Goal 2: Strengthening Security and Institutions

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.

Our objectives:

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.

Our engagement:

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.

Achieving results:

Our increased focus has yielded strong results.  We have:

  • Increased the capacity and skills of the Haitian National Police (HNP) through the Canadian support to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), enabling Haitian to progressively take full responsibility for the security of the country in a variety of police functions, including in good management practices, on human rights and creating processes that are more sensitive to victims of sexual and gender-based violence.
  • 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.
  • Helped reinforce justice in Guatemala by promoting transitional justice and the advancement of emblematic legal processes, with support of DFATD’s Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START) and Lawyers without Borders Canada.
  • Supported fair, transparent and inclusive elections in the Americas through Canadian contributions to more than 50 electoral observation missions of the Organization of American States (OAS).
  • 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.

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