Canada conducts assessment mission in Haiti
October 27, Ottawa, Ontario –Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada is conducting an assessment mission in Haiti.
The international community has an important role to play in responding to the current humanitarian and security crisis in Haiti, and Canada strongly believes in supporting Haitians to find a durable solution.
A Canadian government delegation is carrying out consultations with regional partners, the United Nations, CARICOM and other partners.
They are now in Haiti to consult with stakeholders on options to support Haitian people in resolving the humanitarian and security crises and how Canada can contribute to the international response.
Canada’s efforts will focus on supporting Haitian-led solutions to restore access to essential goods and services, and will build on our longstanding engagement. Since 2010, we have provided almost two billion dollars to assist in strengthening Haitian institutions, including the National Police, and creating the conditions for Haiti to be a stable and democratic society through an inclusive dialogue that will lead to free and fair elections.
“Canada and the international community are concerned about the violence in Haiti, in particular against women and girls. Canada will not remain idle while gangs and those who support them terrorize Haiti’s citizens and we will continue to support law-abiding Haitians to put an end to the crisis in their country.”
- Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Canada and Haiti officially established autonomous diplomatic relations in 1954 and have continued to maintain strong diplomatic ties ever since.
To date in 2022, Canada has provided over $4.5 million CAD in gender-responsive humanitarian assistance to meet lifesaving needs in Haiti. Canada is providing flexible funding to its key humanitarian partners to meet the gender-responsive needs of crisis-affected populations, whether impacted by displacement, the recent violence or the cholera epidemic. Global Affairs Canada will continue to monitor the situation closely and respond accordingly.
Canada has contributed $1.87 billion CAD in assistance to Haiti since the 2010 earthquake and is the second largest bilateral donor after the United States.
Since 1995, Canada has invested over $225 million in security in Haiti, including close to $150 million for the Haitian National Police and its Academy, and $75 million in contributions to the United Nations missions.
At Canada's initiative, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) set up in 2022 a multi-donor trust fund on security, with a contribution from Canada of $10 million CAD. This trust fund allows for better coordination and thus a more robust security response from the international community.
On September 21, 2022, Prime Minister Trudeau announced Canada’s contribution of $20 million CAD to help reconstruction in Haiti following the 2021 earthquake.
In partnership with the U.S. armed forces, Canada airlifted a commercial delivery of specialized vehicles to Haiti on October 15.
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