Canada - Haiti Relations
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
Haiti is the largest beneficiary of Canadian development assistance in the Americas. The Government of Canada delivered more than $1.6 billion in development and humanitarian assistance to Haiti since 2006, including $1 billion since the 2010 earthquake.
In June 2015, Canada announced its long-term engagement strategy in Haiti. Canada’s priorities for 2015–2020 are economic growth and prosperity, democratic and accountable government, the rule of law and security, and the health and welfare of Haitian women and youth. This latest announcement also builds on Canada’s 2014 decision to confirm Haiti as a country of focus. 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.
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).
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