Canada Supporting Humanitarian Relief Efforts in Ukraine


Tuesday, 28 June 2022 14:40.PM


Updated on June 28, 2022

CTV News: Be informed donors before donating to Ukrainian relief. "Charity Intelligence is a Canadian organization that researches charities to help people be informed donors. The managing director urges people to resist donating physical items like clothing or food, suggesting the number of things already contributed is unprecedented.
Bahen believes despite many Ukrainians leaving their belongings behind, financial assistance is the best way to ensure physical or monetary donations get into Ukraine directly, suggesting The Ukrainian Red Cross or Airbnb as top picks.
However, The Ukrainian Red Cross is not a registered charity in Canada so donors will not receive a receipt. " Better to look for registered charities because there's a high degree of accountability and transparency in the charitable model."
Websites like canadahelps.org provide a list of organizations that are supporting Ukraine, suggesting people follow their passion and do their homework when contributing to organizations.
https://windsor.ctvnews.c..."

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canada.ca: The Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) is one of the many special measures the Government of Canada has introduced to support the people of Ukraine. It offers Ukrainians and their family members free, extended temporary status and allows them to work, study and stay in Canada until it is safe for them to return home.
Who can apply: Ukrainian nationals, family members of Ukrainian nationals (can be any nationality).
Family members are defined as:
• the spouse or common-law partner of a Ukrainian national
• their dependent child
• the dependent child of their spouse / common-law partner or
• a dependent child of their dependent child
https://www.newca.com/doc...
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Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) from Apr 01, 2022: Canada opens special immigration programs for Ukrainians
For Ukrainians who are outside Canada: the CUAET enables Ukrainian nationals and their family members a visitor visa that will be fee-exempt and valid for up to 10 years, or until the applicant’s passport expires. Applicants can also apply for an open work permit at the same time as applying for the visitor visa.
To apply for the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET), Ukrainians can access the appropriate instructions on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website — here.
Additional Information on https://moving2canada.com....
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Ukraine travel advice from March 25, 2022:

More information about safety and security on https://travel.gc.ca/dest...
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June 27, 2022

Canada Prime Minister's Office: The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that Canada will be imposing additional sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations, Special Economic Measures (Belarus) Regulations, and the Special Economic Measures (Ukraine) Regulations. More on https://cp.csnet.ca/AdmCn...
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June 26, 2022

YouTube: Boris Johnson & Justin Trudeau's message to Volodymyr Zelenskyy

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June 23, 2022

University of Toronto Facebook: 'Fighting for the future': Ukraine’s President Zelensky addresses Canadian university students at Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy event

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June 21, 2022

National Post: Main Canada-Russia business group banishes Russia from its brand in fallout from Ukraine war
Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA) has quietly re-branded in recent weeks, becoming the Canada Eurasia Chamber of Commerce, removing Russia from its name and most of its public website.
The change is a stark reflection of the new, ice-cold state of Canada-Russia affairs – both political and economic – since Moscow launched its unprovoked war against Ukraine.
https://nationalpost.com/...
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June 20, 2022

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: Government of Canada funds Kids Help Phone to expand mental health services for Afghan and Ukrainian youth
Today, on World Refugee Day, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a contribution agreement with Kids Help Phone to provide counselling services for Afghan and Ukrainian youth in Dari, Pashto, Ukrainian and Russian. These new services respond to the urgent need faced by youth fleeing conflicts in Afghanistan and Ukraine. The Minister visited the Kids Help Phone office in Toronto where he saw firsthand how funding provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is being used to expand phone counselling services to Afghan and Ukrainian youth.
This funding is part of a larger $2 million agreement that will allow Kids Help Phone to gradually expand its professional phone counselling service via interpreters to 100 languages by 2025 and builds on the previous introduction of Arabic and Mandarin interpretation in 2019.
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CTV Atlantic News: As the head of NATO warns the war in Ukraine could last for years, the federal minister responsible for refugees says Ukrainians fleeing the conflict could be in Canada for some time.
Fraser, the MP for Central Nova, says there are currently more than 32,000 Ukrainian refugees in Canada, and for the majority of them, the transition to life in a new country has “gone well.”
Financial supports for Ukrainian refugees range from $3,000 for adults to $1,500 for children.
While those payments are available one time only, Fraser says his agency is working with partners in both the private and public sector to make sure Ukrainians continue to be supported.
https://atlantic.ctvnews....
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June 15, 2022

CBC News: Canada will send $9M worth of howitzer replacement barrels to Ukraine.
Canada sent four M-777 howitzers to Ukraine earlier this year.
The barrels on modern artillery guns — such as the M-777 howitzers Canada sent to Ukraine — have to be replaced after firing up to 2,500 rounds.
Defence Minister Anita Anand announced the donation of 10 new barrels to Ukraine during a meeting with NATO allies in Brussels.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/p...
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June 6, 2022

CBC News Video: Canada committed to supporting Ukraine, defence minister says
Minister of National Defence Anita Anand says Canada will support Ukraine in its war with Russia for 'as long as it takes.
https://www.cbc.ca/player...
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blogto.com: This Mississauga company is making armoured fighting vehicle for Ukraine
Canada hasn't exactly been the number-one supplier of military hardware to Ukraine, but that doesn't mean our government isn't pitching in.


In a deal announced in late April by Defense Minister Anita Anand, Canada agreed to send eight armoured personnel carriers, or APCs — heavily armed and protected troop transports — to Ukraine, produced by Mississauga-based defence contractor Roshel Defence Solutions.
Ukrainian forces will be getting eight of Roshel's flagship Senator APC vehicles, a modular-designed vehicle that can also be fitted out for use by law enforcement and other applications.
https://www.blogto.com/ci...
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June 2, 2022

The Canadian Press: Canada more resolute than ever in helping Ukraine after 100 days of war
After talks with counterparts from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in Quebec City, Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly confirmed on Friday that Canada has increased the deployment of Canadian troops to Latvia, which borders Russia.
“We had 700 troops and we are increasing that now by 450,” Joly said. “We are now 1,300 troops in Latvia. We also increased our presence by making sure there is another frigate in the Baltic Sea.”
https://globalnews.ca/new.../
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CBC: Feds announce one-time $3,000 payment for Ukrainians taking refuge in Canada
Eligible Ukrainians in Canada can apply for transitional financial assistance starting today.
Ukrainians who are in Canada on valid work, study or temporary resident permits under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) regime are eligible for a one-time payment — $3,000 for every adult and $1,500 for every child 17 years and under.
The government launched a new portal today to process applications for this transitional financial assistance.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/p...
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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: Financial assistance now available for Ukrainians in Canada
Today, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced that Ukrainians arriving in Canada can now apply to receive transitional financial assistance. These funds will help Ukrainian nationals and their family members meet their basic needs—such as transportation and longer-term housing—as they arrive in communities across Canada and find a job. The benefit will consist of a direct, one-time payment of $3,000 per adult and $1,500 per child (17 years and under).
More information on https://www.newca.com/doc...

