Issue Deep Dive: Canada/Global Health

Last updated: December 16, 2022

ODA Spending

ODA in Context

ODA Breakdown

Bilateral Spending

Funding for reproductive health care and basic nutrition increased between 2019 and 2020, (11% and 6%, respectively) in line with Canada’s priorities for its COVID-19 response.

Other highly funded sectors in 2020 included population policy and administrative management and basic health care, but these areas saw a decline between 2019 and 2020, as funds were reprioritized for the COVID-19 response. Basic health care saw the largest cut (27%).


Hunger in times of crisis

Kalila Jaeger

September 13, 2021

Multilateral Spending and Commitments

Canada is a strong supporter of health multilaterals, especially in recent years, given their importance to the global COVID-19 response.

In May 2020, Canada joined the ACT-A. Canada’s funding for ACT-A has been channeled through CEPI, Global Fund, Gavi, FIND, Unitaid, UNICEF, WHO, and PAHO.

More recent pledges to multilateral organizations are summarized in the second slide, below.

Funding and Policy Outlook

Health will remain a cornerstone of Canada’s FIAP: Within health, Canada’s emphasis will remain on the health of women and girls, particularly related to SRHR and MNCH. Canada has been a vocal supporter of these issues through its participation in ‘Women Deliver,’ ‘She Decides,’ ‘Family Planning 2020,’ the Ouagadougou Partnership, and the PMNCH.

Canada will likely continue to champion SRHR, especially given the threat posed by COVID-19: In 2020, the Canadian government joined leaders from 58 other countries in calling out the importance of safeguarding SRHR during the COVID-19 crisis. In 2020, Canada was the fifth largest provider of overall contributions to the UNFPA. The focus of this funding has been SRHR in conflict zones, health system strengthening, and midwifery projects.


The end of Roe v. Wade?

Maura Kitchens West, Zoe Johnson

May 4, 2022

Key Bodies

Global health R&D is also important to addressing many of the global health challenges that disproportionately affect the world’s most disadvantaged people. For more information on how donor countries are supporting global health R&D across three main areas — 1) EIDs; 2) PRNDs; and 3) SRH — read the excellent G-Finder reports and explore the interactive data portal created by Policy Cures Research. Not all funding mentioned in these analyses qualifies as ODA.

Zoe Johnson

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