Canada conducts diplomatic mission in Haiti

News release

December 7, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada is conducting a diplomatic mission in Haiti from December 7-9, 2022. This mission will complement virtual engagements and discussions taking place in parallel.

The mission, led by Bob Rae, Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, will seek to encourage greater unity among key stakeholders towards a political path and process for democratic elections.

As part of the Diplomatic mission, Ambassador Rae will also consult with high-level political figures, members of civil society, the UN and other key stakeholders on options to support Haitian-led efforts to address the humanitarian and security crises and on the potential role that Canada could play in the international response.

The international community has an important role to play in responding to the current humanitarian and security crisis in Haiti.

Canada’s efforts will continue to support Haitian-led solutions to restore access to essential goods and services, and will build on our longstanding engagement. 


“Canada is continuing to take a leadership role to support Haitian people and help them emerge from this crisis and restore peace and security in their country. This mission is another example of Canada supporting Haitian-led solutions to the ongoing violence in the country.”

- Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • In November and December, 2022, Canada imposed autonomous sanctions on 11 political and economic elites in Haiti. 

  • On November 10, 2022 Canada implemented United Nations Security Council sanctions resolution 2653 into Canadian law under the United Nations Act in response the egregious conduct of armed criminal gangs in Haiti. The initial sanctions imposed a dealings prohibition against a Haitian gang leader. 

  • The resolution established a UNSC Sanctions Committee that will identify individuals and entities who should be sanctioned. Under the United Nations Act, these individuals will be automatically sanctioned by Canada.

  • In October 2022, a Canadian government delegation carried out consultations in Haiti with regional partners, the United Nations, CARICOM and other partners

  • In partnership with U.S. armed forces, Canada airlifted a commercial delivery of specialized vehicles to Haiti on October 15.

  • Canada remains deeply concerned by the humanitarian situation in Haiti.  This year (2022) we have provided $12.5 million in humanitarian assistance to Haiti, including $8 million announced by the Prime Minister on November 20, 2022, to help address emerging humanitarian needs such as food insecurity and the cholera outbreak.

  • Canada is providing development funding to improve security and fight corruption and impunity. This includes $10M to the UNDP Security Basket fund to strengthen the Haitian National Police and $5M to UNDOC/OAS to strengthen Haiti’s capacities to investigate cases of corruption, and economic crimes such as money laundering.

  • On September 21, 2022, Prime Minister Trudeau announced Canada’s contribution of $20 million to aid reconstruction in Haiti following the 2021 earthquake.

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