MP Bezan Highlights More Canadian Support for Ukraine
Canada, along with other G-7 states, the EU
and Ukraine, announced on April 29th an additional financial package for the
completion of the Chornobyl shelter, during a pledging conference in
London, United Kingdom. Canada pledged €8.75 million (approximately $12
million) toward completion of the project.
These contributions will go toward the
construction of the New Safe Confinement structure, which is intended to cover
the destroyed unit 4 reactor at Chornobyl, the site of the world’s worst
nuclear accident. This commitment is a further expression of Canada’s support
for a secure and prosperous Ukraine. Canada has been a global leader in supporting
the ongoing transition in Ukraine, as it tackles the challenges before it.
On April 28, 2015, the Honourable Chris
Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, announced, on behalf of the
Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La
Francophonie, an additional $19.7 million contribution to support municipal
democracy and economic development in Ukraine, as well as an additional $15
million in humanitarian assistance. This assistance aims to support Ukraine in
undertaking key reforms and to provide relief to those affected by the conflict
caused by Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine.
- To date, Canada has
provided approximately $105 million to the Chornobyl projects. This
current pledge of approximately $12 million follows a previous
contribution of $30 million, which was announced by Prime Minister Stephen
Harper in 2011.
- The international community, led
by the G-7, the EU and Ukraine, has committed an estimated €1.2 billion
(approximately $1.7 billion) to the Chernobyl Shelter Fund.
- On behalf of the international
community, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
manages two donor funds that finance the decommissioning infrastructure
and related works in Chornobyl.
- The Partnership for Local Economic
Development and Democratic Governance project, to be implemented by the
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), is aimed at promoting
effective democratic governance and economic development at the local
level in four different regions of Ukraine, representing a mix of
geographic, economic and cultural contexts.
- Since the beginning of the crisis
in Ukraine in 2013, Canada has been at the forefront of supporting
Ukraine’s efforts to restore stability and implement democratic and economic
- In 2014, Ukraine was reconfirmed
as a country of focus for Canada’s international development efforts.
- Since January 2014, the Government
of Canada has announced over $578 million in assistance to Ukraine, which
includes support for economic stabilization, democracy and human rights,
humanitarian assistance and security. This also includes two $200-million
low-interest loans to help the Government of Ukraine stabilize its
“Canada applauds the commitment of the
international community to provide additional funding toward the reconstruction
of the Chornobyl site into a safe and stable condition for the benefit of
the people of Ukraine. Support for Ukrainians and their government remains a
top priority for the Government of Canada, now more than ever.”
-James Bezan, Member of Parliament for
“The announcement to support municipal
democracy and economic development in Ukraine reaffirms Canada's commitment to
building sound public institutions and supporting long-term economic prosperity
for the well-being of the Ukrainian people. This initiative will help
institutionalize democracy at the municipal level and will assist the people of
Ukraine to fully realize their democratic rights and responsibilities to the benefit
of their local and regional economies. Canada remains a world leader in helping
to promote democratic values and stimulate sustainable economic growth in
-James Bezan, Member of Parliament for
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