Donating to help victims of a disaster or other emergency

When there is a disaster or other emergency, you may want to help by donating to a registered charity. The following questions and answers may help you to donate wisely.

How do I know which registered charities are involved in disaster or emergency relief?

The List of charities has many advanced search features to help you find registered charities and to check if an organization you have heard about is a registered charity.

You can refine your search by selecting a charity type. Most relief organizations are listed under “welfare” or “health.” You can also refine your search by selecting a category. Many relief organizations are listed under: 

To find out which countries a charity operates in, go to the Charities Listings and look under “Operations outside Canada” on the charity’s Quick View page.

How do I know if the federal government will match my donation? 

In some cases the federal government supports relief efforts by offering to match donations made to registered charities by Canadians. In cases of domestic relief efforts, these announcements are usually made by Public Safety Canada. In cases of international relief efforts, these announcements are usually made by Global Affairs Canada.

How can I get more information about making donations to help victims of a disaster or emergency?

You can call the Charities Directorate at 1-800-267-2384. In addition, Public Safety Canada has information about domestic disaster and emergency relief efforts while Global Affairs Canada has information about foreign relief efforts.

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