July 09, 2010 10:00 ET

Haiti: Six Months Later

Delivering on Commitments-Making a Difference

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 9, 2010) - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, today re-affirmed Canada's strong commitment to work with the Government of Haiti towards a new future for Haiti.

"Six months after the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, Canadians can be proud of the Canadian contribution in the aftermath of the disaster," said Minister Oda. "In response to the immense destruction and the resulting humanitarian crisis, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has allocated over $150.15 million, to date, in support of humanitarian assistance and initial reconstruction efforts."

At the International Donors' Conference towards a New Future for Haiti, held in New York on March 31, Canada pledged $400 million over two years to support the Haiti Action Plan and towards the priorities of the Haitian Government. This commitment includes a contribution to the multi-donor Haiti Reconstruction Fund, and support for the work of Canadian and international humanitarian and development organizations, including the private sector, in their recovery and reconstruction efforts in Haiti. It also includes support to Haiti by several government departments including CIDA, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the RCMP and the Department of Finance Canada. This is in addition to Canada's planned ongoing $555 million engagement in Haiti for 2006-2011.

This support from the Government of Canada is in addition to the generosity of Canadians, who overwhelmingly demonstrated their compassion for the Haitian people. Over the period of one month, individual Canadians donated more than $220 million to qualified Canadian organizations, an amount that the federal government is matching. This will bring the Canadian government's total support to Haiti to $1.096 billion over the period of 2006 to 2012, making it the leading beneficiary of Canada's aid and development assistance in the Americas.

In addition, Canada, through CIDA, is providing a range of technical experts, and temporary administrative facilities for key ministries such as Agriculture and Health, as well as the Secretariat for the Interim Haitian Reconstruction Commission. Canada is a member of the Interim Commission. "With the establishment of Interim Commission, we will be encouraging and supporting the Commission's work towards achieving demonstrable progress in its reconstruction efforts," said Minister Oda.

CIDA's allocation of $150.15 million in humanitarian assistance includes:

$32.27 million to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for emergency and transitional shelter, water and sanitation, and health services.

$71.33 million to United Nations humanitarian organizations. Of that amount: 

  • $43 million to the World Food Programme for food assistance, air transportation, emergency telecommunications and logistics
  • $15 million to UNICEF for health, nutrition, protection, and water and sanitation
  • $6.58 million to the UN Development Programme for debris removal and processing
  • $3 million to the International Organization for Migration for emergency shelter
  • $1.5 million to the Pan-American Health Organization for health care 
  • $1.5 million Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for the coordination of international and local humanitarian efforts
  • $500,000 to the UN Population Fund for multi-sectoral services for women and girls
  • $250,000 to the UN Department of Safety and Security for safety and security

$46.55 million to Canadian non-governmental organizations and partners, that includes:

  • $25.15 million to the Canadian Red Cross for shelter kits, field hospital support, delivery of CIDA supplies, safe medical and surgical interventions through deployment of an emergency response unit, and provision of transitional shelter
  • $8.3 million to World Vision Canada for emergency shelter, non-food items such as hygiene kits, and mosquito nets
  • $6.2 million to Save the Children Canada for child protection and education
  • $3 million to Oxfam Québec for water and sanitation, emergency shelter and non-food items 
  • $1.5 million to CARE Canada for emergency shelter, non-food items and hygiene kits
  • $1 million to Médecins du Monde Canada to support a hospital in Cité-Soleil
  • $900,000 to Centre for International Studies and Cooperation for non-food items, hygiene kits and emergency shelter materials
  • $500,000 to CANADEM for deployment of Canadian Experts to UN organizations

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Jessica Fletcher
    Press Secretary
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office