Canadian donations and military support to Ukraine

Military Donations

Since February 2022, Canada has committed over $2.4 billion in military assistance donations to Ukraine.

We continue to actively look at what more we can do to support Ukraine. Minister Blair remains in close contact with Ukrainian officials through the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, and on a bilateral basis.

We deeply admire the bravery and courage of Ukrainians who are fighting to defend their independence and freedom, and we will continue to work closely with our Allies and partners to help Ukraine defend its sovereignty and security.

Operational Support

Canada and Ukraine are close partners with a long-standing defence relationship. Operation (Op) UNIFIER, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) military training and capacity building mission in Ukraine, was launched in 2015 at the request of the Ukrainian government, and in 2023, was expanded and extended until March 2026.

Since the start of Op UNIFIER, the CAF has trained approximately 40,000 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 Armed Forces of Ukraine, with Canadians acting as advisors and mentors as well as assisting in the development of courses.

Over 300 CAF members are now deployed under Op UNIFER in various roles such as the provision and coordination of training, national command support, and the facilitation and delivery of military donations to Ukraine in coordination with Allies and Partners.

Canada's military contributions, including training, equipment, and transport, have been integral in Ukraine's counter offensive to-date, and we will continue to provide Ukraine with the support it needs to defend its sovereignty, freedom, and independence.

Since the invasion in February 2022, this has included:

Table: Military Donations

Table: Military Donations
Commitment to Ukraine Announcement
Date
Delivery Source Details
Capability Coalitions February 14, 2024 In progress N/A Canada will make a new contribution of $60 million to the Ukraine Defense Contact Group Air Force Capability Coalition. This donation will support the setup of a sustainable F-16 fighter aircraft capability in Ukraine. Specifically, the funds will help source vitally needed F-16 supplies and equipment such as spare parts, weapons stations, avionics, and ammunition.

Air Defence Missiles

March 15, 2023

Delivered

CAF inventory

A donation of 12 air defence missiles was sourced from CAF inventory. The 12 missiles are AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs).

May 25, 2023

Delivered

CAF inventory

Canada announced an additional donation of 43 AIM-9 missiles sourced from CAF inventory. This donation will help Ukraine to secure its skies in the face of ongoing Russian attacks.

June 10, 2023

Delivered

CAF inventory

Canada will provide over 250 AIM-7 missiles to be repurposed in the United States for use in air defence systems, which will support Ukraine in its efforts to defend its skies.

A National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) and associated missiles

January 10, 2023

In Progress

Sourced from the US government for donation to Ukraine

A National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) and associated munitions are being purchased from the United States, to donate to Ukraine, at a total cost of $406 million.

The United States will deliver the system on Canada’s behalf, and updates on delivery will be provided in due course.

A NASAMS is a short to medium range ground-based air defence system that protects against drone, missile, and aircraft attack, with a high success rate. Canada's NASAMS donation will help Ukraine strengthen its air defence systems against destructive air attacks on military sites, civilian critical infrastructure, and population centres.

As other NASAM systems are already fielded in Ukraine with trained operators, any required training will be conducted by Ukrainian operators.

Eight Leopard 2A4 Main Battle Tanks

January 27, 2023

February 24, 2023

Delivered

From CAF Inventory

Canada has donated 8 Leopard 2 main battle tanks (A4 variants), including spare parts, ammunition and training, in concert with key Allies.

These tanks were sourced from Edmonton, Alberta, and Gagetown, New Brunswick.

Canada sent the Leopard 2A4 variant of Main Battle Tanks (MBT), which shares a baseline commonality with the donations of other Allied nations.

The Leopard 2A4 is equipped with a 120mm main gun with an effective range of 4 km, making it a mobile, powerful, and precise capability that allows an army to meet an adversary head on with superior firepower.

An initial allotment of 120mm ammunition, sourced from existing CAF stocks, was provided as part of this donation. Donor nations are working together to address sustainment and spare parts.

All 8 tanks were delivered via Royal Canadian Air Force CC-177 Globemaster III.

From February to October 2023, CAF soldiers, working alongside multinational partners, trained approximately 190 members of the AFU on the fundamentals of the Leopard 2 tanks.

208 Armoured vehicles

April 26, 2022

January 18, 2023

Delivered

Procured by the Canadian Commercial
Corporation (CCC)

Canada has donated 8 armoured vehicles purchased from Roshel for Ukraine. These were delivered in May 2022.

Minister Anand announced in January 2023 the donation of 200 additional Senator commercial pattern armoured vehicles to Ukraine.

