Statement by Minister Paradis: International Day of Charity

September 5, 2013

Around the world, Canadians are known as compassionate and charitable people, due to our generous donations during times of conflict and disaster, our legions of volunteers who work with those in need, wherever they may be, and our support for international institutions and organizations that strive to make our world a better place.

There are more than 80,000 charitable organizations registered in Canada who offer people here and abroad life-saving assistance during their time of need. That is why our Government—along with the generosity of Canadians—supported their efforts during the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the famine in the Horn of Africa in 2011, and the nutrition and food security crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa in 2012, among other humanitarian situations.

The aid received through charitable gifts changes lives around the world. That is why our Government introduced the First-Time Donor's Super Credit, in Budget 2013. Valid until 2017, this credit will supplement the existing non-refundable tax credit for charitable donations by individuals.

On this day, the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa, and the International Day of Charity, I encourage all Canadians to continue the tradition of charitable giving that has made the red Canadian maple leaf an emblem of hope in so many countries around the world.

Christian Paradis
Minister of International Development