Canada's Middle East engagement strategy
Over the course of three years, between 2016 and 2019, Canada is investing $2 billion to enhance regional security and stabilization, to provide vital humanitarian assistance to those in need, to help host communities build resilience in the face of conflict and to increase Canada’s diplomatic engagement in Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.
Canada's lines of effort
Canada is providing humanitarian assistance funding to help meet the basic needs of people affected by the Syrian and Iraqi crises.
Canada is helping to build the capacity of communities to withstand the shocks and stresses caused by the crises in the region.
Canada is delivering assistance in Iraq and the region to support resiliency, stability and prosperity over the long term.
We are actively contributing to finding solutions to the issues facing the region.
A history of Canada's engagement in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon.
Prime Minister Trudeau announces Canada’s renewed and enhanced whole-of-government strategy towards its approach to security, stabilization, humanitarian and development assistance in response to the crises in Iraq and Syria and their impact on Jordan and Lebanon.
Canada strongly condemns the continued targeting of health facilities and personnel in the Syrian conflict.
Canada announces final tally of Syria Emergency Relief Fund and additional $100 million programming through Canadian and international partners to help the most vulnerable communities affected by the Syrian crisis.
Canada announces over $75 million in support of women's education, health, nutrition and for countries hosting Syrian refugees.
Canada co-sponsors UN Security Council resolution on protection of medical missions in armed conflict situations in Syria.
Canadian Armed Forces expands contribution to Global Coalition to defeat Daesh.
Canada announces new support to help more than 5400 women in the region to increase their participation and representation at all levels of government.
Canada and Jordan sign a memorandum of understanding to increase cooperation between the two countries on security and stabilization in the region.
Canada accepts an invitation to join the International Syria Support Group (ISSG).
Canada pledges $158 million in humanitarian and stabilization support for Iraq.
Following the conclusive findings of use of chemical weapons in Syria, Canada calls for those responsible to be held accountable for their actions.
Canada announces $442 million in humanitarian assistance funding to help save lives and alleviate suffering of millions of conflict-affected people in Syria, Iraq and the region by helping them meet their basic education, food, health, water, shelter and protection needs.
Canada leads on efforts to mobilize the United Nations on Syria and to find solutions for the Syrian people.
Installation of Operation IMPACT Role 2 Medical Facility.
Canada announces significant support for peace, security and stability in Lebanon.
Canada co-hosts the White Helmets in Canada and announces $4.5 million to support the White Helmets’ life-saving work in Syria and to help train more female volunteers.
Canada, along with France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States demand an urgent ceasefire to allow the United Nations to get humanitarian assistance to people in eastern Aleppo.
UN General Assembly calls for action on Syria in Canada-led resolution - Adoption of Resolution.
Canada announces $239 million of new humanitarian and development assistance for the Middle East.
Canada announces $28 million to support people in Iraq and Syria. This support will help to address the immediate needs of the population, increase access to justice and accountability for Iraqis and Syrians affected by the conflict and allow civilians to return safely to territory liberated from Daesh.
The Government of Canada announces an extension to Operation IMPACT until June 30, 2017.
Canada announces it has renewed Operation IMPACT until March 31, 2019.
Canada congratulates Iraqi forces on the liberation of Mosul.
The Prime Minister announces support for gender equality and resilience-building programs in the Middle East.
Canada calls for de-escalation of tensions in Kirkuk, Iraq.
Canada condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria after evidence points to their use by both the Assad regime and Daesh.
Canada, working in close partnership with the United Kingdom and Germany, has been leading an international effort to ensure the safety of White Helmets and their families
Canada calls on the Syrian regime and Russia to protect civilians in Idlib.
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