Canada supports security and stability in Haiti

Canada provides significant support to the security and stability of Haiti through the ongoing work of a number of Canadian departments and agencies working together closely. This includes the personnel of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) working at headquarters and at the Embassy of Canada in Port-au-Prince. They are supported by colleagues from Public Safety Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency, the Canada Revenue Agency, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces. Each department and agency plays a key role in delivering Canadian support to Haiti.

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Collectively, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD)’s aid programming and diplomatic and policy dialogue efforts are helping to support security and stability in Haiti. DFATD is not only responsible for the provision of humanitarian and development assistance programming but political engagement and dialogue with Haitian and international partners also ensure that all actions taken to rebuild Haiti are effective and well-coordinated. For instance, DFATD is supporting a project that is training future Haitian National Police commissioners. In addition, the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force has invested in a variety of security-related projects since 2006.

Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada supports security system reform in Haiti by working with its Portfolio Agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Border Services Agency to strengthen Haiti's police and customs institutions. The Public Safety Portfolio's engagement in Haiti is its largest internationally, with more personnel deployed in Haiti than anywhere else in the world.

Canada Border Services Agency and the Canada Revenue Agency

As part of DFATD’s Haiti Tax Mobilization Support Project, the Canada Border Services Agency and the Canada Revenue Agency are providing Haiti long-term technical assistance and training in the following areas: development of management structures; composition and structure of organizational framework; legal framework; human resources; operating procedures; and cooperation, partnerships and communications. The project supports the Haitian government's ability to generate revenue by strengthening the performance of its customs.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Through the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's International Peace Operations Program, Canadian civilian police officers from agencies across Canada have been serving in Haiti as advisors to the Haitian National Police in the areas of management, professional standards, training and mentoring. Since 1993, Canadian police from municipal, regional, provincial and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are also participating in various UN missions in Haiti. The International Peace Operations Program’s involvement in Haiti has been the program's largest and longest-standing international contribution.

National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces

Operation HAMLET is the Canadian Armed Forces’ participation in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, which is commonly known by its French name, Mission des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en Haïti, or the acronym MINUSTAH. This ongoing mission began in 2004 in response to a United Nations Security Council resolution that was passed in response to severe political instability in the country. A Task Force of five Canadian staff officers is currently serving in senior appointments at MINUSTAH’s military headquarters. The Canadian Task Force Commander serves as Chief of Staff to the MINUSTAH Force Commander.