At a glance
Strategic priorities
  • Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) outlines six ‘Action areas’, with 1) ‘gender equality’ at its core. Canada applies a feminist lens to its five other priority areas, which include 2) ‘human dignity’, 3) ‘growth that works for everyone’, 4) ‘environment and climate action’, 5) ‘inclusive governance’, and 6) ‘peace and security'.
  • The FIAP stipulates that 95% of Canada’s bilateral ODA will target or integrate gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls by FY2021/22 and 50% of bilateral assistance will be spent in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The FIAP champions sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH), a long-standing focus of Canadian development. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit (LGBTQ2) rights are an emerging area of interest.

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Outlook
  • In October 2019, the Liberal Party was re-elected with a minority mandate. They have committed to maintaining Canada’s focus on gender equality and plans to develop more programs at the intersection of women’s rights and climate adaptation. The flagship FIAP will remain in place. 
  • The Liberal Party campaigned on a promise to increase Canada’s financing for international development. Priorities for the new mandate include improving the management and delivery of development assistance and education for displaced and refugee children.
  • Under the banner of ‘growth that works for everyone’, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) has an emerging focus on women’s economic leadership and empowerment. This presents opportunities to engage with the promotion of greater financial inclusion for women and equal access to capital, markets, technology, and business development services.