Senators are security task vehicles that are easily maneuverable and adaptable. The vehicles offer state-of-the-art, best-in-class technology and weapons can easily be mounted on them. These vehicles allow for the safe transport of personnel and equipment, and medical evacuations. The vehicles’ armour will help shield troops when they are unable to avoid danger. Details on the Senator vehicles themselves can be found on the company’s website.

Roshel was responsible for delivering the vehicles to Ukraine. Delivery was completed in summer 2023.

This donation is valued at over $92 million.

50 armoured vehicles September 22, 2023 In progress Procured by the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) On September 22, 2023, Prime Minister Trudeau announced a new investment of $650 million over three years to supply Ukraine with 50 armoured vehicles, including armoured medical evacuation vehicles.

39 Armoured combat support vehicles (ACSVs)

June 30, 2022

Delivered

Procured by the Canadian Commercial
Corporation (CCC)

39 armoured combat support vehicles (ACSVs), including elements for repairs and servicing, and increased armour for better protection, were donated by Canada to Ukraine.

The specific variant is the Troop Cargo Vehicle (TCV).

Training for Ukrainian forces began on October 10, 2022.

The CCC procured the vehicles from General Dynamics Land Systems Canada. GDLS-C also provided operator and maintenance training to the AFU to support this donation.

Canada continues to provide in-service support for the vehicles.

The donation is valued at approximately $245 million and includes 39 ACSVs, as well as add-on armour and a radio communication system for the ACSVs, and in-service support including spare parts, maintenance services, technical manuals, and training.

Additional info, including images of the TCV, can be found at this link: Armoured Combat Support Vehicle.

1 Armoured recovery vehicle

February 24, 2023

Delivered

From CAF inventory

The donation of 1 Armoured recovery vehicle was sourced from CAF inventory.

Four (4) M777 Howitzer systems, spare parts and sustainment

April 22, 2022

Delivered

Howitzers: From current CAF inventory

In April 2022, Canada provided four M777 Howitzers from CAF inventory. CAF members also provided training to Ukrainian Forces on the use of M777 Howitzers in spring 2022, in a third location outside of Ukraine.

June 15, 2022 Replacement barrels: Sourced from US government

The M777 lightweight 155mm towed howitzer is lighter and smaller, yet more powerful than any gun of its kind. The M777 provides indirect firepower capable of accurately hitting targets at a range of distances up to 30 km.

Canada also donated 10 replacement barrels for the sustainment of M777 howitzer artillery guns.

155mm Ammunition

April 22, 2022

May 24, 2022

October 12, 2022

February 24, 2023

March 15, 2023

October 11, 2023

Delivered

Delivery details are in progress.

Sourced from the US government for donation to Ukraine, and from CAF inventory.

A total of approximately 40,000 rounds of 155mm ammunition for the M777 Howitzers have been donated to Ukraine to date, a value of over $60 million.

Approximately 20,000 rounds of ammunition were sourced from the US Government, and the rest from CAF stock.

  • The donation of approximately 5,000 rounds of 155mm ammunition announced in February was sourced from CAF inventory.
  • The donation of approximately 8,000 rounds of 155mm ammunition was also sourced from CAF inventory.
  • The most recent donation of 2,000 rounds of 155mm ammunition was sourced from CAF inventory.

105mm Training Ammunition

March 15, 2023

Delivered

CAF inventory

Canada donated approximately 1,800 rounds of 105mm tank training ammunition which will support the donation of Leopard 1 tanks announced by Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands.

High-Resolution Drone Cameras

May 8, 2022

June 30, 2022

November 16, 2022

October 12, 2022

Delivered

Procured by the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC)

A total of 76 specialized drone cameras, a value of over $100 million, including in-service support and repair, were procured by CCC from L3 Wescam for donation to Ukraine.

September 22, 2023 In progress Procured by the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) Canada will provide a total of 35 high resolution drone cameras and in-service support, valued at $76 million.

Carl Gustaf M2 recoilless rifles and ammunition

March 9, 2022

April 22, 2022

Delivered

From current CAF inventory

Canada donated approximately 100 anti-armour weapons systems – Carl Gustaf M2 recoilless rifles, as well as related accessories and scopes. This also includes more than 3000 rounds of 84mm ammunition.

The 84mm Carl Gustaf (Carl G) anti-armour system employed by the Canadian Army uses rocket-assisted projectiles, and is normally operated by a two-person team.

The CAF employs it primarily as an anti-armour weapon – mostly effective against light-armour platforms – though it can also be effectively used for other anti-material and anti-personnel purposes.

Given its relative light weight and portability, it is an exceptionally effective tool that continues to serve the CAF well.

Rocket Launchers and hand-grenades.

