International Assistance Commitments

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The tables below tracks progress on Canada's key international assistance commitments in three categories:

  • Commitments in support of a specific sector
  • Commitments relating to increased country focus for international assistance efforts
  • Commitments specific to a country or region

The tables track which commitments are completed, are on target or are off target.

Some commitments are specific to international development, and some are whole-of-government approaches that include other government departments.

Canada's key international assistance commitments do not constitute legally binding obligations nor are they legislated.

Keep in mind that:

  • These table are updated twice a year. If citing it as a reference, please note the date of the version used.
  • Each commitment contains important notes, including links to related public announcements and other reference material.
  • The commitments are outlined by fiscal year (April-March), with the exception of two: Food Aid Convention, which is outlined by crop year (July-June) and Top 5 bilateral donor status, which is outlined by calendar year (January-December).
  • If the year is qualified by "Preliminary", it means that the figures may change following further quality assurance.

Key Government of Canada International Assistance Commitments (bilingual, CSV format, 45 KB)

Data as of March 31, 2014

Treaty/Convention/International Pledge

On Target

Canada will provide $299 million to the New Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security to address the challenges of agricultural productivity in Africa.
 2012-2013 Disbursed ($M)Planned Three-Year Total ($M)
New Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security133299

Canada announced $28.45 million in new initiatives to promote free and open markets and to advance freedom, democracy and the rule of law in the Middle East and North Africa.
 2011-2012 Disbursed ($M)2012-2013 Disbursed ($M)Total ($M)
Middle East and North Africa31828

At the G-8 Muskoka Summit in June 2010, Canada announced a contribution of $2.85 billion over five years to help save the lives of women, children and newborns in developing countries. This includes $1.1 billion in funding for the Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH), in addition to maintaining current funding levels of $1.75 billion over five years for similar initiatives through the Canadian International Development Agency.
 2010-2011 Disbursed ($M)2011-2012 Disbursed ($M)2012-2013 Disbursed ($M)Planned Five-Year Total ($M)
MNCH - Current funding levels - Total Canada3754523971,750
of which CIDA3554303721,642
Muskoka Initiative1492192671,100
Total MNCH - Canada5246716642,850

At the 2006 G-8 Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Prime Minister Harper committed Canada to contributing $450 million over a decade to support country-led efforts to strengthen health systems. The Africa Health Systems Initiative (AHSI) aims to help improve health outcomes and make solid progress toward the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly those related to child mortality (MDG 4) and maternal health (MDG 5).
 2006-2007 Disbursed ($M)2007-2008 Disbursed ($M)2008-2009 Disbursed ($M)2009-2010 Disbursed ($M)2010-2011 Disbursed ($M)2011-2012 Disbursed ($M)2012-2013 Disbursed ($M)Planned Ten-Year Total ($M)
Note: Planned funding for AHSI and displayed actual funding for AHSI include $1M/year in operating expenditures ($10M over the 10 years).
African Health Systems Initiative8714665744643450


At the G-8 L'Aquila Summit in July 2009, Canada announced that it is doubling its investments in sustainable agricultural development by committing an additional $600 million* over three years, bringing the total to $1.18 billion over the three-year period.
 2007-2008 Baseline ($M)2008-2009 Baseline ($M)2009-2010 Baseline ($M)2010-2011 Baseline ($M)Three-Year Total ($M)
Note: The baseline was created using CIDA's agriculture disbursements from 2007 to 2008. In 2008-2009, the Department of Finance Canada contributed an additional $48 million for that year only.
Agriculture - Total Canada1952226173531,192
of which CIDA 2225693531,144
*Increase over baseline - Canada 28425154607

At the 2006 G-8 Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Canada committed to increasing bilateral funding to Africa’s education sector from $100 million in 2005-2006 to $150 million annually by 2010- 2011. Further bilateral investment in basic education will build on the significant results already achieved.
 2005-2006 Disbursed ($M)2006-2007 Disbursed ($M)2007-2008 Disbursed ($M)2008-2009 Disbursed ($M)2009-2010 Disbursed ($M)2010-2011 Disbursed ($M)
Bilateral basic education in Africa98119131207189165

Meet Canada's commitment to the Food Aid Convention, 1999: provide 420,000 metric tonnes of wheat equivalent per crop year (July 1-June 30).
 1999-2000 (MTWE*)2000-2001 (MTWE*)2001-2002 (MTWE*)2002-2003 (MTWE*)2003-2004 (MTWE*)2004-2005 (MTWE*)2005-2006 (MTWE*)2006-2007 (MTWE*)2007-2008 (MTWE*)2008-2009 (MTWE*)2009-2010 (MTWE*)2010-2011 (MTWE*)2011-2012 (MTWE*)
* MTWE = Metric Tonnes of Wheat equivalent by Crop Year, Actual adjusted for product limits [Food Aid Convention, 1999, Article IV, Para. (b)]
Food Aid Convention 1999444,333379,351420,000420,000413,955420,000420,000420,000520,903502,855509,181522,000683,150


