As one of the world’s richest countries, Canada has a long tradition of providing assistance to those in need. Whether through long-term investments in development programs that help people meet basic needs such as water, food, shelter, and health care, or by responding to humanitarian crises, more than 2,000 Canadian organizations are making a difference in millions of lives.
With an annual aid budget of just over $5 billion, in addition to the generosity of individual donors from all over the country, Canada’s presence is welcomed in Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East, and beyond.
In 2017, Canada unveiled its Feminist International Assistance Policy, which aims to eradicate global poverty by addressing gender inequality in its many forms. This progressive approach is aligned with the 2030 Agenda, including SDG 5 on gender equality. The policy also supports progress on climate change including the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and efforts to protect the environment for future generations.
The Government of Canada recognizes the 2030 Agenda requires a whole-of-society approach and a focus on reaching the most vulnerable to leave no one behind in Canada and abroad. Years of experience have shown that multi-pronged interventions that straddle disciplines and cut across jurisdictions are by far the best way to affect tangible, systemic, lasting change. Canada’s development and humanitarian organizations are increasingly committing to enhanced collaboration with a wider range of civil society groups, industry, and other key actors as part of their efforts to go for the goals.
CCIC is contributing to the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Canada and the world through research and analysis that focuses on identifying and promoting good practices that governments, civil society organizations and others can use to inform their efforts.
In 2019, the Government of Canada launched a consultation on Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy. CCIC encouraged its members and others to participate in the consultation and urged the government to make sure that its strategy is informed by international best practices.