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More than 85,000 charities are registered through the Canada Revenue Agency. The organizations vary widely in terms of the topics they support. They also range from being small independents to large foundations employing hundreds of people. Charities may be established in one central location or have branches worldwide.

Canadian Red Cross

The Canadian Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and remains devoted to offering voluntary services to improve circumstances during vulnerable situations. The many services that the organization provides include:

  • First Aid and CPR instruction and certification
  • Disaster and emergency management
  • Health services
  • Violence, bullying, and abuse prevention instruction and assistance
  • Swimming and water safety
  • Migrant and refugee services
  • International humanitarian law

Individuals or companies are welcome to provide monetary donations. Fundraisers are also welcome. Some may be willing to donate their skills and time.


The Hospital remains the largest pediatric health care center for children in Canada. The facility combines efforts with the University of Toronto to provide youngsters with state-of-the-art medical services. The facility strives to support children and their families during medical times of need. The facility additionally takes part in training new members of the health care team. The research center is the largest in the country. A staff of 2,000 researchers daily explore treatment modalities for conditions that endanger the health of youngsters. Monetary donations are welcome. However, individuals may also donate their time performing various services.

Food Banks Canada

The organization was established in 1989 and supports more than 3,000 food banks across the country. The main goals of FBC include:

  • Raise food and finances to share with network banks
  • Provide programs to ensure efficient food distribution
  • Use advocacy and research to influence government policy

In 2020, FBC distributed more than 28 million pounds of food to more than 600 food banks. In lieu of the Covid-19 pandemic, the organization raised $121 million of their $150 million goal to support the thousands of banks in the network. Monetary donations are welcome.

Inn from the Cold

The facilities are located across Canada and strive to provide individuals and families confronted with homelessness the opportunity to have a stable home atmosphere. Along with shelter, the organization provides clothing, food, mental and physical health care in addition to educational programs and employment services. Each location welcomes monetary donations or various needed items. Individuals are also encouraged to volunteer.