Canada's foreign policy

Economic sanctions

Canada imposes economic sanctions against foreign states and non-state actors as part of its contribution to the international effort to enhance peace and security and enforce international norms and laws.

Human rights

Canadians expect their government to be a leader in the human rights field by reflecting and promoting Canadian values on the international stage. The promotion and protection of human rights is an integral part of Canadian foreign policy.

International organizations

Canada promotes commonly shared values such as equality and democracy through its participation in many international organizations.

International security

Learn more about transnational crime, terrorism, destruction of weapons of mass destruction, landmines, non-proliferation and disarmament and international security research and outreach.

Natural disasters

Global Affairs Canada, through START, has lead responsibility for coordinating the Government of Canada’s operational response to major natural disasters abroad, such as the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010.

Office of religious freedom

Canada is recognized globally for its leadership on human rights issues, and takes principled positions to promote Canadian values of pluralism and tolerance throughout the world.

Stabilization and reconstruction

The Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START) is the Government of Canada’s centre of expertise for stabilization and reconstruction in fragile and conflict affected areas throughout the world.