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May 29, 2022

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: Canada welcomes second charter flight for Ukrainians in Montréal
As part of our commitment to support those fleeing Russia's unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine, Canada has been working to secure three charters for those who need help travelling here.
Today, a federal charter flight carrying 306 Ukrainians and their family members arrived in Montréal. They were welcomed by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

Photo Credit: canada.ca
These charter flights build on other travel support initiatives, including the Ukraine2Canada Travel Fund, through which Canadians and Canadian companies can donate their Aeroplan points to help bring at least 10,000 Ukrainians and their families on flights to Canada.
Last week, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees, announced details on transitional financial assistance to help Ukrainian nationals and their family members meet their basic needs upon arrival in Canada. Online applications for this one-time financial support will be available as of June 2, 2022.
More information on https://www.newca.com/doc...
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May 27, 2022

CTV News: Canada has tapped into its own strategic stockpile of emergency medical supplies -- stored for a national emergency -- to help Ukraine.
It has donated over 375,000 items of medical equipment and medicines from Canada's strategic stockpile since the invasion by Russia began.
This includes first aid and trauma kits, medicines and surgical instruments, as well as gloves, masks and gowns.
https://www.ctvnews.ca/po...
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May 26, 2022

Streets Of Toronto FB: Canadian vet is on a rescue mission to save Ukrainian dogs.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Dr. Cliff started a GoFundMe campaign to cover travel costs for 150 rescue dogs and fund his "animalitarian" efforts, however was unable to find an airline to transport the dogs to Canada. Instead, he’s donated the funds to several grassroots animal rescues in Poland and Ukraine, who will use the donations for the benefit of animals affected by the war.

Photo Credit: Streets Of Toronto Facebook
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May 23, 2022

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: Canada welcomes first federal charter flight for Ukrainians in Winnipeg
As part of our commitment to support those fleeing Russia's unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine, Canada has been working to secure three charters for those who need help travelling here. The Government of Canada continues to work closely with provinces and territories, settlement organizations and NGOs across the country to support Ukrainians and their family members before, during and after their arrival in Canada.

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This afternoon, the first federal charter flight carrying 328 Ukrainians arrived in Winnipeg, welcomed by the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister, Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson and Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport volunteers.
Two more federal charter flights are scheduled to arrive from Poland with people approved through the CUAET program on
May 29, in Montréal, Quebec
June 2, in Halifax, Nova Scotia
More information on https://www.newca.com/doc...
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Apr 29, 2022

IC Savings: IC Savings announces $120,000 donation in support of Ukraine
IC Savings today announced a donation to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation in support of immediate humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine.
The GTA-based credit union launched a campaign among its membership in March that saw it match donations, dollar for dollar, for double the impact. The initial challenge of $50,000 was met just a little more than a week after the campaign being announced; the goal was then raised to $100,000.
In the past 45 days alone, the Foundation has, for example, coordinated the delivery of more than 20,000 food parcels, or 440 metric tonnes, largely to vulnerable shut-in seniors; helped set up emergency reception centres in Moldova, Romania and Poland to welcome refugees; and purchased a three-month supply of much-needed medicines for at least 100,000 people.
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Apr 28, 2022

Tech For Refugees: Leading Technology Companies And Yuri & Julia Milner Join Forces To Launch New Global Initiative "Tech For Refugees
Today some of the leading technology companies and organizations – including Airbnb.org, Flexport.org and Spotify – together with the Breakthrough Prize Foundation established by Yuri and Julia Milner, announced the launch of the Tech For Refugees Initiative. The new initiative will further efforts to bring humanitarian assistance to refugees around the world. The initial commitment from the Breakthrough Prize Foundation is $100 million, the majority of which will be directed to support civilians fleeing from Ukraine, as a first step toward extending the initiative to other regions.
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CTV News: Canada plans to reopen embassy in Ukraine in coming days or weeks
Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly says the Canadian government intends to reopen its embassy doors in Ukraine shortly, following in the footsteps of its allies. Ottawa is considering “different scenarios” to do so.
Last Friday, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain planned to revive its on-the-ground diplomacy in Ukraine this week. The U.S., France, and Italy have announced similar plans.
Canadian troops are currently training Ukrainian forces how to use the M777 cannons they sent them last week.
https://www.ctvnews.ca/po...
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Centennial College: Centennial College earmarks $110,000 annually to assist students escaping war-torn nations
Precipitated by recent global crises and in line with its activist global citizenship principles, Centennial College is allocating $110,000 of financial assistance per year for refugees and persons displaced by war and political strife.
During the first year, the college's focused financial outreach entails support for four Ukrainian students who wish to continue their studies in Canada, as well as full relocation support for an additional student in partnership with World University Service of Canada (WUSC). While the current priority is to support displaced persons from Ukraine, in subsequent years funding will be distributed based on geopolitical circumstances and needs.
In addition, Centennial recently collected 10,000 pounds of essential food items to support the people of Ukraine in partnership with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, the Ukrainian Canadian Medical Association, Toronto Police Divisions 41, 42 and 43, and faculty, student and staff volunteers from Centennial's School of Community and Health Studies. Donated by college community members, GTA residents and local grocery stores, the non-perishable food items will be forwarded to the Red Cross to ship directly to eastern Europe. Some of the donated items will also be prioritized for Ukrainian refugees as they arrive in Canada.
A number of publicly funded colleges across Ontario have made a joint donation of $200,000 to UNICEF's Ukraine emergency fund. Others, like Centennial, have opted to make significant contributions by way of tuition relief programs, new scholarships, counselling programs, community partnerships, and more, to those from Ukraine and other regions impacted by geopolitics.
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Event: United For Ukraine Concert
April 28 at 7:30 pm
Meridian Hall, Toronto
Net proceeds donated to Canada-Ukraine Foundation
https://www.glatzconcerts...

