The contribution includes USD7.5 million for the UN refugee agency as part of the program to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees in Canada over the next few months.
International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the government will move quickly to disburse the funds.
"We know that Syrian refugees are cutting on meals, taking on debt to meet their basic daily needs and risking their lives to leave Syria," she said.
"This funding to UNHCR will help to make these decisions a little less difficult by helping to meet basic needs”, she added.
The government also announced it is honoring a commitment made by the previous Conservative government to match donations by Canadians to the international relief efforts.
Officials say Canadians have until December 31 to make donations, which will be equaled to a ceiling of USD75 million.


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