Report: Canadian Aid and the SDGs

In 2015, the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Change Accords dramatically altered the landscape of international development. At the same time, in Canada, a new government was elected with the promise on refocusing aid priorities.

Since then, the government of Canada has conducted an International Assistance Review and adopted a Feminist International Assistance Policy.

Four years later, it’s worth asking, how much has changed in Canada’s aid programme? Analysing the latest most reliable data, EWB Canada and the Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP) at Carleton University are proud to present the definitive report on progress and gaps, uncovering some dramatic new findings:

  • Canada is now the biggest contributor to gender equality amongst G7 countries, a historically high contribution of $3.6 billion. Canada has managed to focus 40% of its aid on gender equality, well above the OECD average of 21%.
  • Canada’s overall spending on international assistance remains stuck near historic lows. Its Official Development Assistance (ODA) / Gross National Income (GNI) ratio is hovering around 0.28%, Canada is spending below the global target of 0.70%, the OECD donor average, and Canada’s own historic levels. For the first time ever, Canada is on track to have the lowest international assistance spending ratio in its history.
  • Since 2015, Canada has successfully shifted the focus of its international assistance: 92% of Canadian Aid now goes towards 5 SDGs: gender equality (SDG5), inequality (SDG10), health (SDG3), climate (SDG13) and absolute poverty (SDG1). This is higher than the OECD donor country average of -76% in these top five areas.

Canada has failed to meet a key climate commitment. Canada currently spends less than the OECD average on development-related climate action, failing to reach its commitment to double its investment. For more details on these findings, and recommendations to move forward, read the complete report here. 

Report: Canadian Aid and the SDGs

 

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