Canada Announces TT$7.2 Million for Justice Reform in Trinidad and Tobago

Her Excellency, Karen L. McDonald, High Commissioner for Canada to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, announced today that Canada will contribute  TT$7.2 million (C$1.2 million) over three years toward comprehensive criminal justice  system reform in Trinidad and Tobago, in a collaborative project with the United Kingdom. 

"The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has made reforming the justice sector and fighting crime a priority. Through this project, Canada is demonstrating its support for our partners in the hemisphere in their efforts to advance the rule of law by making a tangible investment in regional security and stability in Latin America and the Caribbean",  said High Commissioner McDonald. 

Canada’s contribution will be used to place a lawyer from the United Kingdom’s Crown Prosecution Service within the office of the  Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago to guide reforms in several areas, including police investigations, effective use of witnesses and state-of-the-art technologies. The contribution will also serve to promote model cooperation among law enforcement and justice sector agencies.

"Canada is committed to working collaboratively with countries throughout the region and around the world to establish a safer, more democratic and more prosperous hemisphere. This initiative aims to show that we can achieve effective results by working together with key partners such as the United Kingdom and Trinidad and Tobago to advance our shared objectives."

This project is being funded by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP) which was announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in August 2009. The ACCBP provides funding and technical assistance to combat transnational crime in the areas of drug trafficking, corruption, human trafficking and migrant smuggling, money laundering, proceeds of crime, security-sector reform and crime prevention.

For more information, consult Canada-Trinidad and Tobago Relations