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Apr 27, 2022

Reuters: Canada lawmakers vote unanimously to label Russia's acts in Ukraine as 'genocide'
The Canadian House of Commons' motion said war crimes by Russia include mass atrocities, systematic instances of willful killing of Ukrainian civilians, the desecration of corpses, forcible transfer of Ukrainian children, torture, physical harm, mental harm, and rape.
Biden had said earlier in April that the Ukraine invasion amounted to genocide.
Russia denies the genocide charges. Moscow in turn accuses Ukraine of the genocide of Russian-speaking people.
https://www.reuters.com/w.../
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CTV News: Canada sanctions more than 200 loyal to Putin
The Canadian government said Wednesday that it has imposed sanctions on more than 200 people who are loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region.
Global Affairs Canada, the governmental department that manages the country's diplomatic relations, said the new measures target 11 senior officials and 192 other members of the People's Councils of the self-proclaimed People's Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk for supporting Putin's attack on the area.
https://www.ctvnews.ca/wo...
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CTV News: Canada pushing G7 on new laws to seize and repurpose frozen Russian assets
The federal government is working with G7 allies to craft new legislation that would allow for not just the freezing of sanctioned Russian assets, but seizing them on behalf of Ukrainian war victims.
Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly says the bill seeks to create the "ability for the government to be able to sell the assets that were seized, and afterwards to use the profits and to compensate the victims of this war against Ukraine."
https://www.ctvnews.ca/po...
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CTV News: Canada seeking new powers to seize, share proceeds of sanctioned assets
The federal government is looking to give itself new powers to seize and sell off already sanctioned assets from foreign entities, and use the proceeds to help rebuild impacted countries and compensate victims.
It’s a policy change the Liberals have already indicated a desire to use once it passes against sanctioned Russians over their ongoing attacks in Ukraine.
Under the proposed measures, the Special Economic Measures Act—which outlines Canada’s sanctions—would be updated to, among other things, allow the federal government to “take economic measures” in situations where breaches of international peace and security have occurred, when there are acts of “significant corruption,” or where systematic human rights violations have been committed in a foreign state or acts of significant corruption.
https://www.ctvnews.ca/po...
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Apr 26, 2022

OpIndia: Canadian Defence Minister says the country has exhausted its weapons inventory after donating them to Ukraine
Earlier this month, the Canadian government had said that they would “leave no stone unturned” while announcing that they would be sending military equipment to assist Ukraine. So far, Canada has dispatched 4,500 M72 rocket launchers and 7,500 hand grenades, 100 Carl-Gustaf M2 anti-tank launchers with 2,000 rounds.
In addition, the Canadian government has also dispatched two C-130J tactical aircraft, $25 million worth of helmets, body armour, gas masks, cameras, drones, mountains of field rations, and rare night vision gear.
https://www.opindia.com/2.../
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CBC News VIDEO: Defence minister discusses weapons Canada is supplying to Ukraine
Defence Minister Anita Anand, emerging from a meeting to discuss sending weapons to Ukraine, says Canada is supplying weapons from its inventory and plans new contracts to provide further support.
https://www.cbc.ca/player...
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Apr 24, 2022

CBC News: Foreign minister decries sexual violence in Ukraine
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly is urging the international community to fully reckon with the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war in Ukraine.
Ukrainian women have recounted widespread attacksand sexual assaults by Russian soldiers.
As part of the awareness push, Canada is signing on to the Murad Code — a new code of conduct developed by Nadia Murad, an Iraqi human rights activist and Nobel laureate, to responsibly engage with survivors of sexual violence and pursue justice.
The foreign affairs minister said Canada would work with the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court and other institutions to document and investigate instances of sexual violence.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/p...
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Wings Magazine: Canada has sent heavy artillery and ammunition to Ukraine
Canada has sent a number of M777 howitzers and ammunition from the Canadian Armed Forces to the Security Forces of Ukraine, fulfilling the prime minister’s promise to send heavy artillery to the embattled country.
It’s the Canadian Army’s main artillery gun, firing 155-millimetre shells. Thirty-seven of the weapons were acquired from the United States.
The Liberal government has previously dipped into the Canadian Armed Forces inventory to provide lethal aid to the Ukrainian military.
In response to Russia’s attack, the government recently deployed one M777 unit to reinforce a Canadian-led NATO battlegroup in Latvia.
The federal government said it’s finalizing contracts to buy commercial pattern armoured vehicles that will be sent to Ukraine as soon as possible.
It’s also negotiating a service contract for maintenance and repair of the specialized drone cameras that have already been sent.
The government set aside another $500 million in the recently released budget to provide military aid to Ukraine, after committing $118 million worth of equipment since January.
https://www.wingsmagazine.../
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Apr 23, 2022

Midland Today: Letter from reader: Canada should help get Australian Bushmasters to Ukraine
On April 8, Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, confirmed that Australia will gift 20 Bushmasters to Ukraine, at a cost of approximately 50 million Australian dollars. Surely, Canada could commit $50 million as well, ‘buy’ another 20 Bushmasters from Australia, and deliver them to the Ukrainian military.
The first of 360 armoured combat support vehicles ordered by the Canadian government, rolled out of General Dynamics’ London, Ont., plant last May. Would there not be some available to transfer to Ukraine? How quickly could production be ramped up at this facility?
There is ongoing discussion among 35 allies, including Canada, about how to best support Ukraine’s militarily in a calibrated manner.
https://www.midlandtoday....
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Apr 22, 2022

National Post: More Canadian weapons, including heavy artillery, arrive in Ukraine
The federal government announced that an unspecified number of M777 howitzers and the ammunition they require have now been sent.
The U.S. government’s most recent weapons shipment to Ukraine included 90 of the M777 artillery weapons, as well as drones and other weapons.
Alexandra Chyczij, president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, said the weapons were welcome.
https://nationalpost.com/...
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yahoo!news: Canada has since 2015 committed over $141 million Canadian dollars ($112.6 million) for defensive military equipment for Ukraine. Some $118 million of that has come since February 2022.
Since February Ottawa has announced that it is sending defensive military aid, weapons and ammunition, hand grenades, rocket launchers, surveillance and detection equipment.
It has indicated it is preparing to send heavy artillery over the coming days, without going into further details.
https://sg.news.yahoo.com...
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Apr 21, 2022

