On Monday, Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bev Oda, Minister of International Cooperation and Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism reiterated our country’s unwavering commitment to Haiti’s long-term reconstruction and reaffirmed Canada’s solidarity with the Haitian people, six months after the devastating earthquake of January 12th.
The earthquake caused widespread damage and destruction, and Haiti faces overwhelming challenges as it rebuilds. With strong leadership from Canada, the international community is making important progress in Haiti. Canada hosted the Ministerial Preparatory Conference on Haiti in Montreal on January 25th and we co-chaired the International Donors’ Conference Towards a New Future for Haiti in New York on March 31st, where Canada pledged $400 million over two years to support the Haiti Action Plan and funding towards the priorities of the Haitian Government.
Following the earthquake, the Canadian Forces dispatched nearly 2000 men and women in uniform to provide 1.5 million meals, 2.6 million litres of drinkable water and medical care for more than 22,000 people. Our soldiers, sailors and airmen and women are true heroes.
Canadians can be proud that the Canadian International Development Agency has allocated over $150 million to date in support of humanitarian assistance and initial reconstruction efforts. Our Government has been helping to reunite families affected by this disaster as quickly as possible. Citizenship and Immigration has contacted every applicant it had in its system before the earthquake, and it has completed over 90 percent of the immigration applications received before April 1st. We will continue to fast-track applications we have received since then.
Canada will continue to work closely with the Haitian government and the international community. We are dedicated to leading the relief effort and committed to ensuring long-term stability, security and prosperity in Haiti.