December 17, 2019 – Geneva, Switzerland
Millions of people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes and their countries due to conflict and persecution. As unresolved refugee and humanitarian crises continue, nations must work together to help advance solutions. Canada will continue to lead by example.
On behalf of the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, the Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced $50.4 million over the next 4 years for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). This flexible and predictable multi-year funding will help the UNHCR respond to the critical humanitarian and protection needs of refugees around the world. The announcement was made at the inaugural Global Refugee Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, in Minister Mendicino’s capacity as head of the Canadian delegation.
At the forum, Minister Mendicino pledged Canada’s ongoing commitment to build community refugee sponsorship programs globally, through the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative.
Minister Mendicino announced a commitment to expanding complementary pathways for refugees, including launching the second phase of the Economic Mobility Pathways Project, which helps qualified refugees connect to Canadian labour market needs through Canada’s immigration programs. He also pledged that Canada will introduce a dedicated refugee stream to provide safe haven for human rights advocates, journalists and humanitarian workers at risk.
The Minister also had the opportunity to share that Canada will establish new multi-year resettlement commitments in 2021 and will continue to support the resettlement of women and girls who face heightened protection risks due to their gender.