CBC: Trudeau says Canada is sending artillery to Ukraine
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier this week that Canada will send artillery to Ukraine in response to a request from President Volodymyr Zelensky — which would mark a shift in the nature of the military aid Canada is offering the embattled nation.
Since Russia invaded, Canada has been largely sending the Ukrainians light infantry weapons such as rocket launchers, hand grenades and anti-armour weapon systems — weapons meant to be used by only one or two people at relatively short ranges.
Canada has sent 4,500 M-72 rocket launchers to Ukraine. The weapon has a range of 150 to 200 metres "on a really good day."
Canada also has sent Ukraine 100 Carl Gustaf anti-tank systems. Those have a range of between 400 and 600 metres, Leslie said.
Canada also has provided protective items such as helmets and body armour.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/p...
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Apr 20, 2022

CP24 News: Canada will send heavy artillery to Ukraine, Trudeau pledges
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed plans Tuesday to send heavy artillery to embattled Ukraine as Canada levied new sanctions against more than a dozen close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin, including his two daughters.
Earlier this month Zelenskyy released a list of equipment he said the Ukrainian military needed to fight Russia, including 155-millimetre heavy artillery guns and ammunition.
The Canadian Army’s main artillery gun is the M777 howitzer, firing 155-millimetre shells.
Also Canada provide 50 light-armoured vehicles to Ukraine, as Retired lieutenant-general Andrew Leslie suggested.
Following Russia's attack that began Feb. 24, Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 700 individuals and entities from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
Last week, sanctions targeted organizations that have provided support to the Russian military — directly or indirectly — including the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Integral SPB and Shipyard Vympel JSC.
Since Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, Canada has levied sanctions on more than 1,100 individuals and entities.
https://www.cp24.com/news...
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Apr 18, 2022

CBC News: Canadian airports setting up settlement services for Ukrainian refugees
Settlement agencies across the country have joined forces to support Ukrainians arriving through a federal emergency program at airports in Toronto, Edmonton, and Vancouver, Canada's immigration minister said Tuesday.
Sean Fraser said 41,000 people have been approved through an emergency travel initiative launched last month to help people resettle after many fled to Europe to escape Russia's war on Ukraine.
They have been arriving at the Toronto and Edmonton international airports since April 1, and in Vancouver since April 8.
Chris Friesen of the Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance said a central online portal involving 500 national agencies will be available later this month so Canadians can offer support like housing, employment and donations. Newly arrived Ukrainians can also access the site to ask for help.
About 80,000 refugees have already been resettled in Canada.
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Apr 17, 2022

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: New Cancer Information Resources for People of Ukraine from NCCN
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)—an alliance of leading U.S. cancer centers—joins the global plea for peace in Ukraine and recognizes the profound impact to cancer care. As an organization whose mission is to improve cancer care globally, NCCN stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people. As part of that support, NCCN is providing free, Ukrainian-language cancer treatment information guides at NCCN.org/Ukraine.

NCCN.org/Ukraine
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Groupe Dynamite Inc.: Fashion Retailers Garage And Dynamite Mobilize To Raise $151,000 For Humanitarian Relief For Ukraine
Sister brands Garage and Dynamite today announced a total contribution of $151,000 towards the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal from the Canadian Red Cross. To reach this total, parent company Groupe Dynamite Inc matched donations from employees and customers made to its fundraising campaign across its North American store network and online.
Donations to the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal will enable the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to address immediate and ongoing relief efforts, long-term recovery, resiliency, and other critical humanitarian activities as needs arise, both in Ukraine and surrounding countries, including those who are displaced.
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Apr 16, 2022

Global News:
Dozens of Canadian soldiers boarded a plane to Poland Friday for what their commander said would be an intense but gratifying mission to help Ukrainians fleeing Russian aggression.
The roughly 80 soldiers who took off from Edmonton and another 20 from Trenton, Ont., will offer humanitarian assistance at reception centres throughout Poland, said Maj. Ryan Pridmore, a company commander with 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.
They, along with a Canadian medical unit, are to support the Polish Territorial Defence Force on a two-month mission.
Also, Canada is prepared to send about 50 more soldiers to help with the care, co-ordination and resettlement of Ukrainian refugees in Poland.
The Department of National Defence said in a news release soldiers will also work with Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada and “act as a liaison with the Polish Armed Forces … to support temporary residence for Ukrainians wishing to work and study in Canada.”
https://globalnews.ca/new.../
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Apr 15, 2022

Global News:Canadian soldiers headed to Poland to help Ukrainians: ‘This is what we trained for’
The roughly 80 soldiers who took off from Edmonton and another 20 from Trenton, Ont., will offer humanitarian assistance at reception centres throughout Poland. They, along with a Canadian medical unit, are to support the Polish Territorial Defence Force on a two-month mission. Once boots are on the ground, the soldiers will be put straight to work.
Also Canada is prepared to send about 50 more soldiers to help with the care.
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said in Calgary it’s appropriate to declare Russia’s occupation a genocide _ as U.S. President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have said _ since thousands of Ukrainians have been killed and brutalized.
https://globalnews.ca/new.../
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Apr 14, 2022

Live Event: #CookForUkraine on on 14 April

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TO Live: United for Ukraine: Stars of the National Ballet of Canada and Ukrainian music and dance performers unite on stage in this exciting benefit event in support of Ukraine.
Thursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
Meridian Hall
Price Range: $25.00-$125.00† plus applicable fees
Doors open at 6:30 pm, performance begins at 7:30 pm. Run time is two hours plus intermission.
United for Ukraine: Stars of the National Ballet of Canada and Ukrainian music and dance performers unite on stage in this exciting benefit event in support of Ukraine.
Thursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
Meridian Hall
Price Range: $25.00-$125.00† plus applicable fees
Doors open at 6:30 pm, performance begins at 7:30 pm. Run time is two hours plus intermission.
https://tolive.com/Event-...
Photo Credit: TO Live
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Apr 13, 2022

