ODA Spending

How much ODA does Canada allocate to education?

Canada was the 7th-largest DAC donor to education in 2022.

Canada’s spending on education represented 4% of total ODA in 2022, indicating that this sector is a lower priority than for most DAC donors, which spend an average of 9% of ODA on education. According to the Canadian government’s Report to Parliament on International Assistance 2021-2022, education funding accounted for CAD402 million ( US$291 million) of Canada’s FIAP spending.

How is Canadian educational ODA changing?

While Canada’s funding for education had seen a 30% increase between 2017 and 2020, it slipped back by 18% in 2021. This decrease in spending contradicts the Liberal Party's promise to spend no less than 10% of the country’s development budget on education, as the ODA/GNI ratio fell from 7% in 2020 to 5% in 2021. In 2022, education funding saw a small increase, largely due to multilateral funding and earmarked funding through multilaterals.

How does Canada allocate educational ODA?

Bilateral Spending

Canada’s focuses on education as a powerful tool for the empowerment of women and girls and has consistently prioritized primary education since 2019.

Multilateral Spending and Commitments

Canada is a founding member of the IDA and is one of its top donors.

In 2021, Canada disbursed 4% (US$12 million) of its multilateral funding for education to UNRWA. In 2020, Canada committed up to CAD75 million ( US$56 million) to UNRWA in support of basic education, health, and social services for Palestinian refugees.

In 2022, Canada announced CAD88 million ( US$68 million) over four years (2023 to 2026) to ECW, with a focus on adolescent girls living in hard-to-reach, fragile, or conflict-affected regions.

Funding & Policy Outlook

What is the current government's outlook on educational ODA?

Canada will continue to prioritize the education of girls and women, especially given the setbacks of COVID-19: In the Mandate Letter written to the Minister for International Development in late 2021, the Prime Minister specifically mentions education as a pathway to the empowerment of women and girls. This is presented against the backdrop of COVID-19, which has undermined both education and gender equality around the world.

Key bodies

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