FAQs

How do I donate to the Canadian Bible Society (CBS)?

It’s amazingly simple!
Just go to our CBS home page and click on the donate button or type biblesociety.ca/donate on your browser’s address bar.
Or call toll-free: 1-800 465-2545
Or mail your gift to: Canadian Bible Society, 10 Carnforth Road, Toronto, Ontario M4A 2S4.

Your donation will be at work every day, giving people in Canada and around the world access to God’s Word in their language. Thank you for your generosity and God Bless!

Our Canadian Charity Registration Number is: 11882 9547 R0001

Can I volunteer at the Canadian Bible Society?

Absolutely! We are reinvigorating our volunteer teams, particularly our Congregational Representatives program through which we will develop mutually beneficial ministry, distribution and fundraising programs with churches. Here are some great ways to get involved at CBS:

  1. Become a Congregational Representative (CR). You can help coordinate CBS ministry activities with your church.
  2. Become a District and Operational volunteer. You can assist with local ministry, distribution and fundraising activities.
  3. Become a National Board of Governors member. You can be a part of CBS governance, leveraging your non-profit senior management experience.

To volunteer, contact Alison Li, Volunteer Manager at (416) 689-3410 / Toll-free: 1-800-465-2425 / Email: ALi@biblesociety.ca or mail us or drop by at 10 Carnforth Road in Toronto, ON M4A 2S4.

Does CBS have locations across Canada?

Definitely. Supported by a Regional Director and a Regional Coordinator, our Centres will  be the hubs of regional activities, combining full to small-scale bookstores with gathering places for discussion and local ministry and fundraising events.  Retail distribution is available to individuals, churches and other organizations through our Bible Centre in Vancouver, and Bible stores in Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal,  Quebec City and Truro as well as our online store at biblescanada.com.

What makes the Canadian Bible Society unique compared to other Bible agencies in Canada?

We are unique because of our ecumenical appeal to the whole Christian church in all of its denominations, manifestations and affiliations. Most other Bible agencies tend to focus on a more narrowly defined subset of the Christian constituency. CBS reaches Catholic, Orthodox and mainline Protestant denominations while still retaining firm credibility with Evangelicals. 

What is CBS doing to encourage Canadians to become more engaged with the Bible?

With 40-45% of Canadians identifying as Christian but not as engaged with their Church and Bible, CBS is beginning to develop programs to reach out to this large segment of the Canadian population to make the Bible news again. CBS has engaged Dr. Don Posterski, who has a well-established reputation as a thought leader on Christianity and religion in Canada. Don will help establish this new innovation function at CBS as we position ourselves for continued relevance and leadership in the Bible cause for years to come.

Are there Bible Societies in other countries?

Yes. In fact, the Canadian Bible Society is a part of the United Bible Societies, a global fellowship of Bible Societies in 145 countries and territories. Bible Societies work together to promote and encourage the translation, publication, distribution and use of the Scriptures.

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Does the Canadian Bible Society still present Bibles to new Canadian citizens?

Word of Welcome BibleFor about 50 years, the Canadian Bible Society had been distributing Bibles to new citizens in Canada by way of a table present at each ceremony. Many new citizens have taken advantage of this offer.

God has also opened doors of opportunity for CBS to reach immigrants and other newcomers to Canada in a more meaningful way. CBS now partners with churches and organizations that conduct ESL/FSL classes. The Word of Welcome Bible was produced specifically for this purpose. Churches use these Bibles as textbooks in helping new immigrants learn English or French.

Contact the district office nearest you to learn more about this program.

There are so many versions of the Bible these days, which version is the best?

Former CBS Translation Director, Hart Wiens, responds to this question:

Translation of the Bible into modern English can be traced back some 600 years. Some of the most prominent names attached to this early work of Bible translation in modern English are John Wycliffe and William Tyndale. However, attempts at translating the Bible into Old English (also known as Anglo-Saxon) go back to the work of the Venerable Bede in the 7th century. Today there are so many different versions in English that no one seems to know the exact number. I have heard numbers as high as 600 and Wikipedia gives the number as more than 450. As English speakers we might think of this as an embarrassment of riches considering the fact that there are at least 3,000 spoken languages in the world which still do not have even one translation of the Bible.

With so many versions of the Bible in English today, it would be very difficult, if not impossible, for anyone to do a thorough analysis and evaluate all these translations. In practice however, the number of English versions in widespread common usage is much smaller. I count just over a dozen versions that account for the vast majority of English Bible sales today. That is a much more manageable number and yet it is still very difficult to make a blanket statement in answer to the question, “Which version is best?”

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How is the Canadian military Bible different from other Bibles?

The military Bible was designed specifically for Canadian soldiers. For instance, the cover matches the camouflage of their uniforms, and the Bible is the right size to fit into their uniform breast pockets.

Military BiblesVersions/Editions

The Bibles are available in both English and French. CBS used easy-to-understand versions –the Good News Translation for English and the Français Courant version for French. The Bibles are also available in both Catholic and Protestant editions.

Cover Design

The cover design is based on the two camouflage patterns used by the Canadian Forces. CADPAT (Canadian Disruptive Pattern) comes in two designs: Arid (Khaki) and Temperate (Green). These patterns are patented by the Department of National Defence (DND) and used strictly for military uniforms. However, DND granted CBS permission to use them for the covers of the military Bibles. It is also interesting to note that these Bibles were not allowed to have gold stamping. In the dark, light reflected by the gold stamping might give away a soldier’s position in the field.

Complete Bibles for Soldiers

For many years, CBS had been distributing the New Testament with Psalms to new recruits in the Canadian Forces. However, DND approached the Canadian Bible Society for assistance in providing the complete Bible to members of the Forces. As a result, the complete military Bible was published and distributed for the first time in 2007. This Bible contains special features important to soldiers, including a foreword by General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff. There are also sections called “Where to Look” and “Well-known Passages and Stories in the Bible”.

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Can I purchase a military Bible from the Canadian Bible Society?

No. While the Canadian Bible Society raises funds for and prints the military Bibles, distribution is carried out through the Chaplain General’s Office of the Canadian Forces. The Bibles are intended for Canadian soldiers and therefore are not made available in any Bible Society bookstores; they are available only through the Chaplain General’s Office. This is to ensure that this specially- designed Bible reaches the intended recipients and that God’s Word is available whenever and wherever it is needed by our military personnel.

If you have family or friends in the military that wish to receive a military Bible, you may advise them to contact the Chaplain General’s Office or the Chaplain attached to their unit.