Global News/ Canadian Press: Canada on high alert for Russian disinformation, interference in cyberspace: minister
Canada is on high alert for state-sponsored Russian disinformation campaigns designed to confuse and deceive people, says Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino.
His remarks come after the government earmarked $28 million in the budget to combat disinformation within Canada and by foreign actors such as Russia, China and Iran.
The Communications Security Establishment said the Kremlin is using platforms featuring antisemitic, anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant and anti-globalist material to manipulate global audiences.
The surveillance agency, which monitors and decodes signals intelligence including online activity, disclosed that Russia is spreading falsehoods about Canada’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict using media it controls.
https://globalnews.ca/new.../
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Global News: Is Russia’s violence in Ukraine a genocide? Trudeau says ‘absolutely right’ to consider
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday that it’s right for people to consider whether Russia’s war in Ukraine amounts to genocide.
Trudeau’s comment comes a day after U.S. President Joe Biden said Russia’s behaviour in Ukraine amounted to, in his view, genocide. It’s the first time Biden has used the word to describe the invasion.
More on https://globalnews.ca/new.../


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Apr 12, 2022

CBC News: Canada takes aim at Russian defence sector with new sanctions over Ukraine
New measures impose restrictions on 33 entities in Russian defence sector.
Canada is targeting Russia's defence industry with its latest round of sanctions over Moscow's invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.
Organizations have provided support to the Russian military — directly or indirectly — and are therefore complicit in the pain and suffering stemming from Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine.
Since Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, Canada has levied sanctions on more than 1,100 individuals and entities.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/p...
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JACOBIN: Canada Is Happy to Provide Ukraine With Weapons — But Not Debt Relief
In last week’s budget, Canada government allocated a $1 billion loan to Ukraine. The funds will be channeled through the newly created IMF multi-donor Administered Account for Ukraine. The budget also earmarked a half billion dollars in new funding for arms. Since February 27, Canada has announced three new weapons donations, which include 4,500 M72 rocket launchers, 7,500 hand grenades, a 100 Carl-Gustaf M2 anti-tank weapons, and 2,000 rounds of ammunition. The weapons are donations but the bulk of Canada’s other assistance to Ukraine is in the form of loans.
https://jacobinmag.com/20...
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Budget 2022: Canada’s Leadership in the World

Increasing the Capabilities of the Canadian Armed Forces
The review of Canada’s defence policy will include an assessment of the equipment and technology that the Canadian Armed Forces need to fulfill their missions in a world that has fundamentally changed in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Support for Ukraine
Including new measures proposed in Budget 2022, Canada has announced more than $1.2 billion in direct contributions in support of Ukraine and its people in 2022, in addition to an offer of up to $1.6 billion in loan support for the Ukrainian government.
To date in 2022, the federal government has announced more than $90 million in military aid —both lethal and non-lethal—to support Ukraine in its efforts to defend its sovereignty. Canada has also committed $145 million in humanitarian assistance and $35 million in development assistance to provide direct support to Ukrainians who have been affected by the illegal Russian invasion. This includes $30 million that matched the donations of individual Canadians. Canada has also provided new funding of $111 million over five years, with $6 million future years, to implement new immigration measures to support Ukrainians fleeing Ukraine’s invasion.
Through additional contributions made through Budget 2022, Canada will continue to play a leading role in international support for Ukraine. New contributions include:
- Announcing that Canada will offer up to $1 billion in new loan resources to the Ukrainian government through a new Administered Account for Ukraine at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) so that its government can continue to operate. Canada worked with the government of Ukraine, the IMF, and other member countries to develop this facility and encourage allies and partners to participate.
- An additional $500 million million in 2022-23 to provide further military aid to Ukraine.
- Announcing the government’s intent to clarify the ability of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to seize and cause the forfeiture and disposal of assets held by sanctioned individuals and entities, which will support Canada’s participation in the REPO Taskforce that is targeting Russia’s elite and their assets around the world.
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YouTube: Canadian Company to SEND ISR Drones to Ukraine


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Global Affairs Canada: Canada imposes additional sanctions on Russian defence sector
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada is imposing new sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations in response to the Russian regime’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.
These new measures impose restrictions on 33 entities in the Russian defence sector. These entities have provided indirect or direct support to the Russian military and are therefore complicit in the pain and suffering stemming from Vladimir Putin’s senseless war in Ukraine.
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Global News/ Canadian Press: Canada announces additional support for Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s war
The federal government has announced $100 million in additional humanitarian support to respond to the worsening humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement Saturday (Apr 9, 2022) during a social media fundraiser.
With Saturday’s announcement, Canada has provided $245 million in humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. Of that, $145 million has been allocated to United Nations organizations, the Red Cross Movement, and to non-governmental organizations.
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser told reporters Saturday that Canada has already approved more than 30,000 applications under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel program.
https://globalnews.ca/new.../
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Apr 11, 2022

Canada Budget 2022: Include further support for Ukraine and its people in the face of Russia's illegal invasion, including up to $1 billion in new loan resources to the Ukrainian government through a new Administered Account for Ukraine at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and an additional $500 million in military aid.
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Apr 10, 2022

CTV News: Feds announce additional measures for refugees fleeing Ukraine
The federal government has announced additional measures to help refugees trying to flee Ukraine and come to Canada.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a series of measures to make it easier for Ukrainians fleeing Russia's invasion come to Canada.
These measures include charter flights to Canada for Ukrainians, short-term income support to help ensure their basic needs are met for six weeks, as well as temporary hotel accommodation for up to two weeks.
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser said Canada will also exempt biometrics -- fingerprints and identification photos -- for Ukrainian refugees under the age of 18, over the age of 60 and those with previous Canadian visas that have no immigration issues. He said the government is making the move to "reduce the pressure on biometrics collection."
Fraser said the government continues to prioritize the issuing of Canadian passport and travel documents, proofs of citizenship, and visas, as well as student and work permit applications for Ukrainian nationals in Ukraine.
According to the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Canadian government had received nearly 60,000 applications as of March 26. The minister had previously stated there will be no limit on the number of applications that will be accepted.
https://www.ctvnews.ca/po...
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CBC: Canada pledges additional $100M in humanitarian aid to Ukraine
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Saturday that Canada would provide an additional $100 million in aid to help ease the ongoing refugee and humanitarian crisis sparked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The rally, co-hosted by Trudeau and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, culminated Saturday in commitments of $12.4 billion from countries to help with the crisis. The funds promised by Canada will be channelled through humanitarian agencies.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/p...
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April 9, 2022

