Information for Seniors
Parliament for 2014
Richmond Electoral District
The following is a transcript:
Canada’s veterans have served this country with distinction. On November the 11th, Canadians will join together in a day of Remembrance, when we will remember the ultimate sacrifices made by Canada’s brave men and women in uniform, in honour of the legacies they left behind. Their determination in the face of adversity will never be forgotten and we are forever in their debt. Lest we forget.
Beijing, China – 10 November 2014
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today wrapped-up his third official visit to China. While in Beijing, the Prime Minister and China’s Premier Li Keqiang agreed to a series of initiatives under the Canada-China Joint List of Outcomes 2014, including the establishment of an economic and financial strategic dialogue to enhance Canada-China commercial ties and the expansion of a Memorandum of Understanding on Nuclear Cooperation to increase exports to China. The leaders also agreed to a set of measures to support the increased use of renminbi in trade, commerce and investment between the two countries, which will help establish North America’s first offshore renminbi centre in Canada. The Prime Minister also met with President Xi Jinping and discussed the bilateral relationship and international issues of mutual interest.
As part of promoting bilateral commercial trade, the Prime Minister met with a Canadian business delegation from a wide range of sectors to discuss the tremendous opportunities for Canadian companies to invest and grow their businesses in China. He also witnessed a series of commercial signings between Canadian and Chinese firms which are expected to create more than 2,000 jobs in the Canadian market. Lastly, while in Beijing, the Prime Minister took part in the Canada-China Business Forum where he engaged business leaders from both countries and highlighted the importance of the Canada-China commercial relationship.
While in Hangzhou, the Prime Minister announced that Canada will open new trade offices in the Chinese cities of Hangzhou, Xi’an, Xiamen and Tianjin. This will help Canadian businesses flourish in some of the fastest growing regions of China, bringing Canada’s trade network to a total of 15 locations across the country.
Finally, on the first day of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting, the Prime Minister strongly encouraged members to accelerate trade and investment liberalization, highlighting significant measures that Canada has taken to further facilitate international commercial flows with the region.
During his visit to China, the Prime Minister was accompanied by John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, James Moore, Minister of Industry, Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors.
- China is Canada’s second-largest single-country trading partner. In 2013, two-way merchandise trade between the two countries reached $73.2 billion and accounted for 7.7 per cent of Canada’s world trade.
- APEC’s 21 member economies account for almost 2.8 billion people and over half of the world’s GDP. They include Canada’s top four trading partners: the United States, China, Mexico and Japan.
- In October 2014, the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement came into force, which provides a rules-based investment regime and greater investor confidence.
- Prime Minister Harper made official visits to China in December 2009 and in February 2012. Since 2006, there have been some 70 visits by Federal Canadian Ministers to China.
“China is an economic and global business powerhouse. During my visit, I was pleased to meet with Chinese leaders and strengthen the foundation for future commercial collaboration that will help Canadian companies access the incredible opportunities this crucial market has to offer. This will in turn generate jobs and economic growth in Canada.”
– Prime Minister Stephen Harper
“I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with APEC leaders at the Summit in Beijing and share with them the many measures that Canada is taking to stimulate international trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.”
– Prime Minister Stephen Harper
31 October 2014
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that he will travel to the People’s Republic of China from November 5 to 10 for an official visit. The visit will provide an opportunity to strengthen the longstanding ties between both countries and set the direction for the future of the Canada-China relationship. During the visit, the Prime Minister will focus on three main priorities: increasing trade and prosperity, strengthening people-to-people ties and deepening bilateral relations to best represent Canadian values and interests.
In Hangzhou (November 7 to 8), Prime Minister Harper will meet with Chinese government officials and a Canadian business delegation comprised of representatives from a broad range of sectors including clean-tech, agri-food and seafood, aerospace, energy, education, construction, forestry and wood products, and information and communication technologies, to discuss the tremendous opportunities China presents Canadian companies to grow their businesses. He will highlight how Chinese market-oriented reforms are creating growing opportunities for Canadian and other foreign businesses, and will promote actions taken by the Canadian government to support trade and commerce, which spurs job growth in the domestic market.
