Government of Canada

Global Affairs Canada

World Humanitarian Day (August 19)

Canada has a rich history of humanitarianism. Canadians, and others, travel around the world providing comfort, relief and hope to help those in need.

World Humanitarian Day honours these brave individuals, who put their lives on the line to bring life-saving assistance to those who cannot help themselves.

Many Canadians also demonstrate their compassion by generously supporting relief efforts around the world.

Canada was one of the key providers of humanitarian assistance when drought caused widespread hunger in the Sahel region of Africa last year. Canadians gave generously to relief efforts following the 2004 and 2011 tsunamis that devastated parts of Asia. We were also among the first to respond to the call for help after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.

Canadians demonstrate their compassion by generously supporting relief efforts around the world. We have a long tradition of generously helping the world's most vulnerable people and living up to the values we hold dear. We don't shy away from assisting people in times of great need.

Canada is proud to support the United Nations, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and non-governmental organizations that are on the front lines providing humanitarian relief.

Canada also works with the governments of developing countries to help them become more resilient to the impact of natural disasters, conflict and food insecurity.

World Humanitarian Day is an occasion to celebrate the selfless people who strive every day to make the world we live in a better place. Be it through front line action or monetary support to relief organizations. Your selflessness is an inspiration. On behalf of all Canadians, thank you.

Christian Paradis
Minister of International Development