Canada's response to the earthquake in Haiti

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Members of the Canadian Forces assist Ski Lankan soldiers distribute Humanitarian Aid to Haitians in Leogane. Photo: Corporal Pierre Thériault

This is a reference page only and was created to address Canada's response during the five months following the earthquake. The content has not been updated since that time. Visit the Canada-Haiti website for information about Canada's ongoing engagement in Haiti.


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On January 12, 2010, a catastrophic earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck Haiti, close to Port-au-Prince.

That quake caused widespread devastation and loss of life. Hundreds of thousands of Haitians and foreign nationals died or were injured in the quake's aftermath.

First response

Within hours of the earthquake, the Government of Canada had deployed civilian and military emergency management experts to Haiti, began what would become a significant humanitarian response.

These pages detail the actions that Canada took in this crucial first phase that lasted from January 12 to March 31, 2010:

Long term support

Canada is committed to supporting Haiti for the long term.

Care and maintenance of the displaced population as well as recovery and reconstruction efforts, will take years.

Canada will stand by the Government of Haiti and the Haitian population to build a better Haiti.

For continuing details, please visit CIDA’s Haiti Response page and the site of the Haiti Reconstruction.

Assistance for Canadians in Haiti

Canadians seeking emergency consular assistance in the area should contact the Emergency Operations Centre or call 613-996-8885 collect.

The Operations Centre of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Canadians who are able to make their way to the Dominican Republic by their own means can get assistance at the Embassy of Canada in Santo
Domingo in the Dominican Republic
.

Friends and relatives in Canada seeking information on Canadian citizens believed to be in the affected area should contact Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada at 1-800-387-3124.

Travel reports and Warnings

Please see our Travel Report for Haiti.

Map of the region

Map identifying the epicentre of the earthquake in Haiti.

Information on the region

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