Canada pledges over $145 million to support Latin American and Caribbean countries
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced over $145 million for initiatives to provide support to Latin American and Caribbean countries. The initiatives will help improve people’s lives by:
- promoting gender equality ($67.9 million);
- addressing irregular migration and forced displacement ($26.9 million);
- supporting health and pandemic response ($31.5 million);
- supporting democratic governance ($17.3 million);
- promoting digital access and addressing disinformation ($1.6 million).
“For example, we are supporting good jobs for women and Indigenous Peoples in Peru, while reducing the deforestation of the Amazon, through the Amazon Business Alliance.”Prime Minister – News Release
The initiatives were announced in the context of the Ninth Summit of the Americas. This Summit brings together leaders from North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean to discuss major challenges.
As we mentioned before, these initiatives include $26.9 million in additional funding toward migration- and protection-related projects in the Americas. This includes support for Venezuelan refugees and funding to combat human trafficking.
In addition to this funding, the Prime Minister announced further measures Canada is taking to address the irregular migration crisis, including:
- endorsing the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection;
- advancing promotion and recruitment efforts related to Canada’s Francophone Immigration Program;
- welcoming more than 50,000 agricultural workers from Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean in 2022;
- and increasing refugee resettlement from the Americas by striving to welcome up to 4,000 individuals by 2028.
Canada to welcome almost 432,000 newcomers
Canada is targeting high levels of newcomers to support its population, labour force, and economic growth. This year, Canada will welcome 431,645 new immigrants in the following categories:
During an interview, the Minister of Immigration said his department is ahead of schedule, despite the pandemic and unexpected pressures. According to Minister, this month they resettled the 200,000th permanent resident. “More than a month and a half ahead of any year on record in Canada,” he said.
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