Minister Gould concludes virtual visit to Ukraine

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August 12, 2021 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Canada continues to be a close friend of Ukraine and supports its goal of delivering security, prosperity and freedom for all its citizens.

Today, the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, concluded a virtual visit to Ukraine in which she met with representatives of Ukraine’s government; Ukrainian civil society, including women’s rights organizations; and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. Together, they discussed peace and security, governance programming, gender equality and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the meeting, the Minister announced $30 million over 5 years to support inclusive governance in Ukraine. This call for proposals has been launched to solicit projects that will enhance democratic, inclusive and gender-equal governance in Ukraine, thereby responding to the needs of all Ukrainians, including the most vulnerable and marginalized groups of people.

Minister Gould also announced $1.9 million in funding to improve the Ukrainian government’s capacity to support the socio-economic well-being of women military veterans.

These investments reaffirm Canada’s unwavering commitment to secure Ukraine’s future as a democratic, rules-based state and support its goal of greater Euro-Atlantic integration.


“As we celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence, Canada remains committed to working with Ukraine toward building the inclusive and sustainable future that the people of Ukraine deserve. Through continued cooperation in the governance sector and by promoting the advancement of gender equality, Canada is helping Ukraine advance its reform agenda in a strengthened democracy.”

- Karina Gould, Minister of International Development

Quick facts

  • Since January 2014, Canada has been one of Ukraine’s leading bilateral development assistance partners and has provided over $250 million in funding for development assistance to advance democracy, the rule of law, gender equality and sustainable economic growth.

  • Through funding provided to the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator for the COVID-19 response, Canada is supporting the development, production and distribution of diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines in low- and middle-income countries, including Ukraine.

  • Canada is also supporting Ukraine’s efforts to address health system barriers and deliver more resilient primary health care and essential health services during the response to, and recovery from, the COVID-19 pandemic.

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