Emergency Disaster Services

The Salvation Army's extraordinary year year in disaster services
The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services in Canada has assisted those affected by disaster since 1917. Therefore, every year, we recognize and support Emergency Preparedness Week, a national event coordinated by Public Safety Canada. During the first full week of May, Canadians are encouraged to become better prepared for the range of emergencies that could  […]
Salvation Army worker delivers hampers to fire victims
At 1:30 a.m. on Valentine’s Day, a massive fire ripped through the Delair Court apartments in Abbotsford, B.C., leaving more than 100 individuals and families homeless. The complex contained 57 units, all now uninhabitable due to extensive fire, smoke and water damage. Within a couple of hours, Emergency Social Services (ESS) and The Salvation Army  […]
Aerial view of Fort McMurray
The Salvation Army has served the community of Fort McMurray, Alberta, meeting critical needs of the most vulnerable, since 1979. “You help us to help others,” says Major Stephen Hibbs. From providing food to hungry seniors to giving hope to those affected by disaster, we invite you to watch this video of The Salvation Army  […]

Supporting Vulnerable Communities During the Summer Months (WATCH)

Posted on 11th August 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
Two Salvation Army employees hand out water out of an EDS truck during the summer
For many, summer is a wonderful time of the year filled with vacations and backyard get togethers. But for those living in poverty, summer is just another season of challenges and hopelessness. The Salvation Army recognizes that poverty doesn’t take a break and we invite you to watch this video to see how we are  […]

Helping Vulnerable Communities Beat the Heat this Summer

Posted on 7th July 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
Salvation Army worker hands out water during heat alert
Keeping cool this summer can be as easy as staying inside with air conditioning. Yet, for low-income families, the elderly and those experiencing homelessness, that may not be possible. More vulnerable Canadians can suffer from dehydration in the heat of the summer than from exposure in the winter. With some libraries and recreational centres shut  […]

The Rogers Family and The Salvation Army Team Up for COVID-19 Relief

Posted on 15th June 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
Salvation Army worker hands bag of food to client from disaster services truck
TORONTO, ON, June 15, 2020—Today, the Rogers family donated $10 million to The Salvation Army to help support Canadians affected by COVID-19. It is the largest private donation the charity has received in its more than 135 years of giving hope to those in need across Canada. “The incredible generosity of the Rogers family is  […]

Salvation Army Converted Freightliner Feeds the Homeless in Victoria

Posted on 27th May 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
Salvation Army chef feeds the homeless in Victoria
It is estimated that there are more than 1,000 people in Victoria experiencing homelessness, and The Salvation Army is ensuring they are fed and hydrated. “People without homes sleep in parks, beside trees and in forest clearings,” says Major Sheldon Feener, executive director of The Salvation Army’s Addiction and Rehabilitation Centre in Victoria. “Our newest  […]
Salvation Army St. John emergency disaster services vehicle feeds local shelter residents
The Salvation Army in Saint John, New Brunswick, has partnered with Outflow, Saint John’s Men’s Homeless Shelter, to provide meals for residents. “Using the Army’s emergency disaster services vehicle, we feed between 75 and 100 people each night,” says Major Tracy Goyak, community pastor. From Sunday through Thursday evenings, shelter residents line up six feet  […]

Salvation Army Serves Soup, Compassion and Hope, in Thunder Bay

Posted on 14th May 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
Salvation Army soup van driver standing beside the van with a box full of sandwiches.
After weeks in quarantine, those facing financial insecurity may struggle with expenses such as rent and utilities, often not having enough funds left to provide food for the entire month. The Salvation Army’s soup van in Thunder Bay, Ont., is the city’s only mobile feeding program and has been running for decades. During these challenging  […]