Emergency Responses

When disaster strikes, the Humanitarian Coalition can provide help quickly to those who need it most. Whether it be a major international emergency or a small to medium-scale crisis, our member agencies are ready to provide assistance and save lives.


Major Emergencies

A major humanitarian emergency usually involves death, displacement and destruction on a large scale. When the situation is of particular interest to Canadians and Canadian media, the Humanitarian Coalition brings twelve of Canada’s leading aid agencies together to inform and solicit Canadians.

See all major emergencies

Small to medium-scale disasters

When a humanitarian crisis is more localized, affects fewer people or generates less interest in the Canadian population, the Humanitarian Coalition remains ready to respond through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF), in partnership with Global Affairs Canada and member organizations.

See all small to medium-scale disasters



The Coronavirus is spreading rapidly around the world, and its impact on vulnerable populations could be devastating. Our member agencies are providing water and hygiene, prevention education, and improved health systems.

More on COVID-19


Current crises

Our members are active 24/7 in many different countries, responding to the humanitarian needs as disasters unfold.

More on current disasters