Our History

Understanding our past, gives vision for our future


Our Back-Story

The History of World Relief


The OPEC oil shock sent prices soaring and ended the era of cheap energy and cheap industrialization, and a global food shortage resulted from two disastrous world harvests in 1972 and 1974. In 1972, four Christian and Missionary Alliance pastors established World Relief under the name of Share Canada.


The decade of Live Aid, war in Ethiopia, turmoil in Eastern Europe. Ten million face starvation in Ethiopia, and 1985 sees the biggest charity single and event ever: Band Aid. Share Canada merged with World Relief Commission of Canada, a ministry of The People’s Church in Toronto when the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada brought the two organizations together. Our name officially changed to World Relief.


Civil unrest in the Balkans, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. World Relief joins the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.


The new millennium sees severe floods in Africa and South Asia. The Jubilee 2000 campaign achieves qualified success. In 2003, brutal conflict erupts in Darfur. The following year, a tsunami strikes 13 countries in Asia, one of the deadliest disasters in recorded history


World Relief joins the Integral Alliance. Integral brings together 18 Christian relief and development agencies, enabling Integral’s members to maximize their effectiveness, particularly following a major disaster. At its core, Integral believes that collaborative working, which includes sharing best practice, learning, personnel, projects and resources, helps more poor people.

Meanwhile, floods in Asia and a shattering earthquake in Haiti mark the start of a new decade, and the world’s most vulnerable people increasingly feel the impact of climate change.


For 45 years, extraordinary partnerships with people like you have contributed to World Relief’s success in seeing hope restored and empowerment offered to impoverished communities.

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