Canada imposes economic sanctions against foreign states and non-state actors as part of its contribution to the international effort to enhance peace and security and enforce international norms and laws.
Canadians expect their government to be a leader in the human rights field by reflecting and promoting Canadian values on the international stage. The promotion and protection of human rights is an integral part of Canadian foreign policy.
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, through START, has lead responsibility for coordinating the Government of Canada’s operational response to major natural disasters abroad, such as the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010.
The Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START) is the Government of Canada’s centre of expertise for stabilization and reconstruction in fragile and conflict affected areas throughout the world.