Canada announces support for elections and democracy in Ukraine
“Canada’s commitment to democracy and the sovereignty of Ukraine is unwavering. Today, at the OSCE meetings held in Milan, where support for Ukraine is a key concern, I am very pleased to announce this significant contribution in support of Ukraine’s democracy.”
- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs
“Canada is a strong supporter of Ukraine’s current democratic reform, which will contribute to the country’s long-term stability, security and prosperity. Through this support, we are reinforcing the voices of women and youth, so they can become agents of change and help build a better Ukraine for everyone.”
- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development
Canada was the first Western country to recognize Ukraine’s independence on December 2, 1991.
Since January 2014, Canada has committed more than $750 million in multifaceted support to Ukraine, encompassing a broad range of financial, development, stabilization and security, non-lethal military and humanitarian assistance.
CANADEM will ensure that the electoral observation missions are gender balanced and well trained on gender equality issues, including political empowerment of women at federal and local levels.
In addition, Canada has deployed approximately 200 Canadian Armed Forces personnel to Ukraine as part of Operation UNIFIER through March 31, 2019. To date, they have trained over 10,000 Ukrainian armed forces personnel.
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