Emergency & Disaster Services


Disasters can occur at any time and in any place. They often bring great death and destruction in their train, and because they are unpredictable, they are all the more devastating. Canada is fortunate that emergency preparedness experts at all levels of government have well-organised, definitive plans, in which The Salvation Army plays an important part. But, despite the armies of trained personnel ready to go into action, very often the best we can do is to mitigate the effects of a disaster, and deal with its aftermath.

Whenever disaster strikes, the presence of Salvation Army personnel is expected. Often assigned a specific role by Emergency Preparedness authorities, such as counselling, registration and identification, transportation, emergency housing, feeding or clothing, The Salvation Army is well equipped to handle any demands made of it in a disciplined and resourceful manner.

For example, we were there to provide food and medical care after a typhoon hit the Philippines in November 2013; we counselled and comforted those who lost all they had in the floods in High River, Alberta, in June 2013;  and we continue to assist with emergency relief operations around the world. For updates on our current emergency activities, visit this link: www.salvationarmy.ca/tag/emergency-disaster-services.

The Army’s unique, international, quasi-military structure enables it to move quickly into action. Like no other civilian body, it can mobilise officer-personnel, resources, volunteers and financial support from the public at large, and bring them to bear where the need is greatest. And what motivates its humanitarian services? Love for God, allied with a practical concern for the needs of humanity.

Called to Dance

Called to Dance

Salvationist Jalianne Li’s unique form of worship helped her break free of depression.

Video: “God is With Us”

Video: “God is With Us”

Watch the territorial commander’s Christmas message for Salvationists.

Opinion & Critical Thought

Contemplating Christmas

Contemplating Christmas

In the story of Christ’s birth, which character are you?

The Meaning of the Cross

The Meaning of the Cross

How our sixth doctrine shows us who God is.

Territorial News

Canadian Council of Churches Urges Protection for Syrian Refugees

Council believes Canada should choose refugees in light of our capacity and their need, not their religious creed.

Santa Shuffle Raises $500,000

Santa Shuffle Raises $500,000

Sixteen thousand people across Canada participate in race.

International News

The General and Pope Francis Meet at Vatican

The General and Pope Francis Meet at Vatican

First-ever private meeting between a Salvation Army General and a Pope demonstrates commitment to common goal of sharing of the love of God.

Salvation Army Officer Rings Bells for 150 Hours

Salvation Army Officer Rings Bells for 150 Hours

Major Marcelino “Butch” Soriano’s record-breaking ringing celebrates The Salvation Army’s 150th anniversary in 2015.

Faith & Friends

“Can I Play Your Guitar?”

“Can I Play Your Guitar?”

Eric Day was faced with a Christmastime dilemma: should he hand over his precious possession to a stranger?

“Let My People Go!”

“Let My People Go!”

With Exodus: Gods and Kings, Ridley Scott brings an epic story to a new generation.