Minister Joly announces new multifaceted support for Ukraine
March 7, 2023 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly announced new multifaceted support for Ukraine to help address its critical energy and security needs as it defends itself against Russia’s full-scale invasion. The announcement was made during the official visit to Canada of the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
Canada will be donating seven electrical transformers to help repair Ukraine’s power grid, which has been devastated by Russia’s ruthless attacks on civilian infrastructure. These transformers, delivered via the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism, will enable Ukrainians to power their homes and use the most basic appliances—something that was stolen from them by President Putin’s senseless war of aggression.
Additionally, in close coordination with the European Union, Canada is announcing an additional $3 million in funding to support mine action in Ukraine. This funding will bolster important recovery and reconstruction efforts in Ukraine, and it complements the more than $32 million in funding that Canada is already providing to support mine action in the country.
This new support will help ensure that Ukrainians have the tools they need to address the consequences of President Putin’s war of choice. Canada will continue to coordinate with its international partners to help Ukrainians fight back against the cruelty inflicted upon them by President Putin and his accomplices.
“As Ukrainians continue to contend with the effects of Russia’s full-scale invasion, we reiterate our message to Ukraine and its people: Canada is with you. Our support will not relent. Ukrainians are not alone in the fight for their homeland. Canada will always support democracy, sovereignty and human rights. Canada will always support Ukraine.”
- Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Since Russia’s illegal occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea in 2014, Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 2,400 individuals and entities. Many of these sanctions have been undertaken in coordination with Canada’s allies and partners.
In 2022, Canada committed over $5 billion in funding for direct financial, military, humanitarian and immigration assistance to Ukraine.
This funding includes $2.5 billion in direct economic support, all of which has been provided, including:
- $320 million in humanitarian assistance for emergency health services, protection, support for displaced populations and essential life-saving services, such as water and sanitation, shelter and food
- $1.95 billion in loan resources through the International Monetary Fund’s Administered Account for Ukraine, which Canada championed ($500 million of which represent equivalent proceeds from the Ukraine Sovereignty Bond)
- $500 million in direct bilateral loans
- A European Bank for Reconstruction and Development loan guarantee of approximately $50 million to facilitate support for Ukraine’s oil and gas company Naftogaz
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