Situation in Ukraine

The Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group was honoured to meet with the former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk on May 18th, 2017

Canada is among the strongest international supporters of Ukraine's efforts to restore stability and implement democratic and economic reforms. Together with our allies and partners, we continue to call on Russia to follow through on its Geneva commitments to de-escalate the crisis and call off its provocateurs. Ukraine’s sovereign territory must be respected and the Ukrainian people must be free to determine their own future.

In the face of Russian military aggression and illegal occupation, Canada has taken a number of steps to support the Ukrainian people as they work to restore political and economic stability, including imposing sanctions against those responsible for the ongoing crisis. Canada has also taken steps to enhance the readiness of NATO through a number of reassurance measures to reinforce the Alliance’s collective defense.

Development Assistance

In 2014, Ukraine was confirmed as a country of focus for the Government of Canada’s international development efforts. The goal of Canada’s international development program in Ukraine is to improve economic opportunities for Ukrainians in a strengthened democracy. Canada is the sixth-largest bilateral donor in Ukraine.

Free Trade Agreement

The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) was announced July 14, 2015 and represents an important milestone in the Canada–Ukraine bilateral relationship. In addition to generating significant commercial benefits for Canadian businesses, the CUFTA will also support the economic reform and development efforts of the Government of Ukraine, strengthen the Canada-Ukraine partnership for peace and prosperity, and help pave the way for long-term security, stability, and broad-based economic development in Ukraine.

Learn more about what is in the Agreement:

CANADA-UKRAINE PARLIAMENTARY GROUP AGM

April 12, 2016

Mark at a Canada-Ukraine vigil on Parliament Hill

MP Mark Warawa joins his colleagues to support Ukraine and call for the freedom of Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko

January 26, 2015

MP Mark Warawa delivers a statement on Holodomor

November 20, 2014

MP Mark Warawa returns from elections monitoring mission in Ukraine

October 29, 2014

Langley MP Mark Warawa was joined by Member of Parliament Linda Duncan, a Poll Manager, and an Interpreter at a polling station in Lviv, Ukraine during an election observer mission in the last election.

Ottawa, ON – Today, Langley MP Mark Warawa commented on Ukraine’s Parliamentary election after returning from Ukraine. The Langley MP took part in Canada’s contribution to the Election Observation Mission as announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

“As the past Chair and a current member of the Executive of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group and as a Canadian of Ukrainian descent, I was honoured to represent Canada through elections monitoring in Ukraine,” said the Langley MP.

“This was a very important election for Ukraine. It demonstrated the resolve of the Ukrainian people to secure a free, sovereign and democratic future. Despite Russia’s occupation of Crimea and continued destabilization in some regions, many Ukrainians came out to exercise their democratic right to vote.”

“Canada has been steadfast in its support for a democratically elected Ukraine and I am proud of the hundreds of Canadians who participated as election observers in the latest vote. This election further demonstrates Canada and Ukraine’s close bilateral relationship.”

“Sunday’s election in Ukraine was also a very special election for me personally. I had the honour of seeing many Ukrainians exercise their democratic right to vote in what was near the hometown of my grandparents. This was an election that I will never forget.”

MP Warawa was an election observer in Lviv on October 26, 2014 as part of the Parliamentary Association mission administered by Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Since 2004, Canada has provided election observers to eight successive Ukrainian elections to monitor and report on their conduct, as well as to help ensure free and fair elections in Ukraine.

MP Mark Warawa joins Minister Fast on Trade and Development Mission in Ukraine

July 10, 2014

Langley MP Mark Warawa, the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, MP Ted Opitz, MP James Bezan, and members of the Canadian trade and development mission to Ukraine visit Independence Square. The three-day mission to Ukraine demonstrates Canada’s continued support for the country, a partner in peace and prosperity. Over 100 individuals were killed by security forces during a three-month protest at Independence Square in early 2014. The square is recognized as a pilgrimage destination for many Ukrainians.


Kyiv, Ukraine – Yesterday, Langley MP Mark Warawa joined the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, on a trade and development mission in Ukraine to build stronger people-to-people ties, further strengthen economic cooperation and create opportunities for Canada-Ukraine partnerships.

“As the past Chair and a member of the Executive of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group and as a Canadian of Ukrainian descent, I am honoured to represent Canada in a trade delegation that will further strengthen Canada and Ukraine’s close bilateral relationship,” said MP Warawa. “Canada has been steadfast in its support for a democratically elected Ukraine and we are proud to build on our commitment to support Ukraine’s goals of securing a free, sovereign and democratic future.”

MP Mark Warawa and Minister Fast are in Kyiv from July 9 to 12, joined by Members of Parliament James Bezan and Ted Opitz, along with nine business representatives who share the goal of greater trade and improved social and economic conditions in Ukraine.

“Our two nations are partners in peace and prosperity.” said Warawa. “We will work together to improve social and economic conditions and help create growth and prosperity in Ukraine.”

During the trade mission, the delegation is advancing Canada as a strategic and supportive partner for Ukraine in energy, mining, education, aerospace, agriculture and agri-food.

Minister Fast is meeting with his counterpart, Pavlo Sheremeta, who recently announced the creation of an economic advisory council headed by Oleh Havrylyshyn of the Munk Centre at the University of Toronto and Basil Kalymon of the Richard Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.

Meetings are also taking place with Yury Prodan, Minister of Energy and Coal; Ihor Shvaika, Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food; and Serhiy Kvit, Minister of Education and Science.

Canada has been steadfast in its support for the new Ukrainian government and in its opposition to Russian aggression in Ukraine. Ukraine has been identified as a priority country under Canada’s recently released Global Markets Action Plan as well as a development country of focus under Canada’s Aid Effectiveness Agenda.


Quick Facts

  • In 2014, Canada is providing $250 million to help Ukraine implement needed economic reforms and to promote democratic and social development.
  • In 2013, bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and Ukraine reached $322.3 million, up 2.8 percent over 2012.
  • Canada’s merchandise exports totalled $210.1 million in 2013, up $61 million over 2012. Top exports included mineral fuels and oils, fish and seafood, pharmaceuticals, meat (mainly pork) and machinery.


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