Today, the Government of Canada announced the launch of a new Peace and Stabilization Operations Program by Global Affairs.This program pledges up to 600 Canadian Armed Forces personnel – including engineers and medical units – to be available for possible deployment to UN peace operations. In addition to personnel, the government is also committing $450M over three year to projects promoting peace and security throughout the world.
Canada peacekeeping missions have been significantly scaled back in the last few years. This new commitment re-enforces Canada’s place as a leader in peacekeeping. Returning Canada to the world stage on this important issue renews Canada’s identity as a nation that supports those in need.
Conflicts today are multifaceted, requiring political, security, development, and humanitarian responses brought together under the broad umbrella of “peace operations”.Today’s peace operations demand that we go beyond military roles and work closely with local authorities and a range of international and regional partners.
Now, more than ever, is the time for our country to choose engagement over isolation, and Canada will support the international community in bravely fighting for justice and security on the global stage.Peacekeeping has been a long-standing tradition for Canada, and we are taking concrete steps to build a more secure world by increasing participation in international peace support and stabilization missions.