On Target

Canada, through CIDA (now DFATD), is committing approximately $527 million between 2011 and 2017 in development support to the Afghan people. The focus is on empowering women and girls in education, human rights and humanitarian assistance.
 2011-2012 Disbursed ($M)2012-2013 Disbursed ($M)Planned Total ($M)

Canada increases support for global food security through the World Food Programme and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, for a total of $350 million dollars over five years (2011-2016).
 2011-2012 Disbursed ($M)2012-2013 Disbursed ($M)Planned Five-Year Total ($M)
Food Security - World Food Programme and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank5075350

At the Conference of Donors for the Palestinian Territories, Canada increased support to the peace process through additional assistance to Palestinian reform and development. Canada's pledge was met by committing projects totalling more than $300 million. Some development projects are still being implemented and will continue beyond the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
 2007-2008 Disbursed ($M)2008-2009 Disbursed ($M)2009-2010 Disbursed ($M)2010-2011 Disbursed ($M)2011-2012 Disbursed ($M)2012-2013 Disbursed ($M)Planned Six-Year Total ($M)
Note: While not part of CIDA's commitment to provide $250 million for the Palestinian Authority and the Middle East Peace Process, CIDA's support through the West Bank and Gaza program also includes an additional annual allocation of $15 million to support the United Nations the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East's Food Assistance program from fiscal year 2010-2011 and ongoing (not shown in the table above).
West Bank/Gaza and Palestinian refugees — Total Canada26255646110325
of which CIDA 514550568270

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced new initiatives aimed at strengthening Canada's historic relationships with members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). These initiatives will build new and forward-looking partnerships and promote regional integration through mutually supportive policies. Canada has allocated $600 million over 10 years for this new regional program, through CIDA. In 2012, this program was extended to 12 years.
 2008-2009 Disbursed ($M)2009-2010 Disbursed ($M)2010-2011 Disbursed ($M)2011-2012 Disbursed ($M)2012-2013 Disbursed ($M)Planned Twelve-Year Total ($M)
Note: The Caribbean regional program includes the Leeward and Windward Islands, Guyana, and Jamaica. It excludes Haiti and other bilateral country programs.
Caribbean — Total Canada5045495555600

In February 2007, Canada committed up to $111 million to the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative(CHVI), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provided up to $28 million. At the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, in July 2010, Canada and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation renewed this commitment.
 2007-2008 Disbursed ($M)2008-2009 Disbursed ($M)2009-2010 Disbursed ($M)2010-2011 Disbursed ($M)2011-2012 Disbursed ($M)2012-2013 Disbursed ($M)Planned Total ($M)
CHVI — Total Canada124141922111
of which CIDA 011071360


Canada provides $72.35 million in relief to East Africa drought. In addition, CIDA established a relief fund of $70,421,608.55 to match donations made to Canadian registered charities working in the drought-affected areas.
 2010-2011 Disbursed ($M)2011-2012 Disbursed ($M)Total ($M)
East Africa Drought18.9123.9142.9
of which East Africa Drought Relief Fund 70.570.5

Canada allocated $79.8 million to respond to the floods in Pakistan. $71.8 million was provided by CIDA for humanitarian assistance and early recovery and $8 million by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade for equipment to restore links to communities cut off by the flooding. Canadians generously contributed $46.8 million* to the Pakistan Flood Relief Fund to help flood-affected people, which the Government of Canada matched.
 2010-2011 Disbursed ($M)
Pakistan Flood Relief —Total Canada79.7
of which CIDA71.8
*of which Pakistan Flood Relief Fund — CIDA46.8

As part of its commitment to provide its fair share of climate change fast-start financing (CCFSF), Canada is contributing $1.2 billion in new and additional climate change financing for the fiscal years 2010-2011 to 2012-2013. Support is focused on three priority areas — adaptation, clean energy, and forests and agriculture.
 2010-2011 Disbursed ($M)2011-2012 Disbursed ($M)2012-2013 Disbursed ($M)Total Disbursed ($M)
Climate Change Fast-Start Financing — Total Canada4003943981,193
of which CIDA97363295753

At the International Donors' Conference at the United Nations in New York in March 2010, Canada announced $400 million for humanitarian and reconstruction programs in Haiti (in addition to the July 2006 commitment of $555 million). The funding is coordinated with our partners and the Haitian government.
 2009-2010 Disbursed ($M)2010-2011 Disbursed ($M)2011-2012 Disbursed ($M)Total Disbursed ($M)
Haiti New York Pledge — Total Canada20222179421
of which CIDA20167158345

