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Canadians Are Back(ed)!Government Announces Renewed Partnership with Canadians on Global Cooperation

May 10, 2017

***For Immediate Release***

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Minister of International Cooperation and La Francophonie Marie Claude Bibeau announced a new $100 million fund for small and medium-sized organizations at the Canadian Council for International Co-operation’s Global Impact Soirée on 9 May 2017.  This comes after almost three years of discussions with the Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation (ICN), and CCIC. The Councils, who represent close to 400 civil society organizations from coast to coast to coast, wholeheartedly welcome the announcement, which expresses and bolsters support for Canadians working on issues of poverty, sustainability, and human rights in a global context.

“Canada made a strong statement about our role in the world today,” remarked Michèle Asselin, Executive Director of  l’Association québécoise des organismes de coopération international. ”From a feminist perspective we have a lot to offer internationally, to help transform the lives of women and girls.”

“This funding will empower Canadians from all regions of our country to deepen partnerships and scale up innovative efforts to help women and girls realize their rights, and to help communities address the most significant issues of our generation, like climate change,” concurs Kimberly Gibbons, Executive Director of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation.

The five-year, $100 million fund will be made available to small and medium-sized  organizations using a two-pillared approach, one for responsive programming, and one for innovation to test ideas that resolve specific development challenges, particularly for initiatives that would support women and girls. According to Heather McPherson, the Executive Director of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, “Supporting the efforts of smaller organizations is an important step in leveraging the knowledge, passion, and commitment of everyday Canadians towards our collective responsibility of reducing inequality and ending poverty for the worlds’ most vulnerable populations.”

Dr. Zephania Matanga, Executive Director of the Canadian Multicultural Disability Center, a small-sized organization, and member of the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC), offers his congratulations to Minister Bibeau on providing a wonderful opportunity for small organizations to access resources to participate in the development of marginalized communities. “In Zimbabwe we could provide additional resources for education and healthcare for people with disabilities in rural areas,” states Dr. Matanga. “This will also enable the diaspora to participate in international cooperation.”  According to the MCIC’s Executive Director, Janice Hamilton, “We know from research and experience that Canadians, through small and medium-sized organizations, have strong ties to their local partners overseas, as well as their own communities in Canada.  They not only support the local communities to have access to water and sanitation in Cambodia, to improve maternal health in Afghanistan, and to assist farmers in Peru adapt to climate change, among others, but also share these stories and successes with their fellow Canadians.”

“It is a proud moment,” affirmed Janice, “and proof that government is taking a thoughtful, proactive yet timely approach to change. It is concrete proof behind the claim that Canada is back, she concluded.

For more information on this initiative and the work of the Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils (ICN) please contact:

Sara Farid

National Coordinator

Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils

(604) 260 0424

(778) 866 8805




Michael Simpson, Executive Director

British Columbia Council for International Cooperation

Tracey Wallace, Executive Director

Northern Council for Global Cooperation

Heather McPherson, Executive Director

Alberta Council for Global Cooperation

Jacqui Wasacase, Executive Director

Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation

Janice Hamilton, Executive Director

Manitoba Council for International Cooperation

Kimberly Gibbons, Executive Director

Ontario Council for International Cooperation

Michèle Asselin, Directrice générale

l’Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale

Jennifer Sloot, Executive Director

Atlantic Council for International Cooperation


Global Affairs Canada Announces New Funding
and Support for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

On March 8, marking International Women’s Day, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie—along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—announced an investment of $650 million over three years in funding for sexual and reproductive health and rights.
As part of its strong commitment to gender equality and a feminist lens, Canada is taking a leadership role
by championing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls globally.

Read more about this exciting news here.