We look forward to welcoming you to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul's Annual National Formation (ANF) in Ottawa on June 17-18, 2022 at Carleton University, Richcraft Hall.

Registration to the FNA must be done by May 31, 2022 at the latest.


Schedule of events:

Friday June 17
7:00 pm: Opening of the Annual National Formation (ANF)
7:30 pm to 9:00pm: Live Chat / Exposition Hall
9:00 pm: Social

Saturday June 18
9:00 am - 10:30 am: Keynote speakers
10:45 am - 4:30 pm: Workshops
5:00 pm: Mass
6:30 pm: Dinner

Our theme for the 2022 ANF is HUNGER. We believe that this is a powerful and timely theme because it goes to the heart of the work of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, nationally and internationally. It represents the hunger we all have for our spiritual life as Vincentians, our hunger to connect with others socially through our daily interactions with each other and the people we serve, and of course the hunger for food that is a basic need for all.

We are offering multiple workshops in English and French and a Live Chat Room for an opportunity to exchange ideas and enter into conversations with our fellow Vincentians on their initiatives, social justice, formation and twinning.

We have confirmed two plenary speakers for the 2022 ANF; we are pleased to announce that MP Francis Drouin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Marie-Josée Mastromonaco, Second Harvest, Chief of Operations (Québec & Nunavut) have accepted our invitation to address the assembly.

National Formation Committee

Please note that at the March 26 National Council board meeting, it was decided that the June gathering would be dedicated on formation and to have the statutory meeting, a.k.a. as the Annual General Assembly (AGA), at a later date.



We are slowly returning to “normal” after two years of following different local/regional/provincial Public Health requirements. As 2021 financial and statistics reports are being received, we have a better understanding of the impact the pandemic had on conference life, where certain conferences have managed to continue and even thrive, while others went dormant. This latter situation implies that some conferences are not in a position to cover their annual dues.

Since multiple conferences are not in a position to cover their dues, this ultimately has an impact on the National Council of Canada revenues since a significant portion of these dues cover the day-to-day operations. Based on current information received, there is a contributions gap in the order of $35,000.

We are therefore reaching out to conferences and councils that are capable of providing some financial coverage for sister conferences who would not be in a position to pay their annual dues. Funds can be sent to National via the donation portal:


Or by sending a cheque to the National office at: 2463 Innes Road, Ottawa ON  K1B 3K3

Dave O'Connor, Treasurer
National Council



John 13:34-35, NRSVCE

Jesus tells his disciples I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”


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In solidarity with the people of Ukraine who are being pressured to leave their beloved country to flee the war, and to assist with the exodus of people from Ukraine to neighboring countries or refugees who will be coming to Canada, the National Council of Canada has established a special appeal “Emergency Ukraine”; in conjunction with the International Confederation of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Commission for International Aid and Development (CIAD) , funds will be directed where aids will be required.

Donations can be made at:




2021 was a year of wonderful additions and expansion for our North Island food security projects. In July, the operation of the Gold River Food Network began, with space provided at the former food bank location to receive our donations, sort, prepare and distribute hampers, and to provide access of emergency food for clients on a drop-in basis.



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St. Joseph's Conference, Guelph, Ontario, is twinned with St. Dominic's Conference, Atkinson, Dominica.

In 2020, following a project submission from their twinning partner, the Canadian conference financed a small agrarian project for Can$660, providing food aid during the pandemic.

This project is to plant vegetables (cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, beets, carrots, etc.) for distribution to needy families.

This agrarian project still continues to feed people in need.

Clermont Fortin, Chair
National Twinning Committee



I am the treasurer for my Particular Council and I want to compare prices between insurance providers; what should I be looking for?


There are three areas to focus to determine the needs and appropriate coverage; and, you need to consider if you are looking to cover the conferences under the Particular Council. The three key areas are:

  1. Commercial General Liability;
  2. Directors & Officers Liability; and,
  3. Cyber Risk.

Commercial General Liability is to protect against a range of potential claims such as bodily and/or personal injury, advertising liability, as well as property damage to third parties arising from activities and operations; examples of claims are slip & falls by either a volunteer or employee, injuries sustained from the activities, advertising lawsuit from a copyright or trademark infringement. Since the Society works with vulnerable people such as children, elderly, disabled, abuse liability coverage needs to be included to cover physical, sexual and other types of abuse.

Directors & Officers Liability, also known as Management Liability, covers the leadership against claims of negligent oversight and decisions that could negatively affect financial performance; this is to protect lawsuits against personal assets.

Cyber Risk is a new area to consider; a coverage here provides crisis management following a data breach. To better understand data management risk, please refer to the LEAD-3 module (Information and Privacy Management) available under the formation resources:

Formation Resources


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