In Beijing (November 8 to 10), Prime Minister Harper will meet with the President and the Premier of the People’s Republic of China. The leaders will discuss areas of mutual interest, including science and technology and clean energy. The Prime Minister will also engage with business leaders taking part in the Canada-China Business Forum where he will promote Canada as a resource-rich, technologically sophisticated and globally-engaged country which is open to investment.
During his visit to China, his third since taking office, the Prime Minister will be accompanied by John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, James Moore, Minister of Industry, Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food, and Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors.
On November 10, the Prime Minister will also participate in some elements of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in Beijing before returning to Canada for Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa on November 11.
- Canada and China have had diplomatic relations since 1970. This long-standing and comprehensive relationship operates at many levels and includes political, commercial, scientific, cultural and academic ties. Both countries also enjoy an active working relationship in international fora, including the G-20, the United Nations, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, and the World Trade Organization.
- In 2013, bilateral merchandise trade between the countries reached $73.2 billion, 7.7 per cent of Canada’s total merchandise exports. During this period, Canada’s merchandise exports to China were valued at nearly $20.5 billion.
- Nearly 1.5 million Canadian residents are of Chinese descent, representing approximately 4.5 per cent of Canada’s total population. In 2013, China was Canada’s largest source of foreign students, with some 95,159 Chinese studying in Canada, accounting for approximately 30 per cent of Canada’s international student population.
- In October 2014, the Canada and China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement came into force which ensures that Canadian companies doing business in China benefit from the same transparency and fair treatment that companies doing business in Canada benefit from.
- Prime Minister Harper made official visits to China in December 2009 and in February 2012. Since 2006, there have been some 70 visits by Federal Canadian Ministers to China.
- APEC brings together some of the largest and most dynamic economies in the world to promote sustainable economic growth and prosperity among economies in the Asia-Pacific region. Its 21 member-economies account for more than 2.8 billion people and nearly 60% of the world’s GDP.
“As the world’s second-largest economy and Canada’s second-largest single-country trading partner, China represents tremendous opportunities for Canada. I look forward to meeting with government and business leaders to further strengthen bilateral relations and lay an even broader framework of agreements that will enable Canadian businesses to truly take advantage of China’s large, diverse and dynamic economy.”
– Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Strengthening Seniors’ Financial Literacy is the first phase of a comprehensive national strategy for financial literacy
October 16, 2014 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
Canada’s Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson and Canada’s first Financial Literacy Leader Jane Rooney today announced the release of the National Strategy for Financial Literacy, Phase 1: Strengthening Seniors’ Financial Literacy.
In Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government committed to implementing a financial literacy strategy that specifically responds to seniors’ needs. Strengthening Seniors’ Financial Literacy, which has been refined through consultation with Canadians and stakeholder organizations involved in financial literacy, responds to that commitment and is the first component of the national strategy for financial literacy for all Canadians.
The seniors’ strategy establishes goals and objectives that will require collaboration among public, private and non-profit organizations across Canada. Supported by members of the National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy, Canada’s Financial Literacy Leader, Jane Rooney, will oversee and coordinate implementation of the seniors’ strategy as a component of the wider national strategy for financial literacy.
Beginning today, Minister Sorenson and Jane Rooney will also begin consultations on Phase 2 of the national strategy on financial literacy which will focus on the unique needs of low-income Canadians, Canadians with disabilities, newcomers to Canada and Aboriginal peoples.
- The 2009 Canadian Financial Capability Survey shows that financial literacy skills among seniors are lower overall compared to other groups of Canadians.
- In 2011, an estimated 5 million people were 65 or older. That number is expected to double by 2036, reaching about 10.4 million seniors.
- The National Strategy for Financial Literacy is expected to be released in 2015, following consultations on Phase 3, which includes children, youth and adults.
