815 million people are going to bed hungry every night
and Canadian aid is falling
How much does Canada give toward ending global poverty and hunger?
Based on share of its national income, Canada gives about half the amount given by like-minded countries and only about a third of the globally agreed amount.
Canadian aid makes a difference!
*Canada gives 0.26% of its Gross National Income (GNI) toward Official Development Assistance (2017), whereas Canada’s budget refers to the annual federal budget in which the Canadian government depicts how they plan to allocate their resources (1.7% of which has been allocated for aid).
Tweet the Leaders
Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister Trudeau took office in 2015 with the bold claim that “Canada’s back!” For the world’s poorest people, those powerful words need to be backed with equally powerful actions. In the 2018 budget, Canada started moving in the right direction by adding some additional funds to the aid budget. But we are still far behind other wealthy countries in our spending on aid. Let the Prime Minister know that you support the increase in the aid budget, and that you believe we can be an even more compassionate and generous country.
Minister of International Development, Marie-Claude Bibeau
Minister Bibeau has launched an ambitious new international assistance policy that seeks to empower and improve the lives of millions of women, men and children around the world. She was successful in getting some additional funds for aid in 2018, but she needs the support of Canadians if she is to convince Cabinet to provide enough resources to make her vision a reality. Help Minister Bibeau make the case to Cabinet that Canadians care—and ensure successful action to end global poverty and hunger!
Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna
Climate change continues to be a major cause of hunger. Increasingly unpredictable weather is making it hard for small-scale farmers to grow crops to feed their families. Support for vulnerable people comes out of Canada’s aid budget. With a growing aid budget, Minister McKenna could contribute more toward adaptation, ensuring the poorest people who are most affected by changes in the climate get the support they need.
Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau
Minister Morneau has the important job of preparing the federal government’s budget every year. Each budget requires difficult choices between areas to spend more on, and areas to cut. Compromises need to be made between the many competing priorities of Canadians. Some in the government believe ending global poverty and hunger isn’t a priority for Canadians. Tell Morneau you disagree—and that you support a more compassionate and generous Canada for everyone.
Let the Prime Minister know that you care about ending global poverty and hunger. We can do more to create a better world for all!