Canada announces funding for humanitarian assistance in Syria and Lebanon

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April 25, 2018 - Brussels, Belgium - Global Affairs Canada

The conflict in the Middle East continues to affect millions of vulnerable people in Syria and its neighbouring countries, including Lebanon.

On behalf of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Omar Alghabra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs), today announced $19.5 million in funding to address humanitarian needs in Syria and Lebanon.

Canada’s contribution will help meet the basic needs of crisis-affected people in Syria and Lebanon, including through the provision of comprehensive health, water, sanitation, hygiene and protection services. The assistance also addresses the specific rights and needs of crisis-affected women and girls by providing specialized protection and reproductive health services.

The allocations announced today are part of the funding envelope announced on February 8, 2016, by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on 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 was for humanitarian assistance.

Parliamentary Secretary Alghabra made the announcement during the second Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, taking place in Brussels, Belgium, on April 24 and 25, 2018.


“Millions of people affected by the conflict in Syria still require urgent help, with many struggling to meet their basic needs. Today’s announcement of funding will provide much-needed relief to help meet the needs of those—too often women and children—most severely affected by this tragedy and help alleviate some of their suffering.”

- Omar Alghabra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs)

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