Canadian military support to Ukraine

Canada remains committed to continuing to provide Ukraine with the military equipment it needs to defend its sovereignty, freedom, and independence.

Since February 2022, the government of Canada has donated equipment from existing Canadian Armed forces stocks, and has entered into contracts with defence suppliers.

In Budget 2022, Canada allocated an additional $500 million in military aid for Ukraine for the 2022-23 fiscal year.

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is also assisting with the delivery of aid within Europe and, to date, has transported nearly two million pounds of military donations on behalf of our allies and partners.

Additionally, the CAF has deployed up to 150 members to Poland on a humanitarian mission, to assist with efforts to support and care for Ukrainians fleeing violence.

Canada has done all it can to prepare Ukraine for this fight.  Since the start of Op UNIFIER in September of 2015, the CAF trained over 33,000 Ukrainian military and security personnel in battlefield tactics and advanced military skills. As the mission progressed, much of the direct training undertaken by CAF members transitioned to members of the Security Forces of Ukraine, with Canadians acting as advisors and mentors as well as assisting in the development of courses. Op UNIFIER was paused on February 12, 2022, and will resume when conditions allow.

Canadian military donations to Ukraine since February 2022:

Date Description

May 24, 2022

Minister Anita Anand announced that Canada will donate over 20,000 artillery rounds of 155 mm NATO standard ammunition, including fuses and charge bags. This ammunition has been sourced from the United States at a cost of up to $98 million.

May 8, 2022

The Prime Minister announced that the additional $500 million for further military aid to Ukraine announced in Budget 2022 has begun to roll out with approximately $50 million commitment to provide high-resolution satellite imagery, an additional 18 drone cameras and ammunition.

April 28, 2022

The Minister of National Defence confirmed that the Canadian Armed Forces are training Ukrainian forces on the use of M777 howitzers.

April 26, 2022

Minister of National Defence announced that Canada has finalized contracts for eight commercial pattern armoured vehicles, and a service contract for the maintenance and repair of specialized drone cameras that Canada has already supplied to Ukraine

April 22, 2022

The Government of Canada announced that Canada has now delivered a number of M777 howitzers and associated ammunition, as well as additional Carl Gustaf anti-armour ammunition, to the Security Forces of Ukraine.

March 9, 2022

The Government of Canada announced the purchase of highly specialized equipment, including cameras for surveillance drones.

March 3, 2022

The Government of Canada announced the contribution of up to 4500 M72 rocket launchers, and up to 7500 hand grenades, as well as $1 million towards the purchase of commercial satellite high resolution and modern imagery.

March 1, 2022

The Government of Canada announced the donation of 390,000 Individual Meal Packs, and approximately 1600 fragmentation vests.

February 28, 2022

The Government of Canada announced the donation of at least 100 anti-armour weapons systems - Carl Gustav M2 recoilless rifles, and 2000 rounds of 84 mm ammunition.

The Government of Canada also announced the CAF will provide two C-130J tactical airlift aircraft, and a team of 40-50 personnel, to support military aid donations within Europe.

February 27, 2022

The Government of Canada announced a donation of defensive military aid, which could include: night vision gear, helmets, and body armour.

February 14, 2022

The Government of Canada announced the donation of defensive military equipment including machine guns, pistols, carbines, 1.5 million rounds of ammunition, sniper rifles, and various related equipment.

February 4, 2022

The Government of Canada announced the donation of personal protective and load carriage equipment, as well as surveillance and detection equipment.

History and context of the operation

CAF training is one part of Canada’s broader support to Ukraine in:

Since 2014, Canada has provided Ukraine with more than $890 million in multifaceted assistance to support Ukraine’s security, prosperity, and reform objectives. In the long-term, reforms are the most effective strategy for building Ukraine’s resilience to Russian aggression. Canada’s help to Ukraine includes supplying non-lethal military equipment. This is an ongoing process and includes equipment such as:

The equipment will help improve the capabilities of the Security Forces of Ukraine.

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