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Global Affairs Canada’s 2024–25 Departmental plan at a glance

A departmental plan describes a department’s priorities, plans and associated costs for the upcoming three fiscal years.

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Key priorities

  1. Shaping the rules-based international system and promoting democracy and human rights
  2. Advancing Canadian interests through deepened global engagement
  3. Supporting Canadian exporters and rules-based trade
  4. Eradicating poverty

Refocusing Government Spending

In Budget 2023, the government committed to reducing spending by $14.1 billion over the next five years, starting in 2023–24, and by $4.1 billion annually after that.

As part of meeting this commitment, GAC is planning the following spending reductions.

2024–252025–262026–27 and after



$243,374,436 annually

GAC will achieve the majority of these reductions by doing the following:

Smaller reductions have also been identified to programs and activities which could absorb slight reductions without undermining their core tenets or affecting the priorities outlined in this departmental plan, namely:

Finally, the department is also planning to undertake the following administrative measures:

The figures in this departmental plan reflect these reductions.


A Departmental Results Framework consists of an organization’s core responsibilities, the results it plans to achieve, and the performance indicators that measure progress toward these results.

International Advocacy and Diplomacy

Departmental results:

  • Canada builds and maintains constructive relationships that advance Canada’s interests.
  • Canada’s leadership on global issues contributes to a just and inclusive world.
  • Canada helps build strong international institutions and respect for international law.
  • Canada’s global influence is expanded and strengthened.

Planned spending: $1,020,936,094

Planned human resources: 2,696

In this time of heightened global instability, countries are facing the complex challenge of trying to adapt to a rapidly changing global environment. Canada is no exception, and in this context, it remains a priority to make advances to support, defend and improve the international rules-based system in order to achieve common goals. Through the department’s prominent role in Canada’s international operations and with guidance from its feminist foreign policy, GAC will deliver its diplomacy and advocacy programming to uphold and advance democratic principles, human rights and gender equality; to dismantle persistent discriminatory practices and structural barriers that result in inequalities; to promote biodiversity and climate action; to support sustainable and inclusive economic growth; to uphold international law; and to build lasting peace and security. This will in turn contribute to greater prosperity and security for all Canadians.

In collaboration with its partners, GAC will continue its strong engagement in order to contribute to progress toward common global goals, including those in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In 2024–25, GAC will strengthen Canada’s international influence and advance Canadian interests through the implementation of Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, and the start of Canada’s 2025 G7 presidency.

More information about International Advocacy and Diplomacy can be found in the full departmental plan.

Trade and Investment

Departmental results:

  • Canada helps to build and safeguard an open and inclusive rules-based global trading system.
  • Canadian exporters and innovators are successful in their international business development efforts.
  • Foreign direct investment is facilitated, expanded or retained.

Planned spending: $421,283,832

Planned human resources: 2,193

GAC supports an open, inclusive and rules-based multilateral trading system and is committed to continuing collaboration with national and international stakeholders to diversify trade and economic partnerships, strengthen critical supply chains, create good middle-class jobs at home and abroad, and enable long-term and inclusive growth. The department will continue to deepen and diversify Canada’s trade relationships, including through the Indo-Pacific Strategy, and increase opportunities for under-represented groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized entrepreneurs, members of the 2SLGBTQI+ communities, and youth). In the year ahead, GAC will provide support to Canadian exporters to help them gain greater access to international opportunities, in addition to promoting Canada’s capabilities, innovation and inputs into global supply chains for critical commodities including those related to energy security and the net-zero emission. Through engagement with investors, GAC will continue to support enhanced competitiveness of Canadian exports and attract foreign investment.

More information about Trade and Investment can be found in the full departmental plan.

Development, Peace and Security Programming

Departmental results:

  • Improved physical, social and economic well-being for the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly for women and girls, in countries where Canada engages.
  • Enhanced empowerment and rights for women and girls in countries where Canada engages.
  • Reduced suffering and increased human dignity in communities experiencing humanitarian crises.
  • Improved peace and security in countries and regions where Canada engages.
  • Canada’s international assistance is made more effective by leveraging diverse partnerships, innovation, and experimentation.

Planned spending: $5,619,469,815

Planned human resources: 1,212

Global poverty reduction and improved opportunities for all are essential to building a secure and sustainable future. Guided by the department’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, Canada’s international assistance supports ongoing efforts to eradicate global poverty and contribute to a more peaceful, prosperous and inclusive world, including through gender-responsive humanitarian action. The launch of Canada’s next National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) will reinforce Canada’s work toward inclusive and sustainable peace and security efforts. Through action in areas such as global health and nutrition, education for refugees and absolute dedication to putting women and girls at the centre of all that we do, GAC will continue to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty and vulnerable situations.

More information about Development, Peace and Security can be found in the full departmental plan.

Help for Canadians Abroad

Departmental results:

  • Canadians have timely access to information and services that keeps them safer abroad.
  • Canadians abroad receive timely and appropriate government services.

Planned spending: $73,892,140

Planned human resources: 511

Canadians looking to travel, live and do business around the world require current information and access to services that will help keep them safe. To support this, GAC provides information and advice, a range of consular services and emergency assistance around the clock. The increased number and complexity of international crises will continue to drive the department’s efforts to provide dedicated, compassionate and inclusive consular services, as well as services tailored to travellers in potentially vulnerable situations, including women, 2SLGBTQI+ and Indigenous Peoples. The year ahead will also see a greater focus on access to information about travel risks and available consular services abroad and continued Canadian leadership in the fight against arbitrary detention in state-to-state relations.

More information about Help for Canadians Abroad can be found in the full departmental plan.

Canada’s Presence Abroad

Departmental results:

  • Sound management and delivery of resources, infrastructure, and services enables Canada’s presence abroad.
  • Personnel are safe, missions are more secure and government and partner assets and information are protected.

Planned spending: $1,333,543,057

Planned human resources: 4,649

GAC will continue to ensure that Canadian missions have resources, infrastructure and staff to enable the provision of quality services to Canadians abroad. In 2024–25, the department will undertake to modernize and transform its human resources management abroad, implement its digital strategy and improve capacity to make sound decisions based on risk assessments and contextual information.

More information about Support for Canada’s Presence Abroad can be found in the full departmental plan.

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