“This comprehensive strategy will help Canadian seniors ensure they have the knowledge and tools needed to navigate an increasingly complex financial marketplace. I look forward to seeing the collaborative effort of public, private and non-profit sector groups that will enable seniors to improve their own personal finances, strengthening the economy as a whole.”
—Kevin Sorenson, Minister of State (Finance)
“The strategy demonstrates our Government’s concern for the well-being of seniors, who face unique financial challenges and require a broad base of support to ensure they can make confident and informed decisions on financial matters. I was very pleased to participate in the public consultations in June, which saw substantial and valuable feedback from individuals and groups representing seniors across Canada.”
—Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)
“The public consultations have resulted in a strategy that addresses the diverse range of financial literacy issues facing Canadians as they move through their senior years. A broad range of organizations have stepped forward to participate in the work of developing this strategy that will help improve the financial literacy of Canada’s senior population.”
—Jane Rooney, Financial Literacy Leader
- News release: Government of Canada announces members of Canada’s National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy
- News release: Consultation begins on a national financial literacy strategy
- Backgrounder: Toward a National Strategy for Financial Literacy – Phase 1: Strengthening Seniors’ Financial Literacy
- Final Report of the Task Force on Financial Literacy
- Information for seniors (seniors.gc.ca)
- Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (itpaystoknow.gc.ca)
October 3, 2014 – Richmond, British Columbia – Western Economic Diversification Canada
Today, the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors, and Member of Parliament for Richmond, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced $85,300 in federal funding to the City of Richmond, under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) in support of infrastructure upgrades to the Gateway Theatre.
The investment allowed the Gateway Theatre to retrofit its heating system by installing a wastewater heat recovery system, and replacing the boiler. These upgrades increased energy efficiency, and reduced the theatre’s operating costs.
In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. The Government committed $150 million over two years for the Fund. CIIF supported projects that aimed to improve existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, and further community and cultural facilities.
- The Gateway Theatre is Metro Vancouver’s second largest theatre company.
- The theatre’s main stage hosts four annual productions.
“Our Government is pleased to announce its support for the City of Richmond’s Gateway Theatre. By modernizing the Theatre, we are ensuring that it continues to provide a tremendous benefit to community through performances and programming for years to come.”
- The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors, and Member of Parliament for Richmond
“The City of Richmond is strongly committed to being a sustainable community, which includes reducing our environmental footprint through reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and use of alternative energy sources. Innovations such as sewage heat recovery at Gateway Theatre, along with our award-winning district energy program are helping us to meet our goals and create a healthier environment today and for the future.”
- His Worship Malcolm Brodie, Mayor of Richmond
“The Gateway Theatre is committed to raising the quality of life in Richmond through live performing arts. We thank Western Economic Diversification Canada and the City of Richmond for helping us to pursue our mission by installing an innovative and environmentally responsible heat recovery system.”
- Jovanni Sy, Artistic Director, Gateway Theatre
Minister Wong celebrates National Seniors Day as Canada gets one of top rankings worldwide on well-being of seniors
October 1, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Employment and Social Development Canada
Canadians across the country are celebrating National Seniors Day today to show their appreciation and to honour the seniors who have made a difference in their lives and in their communities.
To help mark the day, the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors, along with representatives from HelpAge, visited the Good Companions Seniors’ Centre to release the Global AgeWatch Index 2014 report and announce Canada’s worldwide standing in the measure of seniors’ well-being.
HelpAge created the Global AgeWatch Index to monitor the economic and social well-being of older adults worldwide and give governments a benchmark by which to help measure the success of their efforts for seniors. This year, Canada’s ranking has increased from 5th to 4th out of the 96 countries measured.
As the Canadian seniors population continues to grow, the Government of Canada remains committed to improving the well-being and quality of life of older Canadians through tax relief, improved services and by increasing available information and resources.
Coinciding with the United Nations’ International Day of Older Persons on October 1, National Seniors Day in Canada provides an occasion for all Canadians to honour the seniors who enrich their lives.
