Government of Canada

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

www.international.gc.ca

FAQs

How to apply for an international development job at DFATD

The Find a Job in International Development page provides the necessary information about working for DFATD on a temporary or permanent basis as a federal public servant.

Students who work in federal government departments are recruited through the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP).

Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents authorized to work in Canada may apply for a job at DFATD in Canada. For information about working at a Canadian embassy, consulate, high commission, or trade office as locally engaged staff, visit the Canadian Offices Abroad page.

How to get funding for a development project

If you represent a Canadian organization working to reduce poverty in developing countries, Funding for International Development Projects outlines how to get funding from DFATD for a development project and directs you to other sources of funding for your projects.

DFATD does not provide direct funding to individuals or groups of individuals for projects or missions abroad.

How to propose your goods and services for a DFATD international development project

If you represent a Canadian organization wanting to provide goods or services to help implement a DFATD international development project, visit the Funding for International Development page to find out how to propose your goods and services to implement an international development project.

How to volunteer in international development

Find a Job in International Development includes a section on working as an adviser or volunteer with a non-governmental organization.

Youth Zone also provides a information about other internship and volunteer opportunities in Canada and abroad.

How to do an international internship

Consult the International Youth Internship Program for Canadian graduates 19 to 30 and the International Aboriginal Youth Internships initiative for Aboriginal youth internship opportunities in developing countries.

Youth Zone also provides information about other internship and volunteer opportunities in Canada and abroad.

DFATD does not provide direct funding to individuals to serve internships.

How to apply for an international scholarship

DFATD's Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program is for nationals from member countries of the International Organisation of La Francoponie that are eligible to receive official development assistance. The program enables them to study or receive training in Canada.

For more information about Government of Canada scholarships available to Canadian and foreign students, consult International Scholarships.

About humanitarian assistance

What can I do to help in a humanitarian crisis?

The best way to help is to donate money—not clothing, food, or other goods—to a recognized humanitarian organization.

The DFATD's How Canadians Can Help page outlines contributions that Canadians can make. It also lists some of the experienced humanitarian organizations that can deliver assistance and accept donations from Canadians.

How does DFATD respond to humanitarian crises?

DFATD responds to conflicts and natural disasters in developing countries by providing timely, appropriate, and effective aid. For more information, visit Canada's Humanitarian Response to Crises page.

About Canada's International Development Assistance Program

How much money does DFATD spend on development assistance, and how is that money distributed?

Every year, the former CIDA (now DFATD) publishes a report detailing the amounts allocated to each sector, continent, and country of focus for international development: Development for Results 2011-2012: At the Heart of Canada's Efforts for a Better World.

The Statistical Report on International Assistance-Fiscal Year 2010–2011 also provides detailed financial data on development assistance.

In which countries is DFATD active in international development work?

DFATD delivers 80 percent of its bilateral aid to each country of focus for international development.

Where we work in International Development provides information on these countries and on other countries and regions where Canada is active in international development projects and intiatives.

How can we ensure Canada's aid is effective?

In 2009, the Government of Canada established a new aid effectiveness agenda to focus Canada's international development assistance and make it more effective.

What results do Canada's international development activities achieve?

Results: How DFATD Reports its international development results to Canadians directs you to various locations on DFATD's website where information about results are posted.

Increasing Transparency and Accountability Through Open Data also provides statistical data and other information about international assistance activities carried out by DFATD and Canada.

Where can I find more specific information on DFATD's international development projects?

The International Development Project Browser provides detailed information about each of the projects, including the country or countries concerned, the beneficiaries, the executing partner organization, financial contributions, targeted goals, and expected results.

Interactive maps of international development projects provide similar information.

Increasing Transparency and Accountability Through Open Data provides statistical data and other information about international development assistance activities carried out by DFATD and Canada.

Keeping informed

How can I keep informed about the latest publications and updates on DFATD's website?

You can Stay in Touch by subscribing to Our RSS feeds, following us on Twitter, or checking us out on YouTube and Flickr.

You can also subscribe to email updates.

How can I make my children or my students more aware of international development issues?

Youth Zone contains information specifically aimed at young people, explaining the work being done to assist developing countries. Youth Zone also presents international assistance projects for home and classroom.

May I use the photographs that appear in DFATD's publications or on DFATDs website?

DFATD uses photographs for educational purposes only. It is strictly prohibited to use these photographs to promote commercial products or services.

The right to reproduce the photographs is protected by the policy governing the use of DFATD's photogallery. If you use a photograph from DFATD's website, be sure that:

  • You clearly identify it as follows: © DFATD-MAECD/[photographer's name].
  • You indicate its source inside or outside the frame, or in the credits.
  • You reproduce it at low resolution.

Manipulation or alteration of a photograph involving digital or other changes is prohibited without written authorization. It is important to respect the subject of the photograph, as well as the context in which it was taken.

DFATD is not responsible for the unauthorized use of photographs obtained from its photo gallery.