Many Canadians Unaware of Canada’s International Development Efforts
Roughly a third say their understanding has improved or has remained the same in the past two years.
Toronto, ON, February 7, 2022 – Although Canada has made headway in addressing aspects of its international development efforts as underscored by Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP), including the promotion of gender equality, humanitarian, peace and security assistance, many Canadians are unaware of the country’s attempts to highlight such efforts. Over six in ten (64%) Canadians say they are unaware of Canada’s international development efforts.
The findings were identified in a November 2022 poll commissioned by Cuso international, a non-profit international development and cooperation organization based in Canada with operations in 17 countries.
When looking at demographic divides, Canadians between the ages of 18-34 (46%) and 35-54 (40%) tend to be more aware of international development efforts, whereas those 55 years and older (26%) are less aware. Regionally, residents in Alberta (42%), British Columbia (38%), Saskatchewan, Manitoba (36%), Ontario (41%) and Atlantic Canada (41%) are more aware of international development efforts, compared to Quebec residents (24%).
Equal proportions say their understanding of Canada’s international development efforts has remained the same compared to two years ago.
When asked to gauge their understanding of Canada’s international development efforts compared to two years ago, more than a third of Canadians report their understanding has improved regarding gender equality (37%), environment and climate (29%) and human rights and inclusion (35%).
Over half (53%) said Canada should invest in the prevention of gender-based violence.
Canadians were asked about information on the Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) that was launched in 2017, a policy that champions global gender equality. When asked to prioritize a list of seven topics, 53% of Canadians said Canada should invest its international development in the prevention of gender-based violence, particularly against women and girls. Close behind was increased access to sexual and reproductive health rights for women and girls (48%). Over half (56%) of women said Canada should invest in the prevention of gender-based violence compared to 50% of men, as well as those over the age of 55 years (57%) compared to 18-34 (50%) and 35-54 (53%).
Canadians between the ages of 18-34 (47%) and 35-54 (37%) are more likely to say their understanding of gender equality has improved compared to those aged 55 years and older (28%).
When it comes to prioritizing certain programming for Canada’s international development and cooperation efforts, 16% said the focus should be on increased access and education of sexual and reproductive rights.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between November 3rd to November 7th, 2022, on behalf of Cuso International. For this survey, a sample of 2,005 Canadians aged 18+ was interviewed. Quotas and weighting were employed to ensure that the sample’s composition reflects that of the Canadian population according to census parameters. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ± 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Canadians aged 18+ been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error.
About Cuso International
Cuso International is an international cooperation and development organization that works to create economic and social opportunities for marginalized groups. Together with our partners, we are focused on efforts to advance gender equality and social inclusion, improve economic resilience, and deliver progress on climate action. We believe that by sharing skills, we can build better futures. Founded in 1961, Cuso International works in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Canada.
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