Canada's Response to the Situation in Syria

Since the start of the Syrian uprising in March of 2011, Canada has worked to support the Syrian people. We have been active in calling on the international community to come together and defend the rights of the Syrian people to determine their own future.

Canada has also given generously to the various international efforts to support the Syrian people, including those living as refugees in neighboring countries, support to the Syrian civil society, and the threat posed by chemical weapons.

To date, Canada has committed over $683  million in humanitarian, development and security assistance in response to the Syria crisis. This includes:

Humanitarian Assistance

Since early 2011, the unrest in Syria has led 2.3 million Syrians to seek refuge in the neighbouring countries of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, resulting in significant humanitarian needs. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 9.3 million people inside Syria, including 6.5 million who are internally displaced, also need urgent help. It is estimated that 130,000 people have died in the ongoing conflict, with hundreds of thousands more wounded.

Since January 2012, Canada has committed $403.5 million to international humanitarian assistance in response to the Syria crisis. This amount includes Minister Paradis’ January 7, 2015 announcement of an additional $50 million for conflict-affected people in Syria and neighbouring countries, including Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. This new support is in addition to the $150 million announced by Prime Minister Harper on January 24, 2014 and prior commitments made of $45 million and $90 million respectively in June and September 2013. In response to urgent needs, this assistance is delivered through experienced humanitarian partners, and is contributing to significant results on the ground.

Canada is also providing $210.7 million to support development projects in Jordan and the region to strengthen government services and infrastructure stressed by the influx of Syrian refugees, specifically in health, education and the delivery of basic services.

Canada has also expanded its commitment to help Syrian refugees by resettling an additional 10,000 Syrians by the end of 2017, bringing Canada’s total commitment to resettle 11,300 people. Canada will work with the UNHCR and private sponsors to resettle these Syrian refugees in Canadian communities. Visit the Refugee and asylum web page for more information about Canada’s refugee protection programs.

More information on Canada’s humanitarian assistance during the Syrian crisis

Development Projects

Canada has already committed $230.7 million to support development projects in the region to strengthen government services and infrastructure stressed by the influx of Syrian refugees, specifically in health, education and the delivery of basic services, and to address Jordan’s specific development challenges.

Security & Stability Initiatives

Canada has committed $67.2 million in security-related assistance to address the impact of the Syrian crisis, including $48.26 million for Jordan. These funds will help mitigate the threat of chemical weapons and other weapons and materials of mass destruction; assist Jordanian security forces in managing the non-humanitarian aspects of the influx of Syrian refugees, and; contribute to Jordan’s counter-terrorism capacity. This also includes, $3.8 million in stabilization assistance in areas including civil administration, accountability, independent media and secure communications to the Syrian activists and civil society members.

Table 1: Summary of Canadian Commitments
Humanitarian Assistance
Development Assistance
Security and Stabilization Assistance
Total Canadian Assistance703.26

Travel Advice for Canadians in Syria

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada advises against all travel to Syria due to the deteriorating security situation. We continue to advise Canadians in Syria to leave by commercial means as soon as it is safe to do so. Many airlines, including Arab League carriers, have suspended their flights from Syria. The airport in Damascus may be closed on short notice and access to the airport is increasingly limited due to security operations. Canadians are advised to contact their airline to check the status of their flight prior to travelling to the airport. We strongly recommend that Canadians register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service.

Canadians who are leaving Syria by land into Lebanon should know that we advise against all travel to the border region. Consult the Travel Advice for Lebanon and transit through this area as quickly as possible.

Canadians remaining in Syria despite this warning should limit their movements and keep abreast of the latest developments. Canadians may have little notice of violent outbreaks and risk being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Canadians are also advised to ensure that their travel documents are up to date, to register as well as to carefully follow messages issued through the Registration of Canadians Abroad service.

Contact Information

(collect) 613-996-8885

Assistance for Canadians in Syria

Embassy of Canada to Syria (Operations suspended - Canadians in Syria can obtain consular assistance from our Embassy in Lebanon)

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