Prime Minister of Canada Office: Prime Minister co-convenes the Stand Up for Ukraine pledging event
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau co-convened the Stand Up for Ukraine pledging event with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, with the participation of the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, in a worldwide show of solidarity with Ukraine, and in partnership with international advocacy organization Global Citizen.
The campaign raised over $12.4 billion in pledges to support Ukrainian refugees and address the humanitarian crisis.
The Prime Minister today announced an additional $100 million in humanitarian support to respond to the worsening humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and neighbouring countries, helping to provide added emergency health services, including trauma care, protection, and necessities such as shelter, water, and food. These funds will be allocated to experienced humanitarian partners who are best positioned to reach those most in need, quickly and efficiently. With today's announcement, Canada has provided $245 million since January 2022 in humanitarian assistance to respond to the impacts the conflict in Ukraine.
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April 8 at 6 AM – April 9 at 12 PM EDT
#StandUpForUkraine - Social Media Rally and Pledging Online Event
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"Stand Up For Ukraine" in Warsaw on April 9

CBC News: Canada has pledged 3,400 more military personnel — soldiers, sailors and aircrew — to join NATO's response force in eastern Europe in a bid to deter further Russian aggression.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will participate remotely in an event called Facebook: "Stand Up For Ukraine" (Facebook: #StandUpForUkraine , Twitter: #standupforukraine , YouTube: #StandUpForUkraine) in Warsaw on April 9 to recognize what the Polish embassy to Canada calls Poland's "essential role in supporting refugees fleeing the invasion of Ukraine."
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Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau: On March 26, 2022, the European Commission and the Government of Canada announced the launch of a global campaign to raise funding in support of people fleeing the invasion of Ukraine, in partnership with international advocacy organization Global Citizen.
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the international community on behalf of his citizens who have been displaced by the war, saying: “On 9 April, the biggest online event ‘Social Media Rally’ will support people who were forced to flee Ukraine. I'm inviting everybody: musicians, actors, athletes, businessmen, politicians, everybody. Everyone who wants to join this movement and ‘Stand Up for Ukraine’.”
The “Stand Up For Ukraine” campaign seeks to mobilize governments, institutions, artists, companies and individuals to direct funding to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries. Global Citizen will announce more details in the coming days about how people can support.
It will culminate in a pledging event on 9 April, co-hosted by President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The aim is to raise funds and mobilize support more broadly, to cater for the needs of internally displaced people and of refugees.
“Today, our message to the Ukrainian people is this: we are standing with you. Whether you need food, water, shelter, or medical aid – we are rallying the world to continue to have your backs and provide critical assistance where it is needed most. When we all work together, we can achieve the best outcomes for those displaced by Putin’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.”
- The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
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Apr 08, 2022

YouTube: Celine Dion's Message for Global Citizen's Ukraine Initiative (April 8, 2022)

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Amnesty International Canada: Help Protect Ukrainian Civilians in Danger
Help strengthen our work to protect civilians in Ukraine facing terrible danger. At this crucial moment, millions of people around the world are demanding an end to the Russian aggression. We must keep up the pressure.
We can never be silent or give in to hopelessness in the face of human rights atrocities. It is vital that we do everything we can to protect civilians in Ukraine.

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Amnesty is mobilizing as a global movement to protect human rights and lives in Ukraine, and hold leaders accountable, by:
- Preparing crisis investigators to be on the ground to document human rights abuses that are committed, and mobilizing our Crisis Evidence Lab to collect video and photographic evidence of attacks;
- Lobbying governments to allocate funding to support targeted activists in affected areas; identify individuals who may face retaliation for human rights activism and provide for their safe exit out of Ukraine; and dedicate additional support for members of minority groups who are most at risk;
- Raising funds for our Global Relief Fund to provide relocation services to groups who are most at risk, including human rights defenders and journalists;
- Working alongside a coalition of international groups to strengthen our collective global power to center human rights in the discourse over this conflict.
We are monitoring this rapidly evolving crisis closely to verify and expose violations of international law by all parties. You can follow our updates on Twitter (even if you don’t use Twitter) at @amnestypress and @amnesty.
https://donate.amnesty.ca...
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Apr 07, 2022

City of Toronto: Today Kyiv's Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko and Deputy Mayor Mykola Povoroznyk addressed Toronto City Council and called for an end to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
In their virtual address, Mayor Klitschko and Deputy Mayor Povoroznyk called Russia's invasion a tragedy for Ukraine and the whole world, and that Ukraine is fighting for democracy everywhere.
Mayor Klitschko called this war black and white, stating that one cannot support Ukraine and continue to be economically linked to Russia. Mayor Klitschko and Deputy Mayor Povoroznyk appreciated Toronto's support, while calling on the world to be proactive, develop a strong response for the senseless death of innocent civilian lives, and continue to support Ukraine by offering political, humanitarian, economic and defensive support.
Toronto and Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, enjoy a longstanding friendship. As part of the City of Toronto's International Alliance Program, a friendship city agreement between Kyiv and Toronto was established in 1991. Toronto and Kyiv celebrated the 30th anniversary of this friendship in 2021.
Toronto has a large Ukrainian community. According to the 2016 National Household Survey, there are more than 72,000 Torontonians who identify as being of Ukrainian origin.

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To demonstrate Toronto's solidarity with Ukraine, the City has undertaken several initiatives:
• The City has been flying the Ukrainian flag at City Hall, in solidarity with the Ukrainian-Canadian community and Ukrainians, since February 24
• The Toronto Sign was lit yellow and blue, in solidarity with Ukraine, from February 24 to 27
• As part of the City's Refugee Resettlement Program (www.toronto.ca/refugee), an Inter-Agency Task Force was activated, and other steps were taken to support people arriving in Toronto who are affected by the situation in Ukraine
• The City's Newcomer Office is working with the federal and provincial governments, community agencies, institutions and other partners to support Canada's efforts to welcome people fleeing the situation in Ukraine
• The City renamed the area in front of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Toronto, located on St. Clair Avenue East, between Yonge Street and Avoca Avenue, as “Free Ukraine Square”
• The City installed “Free Ukraine” street signs around the Russian consulate
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Mega-march to stand with Ukraine. Toronto, Nathan Phillips Square, April 3, 2022

Facebook: Mega March to stand with Ukrainian. Toronto, Nathan Phillips Square.
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Global News: Hundreds of Toronto residents gathered in Nathan Phillips Square Sunday to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The Stand With Ukraine march began at 2 p.m. at Yonge and Bloor moving to Nathan Phillips Square in front of Toronto City Hall.
The march was led by a tractor, symbolizing farmers seen on social media making off with abandoned Russian armour across Ukraine.
“Putin is still moving forward,” the organizers said. “NATO has not stepped in!”
The protest is the latest in a string of Toronto events held in solidarity with Ukraine. Organizers promised to hold another event next Sunday.
https://globalnews.ca/new.../

Facebook: Mega March to stand with Ukrainian, Toronto, Nathan Phillips Square.
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Primus and Distributel: Primus Communications and Distributel Communications are extending the period during which they will waive all long-distance fees for calls to Ukraine made by home phone customers through June 30, 2022. With the devastating events currently unfolding there, all Primus and Distributel home phone customers who need to contact their loved ones will be able to do so without the worry of long-distance charges for an extended timeframe.
Calls made by Primus and Distributel home phone customers will not be charged when made until June 30, 2022.
If you would like to help, the Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations to the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Relief.

