Highlights / humanitarian assistance

Health, International

Humanitarian NGOs urge Ottawa to make foreign aid part of its COVID-19 response

A coalition of more than 200 Canadian charities and aid groups is calling on the federal government to make international aid part of its COVID-19 response to ensure that the virus does not rebound and return after it’s been defeated »


‘Witnessing catastrophe’: fighting in northwest Syria interrupts food distribution

A dramatic escalation of conflict in northwestern Syria is hampering some of the United Nations’ critical food distribution activities in the area as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee the fighting, says the World Food Program. The upsurge of fighting »

International, Politics

Canada ‘deeply concerned’ about escalation of violence in Cameroon

Canada is deeply concerned about the escalation of violence in the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon, say officials with Global Affairs Canada. The two regions are in the grip of an armed campaign by English-speaking militants seeking independence from »

International, Politics

Canada provides humanitarian assistance for Venezuelan refugees

Canada will provide $5.3 million in humanitarian assistance to Latin American and Caribbean countries that have sheltered hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan’s fleeing the political and humanitarian crisis being fuelled by the Maduro regime, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced »

International, Politics

Canada provides $19.5M humanitarian assistance in Syria and Lebanon

The federal government announced Wednesday $19.5 million in funding to UN agencies and NGOs working to address humanitarian needs in Syria and Lebanon. Canada’s contribution will help meet the basic needs of crisis-affected people in Syria and Lebanon, including through »

International, Politics

UN calls for better humanitarian access in Syria

A Russian plan for a five-hour pause in fighting in Syria’s eastern Ghouta needs to be expanded to allow aid deliveries to enter and civilians and urgent medical cases to leave, United Nations officials said on Thursday. In one of »

International, Politics

Canada provides $12.1M in new humanitarian assistance to Yemen

The federal government is providing humanitarian groups working in Yemen with $12.1 million in additional funding to help them respond to the growing humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country. This new funding will be allocated to the World Food Programme »

International, Politics

Canada leads efforts to mobilize UN on Syria

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion is in New York today to push the United Nations to break the impasse at the Security Council and shame its permanent members into taking concrete steps to address the humanitarian situation in Syria. »

International, Politics

Canada pledges $605.5M at World Humanitarian Summit

Canada’s Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau today pledged an additional $331.5 million in humanitarian assistance funding at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. Speaking to RCI from Istanbul, Bibeau’s parliamentary secretary Liberal MP Karina Gould said the announcement »