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Canada co-hosts Iraq pledging conference

Washington, D.C., July 20, 2016

Canada joins with Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and the United States in Washington, D.C., to co-host the Pledging Conference in Support of Iraq to raise much needed stabilization and humanitarian funding assistance.

“Canada commends the Iraqi people for their courage and resilience in the face of conflict. Along with our Iraqi and international partners, we are committed to helping Iraqis meet their basic needs, return to their homes and start rebuilding a stable, democratic and inclusive country.”

Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Canada’s assistance will help meet the urgent health, shelter, protection, education and food needs of hundreds of thousands of affected civilians. Our assistance will also support organizations respond to incidents of violence and sexual abuse, particularly against women and girls, who have been disproportionately affected by the current crisis.”

Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

Canada's commitment to Iraq

Canada remains deeply committed to responding to the needs of conflict-affected people in Iraq. Our integrated and comprehensive strategy for Iraq and the region is focused on helping build the conditions on the ground for longer-term stability, security and prosperity.

During the conference, Minister Dion announced Canada’s pledge of $158 million over three years to support humanitarian and stabilization efforts in Iraq. Of this amount, $150 million will be allocated to support the international humanitarian response to help meet the basic needs of conflict-affected Iraqis, and $4 million to the United Nations Development Programme to help set conditions on the ground for Iraqis to return to their homes in areas liberated from ISIL and $4 million to support clearance of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Ramadi and other liberated areas.

Canada is also working with international partners to support Iraq’s economic reform efforts and will provide up to $200 million in additional financing support to the Government of Iraq, including through a guarantee contribution to the World Bank to help increase its lending to Iraq.

Canada's response to the crisis in Iraq and the region


Canada’s response to the crisis has focused on immediate humanitarian assistance and longer-term development aid geared toward sustainability.


Canada has given generously to the various international efforts to support the Syrian people, including those living as refugees in neighboring countries.


Jordan’s relatively secure environment makes it a hub for the delivery of Canada’s programs in the Middle East.

International Development Project Browser

See the Government of Canada’s international development projects in Iraq and the region.

Canada’s response to Middle East crises and violent extremism

Our plan is comprehensive, integrated, and sustained involving the pursuit of military, diplomatic, stabilization, and, separately, humanitarian and development lines of effort to invest in all aspects of a durable solution.


Canada's commitment to resettling Syrian refugees is continuing in 2016. Processing of both government-supported and privately sponsored Syrian refugees has never stopped and refugees have continued to arrive.

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