Canada announces funding for humanitarian assistance in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq

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March 14, 2019 - Brussels, Belgium - Global Affairs Canada

The Syrian crisis continues to affect millions of people across Syria and neighbouring countries, including Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. Canada is committed to working with the international community to promote peace and security in the Middle East.

On behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced $50.35 million in support to address humanitarian needs in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

This funding will be allocated to United Nations agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross and go toward meeting the basic needs of crisis-affected people, including through the provision of food assistance; protection; comprehensive health services; and water, sanitation and hygiene. The assistance addresses the specific rights and needs of women and girls through protection services and sexual and reproductive health services.

Parliamentary Secretary Goldsmith-Jones made this announcement during the third conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, held in Brussels, Belgium, from March 12 to 14, 2019.


“Canada is taking action to support the millions of people affected by the conflict in Syria who still require urgent help, many of whom are struggling to meet their basic needs. This funding will provide some much-needed relief to those most severely affected by this tragedy—especially women and children, who are bearing the brunt of this crisis.”

  — Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

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  • Today’s announcement is part of Canada’s Middle East strategy. Canada committed $2.1 billion over the course of three years toward security, stabilization, and humanitarian and development assistance in response to the crises in Iraq and Syria and their impacts on Jordan and Lebanon.

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