Foreign Affairs Minister reaffirms Canada’s commitment to Americas

News release

June 5, 2018 - Washington, D.C., United States - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today concluded her participation at the Organization of American States General Assembly in Washington, D.C.

At the General Assembly, the Minister reiterated the importance of multilateral actions to respond to political and humanitarian crises in the hemisphere. She underscored the need for concerted action to restore the fundamental democratic and human rights of the people of Venezuela. She also highlighted Canada’s contributions to the Caribbean at a time when many countries there are still recovering from the devastating 2017 hurricane season.

Minister Freeland announced, on behalf of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, $79.21 million in funding for nine projects to support women and adolescent girls’ sexual and reproductive health rights, prevent gender-based violence, increase women’s political participation, improve water security for vulnerable populations—especially women—support climate resilience efforts and increase incomes among smallholder farming families, with an emphasis on woman farmers. This funding demonstrates Canada’s commitment to strengthening the economic prospects and security of some of the hemisphere’s most vulnerable people.


“As an engaged bilateral and multilateral partner, Canada’s commitment to the promotion of democracy, human rights, security and development, for the good of all citizens, is unwavering. We, as members of the Organization of American States, have a responsibility to ensure this multilateral forum is used effectively to make important and difficult decisions.”

- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Canada will continue to work with neighbouring states in the Americas to build a more prosperous and sustainable future together. Canada believes that supporting women and girls’ health and their right to security will enable them to play a key role in building climate resilience in their communities and to be drivers of an economic growth that benefits everyone. ”

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

Quick facts

  • The pillars of Canada’s engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean region are:

    • promoting democracy, human rights, inclusion and diversity;
    • supporting inclusive growth and poverty eradication;
    • supporting climate change and adaptation; and
    • improving regional security.
  • Canada’s international assistance in Latin America and the Caribbean focuses on the empowerment of women and girls and the advancement of a progressive, feminist agenda that promotes human rights, prosperity, resilience and democratic governance.

  • In 2016 to 2017, Canada provided more than $670 million in total international assistance to the Americas.

  • Canada has seven free trade agreements in Latin America, with Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, Peru and Mexico.

  • Canada is also pursuing free trade negotiations with two of the most important economic blocs in Latin American: Mercosur, composed of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay; and the Pacific Alliance, composed of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

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Office of the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

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