Minister Bibeau announces new humanitarian and development assistance for the Middle East

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February 27, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced today that, as part of the government’s strategy to deal with the crises in the Middle East, Canada will provide $239.5 million over three years to address humanitarian needs in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon.

The humanitarian funding will support the activities of experienced NGOs to alleviate the suffering of crisis-affected people in the region. Activities will support the basic needs of those hardest hit by the conflicts, including food, shelter, health care, water, sanitation and hygiene, and protection. Canadian humanitarian assistance also addresses the specific rights and needs of crisis-affected women, girls, boys and men by providing specialized protection and reproductive health services and ensuring that gender equality is integrated in all Canada-funded projects.

In addition, the Minister announced a new, $17.5-million project, which over five years will address urgent needs of youth in conflict-affected areas. She also announced an extension to an existing project that addresses immediate needs in communities hosting internally displaced persons in Iraq.

During her visit, Minister Bibeau met with numerous government officials, including Ibrahim Al-Jaafri, Iraq’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Imad Fakhoury, Jordan’s Minister of Planning and International Cooperation. She discussed the current humanitarian context and international development engagement in Iraq and Jordan.

In Jordan, the Minister also visited a Makani learning centre. Makani centres are a UNICEF-led initiative that helps children who are not attending school transition to the regular school system. UNICEF was allocated $31.8 million through the Syria Emergency Relief Fund in April 2016, funding aimed at increasing education opportunities and providing child-protection services in Syria and Jordan, and supporting immunization efforts for children in Syria.


“Millions of people displaced by the conflict in Syria and Iraq still need ‎our help. Some are returning home to devastated cities and villages. Many more struggle with basic needs in host communities across the Middle East. Canada will continue to uphold their dignity and speak out for the most vulnerable, including women and girls, who are among the most severely affected by this tragedy.”

- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

Quick Facts

  • On February 8, 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Government of Canada’s response to the crises in Iraq and Syria and their impact on Jordan and Lebanon. Canada committed $1.6 billion over three years, of which $840 million will be in humanitarian assistance. The $239.5 million in humanitarian funding to NGOs is part of the response plan.
  • The response plan also includes components that cover longer-term development funding, diplomatic engagement and support for stabilization and security efforts.

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