International Development

Official Development Assistance

Official Development Assistance

Since the 1960s, Canada has been internationally recognised as a progressive and generous country in its diplomatic and financial contributions to promoting international development, thought its Official Development Assistance (ODA) program. However, since coming to power in 2006, the Conservative government has been quietly dismantling programmes, changing policy orientations and priorities, and—following an initial increase which peaked in 2011—cutting the federal foreign aid budget, all to the point where there has been a major reorientation of Canada’s international development agenda, with virtually no public consultation.

Canadian Charities and the Canada Revenue Agency

2 February 2016—On January 20 2016, Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, announced the winding down of the special review that had been set up by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) under the Harper government to audit registered charities’ political activities.

Development and Peace

Development and Peace

In February 2012, Development and Peace found out that its government funding would decrease from $35 million to $14.5 million over the next five years.

Rights & Democracy

Rights & Democracy

Rights & Democracy was a respected government organization. Its reputation and effectiveness were undermined by political appointments and bullying designed to prevent support for three small projects that helped Palestinians. The projects represented less than 1% of the organization's budget.

MATCH International

MATCH International

In April 2010, MATCH International's funding from CIDA was cut, with losses representing 75 per cent of the organization’s total budget. 

Canadian Council for International Co-operation

Canadian Council for International Co-operation

CCIC received support for its work strengthening Canada’s NGO sector and analyzing federal policies for almost four decades, however, in July 2010, the Council received word funding would no longer be available.

Kairos

Kairos

KAIROS was abruptly denied funding by CIDA in November 2009. Bev Oda, the Conservative Minister for International Cooperation, was accused of tampering with the wording on a funding document and then lying about it to Parliament. Speaking at the Global Forum for Comabting Anti-Semitism in Jerusalem, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney defended the defunding by accusing KAIROS of anti-Semitism and of taking a leadership role in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against so-called Israeli apartheid. KAIROS says both accusations are false.

Alternatives

Alternatives

Alternatives has been the target of two of the tactics employed by the federal government in recent years against progressive civil society organizations: firstly, defunding and, secondly, costly and time-consuming audits by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) with the potential result of losing charitable status.

Rémy Beauregard

Rémy Beauregard

Rémy Beauregard died on January 8, 2010, at age 66, from a heart attack. His death came after months of conflict at Rights & Democracy with Tory-appointed board members who were ideologically opposed to the organization's grants, and accused Beauregard of improper management and of associating with "terrorist" organizations.