Canada to provide emergency food and humanitarian assistance to Palestinian refugees

News release

March 15, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Canada is committed to providing humanitarian assistance and responding to the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable. Palestinian refugees endure high levels of poverty, unemployment and food insecurity. By helping to meet their humanitarian needs, Canada also contributes to stability in the region.

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced that Canada is contributing up to $10 million in emergency humanitarian assistance for Palestinian refugees. This support will help meet the urgent humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees living in the West Bank and Gaza by providing food assistance to over 1 million people and other essential humanitarian assistance.

Canada will also continue to exercise enhanced due diligence regarding its funding and assist the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in its ongoing efforts to improve neutrality within the agency and its operations. This assistance underlines how Canada and the UNRWA continue to work together to ensure respect for the values of the United Nations and the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, operational independence and impartiality.


“Palestinian refugees face a dire humanitarian situation. Today’s announcement of new and exceptional emergency funding will provide humanitarian assistance to help meet the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza.”

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

Quick facts

  • The UNRWA’s Emergency Appeal for the West Bank and Gaza provides urgent humanitarian assistance, including food and other essential humanitarian assistance.

  • Previously announced Canadian funding helps the UNRWA to deliver quality basic education, health and social services to millions of Palestinian refugees, particularly women and children.

  • Previously announced Canadian funding also supports the UNRWA’s Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal and helps provide emergency life-saving assistance to more than 480,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria and Lebanon.

  • Canada continues to support the UNRWA in improving its ongoing efforts to ensure a culture of neutrality and address alleged neutrality violations.

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