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Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF)


Learn more about us here.

In this year of unprecedented wildfires from coast to coast, PWRDF is establishing a fund specifically for in-Canada emergency response. 

This is true to our roots. PWRDF was born in 1958 out of a compelling desire from Anglicans to offer assistance to families in the wake of a mine disaster in Springhill, Nova Scotia. 

In recent years, Canada has experienced an increase in the frequency and severity of natural disasters such as wildfires, hurricanes and floods, affecting thousands of families and individuals. Time and time again, Anglicans have generously offered their financial support through PWRDF. 

Currently, PWRDF accepts donations when a disaster happens, then works with the Dioceses affected by the emergency to disburse the funds. This new fund will allow us to respond quickly when a Diocese asks us for support, rather than wait to raise funds for individual disasters. 

While we cannot respond to every emergency in Canada, we consider the severity and impact of the situation, response of other agencies including the government, availability of insurance coverage, and the extent to which additional support is needed. We look to fill gaps not covered by others, avoiding duplication of services. 

Dioceses can access the new In-Canada Emergency Fund by requesting short-, medium-and longer-term support. 

For more information about how PWRDF responds to emergencies in Canada, visit 

You can donate to directly to the In-Canada Emergency fund at any time. 

You can also mail a cheque to PWRDF at 80 Hayden Street, 3rd floor, Toronto, ON, M4Y 3G2. Please indicate In-Canada Emergency in the memo field. 

You may also donate during business hours by calling 416-822-9083 (or leave a message toll-free at 1-866-308-7973) and we will return your call.

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