Canadian government to match donations to Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan

On Friday, November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, devastating the country. Thousands of lives are feared lost and approximately 9.5 million people are affected. In response to the crisis, the Government of Canada has announced that it will match contributions made by individuals (up to a maximum of $100,000 per single donation) to eligible Canadian charitable organizations to support the humanitarian assistance efforts that benefit the millions affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

The donations must meet the following requirements:

  • Made by an individual Canadian.
  • Made to a registered Canadian charitable organization that is receiving donations in response to the impact of Typhoon Haiyan.
  • Specifically earmarked for response to the impact of Typhoon Haiyan.
  • Made between November 9 and December 23, 2013.

A list of eligible Canadian charities is provided below. However you can also contact other charities not listed here to inquire about their participation and eligibility. 

PLEASE NOTE: Tides Canada is not accepting direct donations for Typhoon Haiyan relief. We recommend you give to one of the charitable organizations below.

For further information on the matching program offered by the Government of Canada please visit Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.

Canadian Red Cross

The Canadian Red Cross, with support from both the Norwegian Red Cross and Hong Kong Red Cross, is deploying its Basic Health Care (BHC) Emergency Response Unit (ERU) to the Philippines. This field hospital can provide outpatient clinic services, and deliver psycho-social support and community health services. The role of the field hospital is to support the local health authorities and to fill the short-term gaps in health services created by the typhoon.

Donate online here or by calling toll free 1.800.418.1111.


UNICEF is rushing emergency supplies to areas of the Philippines ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Therapeutic food for children, health kits, water and hygiene kits to support up to 3,000 families in the affected areas have already been mobilized from supplies available in the country, with distribution prioritized for the Tacloban area as soon as access is possible. 

Donate online here or by calling toll free 1.877.955.3111.

Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans​ Frontières)

MSF will have more than 100 staff on the ground in the coming days, including doctors, nurses, surgeons, logisticians, psychologists and water and sanitation experts. Eight planeloads of aid – medical supplies, shelter materials, hygiene kits and water and sanitation equipment – are also on their way to the Philippines from MSF warehouses.

Donate online here or by calling toll free 1.800.982.7903.

The Humanitarian Coalition

The Humanitarian Coalition is a network of Canadian NGOs dedicated to a united response in cases of humanitarian crises. Currently the coalition consists of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada. The member agencies of the Humanitarian Coalition are on the ground in the Philippines and responding with emergency assistance in several areas.

Donate online here or by calling toll free 1.800.464.9154.

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Our Living Waters (OLW) is a national water network that recognizes that achieving freshwater conservation requires the organization and alignment of diverse groups addressing freshwater issues. Outdoor retailer MEC is one organization deeply involved with OLW. We interviewed Meriko Kubota, MEC’s Director, Strategic Partnerships and Community Investment, to find out why freshwater is important in Canada and to MEC and its members.

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Learning trip to Opaskwayak Cree Nation and Sherridon, Manitoba

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