"Whether you change or not, EWB is going to make it happen. We will untie Canada’s aid. And it’s not a matter of if . . . it’s a matter of when."
In 2004, EWB began a 4-year campaign lobbying the Canadian government to untie Canada's development aid. Tied aid required the recipients of Canada's foreign aid to purchase exclusively Canadian goods and services – ultimately benefitting Canadian companies, and wasting aid money.
Between 2004 and 2008, hundreds of EWBers took part in campaigning efforts such as asking the Minister of International Cooperation about tied aid, taking to the streets of Montreal for outreach events, and signing cards that were sent to every MP across Canada. In September 2008, after four years of campaigning, the Canadian government announced that it will completely untie all of Canada’s aid by 2012.
Through this campaign, EWB learned the power of the individual, and even more so, the sheer force of many. Since 2008, EWB's advocacy work has been using the power of many and working with EWB’s network across Canada, to lobby the government for better aid reform and transparency, and leadership towards responsible mining in Africa.