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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 »


Canada ready to answer UN’s COVID-19 emergency funding request, says Trudeau

Canada will answer the United Nations’ urgent appeal for a $2 billion global humanitarian response plan to fund the fight against COVID-19 in the world’s poorest countries, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres launched the »

International, Politics

Conservatives promise to slash Canada’s foreign aid by 25 per cent

A Conservative government would slash Canada’s foreign aid spending by 25 per cent, withholding international assistance from developed countries such as Italy and Brazil and focusing it instead on the poorest countries, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer announced Tuesday. Speaking in »

International, Politics

Canada is unlikely to help UN food agency in Palestine, says Bibeau

Ottawa would be hard-pressed to step in and help fill part of a funding shortage that has forced the United Nations to scale back its support programs to vulnerable families in Palestine, says Canada’s international development minister. The World Food »

International, Politics

Trudeau criticized for tweet to TV personality pledging money for education

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s tweet pledging $50 million for an international NGO has caused a huge backlash on social media with thousands of people arguing the money would be better spent on programs for Canadians in need. On Sunday, Trudeau »

International, Politics

International development groups welcome Canada’s $241.5M family planning funding pledge

International development and aid groups are welcoming Canada’s commitment to spend up to $241.5 million to support projects that will provide “critical sexual and reproductive health services,” filling some of the void left behind by the Trump administration. International Development »


Canada announces additional $86M to help South Sudan

Canada is contributing another $86 million to assist famine and war ravaged South Sudan, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced today. Bibeau made the announcement on the final day of her four-day trip to the world’s youngest country where millions »


Canada announces new humanitarian assistance for the Middle East

Canada will provide $239.5 million over the next three years to help meet growing humanitarian needs in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie Marie-Claude Bibeau announced today. The funding will support the activities of humanitarian »

International, Politics

Canada`s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird ordered foreign aid cut be labelled ‘surplus’

Canada`s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird “quietly” ordered his department to cut millions of dollars out of a foreign aid program last year and to call the cut a “surplus,” according to an article by journalist Carl Meyer posted Wednesday »

Health, International, Politics

Ottawa conference on future of humanitarian response

A one day conference on Wednesday (October 30) in Ottawa will look at improving humanitarian response to disasters around the world. Entitled “The Future of Humanitarian Response: Towards More Effective, Accountable and Innovative Approaches” the conference is co-hosted by Canada’s »