March 3, 2022

Delivered

From current CAF inventory

Approximately 4200, M72A5-C1 rocket launchers have been donated to Ukraine. These are High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) Self Contained Weapons.

The M72, is a short-range, single-shot, fire and throw away, weapon that can be used to defend against light armoured vehicles and structures.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 3.45 kg
  • Length: 780 mm
  • Maximum Range: Up to 350 m
  • Effective range: 220 m
  • Armament: 66 mm rocket

All M72 that Canada is providing are in accordance with established policies on shelf-life.

Canada has also donated over 7000 C13 hand grenades.

The total value of this donation is more than $7 million.

Winter Clothing and Equipment

October 12, 2022

Delivered

Procured by the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) and from CAF inventory

Canada provided more than 500,000 pieces of winter clothing for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Approximately $25 million has been provided to source critical winter gear from Canadian industry. This includes 400,000 pieces of gear procured by the CCC from Canadian companies such as Kamik Boots, Royer boots, Stanfields, Solidwear, Mooseknuckles, Wuxly, Canada Goose and Superior Glove. This includes winter boots, parkas, thermal layers, gloves, socks and headwear (hats, balaclavas, neck warmers).

This donation also includes generators, energy storage devices, sleeping bags and thermal blankets.

November 16, 2022 Delivered Procured by the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) and from CAF inventory

An additional 100,000 pieces of winter clothing has been donated from CAF inventory.

The winter clothing was delivered between October and December 2022, and deliveries of other equipment is almost complete.

October 11, 2023 In progress Purchased Canada will donate $25 million worth of winter clothing and equipment to Ukraine. This includes boots, thermal layers, and winter sleeping bags. This also includes patterned military uniforms for 2000 female Armed Forces of Ukraine soldiers, which will be manufactured in Canada.

Commercial Satellite imagery

March 3, 2022

May 8, 2022

November 16, 2022

Ongoing

Purchased

Canada has funded approximately $22M to give Ukraine one year of access to high-resolution, modern, satellite imagery from commercial satellite imagery providers.

This is being done through a multilateral program that enables the rapid collection and dissemination of commercial satellite imagery to select partners. Through this program, Ukraine will receive imagery from commercial satellite imagery providers.

This imagery will help Ukraine to identify the location and composition of Russian forces based on their priority intelligence requirements.

Satellite Communications Service to the Ukraine Government

October 12, 2022

In Progress

Purchased

Canada has funded approximately $2 million for this project. This project provides dedicated and reliable satellite communications services to Ukraine government and non-government partners, including critical infrastructure, through a joint project between the DND/CAF, Communications Security Establishment and Telesat.

Small Arms and Ammunitions

February 14, 2022

Delivered

Procured by the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) and from current CAF inventory

Canada has donated more than $10 million in small arms and ammunition, and other munitions, including:

  • Medium and heavy calibre sniper rifles and ammunition (some from CAF inventory and some sourced by CCC) – 78 sniper rifles in total
  • Machine guns (from CAF inventory) – more than 200 in total
    • Both light (C9) and medium (C6) machine guns were donated
  • Pistols (from CAF inventory) – 600 in total
    • Glocks
  • Anti-tank rockets (from CAF inventory) – 7,000 in total
  • Carbines (from CAF inventory) – 700 in total
  • Over 1.5 million rounds of ammunition (from CAF inventory)

This equipment also includes various related equipment such as accessories and cleaning kits.

This equipment was all delivered in March 2022.

April 11, 2023 Delivered On April 11, 2023, Canada announced that it would donate additional small arms and ammunition to Ukraine, sourced from Colt Canada, valued at approximately $59 million. This package includes 21,000 5.56mm assault rifles, 38 7.62mm machine guns, and over 2.4 million rounds of ammunition to support these weapons as well as small arms already in use by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Accessories and spares for these small arms are also included in this package.
April 21, 2023 Delivered On April 21, 2023, Canada announced that it would donate 40 sniper systems (.50 cal) with ammunition, sourced from PGW Defence Technologies.
November 24, 2023 In progress Procured by the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) Prime Minister Trudeau announced that Canada is donating additional small arms and ammunition to Ukraine, valued at almost $60 million, sourced from Colt Canada. The package is part of the $500 million in funding for military assistance announced in June, and includes almost 11,000 assault rifles and machine guns, along with over 9 million rounds of associated ammunition.
Small Arms Ammunitions September 22, 2023 In progress - Prime Minister Trudeau announced on September 22, 2023, that Canada will provide Ukraine with a large package of NATO-standard small arms ammunition.

Other Non-Lethal Aid

February 4, 2022
February 27, 2022

Delivered

Procured by the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) and from current CAF inventory

Canada has donated a range of non-lethal equipment.

