The Salvation Army

Social Service


The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become one of the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and more than 130 countries around the world.

The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

As the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in Canada, The Salvation Army provides unprecedented support to society’s most vulnerable.

  1. Social and community service programs focus on nurturing the capacities, skills and strengths of individuals rather than just meeting their needs.
  2. With the public’s generosity, in 2019 in Canada:
  • The Salvation Army provided 5,500 shelter, addictions, detox and mental health beds for vulnerable men, women and families in Canada
  • The Salvation Army served 3.3 million free meals
  • The Salvation Army assisted 1,320,000 persons with food, clothing or practical assistance

Our Impact

The Salvation Army is one of the world’s largest social services agencies, outside of government and those sponsored by the United Nations. It has grown to be so large because of its commitment to work with disadvantaged people and those discarded by society to improve their lives and offer them hope of a better future.
The Salvation Army is a church, but wherever it is found it’s also active as a social services and relief agency. It has accepted this role not only because of the social conscience the Army inherited from its origins in Victorian England, but also in obedience to Christ’s injunction to love one’s neighbour.

Across Canada and around the world The Salvation Army is helping families and individuals who are victims of circumstance and, perhaps, their own actions. By being supportive and non-judgmental, the Army can be effective in providing not only for a person’s immediate needs, but helping them find their way to a more secure and fulfilling life.

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Charity Number

10795 1618 RR0001

How your gift will be used

Creating a gift in your will for The Salvation Army is the simplest way to create a legacy of everlasting hope. Legacy gifts provide vital, stable support for our work and whether your estate is large or small, you can make a difference for so many men, women and children in our communities, and provide hope for years to come.

What will your legacy be? When you think about the values that are important in your life and the ideals you wish to be remembered for, consider including The Salvation Army in your legacy. Ensure those beliefs remain meaningful in the future. Some options are deferred and will be received by The Salvation Army after your lifetime. Some will go to work during your lifetime. All deliver their own individual kinds of tax advantages and these can be very powerful tools to save money in your Estate or for your present needs.

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