Canada and Haiti officially established diplomatic relations in 1954 when Edward Ritchie Bellemare was appointed Chargé d’Affaire of the Canadian Embassy in Haiti. Over the years, relations between both countries have been further cemented with the growth of a substantial Haitian community in Canada as well as the continued presence of Canadian development organizations in Haiti.
Haiti and Canada are members of the United Nations, the Organization of American States (OAS), as well as La Francophonie, offering both countries even more reasons and opportunities to build and develop their relationship.
Canada’s deep engagement in Haiti falls within Canada’s priorities for the Americas and focuses on Prosperity, Security, and Democratic Governance.
Haiti is the highest beneficiary of Canadian development assistance in the Americas and the second highest in the worlds (after Afghanistan), delivered by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
Canada continues to play an important role in international efforts to restore security and stability and support long term reconstruction through the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and through Foreign Affairs and International Trades Canada’s Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START).
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