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Apr 06, 2022

CBC News: Canadian military examining if soldiers could help Poland deal with Ukrainian refugees
The Canadian Armed Forces is examining the possibility of deploying troops to Poland to assist with the refugee crisis set off by the Russian invasion of Ukraine nearly six weeks ago.
Defence Minister Anita Anand said a team of military planners arrived in Poland this week to assess how Canadians soldiers could help.
The military has not yet determined if it will deploy troops for this mission.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/p...

Justin Trudeau Twitter: Together with President @vonderLeyen, we’re rallying leaders from around the world to provide critical humanitarian support to Ukrainian refugees and people who have been displaced by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. See how you can #StandUpForUkraine, too: https://t.co/FbsTydViFD
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 6, 2022

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Holland America Line: Holland America Line Ship Will Become Temporary Home for Ukrainian Refugees in the Netherlands
Volendam will house and feed up to 1,500 people as part of government's commitment to help families.
Holland America Line's Volendam will be used to accommodate Ukrainian refugees as part of an agreement announced by Netherlands and City of Rotterdam government officials. The ship will dock in Rotterdam for three months to provide a temporary home for approximately 1,500 Ukrainians, part of a larger commitment from the Netherlands to accommodate 50,000 people who fled the war in their homeland.
Under the agreement to charter Volendam, Holland America Line will provide three hot meals per day, private stateroom accommodations, housekeeping services, use of public spaces, fitness facilities, internet access, and other necessities. Volendam will be staffed with approximately 650 crew members.

Volendam will be used to accommodate Ukrainian refugees as part of an agreement announced by Netherlands and City of Rotterdam government officials. Photo Credit: Holland America Line


Volendam was scheduled to return to service May 15, with voyages from Rotterdam to Norway, the British Isles and Iceland. To accommodate the three-month commitment, Holland America Line will cancel three of those voyages and resume service on July 3 instead. Guests on canceled cruises are being notified today and will be accommodated on similar itineraries.
Volendam will be docked at Merwehaven, a cargo port on the north side of the River Maas in Rotterdam. Remaining docked will ensure Ukrainian families can transit easily to and from services in Rotterdam.
Holland America Group has already been working with its own team members who are Ukrainian. A $1 million emergency assistance fund provides direct financial support. Team members from the region also receive counseling assistance, free internet service to communicate with family, and scheduling accommodations such as early disembarkation or an extension to remain on board as needed.
The family foundation of parent company Carnival Corporation's chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine also announced a pledge of $3 million to charities helping Ukrainian refugees. In addition, Holland America Line will look to raise awareness and funds through its On Deck for a Cause program, in which guests on every cruise may take part in a non-competitive 5K fundraising walk. The money raised will go to Direct Relief.
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Apr 05, 2022

Citron Hygiene LP: Citron Hygiene, a global washroom hygiene services company, and Aunt Flow, provider of free-vend period product dispensers, are donating 20,000 period products to support those affected by the conflict in Ukraine. With the help of I Support The Girls (ISTG), a non-profit organization that helps impoverished women, they are getting these essentials to those who need them in Ukraine.

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Centennial College: Centennial College earmarks $110,000 annually to assist students escaping war-torn nations
Precipitated by recent global crises and in line with its activist global citizenship principles, Centennial College is allocating $110,000 of financial assistance per year for refugees and persons displaced by war and political strife.
During the first year, the college's focused financial outreach entails support for four Ukrainian students who wish to continue their studies in Canada, as well as full relocation support for an additional student in partnership with World University Service of Canada (WUSC). While the current priority is to support displaced persons from Ukraine, in subsequent years funding will be distributed based on geopolitical circumstances and needs.
In addition, Centennial will work closely with internal partners and external settlement agencies in the GTA to provide students with comprehensive supports related to language, socio-cultural transition, financial and employment needs to fulfill a critical role in the successful resettlement of this vulnerable population.

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In addition, Centennial recently collected 10,000 pounds of essential food items to support the people of Ukraine in partnership with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, the Ukrainian Canadian Medical Association, Toronto Police Divisions 41, 42 and 43, and faculty, student and staff volunteers from Centennial's School of Community and Health Studies. Donated by college community members, GTA residents and local grocery stores, the non-perishable food items will be forwarded to the Red Cross to ship directly to eastern Europe. Some of the donated items will also be prioritized for Ukrainian refugees as they arrive in Canada.
A number of publicly funded colleges across Ontario have made a joint donation of $200,000 to UNICEF's Ukraine emergency fund. Others, like Centennial, have opted to make significant contributions by way of tuition relief programs, new scholarships, counselling programs, community partnerships, and more, to those from Ukraine and other regions impacted by geopolitics.
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Apr 02, 2022

Toronto Zoo: "Odessa Zoo in Ukraine has reopened for the first time since Russia invaded the country last month. Your Toronto Zoo continues to support Ukrainian Zoos and you can support them too by making a donation to the Emergency Fund for Ukrainian Zoos. 💚
Your donation will provide emergency support for medical supplies and treatments, animal diets and supplements, enrichment needs and more. Your Toronto Zoo’s Endangered Species Reserve Fund will match all donations to a maximum of $10,000. Please stand with Your Toronto Zoo and the people and Zoos of Ukraine.
Learn more and donate today by visiting this link *please note you can make a donation without purchasing a ticket on this page: https://bit.ly/3NLmwJW "

