May 28, 2021
Canada firmly believes that the Palestinian and Israeli peoples have a right to live in peace, security, and dignity – without fear and with their human rights respected. The Government of Canada is supporting efforts to ensure that emergency relief quickly reaches Palestinian civilians facing urgent humanitarian needs in Gaza, as well as those affected by violence in the West Bank.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced $25 million in funding to support Palestinian civilians in the region. These funds will be provided to United Nations (UN) agencies and other organizations with proven track records of delivering assistance effectively and in accordance with Canadian requirements.
Canada’s aid will include an immediate $10 million for urgent food assistance, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as for psychosocial support for the most vulnerable, including children. The funding includes an additional $10 million to support humanitarian and rebuilding efforts to lay the foundation for sustainable recovery, such as vital medical infrastructure and measures to help families earn a living. The Government of Canada will also dedicate up to $5 million for peacebuilding initiatives that advance the goal of a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace in the Middle East.
This support builds on Canada’s previous commitments in the region. Ongoing support includes humanitarian assistance to help meet basic needs, as well as development assistance to improve socio-economic conditions for Palestinians. Canada also contributes to initiatives to promote peace and stability and to support dialogue and cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians.