Minister Champagne announces funds to strengthen security sector reforms in Ukraine

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October 1, 2020 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada will commit over $4.3 million to strengthen defence and broader security sector reforms in Ukraine as part of Canada’s whole-of-government support to the country.

The contribution complements Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s military training and capacity-building mission in Ukraine, and will be implemented in partnership with the Parliamentary Centre and Alinea International. These funds will support projects that integrate technical expertise, gender-based analysis and results-based management tools to enhance security sector institutions.

Canada’s partnership with Alinea International will advance governance and democratic accountability of the security sector by helping reform initiatives undertaken within security sector institutions in Ukraine.

Canada’s contribution to the Parliamentary Centre will bolster the capacities of Ukrainian parliamentary committees to review and pass legislation required for security sector reform.


“Canada remains a steadfast partner of Ukraine in their sovereignty and territorial integrity. We remain committed to work together toward building the future that the people of Ukraine deserve.

- François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • Canada’s military training and capacity-building mission in Ukraine, Operation UNIFIER, launched in September 2015, is a key part of Canada’s overall effort to support Ukraine’s security, stability and sovereignty.

  • The Canadian Police Arrangement and Canada’s Peace and Stabilization Operations Program support Ukraine’s police reform efforts by building the capacity and effectiveness of Ukraine’s police services. Canada will continue to support police reform in Ukraine, building on successes to date.

  • On December 2, 1991, Canada was the first Western country to recognize Ukraine’s independence.

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