Department of Finance Canada Launches Consultation on Official Development Assistance Contributions

October 7, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening Canada’s place in the world, re-energizing our international influence through an approach that reflects Canadians’ interests and values.

The Department of Finance Canada today announced a consultation on its official development assistance contributions. The consultation is required every two years under the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act.

The Department is seeking views on its contributions to:

  1. The International Development Association of the World Bank;
  2. The Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative; and
  3. The second sovereign loan to Ukraine in the 2014–15 fiscal year.

Submissions can be sent to by November 18, 2016.

Quick Facts

  • Official development assistance plays a critical role in improving the lives of people who are most in need around the world, by providing humanitarian assistance, reducing poverty, and promoting long-term peace and prosperity.
  • In 2015–16, the Department of Finance Canada contributed $492.81 million out of the Government of Canada’s total contribution of $4.8 billion for official development assistance.
  • The Official Development Assistance Accountability Act came into force in 2008. Consulting on disbursements is a statutory requirement of the Act.

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