Government of Canada

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Canada's Humanitarian Response to Crises

Human suffering—caused by natural disasters, armed conflict and economic, political or environmental crises—prompts an understandable desire to help.

People who transport bags © DND/CF/Combat Camera
Life-saving supplies reach the most affected populations in the aftermath of the September 2008 hurricanes and tropical storms in Haiti.

Canadians have always responded generously to international appeals for assistance in times of emergency and disaster.

As the Government of Canada's lead department for international humanitarian assistance, DFATD ensures that Canada's response is timely and appropriate. Working in coordination with other government departments and key humanitarian partners, DFATD responds to a variety of critical needs around the world.

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