The world has never been more integrated and interdependent. If there was ever a time for us to come together, it is now. At home, Canada is experiencing national challenges that reflect broader global issues including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, conflict, and poverty.



In equitable togetherness we are better.


Around the world, those who are already the most marginalized are the hardest hit and their health, livelihoods and security are under attackThe key issues Canadians worry about – poverty, inequality, climate change, global health, sustainable economies – are all rooted in collective global problems. To solve them, we must all do our part.    

The Together Project believes that back to normal is not an option and that together, Canada, alongside other global actors, can create forward solutions for a better Canada and a better world. The cases below show that we have the tools, evidence, and resources we need to contribute to a more prosperoushealthy and stable world. With Canadian leadership and will, our country could make a real global difference. And when Canada invests in solving global issues, we all benefit.  



Canada’s global engagement is not only the right thing to do, and reflective of the generosity and values of Canadians, it is also a smart investment and is the path to global recovery.

In this Together: A Case for Canada’s
Global Engagement


The scale, urgency, and complexity of today’s global issues are unprecedented. Despite the devastating impacts of such global crises on the world’s most vulnerable, Canada only spends 27 cents for every $100 in national income on addressing these global development and humanitarian challenges. This investment is well below its historic contributions and the contributions of its peer countries.   

Now, more than ever, Canada must invest in addressing the global issues that affect us all.   

The Together Project calls on the government to substantially scale up itspending on international assistance in the upcoming budget and years to come, and commit at least 1% of Canada’s domestic COVID-19 response – or $ 2 billion – in new and additional international assistance funds. These commitments will re-position the country on the global stage, support a just global recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic, and enable Canada’s own recovery. We will all benefit from such investments because we are in this together.  


Learn more about what solutions the government could invest in to create sustainable global change below.

Together for Impact

The global issues of our time are complex and interdependent. If Canada were to substantially increase its contributions to solving the world’s global challenges, what should it spend that money on? These cases respond to that question and underscore the need for integrated approaches to complex development challenges. These cases outline the impacts of investing in solutions to particular global issues and demonstrate the interconnectedness across all issue areas. They emphasize Canada’s historical impacts and, together, they paint a picture of what the world could look like with ambitious Canadian leadership and engagement in the world.    

Gender Equality Case

Climate Change Case

Nutrition Case

Food Security Case

Refugee Protection Case

Humanitarian Assistance Case

Governance Case

Chlld Protection Case

Education Case


Global Health Case


Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Waiver

Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Waiver

Cooperation Canada, alongside CanWaCH and social justice advocates across the country, urges Canada to do more in supporting mechanisms crucial to fight COVID19 and foster a fair global recovery. 
Read our letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the TRIPS waiver, cosigned by Julia Anderson, CEO of CanWaCH, and our Chief Executive Officer, Nicolas Moyer.

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Our thoughts on the March 16 Foreign Policy Town Hall with the Hon. Erin O’Toole

Our thoughts on the March 16 Foreign Policy Town Hall with the Hon. Erin O’Toole

In a virtual town hall on foreign policy on March 16, Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole shared his vision for Canada’s engagement on the international stage. Cooperation Canada welcomes his reversal during this event of a Conservative Party election platform policy during the last federal election to cut Canada’s official development assistance (ODA). Canada is already contributing less than its fair share globally: Canada’s ODA levels are below those of other peer countries, currently at their lowest point in 50 years.    

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