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Donation assistance for disasters abroad

Canadians feel strongly about helping to support communities affected by natural disasters and other emergencies abroad. The best way for Canadians to help during an emergency situation is to donate money to experienced humanitarian organizations.

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Cash donations

Cash donations are the fastest, most efficient way to get help to people living in a disaster zone.

They allow relief agencies to:

In most cases, it is more cost-effective to purchase goods locally than to airlift supplies from far away. Also, local goods can be purchased in much less time than it takes to organize the logistics of an airlift from a distant country.

The Canada Revenue Agency has a frequently updated list of registered charities.

Search the International Development Project Browser for humanitarian partners and relief agencies that the Government of Canada works with to deliver humanitarian assistance in affected areas.

Turn donated goods into cash donations

There are ways to turn clothes, toys and other goods into cash donations. Some ideas to consider:

Food, clothing and other goods

Before donating food, clothing and other goods in times of humanitarian crises, consider the following:

Before volunteering your services

If you are thinking about volunteering your services, consider the following:

If you have skills that can be useful in a humanitarian crisis, register with a relief organization as a volunteer. They can provide advice on how to prepare to assist in a disaster zone with short notice.

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