Canada to freeze funding for new foreign-aid projects in Haiti: Fantino

The Canadian Press
Associated Press

MONTREAL - Canada's international co-operation minister has told a Montreal newspaper the federal government will freeze funding for new aid projects in Haiti.

La Presse is reporting that Julian Fantino says his department will not fund any new initiatives in Haiti until it finds a more effective approach to help the struggling Caribbean nation.

Fantino's announcement comes just days before the third anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed an estimated 300,000 people.

The former head of the Ontario Provincial Police says he was disappointed at the lack of progress he saw in Haiti during his visit to the country in November.

He says Canada will continue to fund programs in Haiti that are already underway.

Fantino said in the interview that Canada has provided $1 billion in aid to Haiti since 2006 — making it one of the largest foreign donors to the island nation.