1. Contributing to a Rules-Based International System that advances Canadian interests
Fostering a rules-based international system that is effective and that supports Canadian interests is an overarching objective of Canadian foreign policy. As such, Global Affairs Canada will build new and innovative partnerships, continue to engage constructively with existing partners, and work multilaterally to protect, renew and adapt existing rules, norms, institutions and alliances to make the world safer, more just, prosperous, and sustainable. These efforts will include promoting our interests and sovereignty in the Canadian Arctic, and working in concert with our partners to uphold international law.
2. Pursuing diversified trade and supporting Canadian exporters
Global Affairs Canada will continue to promote rules-based trade internationally, negotiate modern free trade agreements, and pursue opportunities in global markets that diversify our trade, increase inward investment and benefit all Canadians. The department remains committed to an inclusive trade agenda that supports all segments of society in taking advantage of the economic opportunities flowing from enhanced trade and investment. The department will support Canadian businesses to access export opportunities abroad through the Trade Commissioner Service, including through the use of new tools and partnerships such as Canadian Technology Accelerators, e-commerce platforms and digital service delivery. The department will also create a new Canada Commercial Consular Service by drawing on existing resources to better support small- and medium-sized Canadian companies facing commercial or trade disputes.
3. Strengthening Canada?s bilateral relations
The Government of Canada is committed to further strengthening key bilateral relationships, and engaging new partners to address emerging challenges. Global Affairs Canada will advance these relations based on core Canadian interests, including sovereignty, national security, economic prosperity, and the safety and security of Canadian citizens, and key values such as human rights and democracy. When engaging bilaterally, the department will continue to integrate and calibrate foreign, defence, development and trade policy priorities. Bilateral relations will also benefit from the continued revitalization of Canada?s public diplomacy, notably through Global Affairs Canada?s coordination of a new strategy on cultural diplomacy.
4. Eradicating Poverty
Global Affairs Canada will implement the Feminist International Assistance Policy, promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls; investing in health, education, and climate change adaptation; and focusing humanitarian, development, and peace and security efforts on the poorest and most vulnerable. In this context, Global Affairs Canada will deliver Canada?s international assistance in ways that support innovation and improve effectiveness, transparency, and accountability, and that reinforce Canada?s commitment to realizing the United Nations? Sustainable Development Goals. In support of this, the department will adopt innovative financing approaches, such as those employed in the International Assistance Innovation Program, the Sovereign Loans Program and the Equality Fund.