For immediate release

(OTTAWA, October 12, 2016) – The Canadian Red Cross is pleased to announce that eight banks in Canada are accepting cash donations in support of Red Cross relief efforts in countries affected by Hurricane Matthew.

“Hurricane Matthew has resulted in widespread damage and extensive humanitarian need,” says Conrad Sauvé, President and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross. “Thanks to the help of these banks, Canadians now have another convenient way to support people impacted by this disaster.”

One of the strongest hurricanes to hit the Caribbean in recent history, Matthew’s torrential rains and winds have flooded towns and roads, and destroyed homes and buildings. More than one million have been impacted and hundreds of thousands are in need of humanitarian assistance. There will be a great need for healthcare and access to clean drinking water, as the potential for waterborne illnesses and disease outbreaks will be high following heavy rains and flooding. It has also wreaked havoc in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The following banks are accepting financial donations in branches across Canada and online from October 12 to November 12:

  • BMO Financial Group
  • Canadian Western Bank
  • CIBC
  • HSBC Bank Canada
  • National Bank
  • RBC
  • Scotiabank
  • TD Bank Group

Canadians can also support people impacted by this disaster by making a donation to the Canadian Red Cross Hurricane Matthew Appeal online at, by calling 1-800-418-1111, or by contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office.

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.


For more information, contact:

Canadian Red Cross Media Line: 1-877-599-9602
Quebec Media Line: 1-888-418-9111