Canada announces matching fund in response to earthquake in Haiti

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August 27, 2021 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Government of Canada announced today the creation of a Matching Fund in response to the earthquake in Haiti.

Canada will match every donation made by individual Canadians to the Humanitarian Coalition and its members between August 16 and September 3, 2021, up to a maximum of $2 million. The Matching Fund, created in collaboration with the Coalition, will help Canada mobilize resources to deliver life-saving assistance in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on August 14, 2021.

Canada continues to monitor the situation and remains in close contact with humanitarian partners to assess and respond to evolving needs.

Quick facts

  • Canada’s Humanitarian Coalition brings together leading humanitarian organizations to provide Canadians with a simple and effective way to help during international humanitarian disasters.

  • Members of the Humanitarian Coalition actively participate in established UN-led humanitarian coordination processes to ensure that aid is distributed effectively.

  • The Humanitarian Coalition’s members are Action Against Hunger Canada, Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Canadian Lutheran World Relief, CARE Canada, Doctors of the World Canada, Humanity & Inclusion Canada, Islamic Relief Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan International Canada, Save the Children Canada and World Vision Canada.

  • Canada’s contribution to the Haiti Earthquake Matching Fund is part of its initial response of $5 million in humanitarian assistance, which was announced on August 18, 2021, and which also includes contributions of $2 million to the World Food Programme and $500,000 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies through the Canadian Red Cross Society.

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