March 22, 2013

Canada World Youth Is Concerned about the Impact of the Amalgamation of CIDA and DFAIT on Canada’s Poverty Alleviation and Humanitarian Support Strategy

Montreal, March 22, 2013 – Minister Flaherty announced, on March 21st, the amalgamation of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).

Canada World Youth has enjoyed a strong working relationship with CIDA over the past 40 years and looks forward to build upon this partnership with the new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development to be able to effectively work towards its mission of increasing the ability of people, especially youth, to participate actively in the development of just, harmonious, and sustainable societies. We will continue to promote our expertise and the impact of our development work to Ministers Baird and Fantino and we welcome this opportunity for future collaboration.

Canada World Youth is concerned however with the $319M cut to CIDA’s budget that was announced as part of the federal government’s Economic Action Plan 2013, as well as with the further delay that the amalgamation will engender on the competitive call for proposals which was due to be issued by CIDA in Winter 2013. These measures will have a serious impact on the work of Canada’s non-governmental organizations who contribute to the development of communities in Canada and overseas.

In the immediate term, Canada World Youth pursues its commitment to actively engage youth in community-driven development initiatives in both Canada and our international partner countries. Our programs offer youth unique opportunities to gain the leadership and professional skills needed to contribute to strong civil societies and economic prosperity. With that, Canada World Youth welcomes Minister Flaherty’s investment in skills training for Canadian youth.

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About Canada World Youth

Canada World Youth is dedicated to enriching the lives of youth aged up to 35 who want to become informed and active global citizens. CWY offers international transformative learning experiences focused on building knowledge, leadership and skills through participation in sustainable community-driven projects. For more than 40 years, 38,000 youth and 12,000 host families have participated in CWY programs, in Canada and abroad.

CWY is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency as a charitable organization (#118973999RR0001).

Source : Mary McGee, Communications Officer, Canada World Youth, 514 931-3526 # 336,

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Mary McGee
1 800 605-3526 #336
514 931-3526 # 336