ODA Spending

How much ODA does Canada allocate to education?

Canada was the 8th-largest DAC donor to education in 2021.

Canada’s spending on education represented 5% of total ODA in 2021, indicating that this sector is a lower priority than for most DAC donors, which spend an average of 9% of ODA on education.

How is Canadian educational ODA changing?

While Canada’s funding for education had seen a 30% increase between 2017 and 2020, it slipped back by 18% in 2021. This decrease in spending contradicts the Liberal Party's promise to spend no less than 10% of the country’s development budget on education, as the ODA/GNI ratio fell from 7% in 2020 to 5% in 2021.

How does Canada allocate educational ODA?

Bilateral Spending

Canada’s focuses on education as a powerful tool for the empowerment of women and girls.

Multilateral Spending and Commitments

Canada is a founding member of the IDA and is one of its top donors.

In 2021, Canada disbursed 4% (US$12 million) of its multilateral funding for education to UNRWA; this share might increase, as in 2020, Canada committed up to CAD75 million ( US$56 million) to UNRWA in support of basic education, health, and social services for Palestinian refugees.

In 2022, Canada announced CAD88 million ( US$68 million) over four years (2023 to 2026) to ECW, with a focus on adolescent girls living in hard-to-reach, fragile, or conflict-affected regions.

Funding & Policy Outlook

What is the current government's outlook on educational ODA?

Canada will continue to prioritize the education of girls and women, especially given the setbacks of COVID-19: In the Mandate Letter written to the Minister for International Development in late 2021, the Prime Minister specifically mentions education as a pathway to the empowerment of women and girls. This is presented against the backdrop of COVID-19, which has undermined both education and gender equality around the world.

Key bodies

Related Publications

December 2023 Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Roundup 

September 2023 Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Roundup 

Japan's revised Development Cooperation Charter: Adapting to contemporary challenges

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