Canada announces humanitarian assistance funding for partners in Ecuador

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July 19, 2019 - Quito, Ecuador - Embassy of Canada in Ecuador

Michael Grant, Assistant Deputy Minister for the Americas at Global Affairs Canada, today concluded a visit to Ecuador where he met with Government of Ecuador officials as well as numerous humanitarian organizations actively involved in the response to the Venezuela crisis throughout the region, including in Ecuador.

As part of his visit, he announced CAD 6.2 million in humanitarian aid for Venezuela’s neighbouring countries that are receiving an influx of refugees and migrants. Canadian funding will focus on meeting the basic needs of those most affected, including providing food and shelter, and improving access to health care, water and sanitation, and protection.

This funding will contribute to Canada’s stabilization, humanitarian and development response to the Venezuela crisis. It will support experienced humanitarian organizations’ efforts in the region, including Ecuador, and is aligned with the 2019 Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela.

Quick facts

  • In February 2019, Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced CAD 16 million in humanitarian assistance funding as part of the Government of Canada’s integrated stabilization, humanitarian and development response to the Venezuela crisis.
  • This CAD 6.2 million in funding to UN agencies and NGOs is part of the CAD 16 million envelope.

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Funding for Ecuador:

CARE - CAD 1 million to help improve access to safe temporary shelter, gender-sensitive hygiene items as well as protection services for vulnerable and crisis-affected people in Ecuador.

World Food Programme (WFP) - CAD 500,000 to provide emergency food assistance to help meet the basic food and nutrition requirements of vulnerable and crisis-affected people in Ecuador, particularly pregnant and lactating women and children.

Funding allowing partner organizations to allocate resources based on needs in the Latin America and Caribbean region, including in Ecuador:

UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) - CAD 2 million to help respond to the basic and protection needs of vulnerable people affected by the Venezuela crisis in neighbouring countries. Assistance includes improving access to shelter, legal services, baby and hygiene kits, safe drinking water.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) - CAD 1.2 million to provide emergency assistance to vulnerable people affected by the Venezuela crisis in neighbouring countries, through the distribution of non-food items, provision of temporary shelter and hot meals as well as improved access to basic health services and medicines.

UNICEF - CAD 1 million to provide life-saving assistance to vulnerable people affected by the Venezuela crisis in neighbouring countries. Assistance includes the provision of emergency health, nutrition, water and sanitation and child protection assistance.

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) – CAD 500,000 to help respond to the basic health needs of vulnerable people affected by the Venezuela crisis in neighbouring countries through the provision of basic health services, including vaccination, prenatal and postnatal care and distribution of essential medication and medical supplies to health facilities.