Canada announces $123 million in funding to improve security in Haiti

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February 22, 2024 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Global Affairs Canada

Canada and Haiti are long-standing partners and friends, and Canada remains steadfast in its support to Haiti and its people as the country continues to face political, security and humanitarian crises.  

Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, participated in an international pledging event in support of Haiti, while in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. 
At the event, Minister Joly announced that Canada will allocate $123 million in funding to support Haiti, including $80.5 million to support the deployment of the Multinational Security Support (MSS) mission that is being led by Kenya, which aims to support the efforts of the Haitian National Police (HNP) to improve security conditions in Haiti for the civilian population.

Minister Joly also announced the allocation of a total of $42.5 million from previously announced funding for 5 structuring projects in support of the country’s most pressing issues:

  • $15 million to the United Nations Office for Project Support (UNOPS) for procurement of personal protective equipment and vehicles for the Haitian National Police
  • $12.1 million to UNOPS for procurement of logistics and communications equipment for the HNP
  • $5.9 million to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to address gang-related sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in Haiti
  • $5 million to the United Nations Development Programme for the Program for Justice and the Fight Against Corruption and Impunity in Haiti, also called the Basket Fund for Justice
  • $4.5 million to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to strengthen Haiti’s border management capacities to improve security


“Canada believes in Haitian-led solutions to the political, security and humanitarian crises and remains committed to working with Kenya and other international partners to support a successful deployment of the Multinational Security Support mission and ensure that our efforts are mutually reinforcing. I am pleased to announce Canada’s support for these important projects that will contribute to pave the way to more meaningful interventions to protect the people of Haiti and encourage Haitian-led efforts to restore peace and prosperity in the country.” 

- Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • Canada and Haiti officially established diplomatic relations in 1954 and have continued to maintain strong diplomatic ties ever since.

  • For nearly 30 years, Canada has contributed to every UN peace mission to Haiti to support stabilization and reconstruction efforts. Contributions have included financial assistance and the deployment of members of the Canadian Armed Forces and of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as correctional officers.

  • Since 2022, Canada has committed more than $300 million in international development, humanitarian and security assistance funding to Haiti. In addition, Canada is providing in-kind support worth $57 million to reinforce the HNP.  

  • Canada’s support to the deployment of the MSS mission is in addition to what Canada has invested in international development, humanitarian and security assistance since 2022 to respond to the most pressing needs of crisis-affected people, to support longer-term development that addresses the root causes of fragility and insecurity, as well as to build the resilience of the Haitian population.

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