Why Poverty Matters

A faith-driven organization shaped by our Christian beliefs, The Salvation Army provides comprehensive social services to anyone requiring assistance. Last year, 1.9 million people were helped by The Salvation Army in Canada. As our nation continues to respond to the realities of COVID-19, a growing number of people will need our help.

Everyone needs an Army and that’s why The Salvation Army exists. Whether it is providing shelter, emergency disaster relief, addiction rehabilitation, life-skills development or spiritual guidance, people need to know they are not alone in their time of need—they have an entire Army on their side.

In this report, you will read about the impact of your support through:

• stories of transformation
emergency disaster services
social service programs
thrift stores
camping ministries and more

Released on January 14, 2020, the national report card, 2020: Setting the Stage for a Poverty-Free Canada, provides a current snapshot of child and family poverty in the country and demonstrates the need for continued efforts to eradicate it.

Why does poverty matter? As a community, it is our collective responsibility to help the vulnerable. Decades of research show the seriousness and range of effects that poverty unleashes.

The Salvation Army plays a critical role in reducing poverty and remains steadfast in helping people to rise above challenges. When you support The Salvation Army, you help people overcome poverty, homelessness, addiction, mental health issues and more.

Due to the generous support of our donors, volunteers and other community stakeholders, we are rebuilding dignity and renewing hope. Thank you for helping us to make real and lasting impacts in the 400 communities across Canada in which we serve. Together, we can continue to provide life-changing programs, not just in the moment, but for years to come.

May God bless you,

Territorial Commander Floyd J. Tidd

Floyd J. Tidd
Commissioner
Territorial Commander