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.
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 it is 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.