- Since 2006, the Government has continued to support seniors across Canada by providing assistance in areas needed most including: introducing pension income splitting, increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplement, investing in the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers and increasing funding to community-based projects for seniors.
- The Government has also taken steps to protect Canada’s most vulnerable seniors from elder abuse and financial abuse.
- In September, the Government of Canada released the Government of Canada Action for Seniors report, a comprehensive information resource highlighting federal programs and services that can be accessed by seniors, their families and caregivers.
- For tips and resources on celebrating the day and honouring the seniors in your life as well as information about programs, services and benefits for seniors, visit www.seniors.gc.ca.
- Join the new Seniors in Canada Facebook page today and post stories and photos of celebrations in your community. Tell us about a #senior in your life! #thinkingofyou.
“National Seniors Day is a time for Canadians all across the country to stop and pay tribute to the special seniors in their lives. So many seniors, including grandparents, parents, other family and friends, play such an important role in the lives of Canadians every day. I encourage everyone to reach out to a senior who has made a difference in their life and let them know how special they are to you. Our government will continue to ensure that Canada’s seniors continue to receive the support they need and deserve.”
– The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)” Aging is quickly changing our world, especially in developed countries such as Canada. There is no doubt that in many ways our seniors fare better than elsewhere. However, on a daily basis, older Canadians still face important issues, from access to services to social isolation. We need to work together to address these issues—they impact us all.”
– Jacques Bertrand, Executive Director, HelpAge Canada ” The Good Companions is happy to celebrate National Seniors Day again this year. As one of Ottawa’s largest seniors’ centres, we are dedicated to promoting, enhancing and supporting the zest for living, well-being and independence of older adults as well as adults with physical disabilities.”
– Jacques Bertrand, Executive Director, HelpAge Canada
Seniors in Canada (Facebook)
On September 16, 2014, Alice Wong spoke in the House of Commons during Question Period on the topic of Finance. The following is a transcript:
Mrs. Tilly O’Neill Gordon (Miramichi, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, our government is proud to have lowered taxes, putting thousands of dollars directly back into the pockets of Canadian families. However, yesterday the leader of the Liberal Party criticized income splitting and said he would reverse it. I know that the seniors in my riding will be outraged when they find out that the Liberal leader would reverse our income splitting, forcing them to pay more.
Could the Minister of State for Seniors explain how reversing income splitting would affect seniors?
Hon. Alice Wong (Minister of State (Seniors), CPC):
Mr. Speaker, the Liberal leader should explain why he has threatened to reverse income splitting and force seniors and families to pay more tax. This type of Liberal arrogance toward middle-class Canadian families and seniors is all too familiar. This is the same party that opposed the universal child care benefit because it thought parents would spend it on beer and popcorn. This is the same party that opposed every tax cut and measure our government has introduced for families and seniors, measures that are saving $3,400 this year for average families and have taken nearly 400,000 seniors off the tax rolls completely.
Experts from industry and academia share innovative ideas to better support people living with dementia, their families, and caregivers
September 12, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Institutes of Health Research
The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), delivered closing remarks at the Canada-France Global Dementia Legacy Event, which concluded today after a productive two-day discussion in Ottawa. The international event brought together 200 experts from the research and industry sectors, health charities, patients, and caregivers, as well as government leaders including the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Canada’s Minister of Health, Mr. Phillipe Zeller, Ambassador of France to Canada, and Dr. Dennis Gillings, World Dementia Envoy.
As noted by Minister Wong, the social and economic impacts of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are profound. However, the longstanding partnership between Canada and France is creating synergies, removing barriers, and building momentum in the global effort to develop treatments and find cures.
The event was the second in a series of four events stemming from the Dementia Summit held in London, UK, in December 2013. Through expert panel discussions, delegates set the path forward for the development of new approaches to partnerships and collaboration between industry and academia, and identified practical and creative solutions to better support those living with dementia, and their families. A synthesis of the event discussions and proposals will be available within a month, while being shared with the Global Action Against Dementia and the World Dementia Council.
