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NGOs in Canada

Non-Governmental Organizations, also known by the acronym NGOs, are non-profit organizations that operate without the funding of any government. Most commonly, these organizations are in place to tackle issues that are relevant to social and political issues in various locations across the world. These human rights, development and humanitarian aid institutions are not limited in the things that they can accomplish or aim to accomplish, spanning a wide range of issues that all strive to make the world a better place.

This is also true of the NGOs that operate out of Canada, with many different organizations putting focus on various locations both domestically and internationally. Some of the most popular among these include, CARE Canada, International Committee of the Red CrossMédecins sans Frontières, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Oxfam International and World Vision International.

CARE Canada

CARE Canada is one of the branches of the CARE International network, which is one of the biggest organizations in the world that works on independent development and relief.

World Vision International

World Vision International, often abbreviated WVI, is the top independent Christian development and relief organizations in the world. Many of the projects carried out by WVI are designed, constructed and deployed on a local front. World Vision Canada is an excellent source for first-contact with Canadian NGOs that want to become involved in the organization’s activities.

International Committee of the Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross, otherwise known as ICRC, is an independent neutral organization headquartered in Geneva that provides humanitarian services. This organization specializes in educating about and enforcing the rules of war, otherwise called international humanitarian law, which are the limits to war that are put in place to help protect civilians from danger.

Oxfam International

Oxfam encompasses a network of 17 organizations taking part in more than 90 countries. It is considered to be one of the most important responders in the world to acute human rights and humanitarian crises across the globe. The organization has pockets that target issues such as climate change, defending women’s rights, protecting the right to clean water around the world, helping to raise wages for those living in poverty and working on tackling workplace abuses and labor rights violations.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the largest humanitarian organization in the country. Their mission is to work on issues surrounding health, disasters and crises, migration and displacement, education and labor, training and more.

Médecins sans Frontières (MSF)

One of the most famous of these organizations based in Canada is Médecins sans Frontières, called Doctors without Borders in some other countries. It is an independent human rights and humanitarian relief organization that brings medical aid to all corners of the globe.

While these are among the most popular and largest of Canadian non-profit organizations, there are plenty of other Canadian NGOs working hard to change the world from the ground up.

Below we have collected a list of organizations with country offices or any other kind of presence in Canada.

Organizations with offices in Canada

Social Justice Connection
SJC provides education and advocacy for a world free of poverty, violence and inequality.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
The UN Refugee Agency
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
The world’s largest volunteer–based humanitarian network.
Plan International
Advancing children’s rights and equality for girls in over 75 countries.
Doctors Without Borders
We provide medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare.
Amnesty International
A world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
The UN Migration Agency
Peace Bridges International
Making Space for Peace
Habitat for Humanity International
Through shelter, we empower.
Transparency International
The Global Anti-Corruption Coalition
International Committee of the Red Cross
With Humanity Towards Peace
World Vision International
For children. For change. For life.
Simon Wiesenthal Center
Leadership with a global reach
CARE International
We work around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice.
The Association of Women's Rights in Development
AWID is an international, feminist, membership organisation committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women’s human rights.
Human Rights Watch
Defending Human Rights Worldwide
Save the Children International
Our vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation.
United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
For every child


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