Canada is concerned with increasing insecurity in many parts of the Americas, and in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean in particular, and its negative effects on citizens in the region. Insecurity in the Americas threatens stability, democracy and prosperity in the hemisphere and at the same time has a direct impact on Canada and Canadians.
To build on momentum towards our goal of strengthening security and institutions, Canada is:
- Supporting efforts to improve security, especially in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean;
- Providing resources and training towards combatting transnational organized crime;
- Sharing Canadian experience to strengthen institutions required for stability and growth;
- Contributing to the rule of law, economic opportunity and long-term development in Haiti; and
- Supporting economic opportunities, essential services and social development to improve long-term security.
The Government is committed to assisting our partners in the region to improve their own security, which in turn protects Canadians from threats both at home and abroad.
Canada has provided expertise and contributions to tackle transnational organized crime, including trafficking in illicit drugs, arms and persons, and to strengthen institutions that safeguard freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
Our increased focus has yielded strong results. We have:
Contributed to the training of more than 4,000 candidates from the Americas through the Military Training Cooperation Programme (MTCP), thereby assisting the transformation of hemispheric armed and security forces into transparent and accountable institutions.
Supported the registration of over 5 million Haitians on the civil registry, enabling them to access basic services, apply for credit, obtain title to property and vote;
Helped reinforce justice in Central America through support to Lawyers Without Borders Canada and the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, the Guatemalan Police Reform Commission and the Honduran Truth and Reconciliation Commission, among others;
- Strengthened the national justice systems of the region, including in Mexico, and Guatemala, by sharing Canadian expertise, improving access to and efficiency of the justice system, and through various training and mentoring programs for both police and justice officials.
Supported fair, transparent and inclusive elections in the Americas through:
- more than 45 electoral observation missions of the Organization of American States (OAS)
- facilitating the registration of more than 1.3 million voters in Bolivia,
- and providing training to five political parties in Peru to assist them in better reflecting the needs of citizens.
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