CARE Canada Response to 2016 Federal Budget

[OTTAWA] The following statement is from CARE Canada President and CEO Gillian Barth:

The Government of Canada’s pledges to being back on the world stage will require new approaches and investments in development and humanitarian assistance.

We are encouraged by the government’s commitment in Budget 2016 to re-energize its engagement with the United Nations and other international partners. Canada has a responsibility towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement.

The increase of $256 million over two years to the International Assistance Envelope is a step in the right direction. The government must ensure that every dollar committed truly is spent.

We are pleased to see the Government of Canada reiterate its previous commitments to responding to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, Syria and the region, and helping developing countries better prepare for the impact of climate change. We look forward to seeing these promises translated into a significant impact.

We expect that the Government of Canada will continue to respect humanitarian principles and uphold the separation between disaster relief and international defence, security and peacekeeping efforts.

At the same time, the government’s intention to conduct a review of Canada’s international assistance policy framework should spark an important dialogue on how Canada can best ensure foreign aid is delivered primarily on need alone.

We look forward to continuing to work with the Government of Canada to find practical solutions to better assist those facing crisis and lift the world’s most vulnerable people out of poverty.


To arrange an interview with Gillian Barth, contact:

Darcy Knoll
Communications Specialist | CARE Canada | 613.228.5641

About CARE Canada

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. Founded in 1945, CARE began delivering vital disaster relief and humanitarian aid – much of it in the globally recognized form of CARE Packages. CARE has remained a leader in disaster response for more than 70 years while building expertise in international development programming to deliver lasting change worldwide. Last year, CARE worked in 95 countries, reaching more than 65 million people based on need alone. Today, CARE Canada focuses on food and nutrition, humanitarian relief, and maternal and child health, all with a special emphasis on women and girls. To learn more, visit: or follow @carecanada on Twitter.