Canada’s international assistance in Haiti

Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas. Its population is estimated to be 11.1 million. Haiti ranked 163rd out of 188 countries according to the latest Human Development Index (HDI) established by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

In the past, the country has been exposed to natural disasters, such as the 2010 earthquake in 2010 and several hurricanes, political instability and external economic shocks. These combined elements result in an impoverishment of Haiti and its population. In addition, the state's weakness makes it difficult for the country to provide basic services to its own population.

Canada is a steadfast partner of Haiti in order to improve the lives of Haitians women and men. This solidarity was particularly evident following the earthquake. Haiti is currently the largest recipient of Canadian assistance in the Americas.

In 2012, Haiti’s Government established a long-term development strategic plan (strategic plan for development of Haiti: Vision 2030) and a new framework to coordinate the development assistance. A few months after President Jovenel Moïse took office in February 2017, he launched a program called Caravane du changement (Change Caravan) which focuses on seven priority axis, with support to infrastructure being a theme as central as cross-cutting. In this context, Canada’s engagement fits in the existing mechanisms of local coordination and is aligned with Haitian priorities for development – notably support to governance and the rule of law, and to improving the life quality of the poorest.

Our international development assistance

To find out what Canada is doing to support development in Haiti, you can search in the Project Browser.

Gender equality and women’s empowerment

Canada supports the promotion of women's and girls' rights in addition to strengthening their power of action and decision-making.

Key expected results

Human dignity

Canada contributes to strengthening national health and education systems to be more effective and reach the most vulnerable, including women and girls.

Key expected results

Growth that works for everyone, environment and climate action

Canada aims to strengthen the economic power of women and girls and to foster inclusive, sustainable and resilient economic growth that is responsive to climate change and natural disasters.

Key expected results

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