The Canadian Red Cross



The story of the Red Cross is one of evolution. We are not the same organization we were in 1896. We are not even the same organization we were a year ago. We are constantly adapting, learning, and collaborating with communities in Canada and around the world, from tackling forest fires in Alberta to aiding conflict zones in Ukraine. We are there when people need us most.

However, our work is not a solo endeavour. A global network of 191 Red Cross and Red Crescent societies empowers us to respond to emergencies within minutes, even in the harshest conditions and to remote communities.

Our network is vast, yet our approach is simple. All national societies are guided by seven fundamental principles: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity, and Universality. These principles drive our mission to help people and communities in Canada and around the world during their time of need. The people we serve are at the heart of this mission.

Our Impact

In an era marked by increasingly frequent and intense emergencies and natural disasters, the Canadian Red Cross stands as one of the nation’s largest humanitarian organizations, ready to respond where we are needed most. Our strength lies in our 15,000 volunteers, partners, and staff who bring their experience to the forefront.

Emergencies demand temporary shelter, food, and support to rebuild lives. We help communities and individuals recover and rebuild after emergencies, from floods to housefires. We are often first on the scene and last to leave and this is all powered by the generosity of donors.

Yet, our presence is not limited to major disasters; we stand as unwavering support through emergencies of all sizes. Whether it is collaborating with Indigenous communities in creating safe spaces to improve wellbeing or combatting loneliness through our Friendly Calls program, we ensure no one falls through the cracks.

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The Canadian Red Cross Society

Charity Number

119219814 RR0001

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Through a gift in your Will, you can extend your kindness and support to generations yet to come, all while honouring your family and loved ones.

You could be there when a child’s life is saved. You could be there after a wildfire leaves a family home in ruins and when a tornado rips off a school’s roof. You could be there when an Emergency Field Hospital is set up to assist with the overflow of patients during a pandemic.

For over a century, the Canadian Red Cross has cared for millions across Canada and the world. Your gift helps to continue this legacy, extending your care and ours for those who need it most in the years ahead.

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