Priorities

In 2018-19, Global Affairs Canada will continue to deliver results on the Government of Canada’s commitments to preserve and nurture Canadian prosperity and security, including through consular services to Canadians, and to contribute to a more just, inclusive, and sustainable world. Efforts will focus on the four following priorities:

Priority 1: Strengthening the rules-based international order

The Government of Canada is committed to playing an active role in the preservation and strengthening of an international order based on rules.

In 2018-19, Global Affairs Canada will demonstrate strategic leadership and engage constructively with multilateral, international and bilateral partners to influence others in driving positive action on global issues such as strengthening global peace operations, advancing inclusive and progressive international trade arrangements, reducing poverty, advancing gender equality, combatting climate change, and mitigating cyber threats, while targeting and mainstreaming gender equality through everything it does.

Canada holds the G7 Presidency in 2018 and will host the G7 Leaders’ Summit in the Charlevoix region in Quebec in June 2018. The G7 Leaders’ Summit brings together the leaders of the G7 and the presidents of the European Council and Commission annually to discuss pressing global issues. The department will also continue to advance Canada’s interests in key international forums and campaign for a seat on the United Nations Security Council for 2021-22.

Priority 2: Advancing Canada’s feminist foreign policy

The Government of Canada is committed to promoting gender equality, human rights, inclusion and respect for diversity and inclusive governance, both in Canada and internationally.

As part of its comprehensive feminist foreign policy, Global Affairs Canada will continue to implement its new Feminist International Assistance Policy, launched in 2017. This Policy outlines how Canada will refocus its international assistance on helping the poorest and most vulnerable people and build a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world. Implementation is focused on six action areas that recognize that promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is the most effective approach to eradicating poverty and achieving the Sustainable Development goals by 2030.

Priority 3: Pursuing a progressive trade agenda

The Government of Canada is committed to pursuing a progressive trade agenda to support all segments of society in taking advantage of the economic opportunities flowing from trade and investment.

Global Affairs Canada will contribute to inclusive prosperity through increased and diversified international trade and foreign direct investment. The department will also pursue progressive approaches with trading partners in important areas such as transparency, labour rights, the environment, small and medium-sized enterprises, gender, and Indigenous peoples.

Priority 4: Maintaining constructive relations with the United States

The Government of Canada is committed to maintaining constructive relations with Canada’s key ally, partner and neighbour to the south.

Global Affairs Canada will continue to engage the U.S. federal, state and local governments, private sector and civil society organizations on key areas such as trade, security, energy and the environment.

Global Affairs Canada will collaborate with other government departments, in a whole-of-government approach to Canada-U.S. relations, to minimize trade frictions; enhance border facilitation and security; cooperate on energy infrastructure and security; advance environmental action, wherever possible; and join efforts to address global issues and continental security threats.

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