Is the Canadian Red Cross Affiliated with the Canadian Government?

Marylou Scott-Smith
Marylou Scott-Smith
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Is the Canadian Red Cross Affiliated with the Canadian Government?

The Canadian Red Cross is an independent charity and not part of the Canadian government. The Canadian Red Cross supports federal, provincial and municipal governments by providing many services to the general public, including responding to and preparing for disasters, health services, injury prevention, and violence and abuse prevention.

The Red Cross also serves as an advisor and partner to the federal government by addressing current and emerging issues in global affairs that have an impact on humanitarian work—for example, international humanitarian law (IHL).