Canada created the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund to encourage Canadians to donate. Individual Canadians generously donated $220 million to eligible Canadian charitable organizations. Canada matched this $220 million using resources from the Haiti New York Pledge and Canada's international humanitarian assistance for Haiti.
 2009-2010 Disbursed ($M)2010-2011 Disbursed ($M)2011-2012 Disbursed ($M)2012-2013 Disbursed ($M)Total ($M)
Note: This did not constitute additional resources.
Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund57936721238

Canada allocated up to $100 million annually in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 to support humanitarian assistance, early recovery, and governance support in Sudan. This was followed by a continued engagement in Sudan for three years with an annual budget of up to $100 million (until 2012-2013).
 2008-2009 Disbursed ($M)2009-2010 Disbursed ($M)2010-2011 Disbursed ($M)2011-2012 Disbursed ($M)2012-2013 Disbursed ($M)

A grant of up to $20 million is being added in support to Lebanon for its work to implement its reform agenda and tackle the deficit and debt problem that is constraining Lebanon's growth and threatening its long-term economic sustainability. (International Conference in Support of Lebanon Paris III)
 2007-2008 Disbursed ($M)2008-2009 Disbursed ($M)2009-2010 Disbursed ($M)2010-2011 Disbursed ($M)Total ($M)
Note: The Prime Minister's June 2007 letter to Lebanese Prime Minister Siniora commits to use $5 million of the $20 million to improve living conditions of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

Canada committed to providing $555 million for the reconstruction and development of Haiti from July 2006 to September 2011. CIDA is allocating $485 million of this amount to strengthen political governance, national reconstruction, and economic recovery and to provide access to basic services for Haitians.
 2006-2007 Disbursed ($M)2007-2008 Disbursed ($M)2008-2009 Disbursed ($M)2009-2010 Disbursed ($M)2010-2011 Disbursed ($M)Total ($M)
Haiti — Total pour le Canada106126164112100609
of which CIDA9310313587100518

Canada will be increasing its 10-year allocation to development and reconstruction in Afghanistan from $1.3 billion to a total of $1.9 billion (2001-2011).
 2001-2002 Disbursed ($M)2002-2003 Disbursed ($M)2003-2004 Disbursed ($M)2004-2005 Disbursed ($M)2005-2006 Disbursed ($M)2006-2007 Disbursed ($M)2007-2008 Disbursed ($M)2008-2009 Disbursed ($M)2009-2010 Disbursed ($M)2010-2011 Disbursed ($M)Total ($M)
Afghanistan — Total Canada471221021151152303402913172851,964
of which CIDA471181011121051842892272382311,652

Country Concentration Targets (Budget 2007)


The commitments of the G-8 and other donors will lead to an increase in official development assistance to Africa of $25 billion a year by 2010, more than doubling aid to Africa compared to 2004. (G-8 2005) By 2008-2009, aid to Africa will double from its 2003-2004 level. (Budget 2005) Canada's international assistance to Africa will double from $1.05 billion in 2003-2004 to $2.1 billion in 2008- 2009. (G-8 2007)
 2003-2004 Disbursed ($M)2004-2005 Disbursed ($M)2005-2006 Disbursed ($M)2006-2007 Disbursed ($M)2007-2008 Disbursed ($M)2008-2009 Disbursed ($M)2009-2010 Disbursed ($M)2010-2011 Disbursed ($M)
Doubling Aid to Africa — Total Canada1,0451,5361,8031,9071,7392,1652,1742,182
of which CIDA 1,1831,4291,3611,3671,6601,7291,738

Canada will aim to be among the largest five donors in core countries of interest, to improve how we work with those countries and other key partners to achieve results. (Budget 2007)
Number of countries in which top five bilateral donor status was achieved101081112

With 80 percent of Canada's bilateral assistance being focused on 20 countries and improving how Canada works in other bilateral partner countries, Canadians will see better results and more resources getting to those in need.
Percentage of country program aid in...2008-20092009-20102010-2011
20 countries of focus80%83%88%

With 80 percent of Canada's bilateral assistance being focused on 20 countries and improving how Canada works in other bilateral partner countries, Canadians will see better results and more resources getting to those in need.
Note: The country count excludes regional programming, Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, and countries only receiving special payments (for example, tsunami). In 2009-2010, 21 of the 51 countries are in Africa and 19 are Francophonie countries. In 2010-2011, 20 of the 47 countries are in Africa and 18 are Francophonie countries.
Number of countries receiving aid6869675147