For immediate release

(TORONTO, September 14, 2017) - The Canadian Red Cross is pleased to announce that six banks in Canada will be accepting financial donations from the public in support of Red Cross efforts to provide assistance to those impacted by Hurricane Irma.

The Canadian Red Cross has personnel on the ground in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Saint Maarten, providing emergency support, completing needs assessments and coordinating the distribution of relief efforts. Additional Canadian Red Cross personnel and relief supplies are on standby to go to the Caribbean quickly if needed.

How Canadians can help

The following banks are accepting financial donations in branches across Canada from September 14 to October 16:

  • BMO Financial
  • CIBC
  • HSBC Bank Canada
  • RBC
  • Scotiabank
  • TD Bank Group

Canadians wishing to support our efforts can also make a financial donation to the Hurricane Irma Appeal online at, by calling 1-800-418-1111, by contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office or by texting IRMA to 20222.


“People in many countries throughout the Caribbean, and the United States have felt the destructive impact of Hurricane Irma. Thanks to the support of participating banks, generous Canadians will have another way to donate and support Red Cross activities in response to this disaster.”

- Conrad Sauvé, President and CEO, Canadian Red Cross

“Banks are giving Canadians the opportunity to donate at branches across the country to help people affected by Hurricane Irma. Banks, their employees and their families are part of the impacted communities and are ready to dedicate resources to help the Red Cross raise funds for those in need.”

- Neil Parmenter, President and CEO, Canadian Bankers Association

About the Canadian Red Cross

Here in Canada and overseas, the Red Cross stands ready to help people before, during and after a disaster. As a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – which is made up of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies – the Canadian Red Cross is dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and throughout the world.

About the Canadian Bankers Association

The Canadian Bankers Association is the voice of more than 60 domestic and foreign banks that help drive Canada’s economic growth and prosperity. The CBA advocates for public policies that contribute to a sound, thriving banking system to ensure Canadians can succeed in their financial goals.

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For more information, contact:

National Media Line: 1-877-599-9602
Quebec Media Line: 1-888-418-9111

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