Americas Policy Group

Americas Policy Group


The Americas Policy Group (APG) is a Canadian civil society policy group focused on development and social justice issues in the Americas. It brings together approximately 40 international development and humanitarian NGOs, human rights groups, labour unions, research institutions, church and solidarity groups.


The APG’s mandate is to provide a space for collective reflection and the articulation of co-ordinated policy positions, as well as dialogue, and advocacy with the Canadian government, other governments, and other decision-making bodies. In fulfilling this mandate, the APG works to:

• Monitor, share and document member and partner experience and analysis on development and human rights
issues in Latin America and the Caribbean.
• Enhance the capacity of members to undertake policy work concerning the Americas.
• Participate collectively in relevant international networks.
• Ensure dialogue and action on Americas policy issues at CCIC.


The APG and its member organizations have a history of active collaboration with Central and South American civil society organizations. Many of our members participate in regular missions to the region, others have permanent field staff, and all have regular contact with local policy analysts and human rights activists.



The APG Steering Committee helps guide the political and strategic orientation of the Americas Policy Group (APG) and supports the Regional Working Group Officer with ideas and feedback between meetings. The Steering Committee is composed of two co-chairs, a treasurer and a member at large. The co-chairs are responsible for chairing APG’s bi-annual meetings and ensuring that they run effectively and efficiently. They also sign off on official APG letters. Steering Committee members commit to a two-year term.


In the coming year, the APG will continue to bring a human rights lens to major areas of Canadian foreign policy towards the Americas such as trade, democratic governance, and security. The main activities of the APG are:
1. Coordination and communications
2. Advocacy and mobilization
3. Research and analysis
4. Learning Events


The APG is financially supported by its member organizations, CCIC, and the Canadian Partnership Program of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Policy and Membership Guidelines


Read about the  membership requirements here  PDF


APG Members 2017-2018

Amnesty International Canada

Avocats Sans Frontières Canada (ASFC)

Breaking the Silence Maritimes Guatemala Solidarity Network (BTS)

Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ)

Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA)

Canadian Labour Congress – CLC

Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) / Syndicat des travailleurs et travailleuses des postes (STTP)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Centre for Research of Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC)

CoDevelopment Canada Comité pour les droits humains en Amérique latine (CDHAL)

Cuso International

Développement et paix / Development and Peace

Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education

Handicap International

Inter Pares

KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

MiningWatch Canada

Nobel Women’s Initiative

Oxfam Canada

Oxfam Quebec

Peace Bridages International

Presbyterian World Service & Development

Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) / Alliance de la Fonction publique du Canada (AFPC)

Steelworkers Humanity Fund


United Church of Canada

USC Canada


Sebastián Vielmas
Regional Working Groups Officer
Canadian Council for International Co-operation

Americas Policy Group Publications

Open Letter to Minister Freeland – Concerning political prisoners being held in maximum-security prison in Honduras

Dear Minister:
The Americas Policy Group (APG), a regional working group of the Canadian Council for International
Co-operation, wishes to express its concerns regarding the ongoing acute human rights crisis in Honduras
and the incarceration of political prisoners, amid a pattern identified by the UN Office of the High
Commissioner for Human Rights “of intimidation and reprisals targeting human rights defenders and
members or sympathizers of the opposition parties in the aftermath of electoral protests”. 1 Those protests
followed the November 26th presidential elections, marred by irregularities and allegations of fraud.

Canada-Mexico Human Rights Dialogue 2018 – Summary of Recommendations

On February 7th, 2018, Global Affairs Canada convened a consultation session with the Americas Policy Group (APG), a regional working group of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), in preparation for the second Canada-Mexico Bilateral Dialogue on Human Rights.

Breakfast on the Hill for Peace in Colombia

On December 1, the APG, in collaboration with KAIROS, organized a breakfast on Parliament Hill with guest speaker Isabel Caicedo Polanco from the Organización Feminina Popular (OFP). This event was an important opportunity to raise parliamentarian’s awareness on the fragile peace process in this South American country and the importance of providing long-term support to grassroots local organizations.

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