Canada

Support for Mine Action

Last updated: 12 September 2016

In 2015, Canada contributed C$11,447,904 (US$8,949,969)[1] to mine action projects in eight countries. Compared to 2014, Canada’s funding increased by 17% in US dollar terms, and rose by 35% in national currency terms. In 2015, Canada was the tenth largest donor to mine action.

The majority of its contribution went to Afghanistan—representing 40% of Canada’s total funding—while Ukraine and Iraq also received substantial funds (more than C$2 million/US$1.6 million each).

In July 2016, Canada announced it would contribute C$12.5 million ($9.6 million million) to HALO Trust to support demining efforts in Colombia from 2016–2021.[2] While in late July 2016, Canada pledged C$4 million ($3 million) to support clearance of improvised explosive devices in Iraq from 2016–2018.[3]

Contributions by recipient: 2015[4]

Recipient

Sector

Amount (C$)

Amount ($)

Afghanistan

Clearance

4,490,321

3,510,532

Ukraine

Capacity-building and risk education

2,155,323

1,685,031

Iraq

Various

2,051,455

1,603,827

Vietnam

Clearance

793,522

620,375

Sri Lanka

Clearance

648,301

506,842

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Clearance

600,000

469,080

Colombia

Clearance

550,000

429,990

Lao PDR

Clearance

158,982

124,292

Total

 

11,447,904

8,949,969

 

From 2011–2015, Canada’s support to mine action totaled C$51.8 million ($48.4 million), with an average contribution of C$10 million ($9.7 million). This is well below the C$180 million ($167 million) provided by Canada during the previous five-year period from 2006–2010.[5]

Summary of contributions: 2011–2015[6]

Year

Amount (C$)

Amount ($)

% change from previous year ($)

2015

11,447,904

8,949,969

17

2014

8,462,841

7,663,534

-4

2013

8,181,468

7,943,173

17

2012

6,762,110

6,765,493

-60

2011

16,873,468

17,066,317

-43

Total

51,727,791

48,388,486

 

 



[1] Average exchange rate for 2015: C$1.2791=US$1. US Federal Reserve, “List of Exchange Rates (Annual),” 4 January 2016.

[2] Government of Canada, “Backgrounder – Canada’s support for peace implementation in Colombia,” 5 July 2016. Exchange rate for July 2016: C$1.3052=US$1. US Federal Reserve, “Foreign Exchange Rates (monthly),” 1 September 2016.

[3] Government of Canada, “Canada pledges humanitarian and stabilization support for Iraq,” 19 July 2016. Exchange rate for July 2016: C$1.3052=US$1. US Federal Reserve, “Foreign Exchange Rates (monthly),” 1 September 2016.

[4] Convention on Cluster Munitions Article 7 Report, Form I, 17 March 2016.

[5] See Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor, “Country Profile: Canada: Support for Mine Action,” 29 July 2011.

[6] See previous Monitor reports.