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Canada’s Foreign Aid


The dashboard below provides data and analysis on Canada’s foreign aid flows.

Canada’s Foreign Aid Spending

Canada’s foreign aid spending totaled CAD$ 5.4 billion in 2013, compared to CAD$ 5.66 billion in 2011. This equates to about C$ 154 per Canadian. Aid spending was 1.9% of total 2013 budget expenditure, or 0.27% of Gross National Income.

The largest aid recipient was Tanzania at $189mn, up slightly from $181mn in the previous year, followed Ethiopia at $181mn, down from $208mn in the previous year, Congo (DRC) up sharply at $157mn, compared to $62mn in the previous year (due to largely to debt relief approx. $65mn), and Cote d’Ivoire at $147mn.

Aid to Haiti and Afghanistan fell sharply from 2012 to 2013.

34.6% of aid went to Least Developed (or poorest) Countries, another 2.5% went to other Low Income Countries, and 18.6% went to Lower Middle Income countries (39% is not coded by income group). Africa received the highest share at almost 45%, followed by Asia (22%), and the Americas (13%).

About 63% of Canada’s foreign aid was channeled through (former) CIDA, while the rest is channeled through other departments and agencies, primarily Finance, (former) DFAIT, and IDRC.

Hover over country circles on the map to see how much went to which countries. Circles are sized to reflect the amount of Canadian aid the country receives. Clicking on a country will reveal more details below. Use drop-downs to limit the map by either “region”, “income level” or change “year”. Clicking on the regional (trend graph) or income (bubble graph) will highlight countries that belong to the selected groups. Multiple countries can be selected at one time for comparison (no more than two at a time are recommended). Click again to deselect. Refresh browser or click “Reset” at the bottom of the dashboard to reset the view. At any point, to go back, click “Undo”.

Methodology & data

Data is sourced from CIDA Statistical Report on International Assistance. OECD-DAC country, regional and income classification coding is applied. MS Excel version of the data can be downloaded below. Data is reported on “gross” basis (i.e. Export Development Canada and loan repayments are excluded). In order to simplify interpretation calender years are used, but the data is on a fiscal year basis (i.e. 2001 is 2000-01 and so on).

There may be slight differences between this data and data from the OECD-DAC. This is for two reasons: fiscal year (as opposed to calendar year) is used here, and Canadian dollar (as opposed to US dollar) is the currency unit.

Aid data (uploaded version 2000-2013) (MS Excel)

Related resources


This data is part of ongoing research at The North-South Institute. Comment here, or using the contact form.

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