Canada is one of UNHCR's top partners, providing flexible, timely and multi-year contributions to support some of our largest emergency needs worldwide while enabling resources to go to underfunded situations and reach those most in need.
Canada provides significant financial, diplomatic and policy support to UNHCR. It is a key political and strategic ally for its protection, humanitarian assistance and solutions work, notably in the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas, where Canada hosted the International Donors’ Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants in 2021. It also holds the current chairmanship of MIRPS Support Platform.
In 2021, Canada was a top 10 government donor and provided a robust and generous contribution to UNHCR, including unearmarked, softly earmarked, and multi-year funds. Canada’s contributions are critical to the type of flexible response that enables UNHCR to direct resources to refugees and displaced people most in need, whether they are affected by a new crisis or in a protracted situation. Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy has positioned it as a leader on gender-equality and female empowerment and led to gender-responsive humanitarian aid programming that enables access to protection and education for women and girls. Canada has also provided strong support on solutions through its leadership in resettlement programming, commitment to complementary pathways, and capacity-building support to strengthen asylum systems in the Americas. Canada has also shown its strong support to the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Refugee Forum through organizing a High-Level Event on “Protection and empowerment of displaced women and girls from Central America and Mexico: using the MIRPS framework to protect, assist, and empower” linked to the High-Level Officials Meeting (HLOM).