of money and resources is even more obvious.

“Four million Canadians are food insecure with many not knowing where their next meal will come from,” says Major Les Marshall, Territorial Public Relations and Development Secretary. “Whether it’s […]


Salvation Army Joins United Nations Celebrations as Ten Million-Signature #UpForSchool Petition is Presented


The 2015 United Nations General Assembly was one of the most significant meetings in recent history. The 193 member-countries of the United Nations (UN) agreed an ambitious 15-year plan for the sustainable development of the planet, with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets that apply to every country in the world. Priority has been given to addressing the needs of the poorest people – a priority for The Salvation Army for the past 150 years. (Visit for […]

Lisa finds strength after years of addiction

Lisa Finds Strength After Years of Addiction


“Less than a year ago I stood on the brink of a bridge, minutes away from jumping to my death,” says Lisa, 41. “Today, with help from The Salvation Army, I’m safe, sober and liking myself for the first time in decades.”

From age seven to 14, Lisa was sexually abused by her father. Then, when she developed the courage to tell her mother about the terrifying episodes, she was sent to live with her grandparents. To numb the pain she […]

Hunger Awareness Infographic


Hunger Awareness Week, September 21-25, exists to raise awareness of the solvable problem of hunger in Canada.

The Salvation Army recognizes that hunger is an everyday reality for thousands of Canadians. From food hampers to soup kitchens to school breakfast programs and street outreach vans, we’re fighting to make hunger history.

In many Salvation Army centres we’ve seen a noticeable increase in demand for services. Some of the people who access our services have jobs but after paying expenses find there is […]

Seniors’ Wellness Program Enhances Quality of Life

Seniors’ Wellness Program Enhances Quality of Life


St. Vital in Winnipeg is a community for all nations and is home to many seniors.  

Every week, seniors from the community gather at The Salvation Army Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre for games and activities that keep their minds alert and workshops that address health and safety issues such as managing arthritis, how to eat healthy on a tight budget and ways to prevent a fall. 

“Our program is instrumental in bringing people into […]

The Salvation Army assists refugees in Greece

The Salvation Army Continues to Assist Syrian Refugees


The Salvation Army believes it has an ethical and humanitarian responsibility to provide support to individuals and families fleeing their countries of origin. As European leaders seek to deal with what an EU (European Union) representative called the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, The Salvation Army is responding internationally, providing practical, emotional and spiritual support.

Reuniting two people through Salvation Army Refugee and Immigrant Program

Reuniting Two People Through The Salvation Army’s Refugee and Immigrant Program


Saba was so desperate for safety and a better life that she risked dangerous border crossings and the possibility of being shot on sight or caught up in a trafficking ring. Eventually, she immigrated to Canada—facing a future filled with uncertainty and a new set of challenges.

“I was 17 when I fled an Eritrean military camp,” says Saba. “When I learned that the 18-month mandatory program could turn into eight to 10 years, or longer, I was afraid for my […]

Excited about learning new words

Low-Literacy Individuals Learn Skills for a Better Life


Being able to read and write is a fundamental building block for learning and personal empowerment. Although many believe that Canada is doing well on the literacy front, the fact is that nearly half of Canadian adults have low literacy levels.

Research states that poverty has a direct link to illiteracy. And the lack of basic literacy skills can result in social isolation, the inability to find employment or use technology, and more.

In Weetamah, one of Winnipeg’s poorest neighbourhoods, The Salvation […]

Salvation Army helps Bryon get through one more day

When Life Hit Hard


Byron was 18 years sober, managing mental illness and PTSD, was gainfully employed as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and in a long-term relationship. But just when he thought things were going well, a few curveballs sent him on a downward spiral and he couldn’t see a way out.  

“It was Christmastime 2013,” says Byron. “My girlfriend and I split up. Then my mom, who suffered with dementia, had two strokes and was put in a nursing home. For the […]