The Salvation Army in Canada

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Pilot Program Helps Lift Families with Children Out of Poverty


Amidst incredible wealth, poverty in Canada remains prevalent. More than three million Canadian families are living in unaffordable and unsuitable housing conditions, and one in 10 children is considered poor.

Since its founding in 1865, The Salvation Army has served as a bridge between families and communities, providing care, hope and belonging. As statistics reveal an increasing number of families   struggling to make ends meet, The Salvation Army is embracing a pilot project, Pathway of Hope, which will work with vulnerable […]

homeless woman sorts food at Salvation Army family services

Homeless Woman Finds Purpose while Volunteering at The Salvation Army


Originally from Namibia, Hileni moved to Edmonton from Toronto in April 2015 in search of a better life. Things didn’t go well right away, and Hileni found herself living in a women’s shelter downtown. While living there, she would often visit The Salvation Army’s nearby Community and Family Services for a hot meal.

"One day I asked myself, why can't I do something to help other people?" says Hileni. It was then that she decided, even though still homeless herself, that […]

Unique Program Fights Child Hunger

Unique Program Fights Child Hunger


Imagine starting your school day hungry and unable to focus on what your teacher is saying because of your growling stomach and pounding headache. For one in seven Canadian children, this is a reality.  

Recognizing that hunger has a huge impact on a child’s ability to learn and function, The Salvation Army in Red Deer, Alta., approached the Red Deer Public School Board to start a weekend feeding program where a backpack filled with nutritious food would be taken home by hungry […]

young mother with child get assistance from Salvation Army

Hope in a Box


As she sat quietly waiting for her bag of food items at The Salvation Army in Toronto’s community of Agincourt, Nicole had more than feeding her four hungry children on her mind. With a near empty bank account, she couldn’t provide winter wear for her family or afford to keep her dog. And Christmas, which was just around the corner, would be especially difficult.

“When I came to The Salvation Army I was depressed, mentally overwhelmed and just plain exhausted,” says […]

Owners with goats that provide health benefits and income

How a Most Unusual Gift is Changing Lives


It might be the most unusual gift a person could give. But, in developing countries, the gift of a goat has a profound impact on a family’s health and income. It provides milk, which means essential protein for growing children, and the sale of offspring provides an income to pay for housing, health, food and schooling.

Through The Salvation Army’s Gifts of Hope Program, the gifts of animals are creating lasting changes in people’s lives, making their future brighter than the […]

Mental Illness. Awareness. Acceptance. Action

Salvation Army Addresses Mental Illness


Statistics reveal that 1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental illness and research states that by 2020, depression will be the leading cause of disability on the planet. Mental health issues are real.  Just ask anyone who suffers with them about the debilitating effects it has on work and personal life.

People with mental illness face poverty, unemployment, homelessness and social isolation. What can be done to help end a disease that costs people so dearly?

“We have to change our ideas […]

Salvation Army Thrift Store front in Etobicoke Ontario

Salvation Army Responds to Goodwill Closure


On January 16 it was announced that Goodwill, which collects donated clothing and goods, then sells them to fund programs for people with learning and physical disabilities, was closing 16 stores and donation centres across Ontario.

“The Salvation Army appreciates and respects the important work that Goodwill does in Ontario and all across Canada,” says Michele Walker, national retail operations manager. “We hope that Goodwill can resolve their current situation in the Greater Toronto Area and continue to help the many […]


Rising Food Prices Leads to More Hunger


If a trip to the grocery store seems expensive now, just wait, says CBC news. Since 81% of all vegetables and fruit consumed in Canada are imported, they are highly vulnerable to currency fluctuations and are expected to increase in price by up to 4.5 %.

“With significant increases in prices we are not only seeing more people asking for food, but a new and unexpected clientele,” says Kelly Currie, Community Services Coordinator for The Salvation Army in Dartmouth, […]

Salvation Army mobile outreach van serves hot drinks to vulnerable during cold weather

Salvation Army Provides Additional Services during Cold Weather Alerts


Across Canada, extreme cold weather alerts are bringing about increased services for The Salvation Army.

“It was like she was waiting for us to come,” says one Salvation Army street outreach worker, who discovered a young, pregnant lady, in sub-zero temperatures, resting her head on a garbage bag containing all her belongings.”

During extreme cold weather alerts, the primary focus of Salvation Army mobile outreach services is to provide transportation to appropriate shelter.

“The harsh winter weather causes many staying outside to want […]

37 Seconds that Changed a Country Forever

37 Seconds that Changed a Country Forever


Haiti is still struggling to recover from a devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010 that killed more than 250,000 people and crippled the nation's infrastructure. Six years later, The Salvation Army continues to work alongside Haitians to strengthen their communities.

“On January 12, 2016, to mark the sixth anniversary of the earthquake, The Salvation Army will open a new, expanded medical clinic, to replace its health facility that was damaged beyond repair,” says Manjita Biswas, Program Director for Overseas Projects.

 “The new […]