Canadian international assistance in Haiti

Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas. With a population of 10.4 million, the country ranks 163rd out of 188 on the United Nations Development Programme’s 2015 Human Development Index and has an unemployment rate of 40%.

Historically, Haiti has been vulnerable to natural disasters, political instability and economic fluctuations.

Development efforts in Haiti experienced a setback in January 2010 when a powerful earthquake hit the capital, Port-au-Prince, and neighbouring regions, killing 230,000 people and severely disrupting basic services and economic activity. We delivered more than $1.6 billion in development and humanitarian assistance to Haiti since 2006, including $1 billion since the 2010 earthquake. Haiti is, in fact, Canada’s largest aid beneficiary in the Americas.

Haiti has started its transition out of recovery, and has renewed its focus on long-term development. In 2012, the Government of Haiti launched its long-term strategic development plan (Plan stratégique de développement d'Haïti : Vision 2030) as well as a framework to coordinate development assistance.

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Canada's priorities for 2015-2020 are to support the health and well-being of Haitian and Haitian youth, inclusive and green economic growth, democratic and responsible governance, and the rule of law and security.

Health and well-being of Haitian and Haitian youth

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Inclusive and green economic growth

Canada supports the development of a more resilient economy that addresses climate change and promotes sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

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Democratic and accountable governance

The purpose of Canadian programming is to contribute to strengthening the democratic process in Haiti and to improve the Haitian government's capacity to deliver services to the population in an inclusive, effective and transparent manner.

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Rule of Law and Security

Canada supports the development of a more effective security system, an improved and more accessible justice

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