Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines are desperate for help and there are many ways Canadians can contribute.

The typhoon, one of the strongest storms to ever make landfall, hit on Friday, leaving many dead and forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes.

Officials have said 10,000 or more people could be dead but with the slow pace of recovery the official death toll remains at 942 — the number confirmed by the Philippine military.

Accurate information is hindered by broken communications and transportation links.

How to help

Red Cross

  • Make a financial donation online at, at the local Red Cross office or by calling 1-800-418-1111. Earmark donations “Typhoon Haiyan”
  • ​​The Canadian government will match donations for the Philippines made through a registered Canadian charity — with no cap on the total amount. Donations can be made up until Dec. 8.

Finding family

The federal government has set up a phone line in Ottawa for Canadians looking for information on family and friends in the Philippines​.

  • 1-800-387-3124
  • 1-613-996-8885

Canadians in the Philippines

  • Canadians needing urgent consular help can email or call collect 1-613-996-8885.
  • For emergency assistance after hours, call the Embassy of Canada in Manila and follow the instructions. You may also make a collect call to the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at 1-613-996-8885.