Today, approximately three million Canadians, or one in 10 people, live in poverty. The Salvation Army recognizes that poverty is a critical issue, and that everyone has a right to access basic necessities such as nutritious food, health care, education and economic opportunity.
The effects of poverty are quite serious and deserve our attention:
- It requires people to make painful choices between necessities, such as paying the rent or feeding the kids, going to the dentist or buying a monthly bus pass.
- It often leads to hunger or unhealthy eating, poor health, interrupted schooling, homelessness or poor quality housing, substance abuse, crime, violence and despair.
- Those who experience poverty have a shorter lifespan, and often suffer physically and emotionally.
- Those who live in poverty often require higher than average use of publicly funded programs like welfare, hospitals, police and correctional services which increases taxes.
More than 1.9 million people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year across the country – many among the nation’s poor. This includes:
- The distribution of more than 3.2 million meals.
- The provision of 5,850 shelter beds each night for vulnerable men, women and families, making up one-quarter of all shelter beds in Canada.
- Practical assistance to 1,285,000 million people with food or clothing.
With your support, dignity for all is possible.