Halifax International Security Forum

CAF Operations


Why is the government threatening to pull funding from the Halifax International Security Forum over a proposed award to Taiwan’s president?

  • The Government of Canada is proud to support the Halifax International Security Forum.
  • The Forum is an annual conference which brings together experts from across the world to discuss international security and defence challenges.
  • The Government of Canada has provided financial support to the Halifax International Security Forum since 2009.
  • The Forum is run by a non-profit organization and National Defence is not involved in the planning of the Forum nor in selecting recipients for its awards.
  • Forum organizers may request panelists on various topics, and National Defence tries to support these requests where we can and when appropriate.
  • National Defence will continue to support the Forum in its mission to strengthen strategic cooperation among democracies.

Quick Facts

  • In 2020, the Department of National Defence provided $3,297,173.30 in funding to the Forum.
  • The Government of Canada has provided a total of $25,437,590.30 in funding to the Forum since 2009.
  • Halifax International Security Forum 2020 (November 20-22)
    • The Minister of National Defence provided the opening remarks.
    • Several senior-level officials from DND/CAF participated, including the Deputy Minister, Chief of the Defence Staff and Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy).
  • The Halifax international Security Forum is organized by Halifax International Security Forum Inc., an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, D.C.
  • The John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service:
    • Annual award given at the Forum to individuals from any country who have demonstrated uncommon leadership in the pursuit of human justice.
    • Decisions on the award are made independently by the Halifax International Security Forum organization.
      • National Defence does not provide input for this award.

Responsible Principals: ADM(Pol)

April 12, 2021

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