Canada's Response to the Situation in Mali

The Government of Canada is deeply concerned by recent events in Mali especially after the declaration of a nationwide state of emergency on January 11, 2013 by the president of Mali.

C-17 planeOn February 15, 2013, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird extended Canada's assistance to France through the extension of one CC-177 Globemaster aircraft until March 15. This aircraft is available to France to move equipment and personnel to Mali's capital, Bamako. This aircraft and Canadian Armed Forces personnel will not be part of combat operations. Canada will continue to monitor events in Mali and the Sahel.

In addition to our logistical support, Canada will continue to provide humanitarian aid and development assistance to this region to help alleviate the worsening humanitarian conditions in the region.

Travel Advice 

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada advises against all travel to Mali due to political instability and ongoing military clashes, as well as the threat of terrorism, banditry and kidnapping in northern Mali.

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada has taken the precaution of authorizing the departure of dependents of Canadian Embassy staff as well as non-essential staff in Bamako in light of the volatile security situation. If you are still in Mali, you should leave immediately.

Consular Information

Canadians in Mali should leave immediately

Canadians in Mali:
(223) 20-21-22-36

Canadians in Canada:

For emergency assistance after hours, call the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at 613-996-8885 or email

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