About Us

Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE works with the poorest communities in 90 countries to:

CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls living in poverty because, equipped with the proper resources, women and girls have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. 

CARE Canada is headquartered in Ottawa but receives support from staff around the world. The majority of our staff are from the communities and countries in which they work, however these local staff are complemented by many international staff who are deployed to regions around the world.

Globally, CARE Canada is a member of the CARE International federation, comprised of: CARE Australia, CARE Austria, CARE Canada, CARE Denmark, CARE Germany-Luxembourg, CARE France, CARE IndiaCARE Japan, CARE Netherlands, CARE Norway, CARE PeruCARE Raks Thai, CARE UK and CARE USA.

Humanitarian Standards

CARE International is a signatory to internationally accepted humanitarian standards and codes of conduct, in particular:  

CARE International engages in the following platforms to improve humanitarian policies and actions:

  • The Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) Alliance formed in 2015 by the merger of HAP International and People In Aid, leads and facilitates the development, promotion and maintenance of the CHS. As a member of the CHS Alliance, CARE takes leadership in establishing functional accountability mechanisms for crisis affected people in general and women and girls in particular. CARE is dedicated to aligning its own Humanitarian Accountability Framework to the CHS principles.
  • The Sphere Project is based on two core beliefs: Firstly, that all possible steps should be taken to alleviate human suffering arising out of calamity and conflict and secondly, that those affected by disaster have the right to a life with dignity and therefore a right to assistance. (Note: Since 2015, the Core Humanitarian Standard has replaced the Sphere Project Core Standards.)
  • Charter4Change: An initiative led by both national and international NGOs to practically implement changes to the way the humanitarian system operates to enable a more locally-led response.