The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) – the umbrella organization representing Canada’s international development and humanitarian organizations – is disappointed that Budget 2019 does not contribute the additional resources required to achieve the ambitious targets the Government of Canada has set through its Feminist International Assistance Policy. This internationally-acclaimed policy was developed through an extensive consultation process with stakeholders in Canada and globally, including with civil society organizations.

“The vision is set. The values are clear. The verdict on Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy will ultimately hinge on implementation. The government has demonstrated accountability and transparency by publishing the targets it has set for itself. Yet such an ambitious new agenda for change will not be achieved without equally ambitious new resources,” says Nicolas Moyer, President-CEO of CCIC.

Whereas Budget 2018 included new investments to keep Official Development Assistance (ODA) consistent as a proportion of the economy over the next five years, this year’s budget represents a missed opportunity to take the next step by launching a timetable of sustainable increases to Canadian aid. Such a commitment will be required to meet Canada’s policy objectives and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Government of Canada will have another chance to take meaningful action at the international Women Deliver conference in Vancouver from June 3-6, 2019.

CCIC will soon launch an e-petition calling for a significant increase to Official Development Assistance and asking all political parties to make Canadian aid an election issue. Canadian citizens who care about Canada’s leadership role in the world are encouraged to #VoteAid in the upcoming election.

CCIC looks forward to continuing to work with its member organizations and the Government of Canada to help build a fairer, more sustainable, and safer world for everyone.

 

Policy Insight: While Budget 2019 indicates an additional $700 million in 2023-24 to the International Assistance Envelope (IAE), a closer look at the financial tables shows that only $100 million of this is in fact new to the IAE. The remaining amount simply maintains the IAE at the level reached through Canada’s previously announced commitments in 2018. According to CCIC’s projections, Canada’s Official Development Assistance will remain stagnant at 0.26% of Gross National Income through 2023-24, significantly below the global target of 0.7%.