At less than 2% of the annual federal budget, Canadian foreign aid plays a critical role in saving lives and helping millions of people worldwide pull themselves out of poverty.

Child and maternal health programs are helping ensure women and children survive childbirth more often.

Child and maternal health programs are helping ensure women and children survive childbirth more often

Whether investing in programs to improve maternal and child health or working to build sustainable livelihoods for thousands of people, Canadian aid dollars are making a real difference.

Still Canada is facing pressure to cut the aid budget as the government looks for ways to reduce the deficit. As you read this, the government is finalizing its budgets and deciding the fate of Canada’s foreign aid spending.

That’s why the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) – of which PWS&D is a member – is asking you to join them in signing this petition calling on the Canadian government to protect vital foreign aid funding.

Cuts to programs that fight global poverty won’t eliminate the deficit. But it will reduce the impact Canada can have in supporting citizens in developing countries to climb their way out of poverty. By protecting the aid budget, Canada can continue to play its part in the fight against extreme poverty.

In 2012-2013, $370 million was cut from Canada’s aid budget, including $290 million in unspent aid money that was returned to the Treasury Board. This money was meant to support foreign aid efforts and could have made an impact in the lives of millions of people living in poverty.

To sign the petition and share messages on the campaign, visit the campaign’s website.