Influence what CIDA will look like post merger
Before Parliament adopts the bill merging CIDA with DFAIT in June, we urgently need you to reach out to Prime Minister Harper. Join us in calling for a sound development policy framework that puts ending poverty and promoting human rights at the heart of our global efforts.
CIDA has been Canada's International Development Agency for 45 years. It has provided support to and worked in close collaboration with hundreds of Canadian organizations, who in turn have given a face to Canada's engagement in developing countries and made a tremendous contribution to poverty reduction and advancement of human rights, through a variety of programs and projects.
In the 2013 budget, the government announced plans to amalgamate the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Within the new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), Budget 2013 indicated that the former CIDA would continue to serve the same functions, focused on promoting poverty alleviation and the provision of humanitarian assistance.
On April 29, the federal government tabled Bill C-60 in Parliament, which contains the new legislation that will guide the amalgamation of the Canadian International Development Agency with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. MPs will vote on the adoption of Bill C-60 in June.