Canada is one of Ukraine's most visible allies, that supports territorial integrity and sovereignty of our state. Canada is a strong supporter of Ukraine's integration into NATO and the EU. This approach is nonpartisan within the Canadian establishment.
Our bilateral relationship is strengthened by warm people-to-people ties, rooted in the Ukrainian-Canadian community of 1.4 million people.
In 2014, Canada imposed and later expanded sanctions in connection with the Russian occupation of Crimea and eastern Ukraine. Large-scale sectoral sanctions have been introduced against the enterprises of the banking sector, the defense-industrial and fuel-energy complexes of the Russian Federation. Personal sanctions include a wide range of persons involved in the violation of Ukraine's territorial integrity.
Referring to the Crimean occupation by Russia, Ottawa has consistently pursued a policy of non-recognition.
2015 Canada launched Operation UNIFIER, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) military training and capacity-building mission in Ukraine.
As of January 2021, more than 20.5 thousand Ukrainian servicemen have received training through the mission.
From July 2 to 4, 2019, Canada co-hosted the third Ukraine Reform Conference with Ukraine in Toronto, Ontario. There was a ministerial meeting on July 2, followed by two days of discussions at Ukraine House. Ukraine’s friends and partners from 37 countries gathered to support Ukraine’s reform process and its path to Euro-Atlantic integration.
On July 1-2, 2019 President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy paid a visit to Canada.
Inter-parliamentary friendship groups are established in the parliaments of both countries.