St. John Ambulance Canada

St. John Ambulance Canada

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St. John Ambulance Canada

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St. John Ambulance Canada, or SJAC (French: Ambulance Saint-Jean Canada (ASJC)) is the Canadian chapter of St. John Ambulance (SJA), a worldwide non-profit first aid training organization. The mission of St. John Ambulance Canada is to enable Canadians to improve their health, safety, and quality of life through training and community service. SJAC has more than 25,000 members in communities across Canada.


St. John Ambulance was founded in Canada in 1882. Under this banner, volunteers from coast-to-coast carry out the humanitarian services of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem.

In 1897 the Dominion Council of Canada was established in Ottawa to give legitimacy to the operations of St John Ambulance Brigade in Canada. At the same time St. John Ambulance Brigade activities commenced in the territories of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.

In 1993, the Dominion Council of Canada became the Commandery of Canada due its increasing activity and social need for first aid services and training.

In 1946, the Priory of Canada of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem was established. This was done in recognition of two needs:<br />
  • (a) the expanding role and activities of the St. John Ambulance Association and the St. John Ambulance Brigade throughout Canada, and
  • (b) the need to transfer the governance of the Order to the national capital, Ottawa, and away from being......
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