The Government of Canada is committed to supporting Ukraine during this important period of transition. To this end, on April 23, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced $11 million in support that could see up to 500 observers travel to Ukraine to monitor the upcoming presidential elections. This support would be targeted towards three new initiatives that will promote democracy in Ukraine in the lead up to the country’s presidential elections taking place on May 25, 2014.
The new support announced today will be provided through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.
More specifically, support will be allocated as follows:
Ukraine 2014 Presidential Election Bilateral Observation Mission
Amount: $6.8 million (2014-2015)
This project will deploy a robust Canadian election observer mission, composed of up to 338 observers. This includes approximately 38 long-term observers and 300 short-term observers who will undertake electoral analysis, stakeholder engagement and support the Canadian election observer mission.
Ukraine 2014 Organization for Security Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) / Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Presidential Election Observation Mission
Amount: $4 million (2014-2015)
Canadian financial support will provide for 15 Canadian long-term observers and 135 Canadian short-term observers for the presidential elections (including a second round, if required).
Canadian Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Election Observation Mission
Amount: $200,000 (2014-2015)
This project will provide funding to support the participation of 12 Canadian parliamentarians in the OSCE Parliamentary Association election observation mission to the presidential elections.