Canada's Response to the Situation in Ukraine

Canada has been among the most vocal in the international community in expressing our disapproval over democratic back-sliding and repression in Ukraine. We remain very concerned about the situation in Ukraine and continue to monitor developments with considerable interest.

We have adopted a policy that balances continued principled engagement with consistent messaging and action to urge the Ukrainian Administration to respect international norms of democracy, freedom, human rights, and the rule of law. We have also 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's international development program in Ukraine aims to support Ukrainian efforts toward a free, democratic and prosperous society by advancing democracy and promoting sustainable economic growth for all Ukrainians. Canada works to increase equitable access to justice for women and men, particularly those from marginalized groups. Canada also helps Ukraine to improve the participation of its citizens in public life and decision making, mainly through efforts to build a transparent and fair electoral environment and to strengthen media freedom.

In addition, Canada contributes to increasing sustainable growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and farms, particularly those led by women. In this regard, Canada's efforts focus on helping grow small and medium businesses, improving cooperation among SMEs, and fostering an enabling environment for businesses to thrive.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced support that will help the new Government of Ukraine stabilize its economy, reform its financial institutions, and promote democracy and good governance."

In this time of crisis, Canada is providing medical care for Ukrainian activists through a contribution to a Ukrainian non-governmental organization, including vital supplies, first aid kits and training.

Canada stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine in their fight for a free and democratic Ukraine.

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) advises against all travel to Crimea and advises that if you are presently in Crimea, you should consider leaving while it is safe to do so.

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Canadians in Ukraine:

380 (44) 590-3100
613-996-8885 (call collect where available)

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