A step in the right direction: Budget 2024 invests in humanitarian assistance

By: Results Canada Published: 17/04/2024

The 2024 federal budget was tabled yesterday by Finance Minister, Chrystia Freeland. The budget invests $350 million over two years in international humanitarian assistance. This is a step in the right direction. We are encouraged that the government is returning to its promise to increase aid funding annually. With ongoing humanitarian crises, increased humanitarian aid is key to saving lives right now.  

Canadian governments have long prided themselves on being global leaders and everyday Canadians want our country to step up. As crises spread and intensify throughout the world, Canada must make good on that promise of leadership to the world and to its citizens. Only with substantial and sustained increases in our international assistance will we live up to our reputation and sustain our global presence.  

While investments in life-saving humanitarian assistance are sorely needed, Budget 2024 did not provide any increases to development assistance, such as programs in education, economic opportunity, and nutrition. It’s not just the right this to do, it’s the smart thing to do. To prevent disease outbreaks, build sustainable markets, and help defuse crises before they start, we need long-term and sustained investments in international development.  

With several key moments for multilateral impact over the coming year, we look forward to working with Results volunteers and partners to urge Canada to build on its support for the education, health, and nutrition of people around the world. As Canada gets ready to host the G7 and engages in opportunities for multilateral impact, the Government has the opportunity to act in the best interest of Canada and the world by stepping up internationally. 

But, with Budget 2024 tabled, we must look ahead. Through the rest of the year, we will keep advocating and pushing the government to ensure that Canada steps up to Reach Every Child with transformative investments in health, education, and nutrition. 

Read the Budget 2024 statement from our coalition of international cooperation agencies here

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