Canada Commemorates the Fourth Anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake

New initiative will help Haitian families resettle into safe permanent housing

January 13, 2014 - Ottawa, Ontario - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Four years ago, on January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti and took the lives of more than 200,000 people.  Hundreds of thousands more were injured, and more than a million and a half were left homeless. Today, to commemorate this tragic event, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie,  announced a new initiative to help Haitian families resettle into safe permanent housing.

“As we commemorate this day, let us remember all those who lost their lives or loved ones in this tragedy. Helping Haiti recover and rebuild back is the best way to show solidarity with the people of this country and to honour the victims of the disaster,” said Minister Paradis. “This new initiative will help thousands of Haitian families resettle into new homes, and greatly improve their quality of life.”

The Resettling Haitian Families initiative will help close sixty camps identified as among the most vulnerable, and relocate approximately 53,000 internally-displaced people. The project will also allow for the cleaning of the vacated camps and enable schools that were still being used as temporary camps to return to teaching.

Approximately 70% of this initiative’s beneficiaries are under 30 years of age – most of whom are children under the age of 15, or single mothers vulnerable to violence and abuse.

Canada continues to deliver on ongoing commitments while it reviews its long-term engagement strategy with Haiti in order to ensure more concrete and sustainable results for the Haitian people and accountability for Canadian taxpayers.

Today’s commitment builds on the successful Champ de Mars resettlement project, also funded by Canada, through which close to 5,600 families (or some 20,000 people) were resettled who were living in internally displaced persons camps, which were once located in a public park adjacent to the Presidential Palace in Port-au-Prince.

Quick Facts

  • This new announcement is for $20 million in development assistance to the International Organization for Migration.
  • More than 145,000 Haitians still live in camps.

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