Why Support the Mission to Seafarers

Months away from family, limited food options and no doctors. What would you miss the most?

The Seafarers who ensure the safe shipping of the goods Canada imports and exports face some of the most dangerous and isolating conditions in the world. Many seafarers come from low-income regions where working on a ship is one of the few reliable ways to earn a living. In many remote areas, the Mission to Seafarers may be the only help on offer and the only place vulnerable seafarers feel they can turn for support. ​

The Mission to Seafarers' frontline staff are there for seafarers in trouble, distress, or despair.


Founded in 1856 through the work of many Anglican clergy. The Mission to Seafarers Southern Ontario (Hamilton, Toronto and Oshawa) is part of the largest non-denominational, multi-faith ministry in the world. We serve seafarers of all faiths -- and none.  


We rely purely on voluntary support to continue this work. Without you, there simply wouldn’t be the global network of support that gives hope and help to seafarers when they need it the most.

Ours is the "Ministry of Small Gestures." We visit every ship that arrives in our ports, welcoming seafarers with warm words and bags of chocolate. We assist with local transportation for shopping, medical visits, and recreation, as well as bringing them to our Mission Stations.  We provide free WiFi at all our Mission stations - soon to open in the spring of 2017 will be our Oshawa Station. We offer a friendly ear that will listen, commiseration in sadness and celebration in joy.


Ours is a ministry of hospitality where no seafarers will be left behind, where they know they are not isolated, and are valued by the world.

Through your donations, you participate in The Ministry of Small Gestures: keeping the Wifi running, the coffee hot, and enabling our staff and volunteers to continue to do the work of hospitality that is so important to the Seafarers.  On behalf of Seafarers everywhere: thank you for your donation!

To donate by mail - please send cheque to:

Mission to Seafarers Southern Ontario
P.O. Box 18223 RPO Steeple Hill
Pickering, ON L1V 0B8

To donate online - please visit
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Below are some of the donors, that help us to provide help, protection, and support to seafarers.