The Canada-France Global Legacy Event was organized by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the French National Alliance for Life Sciences and Healthcare (Aviesan), with financial support from Rx&D (Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies), Industry Canada, Ontario Brain Institute, and the Weston Brain Institute.
- As part of the Legacy Event, Minister Ambrose announced a series of new initiatives and investments highlighting the Government of Canada’s commitment to tackling dementia including: the launch of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging; a commitment to bring the successful Dementia Friends program to Canada; a new partnership to support transformative dementia research; the release of the national dementia research and prevention plan publication; and the release of Mapping Connections: An Understanding of Neurological Conditions in Canada.
- Canada plays a key role in the international goal to find a cure or disease modifying treatment for dementia by 2025, and to improve the quality of life for individuals living with dementia, and their caregivers.
- The next Global Dementia Legacy Events will be hosted by Japan in fall 2014, and the United States in winter 2015, followed by a wrap up session in March 2015.
“For people with dementia, routine tasks such as shopping for groceries or taking a bus to a medical appointment can be extremely challenging. Our government, in collaboration with colleagues from G7 countries and partners in Canada and abroad, is committed to defeating this devastating condition through increased research, prevention and public education. The ideas generated from the Canada-France event will help address the day-to-day challenges that people living with dementia and their families and caregivers face.”
– The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health
“The Government of Canada recognizes the significant impacts that dementia and other neurological diseases place on individuals and caregivers. Through our support for caregivers, we recognize the important contribution of Canadians who are providing care and support to their families and friends.”
– The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)
“This meeting demonstrated that, for dementia as well as for all the great human challenges of our time, sharing objectives and resources between research and industry is the critical path to success.”
– Mr. Philippe Zeller, Ambassador of France to Canada
“There are 44 million people with dementia around the world and yet just three drugs have been developed in over 15 years. That is not enough. It is clear to me that academia industry collaboration on dementia research is a vital component of that action. Through hosting this second legacy event, Canada and France have shown great leadership in this area, shining a light on many examples of excellent research collaboration and partnership, inspiring other countries to follow their lead and bringing hope to millions impacted by this life shattering disease. I very much welcome the Canadian government’s new package of dementia measures announced today, particularly the launch of the CCNA which could become a collaborative model for others.”
– Dr. Dennis Gillings, World Dementia Envoy
“With this Legacy Event, we have now proposed and explored a number of possible solutions to address an extremely complex challenge. We have heard the voices, expertise and experience both from industry and academia already working to reduce barriers, but also from stakeholders in other related fields. I am highly optimistic of the prospects for change. After all, barriers are meant to be struck down.”
– Dr. Alain Beaudet, President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
“To cure dementias by 2025, we need to develop innovative strategies to transfer complex biology to new therapeutic targets. Discussions in the last two days were outstanding and very inspiring. Several new avenues to strengthen collaborations between academic and industry sectors were discussed. We have to transform these proposals in concrete actions. We are more than ever convinced that the fight against dementia require a global commitment.”
– Prof. Yves Lévy, CEO, French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), and Chairman of Aviesan, the French National Alliance for Life Sciences and Healthcare
- Canada-France Global Legacy Event
- Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging
- Mapping Connections: An Understanding of Neurological Conditions in Canada
- Canadian Employers for Caregivers Plan
- Global Action Against Dementia
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Minister of the Health
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada’s health research investment agency. CIHR’s mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened health care system for Canadians. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,200 health researchers and trainees across Canada.
September 10, 2014 – Hamilton, Ontario – Employment and Social Development Canada
The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors, unveiled today the new Government of Canada Action for Seniors report, a comprehensive information resource highlighting federal programs and services that can be accessed by seniors, their families, and caregivers.
Minister Wong made the announcement with officials who developed McMaster University’s Optimal Aging Portal, a website that offers information about healthy aging and which can now be accessed through the Government of Canada’s seniors.gc.ca website.
