About the Department

The mandate of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada is to manage Canada's diplomatic and consular relations, to encourage the country's international trade and to lead Canada’s international development and humanitarian assistance. This includes:

  • ensuring that Canada's foreign policy reflects true Canadian values and advances Canada's national interests;
  • strengthening rules-based trading arrangements and expanding free and fair market access at bilateral, regional and global levels;
  • working with a range of partners inside and outside government to achieve increased economic opportunity and enhanced security for Canada and for Canadians at home and abroad;
  • managing Canada's support and resources effectively and accountably to achieve meaningful, sustainable international development and humanitarian results;
  • engaging in policy development in Canada and internationally, enabling Canada's effort to realize its international development and humanitarian objectives.

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