The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization whose work began in London, England in 1865 when William Booth, a minister, abandoned the conventional concept of a church and a pulpit and took his message of hope to the poor, the homeless, the hungry and the destitute.  By 1867 The Salvation Army had developed into a ministry offering basic schooling, reading rooms, penny banks, soup kitchens and relief aid to the destitute.

The Salvation Army started its work in Canada in 1882 and quickly began giving hope to those in need throughout the country.  It serves over 1.85 million people each year in over 400 communities in Canada and is now the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country.  

To accommodate the changing times, The Salvation Army in Canada continues to evolve and has undertaken Mobilize 2.0 which is a transformation program that included the creation of a vision for The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory so that we know where we are heading, and the development of a strategic plan that will help our movement get there.  While the same values and aspirations still exist, our primary goal is always to advance and find innovative solutions to better address rising community needs.

Mountain Citadel’s History

Mountain Citadel was formed in the late 1980’s when two established Salvation Army Corps, Mount Hamilton and Westmount Citadel, began a move to combine their resources and join the two smaller congregations into one.  In 1991, the newly formed congregation began meeting together in a temporary facility (Vincent Massey School) until the process of developing a cohesive fellowship and a new church building came to fruition.  

Mount Hamilton Corps was previously located at 573 Concession Street and now serves as a Salvation Army Corps with a special ministry to our local Laotian congregation and community.

The building that housed Westmount Citadel, located at 257 Mohawk Road West was vacated and sold upon amalgamation.  It currently serves the Hillcrest Masonic Temple.

On October 24, 1993 the official sod turning for Mountain Citadel took place with a joyful service led by Captain Doug Binner, the Corps Officer (minister). Within the span of a year, the new church building was ready for occupancy on October 2, 1994.  With much joy and praise to God for His blessing, the new Mountain Citadel Corps was officially opened October 15/16, 1994.   The surrounding community was invited to visit and join in the celebration.