The Action for Seniors report provides an overview of the many programs and resources available for seniors, ranging from help to combat elder abuse to government support such as ensuring seniors’ financial security. More than 22 federal departments and agencies collaborated to create the report, which reflects the interdisciplinary nature of seniors’ issues that cut across the various departments and agencies. Providing information for seniors on programs and resources is a priority for the Government of Canada. Minister of State Wong welcomed the placement of a link to the McMaster portal on the seniors.gc.ca website, where the report can also be found.
The seniors.gc.ca website is a central resource for seniors, their families, their caregivers and supporting service organizations. The site provides information for seniors on federal, provincial, territorial and some municipal government benefits and services, including information on finances, housing, health and wellness, through an interactive map. The website also highlights federal seniors-related initiatives and supports the government’s efforts to encourage seniors to stay active, engaged and informed.
- The Government is committed to supporting and promoting seniors’ health, well-being and contributions by encouraging seniors to stay active, engaged and informed.
- The Government of Canada Action for Seniors report contains information about services and benefits that that can be accessed by seniors, their families, and caregivers.
- Today, 1 in 7 Canadians is aged 65 or over. By 2036, nearly 1 in 4 Canadians will be a senior.
- Over the last decade in Canada, life expectancy at age 65 increased by 2 years, approximately twice the rate of growth observed over each of the previous decades since 1929.
“Our Government is committed to helping seniors maintain a high quality of life and remain active members of their communities. I invite you to visit seniors.gc.ca and read our new report Government of Canada: Action for Seniors to find out more about what the Government of Canada is doing for seniors and their families.”
– The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)“Having the Government of Canada Action for Seniors report available online as well as in print is important to ensure that it is quickly accessible to all. -We know Canadian seniors are technologically savvy, so this excellent report puts information about all the federal services and resources for seniors at their fingertips, such as our McMaster Optimal Aging Portal, which provides easy-access, evidence-based health information.”
– Patrick Deane, President and Vice-Chancellor McMaster University
Canada’s support is addressing immediate needs of thousands of conflict-affected people on Mindanao Island
August 10, 2014 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Today, the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors, on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced funding for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the provision of humanitarian assistance to thousands of conflict-affected women and children on Mindanao island in the Philippines.
Following decades of ongoing conflict on Mindanao, new violence in September 2013 in Zamboanga City displaced thousands of families.
“The many women and children affected by conflict are at increased risk of disease, malnutrition and danger, including child trafficking and gender-based violence,” said Minister Wong. “Canada is helping to change that by providing funding to UNICEF for activities that are addressing immediate needs, such as access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and hygiene, and improved nutrition.”
“Children in Mindanao live in difficult conditions imposed by a conflict for which they are not responsible” said Meg French, UNICEF Canada’s Director of International Policy and Programs. “The generosity of the Government of Canada will help children and families gain better access to safe drinking water and better nutrition, and they will benefit from child-friendly spaces where they can regain a sense of normalcy in their lives and have a safe place to play.”
“Canada proudly reaffirms its commitment to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain the dignity of those who are affected by ongoing conflict,” said Minister Paradis. “Canada remains committed to assisting the Filipino people and building on our strong relations with the Philippines.”
Minister Wong announced the funding at Pinoy Fiesta in Vancouver, the largest Filipino cultural event in Canada.
- On June 28, 2014, Canada announced funding for the International Organization of Migration (IOM) to provide humanitarian assistance to conflict-affected people in Mindanao.
- On June 20, 2014, Canada announced funding for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees and vulnerable populations around the world, including funds allocated to conflict-affected people in Mindanao.
- In 2014, Canada confirmed the Philippines as a new country of focus for the Government of Canada’s international development efforts.
- Backgrounder – Canada providing support to UNICEF in Mindanao
- Speech – Address by Alice Wong, Member of Parliament for Richmond and Minister of State for Seniors, to announce funding for UNICEF in the Philippines
- Canada’s work in the Philippines
- Canada’s response to Typhoon Haiyan
- Canada’s Leadership: Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Office of the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie