Canada reaffirms support for people of Syria

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June 30, 2020 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Syrian crisis continues to affect millions of people in Syria and neighbouring countries. Canada thanks Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, as well as Turkey and Egypt, for their generous support in hosting so many Syrian refugees. Canada is committed to continuing its work with the international community and Syrians to put an end to the conflict through a sustainable political solution.

The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today participated in the Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region. The focus of the conference was on addressing the critical needs of millions of people across the region and supporting a lasting political resolution to the Syrian war.

During the event, Minister Gould delivered remarks underscoring Canada’s response to the situation in Syria and the region. Canada has committed up to $3.5 billion in funding for the region from 2016 to 2021, including significant humanitarian, development and stabilization assistance. As part of that total, Canada is providing $339 million in assistance in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq for 2020 and $281 million for 2021.


“As the Syrian conflict enters its 10th year, the millions of people it has affected still require urgent help. We must look at new ways of pursuing a just and sustainable political solution that will put an end to this terrible humanitarian disaster. Together with the international community, Canada will continue to support this endeavour.”

- Karina Gould, Minister of International Development

Quick facts

  • In 2019, Canada announced the renewal for 2 years of its Middle East Engagement Strategy. 

  • This was the fourth Brussels conference on supporting the future of Syria and the region, all of which Canada has attended. This conference is the largest high-level gathering of the international community to address the ongoing crisis in Syria.

  • The conference reaffirmed the international community’s solidarity with countries and communities hosting Syrian refugees and acknowledged the challenges the refugees are facing, paying particular attention to those faced by Syrian women.

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