Canada’s humanitarian response in Beirut
“Canadians are deeply affected by the terrible tragedy that is unfolding in Beirut. Today’s announcement both recognizes the incredible generosity of Canadians and responds to the additional humanitarian appeals made by the international community. Coordinated and thoughtful humanitarian action is essential to an effective response on the ground. By working with these trusted partners, Canada is ensuring that its assistance will quickly go to the people who need help the most.”
- Karina Gould, Minister of International Development
The Government of Canada quickly responded to the tragic explosion in Beirut with an August 5, 2020, announcement of up to $5 million in humanitarian assistance, which included a contribution to the Lebanon Matching Fund and $1.5 million to the Lebanese Red Cross.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on August 10, 2020, that Canada would provide an additional $25 million in assistance for the people of Lebanon. This included increasing the Lebanon Matching Fund up to a new maximum of $5 million.
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