NOTE: The following information and excerpts have been sourced from the Salvation Army’s Territorial Headquarters website for Canada and Bermuda (http://www.salvationarmy.ca/) and the website of the Salvation Army’s International Headquarters in London, UK (http://www.salvationarmy.org/). Readers should consult these sites for additional information.
The Salvation Army is an international organization at work in 126 countries. It is an integral part of the Christian Church and has the following objects, as set out in The Salvation Army Act 1980: ‘the advancement of the Christian religion… of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole.’
Its operations are maintained by full-time officers and employees, as well as soldiers (church members). The Army also benefits from the support of donors and volunteers, including those who serve on advisory boards.Leadership in the Army is provided by commissioned officers who are recognized ministers of religion. Operations are headed by the General who is located at the International Headquarters in London, England.
All Salvationists accept a disciplined and compassionate life of high moral standards which includes abstinence from alcohol and tobacco. From its earliest days the Army has accorded women equal opportunities for service in all positions.
The world-wide Salvation Army is divided into territories, commands and regions. The Salvation Army in Canada is part of the Canada and Bermuda Territory and maintains primary focus on its religious and social functions. The Army oversees more than 300 corps or church congregations and is also the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services.
The Governing Council of The Salvation Army in Canada is the primary legal entity that the Army operates through and which holds title to most of the Army’s assets. The Army is also registered by the Canada Revenue Agency tor tax-deductible contributions.