For Immediate Release

TORONTO – September 26, 2018 - Ten banks have come together to help the Canadian Red Cross provide relief for those affected by tornado damage in the Ottawa and Gatineau regions. Support includes opening branch locations for donations and providing corporate contributions totaling $160,000.

The Red Cross is responding in the aftermath of tornado activity that took place September 21 and has mobilized disaster teams in Gatineau and Ottawa to register impacted people and help provide shelter, relief and comfort. The Red Cross has additional volunteers and supplies pre-positioned and ready to be deployed, if needed.

How Canadians can help

The following banks are accepting customer donations through their branch or online networks from September 27 to October 25:

  • BMO
  • Canadian Western Bank
  • CIBC
  • HSBC Bank Canada
  • Laurentian Bank
  • National Bank
  • RBC
  • Scotiabank
  • Tangerine - donations can be made online directly from client accounts
  • TD Bank Group

The public can also support by:

  • donating online at
  • calling 1-800-418-1111
  • contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office.


“Banks in Canada are committed to rallying together to support the efforts of the Canadian Red Cross to assist the people, families and businesses affected by the tornado activity in Ottawa and Gatineau last week. Our thanks, as always, to the dedicated first responders, volunteers and aid workers, who mobilized immediately to help and provide relief to the affected communities.”

- Neil Parmenter, President and CEO, Canadian Bankers Association

“The Canadian Red Cross is providing assistance to many people who have been impacted by Friday’s tornadoes in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. With this generous support, CBA will help us to continue providing aid to those affected as they begin recovering from the devastation.”

- Conrad Sauvé, President and CEO, Canadian Red Cross

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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Canadian Bankers Association: Aaron Boles, 1-800-263-0231, ext. 350