Canada's foreign policy

Economic sanctions

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.

Conflicts and international crises

Access key information on current conflicts and international crises, including travel warnings, information for Canadians in the regions affected, and Canada's responses.

Human rights

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.

International organizations

Canada promotes commonly shared values such as equality and democracy through its participation in many international organizations.

International security

Canada advances international security by addressing the challenges of terrorism, transnational crime, and weapons proliferation, and by supporting related research. The Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START) provides Canada's response to crisis and conflict situations around the world.

Response to humanitarian crises

The Government of Canada acts quickly and appropriately when it receives requests for assistance from countries facing disasters, conflicts, or acute food insecurity.

Office of religious freedom

Canada is recognized globally for its leadership on human rights issues, and takes principled positions to promote Canadian values of pluralism and tolerance throughout the world.