On January 21, 2022, Mélanie Joly, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development, announced a financial contribution of CA$50 million (US$40 million) for 9 initiatives that will support health services for Haitians, strengthen the country’s security capacity and infrastructure, support sexual and reproductive health and rights, and help address food insecurity and other humanitarian challenges.
The funding announcement was made during a virtual Foreign Ministers meeting hosted by Sajjan and Joly, during which the international community reaffirmed its solidarity with Haiti and its commitment to supporting Haitians’ aspirations for a more democratic, stable, and prosperous future. Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry and Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean Victor Généus, along with foreign ministers from additional democracies and high-level officials from multilateral organizations discussed ways for the international community to support Haiti in tackling the country’s growing insecurity, strengthening its political systems, and improving assistance coordination.
Projects supported through this investment include, but are not limited to:
- CA$17 million (US$14 million) across three projects to improve sexual and reproductive health rights of most-vulnerable women;
- CA$15 million (US$12 million) across two projects to increase the capacity of the Haitian National Police through essential training, while increasing the meaningful participation and integration of women in policing; and,
- CA$12 million (US$10 million) across two projects to address food insecurity and support humanitarian services through the World Food Programme.