Report to Parliament on the Government of Canada’s Official Development Assistance 2017-2018

Message from the Minister

As the minister of international development, I am pleased to present the 2017-2018 Report to Parliament on the Government of Canada’s Official Development Assistance.

Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy was launched in June 2017 and has helped position Canada as a global leader in promoting sustainable development through a gender-equality lens. It seeks to eradicate poverty and build a more peaceful, more inclusive and more prosperous world. Based on overwhelming evidence, Canada recognizes that promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls is the most effective approach to achieve this goal. The policy and its goals demonstrate Canada’s strong commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, which jointly aim to eradicate poverty by 2030.

Canada invested $5.37 billion in official development assistance (ODA)

Canada delivered its ODA in partnership with more than 270 Canadian civil-society organizations

Canada’s investment of $852 million in humanitarian assistance helped to save or improve the lives of over 91 million people in a 64 countries, and responded to 22 natural disasters.

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  • Global Affairs Canada: $4,143.8 million
  • Department of Finance Canada: $536.4 million
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: $462.9 million
  • International Development Research Centre: $148.7 million
  • Other departments and agencies: $75.6 million

90% of Global Affairs Canada’s bilateral international development assistance investments either targeted or integrated gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

Action areas

Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy makes gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls the core driver for all of Canada’s development assistance efforts. The policy also establishes this as a stand-alone action area. It focuses on specific multi-sectoral issues required to build the foundation for gender equality and achieve progress across all other areas.

Results around the world

In 2017-2018, Canada provided ODA to over 130 countries, both through multilateral and bilateral mechanisms, and by working with Canadian, international and local partners.

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