This includes more than 10,800 pieces of personal protective equipment such as ballistic helmets, night vision wear, gas masks and body armour, totaling more than $15 million. This also includes medical supplies and nuclear protective equipment.

This was all delivered in March 2022.

Other PPE such as fragmentation vests and helmets have been provided from CAF inventory.

Individual Meal Packs

March 1, 2022

Delivered

From current CAF inventory

National Defence has donated more than 640,000 individual meal packs from CAF inventory.

NATO Ukraine Comprehensive Assistance Package (CAP) Trust Fund April 21, 2023 In progress Purchased

On April 21, 2023, Canada announced that it contributed $34.6 million contribution to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Ukraine Comprehensive Assistance Package (CAP) Trust Fund.

This donation will:

  • enable the implementation of the NATO CAP fuel material project, which will provide Ukraine with 3.3 million litres of much-needed fuel supplies;
  • enable the implementation of the NATO CAP Improved Ribbon Bridge project – which will provide Ukraine with modular floatation bridge assets to enable wet-gap crossing; and
  • provide a first contribution to the NATO CAP medical first aid kits project.
July 13, 2023 In progress Purchased

Prime Minister Trudeau announced $48.8 million to the CAP Trust Fund for Ukraine, supporting NATO’s provision of non-lethal practical assistance and defence capacity building through donations of material including fuel, bridging equipment, rations, and first aid. This contribution was provided by Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

105mm Artillery Ammunition June 10, 2023 In progress CAF inventory Canada will provide 10,000 rounds of 105mm ammunition to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Leopard 2 Tank Maintenance Centre June 10, 2023 In progress N/A Canada will be contributing $30 million to the Leopard 2 Tank Maintenance Centre in Poland set up to support the maintenance and sustainment of Leopard 2 tanks donated by Allies and partners to Ukraine.
Multirole Boats January 23, 2024 In progress Purchased Canada will provide 10 Multirole Boats from Zodiac Hurricane Technologies, valued at approximately $20 million.
F-16 Pilot Training June 10, 2023 In progress N/A

Canada is providing civilian instructors, planes, and support staff contracted from Montreal-based Top Aces Inc. to contribute to Denmark and Frances efforts to train pilots, and maintain and support Ukraine’s F-16s.

Canada is also providing English language training to Ukrainian Air Force personnel at the Canadian Forces Language School.

Air defence equipment partnership September 17, 2023 In progress N/A Canada to contribute $33 million to the United Kingdom-led partnership delivering high priority air defence equipment to Ukraine.
Naval ammunition October 11, 2023 In progress CAF inventory Canada will provide various types of 76mm naval ammunition
Aircraft bombs October 11, 2023 In progress CAF inventory Canada will provide 227 1,000-pound aircraft bombs and associated fuse assemblies.
Smoke ammunition and gas masks October 11, 2023 In progress CAF inventory

Canada will provide smoke ammunition, including 955 rounds of 155mm artillery smoke and over 2,000 rounds of 81mm mortar smoke and 2,260 gas masks.

**Disclaimer: this content was last updated on January 23, 2024. Please note that some details may change between updates.

Table: Military Operational Support

Operation Number of Personnel Details
Operation UNIFIER – UK Approx. 170 personnel

Recruit Training

  • Since late August 2022, two cohorts of trainers with a command and control element have been deployed to the UK, training Ukrainian recruits, in collaboration with the UK’s Operation INTERFLEX.
  • The Canadian-led courses last several weeks and focus on such topics as weapons handling, battlefield first aid, fieldcraft, patrol tactics, and the Law of Armed Conflict.
  • To date, CAF personnel deployed in the UK have trained over 4,000 recruits of the AFU.
Operation UNIFIER - Poland Approx. 50 CAF personnel

Combat Engineer Training

  • Since late November 2022, CAF Combat Engineers have been instructing Ukrainian sappers on basic and advanced engineering skills, such as engineering reconnaissance, obstacle breaching and demining operations.
  • To date, CAF personnel have trained over 1,200 Ukrainian sappers.
12 CAF Medical Technicians and Medical Assistants

Combat Medic Training

  • Since early March 2023, CAF members have been training AFU members as part of Polish-led medical training centered on advanced tactical medical skills and combat survivability.
  • To date, the CAF has trained has trained over 200 members of the AFU.
Operation UNIFIER-Latvia Approx. 12

Junior Officer Leadership Development Training

  • In mid-May 2023, Canadian Armed Forces and Latvian National Armed Forces members began training members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as part of a jointly developed program to train combat leaders, with approximately 300 receiving training so far.

**Disclaimer: this content was last updated on January 23, 2024. Please note that some details may change between updates.

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