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Minister Bibeau announces support to empower women and youth in Haiti

February 8, 2017 - Port-au-Prince, Haiti - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced five development projects in Haiti. Canada’s health and welfare focus in the country aims to improve the health and rights of women and children, support initiatives in child protection and continue to increase the access to and completion of basic education, with a focus on girls.

Canada’s $91.2-million investment will increase women’s access to sexual and reproductive health, protect the rights of child workers, increase access to education and improve women’s and children’s access to legal services. Finally, under an initiative of the International Development Research Centre‎, Canada will provide young Haitians with much-needed technical skills to enter the workforce and take control of their future.

While in Haiti, Minister Bibeau has also attended President Jovenel Moïse’s inauguration ceremony on February 7, met with key development organizations and visited Canada-funded initiatives.

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“Canada’s support to Haiti and its people reflect the priorities of our development agenda: upholding and uplifting human dignity, empowering women and girls and enhancing the local capacity of government and institutions. As true partners, we are behind Haiti’s new government and are eager to work collaboratively to advance our vision together.”

- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

Quick facts

  • Since 2010, Canada has provided more than $1.3 billion in international assistance to Haiti, including some $250 million in humanitarian assistance and $1.05 billion in development support.
  • Canada’s current priorities in Haiti are the health and well-being of women and youth, green and inclusive economic growth, democratic and accountable governance, and the rule of law and security.
  • Canada is a leading donor to Haiti’s health sector: from 2010 to 2016, Canada invested more than $140 million in that country. Our support is aimed at making quality health systems accessible to everyone in the most underserved areas of Haiti.

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