About the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army in Canada

Our Services

Now at work in 128 countries, The Salvation Army’s operations in Canada began in 1882 and has grown to become one of the largest direct providers of social services in the country. In Bermuda, the Army has been at work since 1896.

Our social service activities include: hunger relief for individuals and families through food banks and feeding programs; shelter for people experiencing homelessness and support for those needing housing; rehabilitation for those struggling with addiction; long-term care and palliative care; Christmas assistance such as food hampers and toys; after-school programs, camps, and school nutrition programs for children and youth; and life-skills classes such as budgeting, cooking for a family, and anger management.

With more than 200 Thrift Stores, The Salvation Army operates one of Canada’s largest national clothing recycling operations.

Although proceeds from the sale of goods help fund our many social programs, the Army also provides items free of charge to individuals or families who have been referred by our social programs and other agencies.

Thanks to the generosity of donors in Canada who have given specifically to our international work, the World Missions Department is able to support education, health-care, water and sanitation, and livelihood development projects that are helping families and communities abroad work towards self-sufficiency.

As a religious denomination, The Salvation Army has over 300 corps or congregations in Canada and Bermuda. These corps not only focus on worship, Christian education and other congregational activities, but are also involved in providing practical assistance to their communities.

The Salvation Army is diligent in its stewardship of donations so that funds solicited in its public appeals are used to fund community and social services programs and activities, rather than corps and congregational ministries unless the donor designates otherwise.

Mission & Values

The Salvation Army is an international Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible; its ministry is motivated by love for God and the needs of humanity.

Mission Statement

The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world.

Core Values

There are three core values of our faith – Salvation, Holiness and Intimacy with God.

Rooted in these three values are the seven core operational values which guide all aspects of The Salvation Army in Canada & Bermuda.

Compassion: We reach out to others and care for them.
Respect: We promote the dignity of all persons.
Excellence: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.
Integrity: We are honest, trustworthy, and accountable.
Relevance: We are committed to the pursuit of innovation and effectiveness.
Co-operation: We encourage and foster teamwork and partnerships.
Celebration: We give thanks by marking milestones and successes.

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