There are five regions that elect members to the non permanent council every two years, Canada is part of the WEOG (Western European and others group). Each region is given a certain amount of seats to fill on the council, the WEOG has 2 spots to fill and includes twenty-eight nations and the US as an observer.
Canada won’t be able to just announce candidacy and join the council unopposed, as both Ireland and Norway will seek one of the two available seats. Norway has earned a reputation as the worlds second most generous country by giving 1.05% of their GNI (Gross National Income) to foreign aid, while Canada ranks 14th in the world, and Ireland comes in at 12th.
Canada last campaigned for a spot on the council in 2010 under Stephen Harper’s conservative government, though failed to win, the available seats instead going to Portugal and Germany.
Trudeau is in New York now at UN meetings to discuss NAFTA, as well as giving an early push to Canada’s bid for security council.