This week's federal budget, with an additional $2 billion over five years for international aid, is welcome news for the humanitarian sector.
This funding includes a dedicated pool of $738 million for humanitarian assistance for 2018-19, which will increase Canada’s ability to respond quickly and more effectively to sudden crises.
We know these investments save lives. In the Humanitarian Coalition’s case, through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund, it can take on average as little as $27 to save the life of someone affected by disaster. With the UN estimating that 136 million people worldwide will require assistance in 2018, these are much-needed funds.
We also applaud the Government’s continued focus on gender equality, both here in Canada and abroad, and believe these measures will allow for meaningful implementation of the government’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.