October 14, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
A few days after the Russian attacks on Ukraine on October 10, the Honorable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Canadian Pacific Economic Development Agency, and Yvan Baker, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Center and Chairman of the Ukraine Friendship Group Council, were on the ground in Ukraine to see and hear directly from Ukrainians about their needs.
Their presence is a strong sign of Canadian support for the Ukrainian people and an important reminder of Canada’s strong and longstanding individual ties with Ukraine.
In Lviv, Minister Sajjan and Mr. Baker met with representatives of key NGO partners working to help Ukraine rebuild and recover. While there, they learned how Canada can continue to support Ukraine and its people, including supporting the most vulnerable and developing innovative Ukrainian-led solutions for Ukrainians.
While in Lviv, Minister Sajjan and Mr. Baker met with Ukrainian government officials. They met Mykola Solskyy, Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, with whom they discussed how Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war not only has a direct impact on agriculture and cereals but also has immediate and lasting impacts on the Global South, which is already experiencing unprecedented food insecurity and famine. They visited the Lychakiv Cemetery with Maksym Kozytskyy, Governor of Lviv State Regional Administration, to pay respect to fallen Ukrainian soldiers. They also met Andriy Sadovyy, Mayor of Lviv, congratulating him on his continued support for displaced people. Since early February 2022, Mayor Sadovyy has welcomed hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians to his city.
Minister Sajjan and Mr. Baker also visited Ukrainians directly affected by the war at a collective center of the International Organization for Migration. They heard the harrowing stories of displaced Ukrainians from across the country, learned about Canada’s support for internally displaced people in the Lviv region, and thanked Ukrainian volunteers for their determination and resilience. They also met with students from the Ukrainian Leadership Academy and engaged in conversation with them about the state of Ukraine, their concerns about the lasting impacts of the war and their proposed solutions and hopes for the future. .
They met with a psychosocial assistance mobile team funded through Canadian support to the United Nations Population Agency and spoke with team members about the important work being done to support survivors of sexual violence and sexism and other Ukrainians struggling with mental health trauma.
Minister Sajjan and Mr. Baker also met with Oleksandra Matviichuk, who heads the Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties, recipient of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize. She received funding from Canada early in her career as a human rights defender and she shared with them her experience in documenting human rights violations.
“Ukrainians have shown resilience in the face of horrific acts of war. I saw the hope and the determination to rebuild Ukraine during my visit to Lviv. Canada’s support for Ukraine is unwavering, and we will continue to work with our partners so that together we can scale up our support to meet immediate needs and mitigate the impact of the invasion on vulnerable populations. – Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada
So far in 2022, Canada has announced $320 million in assistance to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and neighboring countries. Of this amount, more than $250 million has been allocated to partners to meet urgent needs.
In 2022, Canada also committed an additional $96 million in development assistance funding to Ukraine to address emerging priorities. This includes providing $35 million to help civil society and media organizations defend democracy and human rights; increasing women’s access to entrepreneurship and skills training, livelihoods and small business grants, child care, employment services and psychosocial support; and support the resilience of the Ukrainian government by helping it to strengthen its crisis management capacity, particularly in the areas of food security and child protection.
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