Canada - Haiti Relations

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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 engagement in Haiti is consistent with the Government of Canada’s priorities for the Americas and the priorities for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. It focuses on prosperity, security and democratic governance.

Haiti is the largest beneficiary of Canadian development assistance in the Americas

In 2014, Haiti was confirmed as a country of focus for the Government of Canada’s international development efforts. Canada is one of the largest donors in Haiti, and has provided more than $1.4 billion in development and humanitarian assistance since 2006.

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). The Canadian contribution includes personnel from the Canadian Forces and police officers from across Canada under the leadership of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

January 2015

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