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Anglican Diocese of Toronto: Toronto religious leaders pray for peace, unity in Ukraine
Toronto's Christian faith leaders will be taking part in a service for peace and unity in Ukraine at St. James Anglican Cathedral, 106 King Street East, Toronto on Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. EST. All are welcome to this important service, which is being hosted in conjunction with the Greater Toronto Christian Council. Among the leaders participating will be The Right Reverend Andrew Asbil (Anglican Bishop of Toronto), the Most Rev. Thomas Cardinal Collins (Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto) and Ukrainian Orthodox Bishop Andriy Peshko. The service will also be live streamed on the Diocese of Toronto's YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/tordio135
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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: Canada expands settlement support for Ukrainians coming to Canada
The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that Canada is offering temporary federal support to help Ukrainians settle in their new communities. Settlement Program services, which are typically only available to permanent residents, will soon be extended until March 31, 202, for temporary residents in Canada eligible under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET). This is an extraordinary temporary measure aimed at supporting Ukrainians arriving under this special, accelerated temporary residence pathway. Key services that will be available to Ukrainians as they settle into their new communities include:
• language training
• information about and orientation to life in Canada, such as help with enrolling children in school
• information and services to help access the labour market, including mentoring, networking, counselling, skills development and training
• activities that promote connections with communities
• assessments of other needs Ukrainians may have and referrals to appropriate agencies
• services targeted to the needs of women, seniors, youth and LGBTQ2+ persons
• other settlement supports available through the Settlement Program.
More information on https://www.newca.com/doc...
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Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada: Government of Canada launches fund to support research trainees from Ukraine
Scientists, academics and researchers are crucial to expanding our basic understanding of the world, not only by generating new ideas but also by speaking out to defend freedom from tyranny. The Government of Canada understands the value of scientific freedom and is working with its partners to provide support to researchers and students affected by Vladimir Putin's unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.
Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced the launch of the Special Response Fund for Trainees (Ukraine), which provides support to research trainees from Ukraine in the form of supplements to existing grants.
This special fund provides relief and assistance to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers directly impacted by the invasion of Ukraine. It is administered by Canada's three federal research funding agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
• The fund will allow for support of up to $20,000 for the master's level, up to $25,000 for the doctoral level and up to up to $45,000 for the post-doctoral level.
• Eligible grant holders will be required to complete and submit a short application to their particular research funding agency.
• The supplement for salaries and stipends may extend for up to one year.
• Applications will be accepted on a continuous intake basis until December 22, 2022.
More information on https://www.newca.com/doc...
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Apr 01, 2022

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Art: Celebrated Canadian artist targets $100,000 goal for Ukraine aid
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, whose work is displayed in the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and public and private collections worldwide, has launched a fundraising project to help victims of the Russian war.
He had an exhibition scheduled this autumn at the TSEKH Art Gallery in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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One of the works that would have been displayed is a piece called Kyiv Child. It is a piece he created after visiting Ukraine in 2019.
"I made many friends on that trip, and now they are huddling in basements, holding their children close. They worry about food, water, and Putin's indiscriminate bombing of civilians."
"We decided to make prints of Kyiv Child to raise money for UNICEF Canada, and Doctors Without Borders projects in Ukraine." The limited-edition prints of Kyiv Child will be available beginning Monday, March 28, 2022 for $500 plus tax.
Malaspina Printmakers is providing high-quality art paper and pigment, labour, and the press at no cost. Others have donated funds to cover other expenses so that 100% of the proceeds from the sale will go to UNICEF Canada, and Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada.
"This work, Kyiv Child, is inspired by a centuries-old stone carving from St. Michael's Cathedral in Ukraine's capital city. On that carving, a warrior on horseback carries a spear. For my adaptation of this work, the 'stone' is now the hood of a ZAZ-AA03 Slavuta car manufactured in a post-Soviet Ukraine. And the warrior is replaced by a mother and child travelling over a plain gilded in gold and silver."
"I hope that when Ukraine is again a free country, Kyiv Child will be exhibited back in her home."
Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is the only living Indigenous artist whose work is in the permanent collection of the Modern and Contemporary Art Department at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. His works are also in the collections of the British Museum, Denver Art Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Vancouver Art Gallery, and Museum of Anthropology at UBC.
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Centre Eureka: The Centre Eureka opens its doors to the integration of refugees into the workforce
Sensitive to humanitarian causes, because of the 35-year involvement of its Executive Director, former President and Honorary Life Member of the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada), the Centre Eureka has just decided to take charge of an employment integration program in Montreal for the first cohort of Ukrainian refugees over the age of 40 that Canada could welcome in the wake of the war in Ukraine.
More information on https://www.newca.com/doc...
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Mar 30, 2022

Global News: Western University unveils $600K in financial support for students impacted by Ukraine crisis
With the Russian invasion of Ukraine causing many to be displaced, Western University has announced $600,000 in new funding for globally-displaced students impacted by the war.
This comes after calls from the London Ukrainian community to help provide relief to international students from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus who have been cut off from financial supports at home.
School officials say the financial support will be made available to both current and new international undergraduate and graduate students in need of assistance whose home countries have been devastated by wars and other disasters.
https://globalnews.ca/new.../
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Streets of Toronto: Katheryn Winnick, Toronto actor of Vikings fame launches foundation to help Ukrainian refugees
Toronto-born actor Katheryn Winnick, known for her starring roles in Vikings and Big Sky, recently announced the launch of the Winnick Foundation in an effort to help refugees in Ukraine.
Winnick, who is of Ukrainian descent, confirmed in the March 23 issue of The Hollywood Reporter (THR) that she teamed up with her mom to launch the foundation to raise funds for relief efforts in Ukraine, noting that it’s important to help those on the ground and continue to fight this.
Donations through The Winnick Foundation will go directly to help the people still in Ukraine and those that have fled the violence.
The actress told THR that she’s in touch with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s team on a near daily basis, and it’s heartbreaking to see what’s happening.
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Calfrac: Calfrac Announces Suspension of Investments in Russia
Calfrac Well Services Ltd. announces the suspension of any investments in the Russian Federation as the Company meets its contractual obligations in strict compliance with all applicable laws and sanctions.
Despite the fact that the provision of parts and equipment are not restricted by applicable sanctions, the Company canceled such shipments that were bound for Russia at the onset of the Ukraine invasion. Calfrac has also canceled any future shipments of parts and equipment into Russia. All of Calfrac's Western-based employees involved with its Russian operations are currently not in Russia.
The Board of Directors and Management of Calfrac are deeply disheartened by the conflict in Ukraine.
Calfrac provides specialized oilfield services to exploration and production companies designed to increase the production of hydrocarbons from wells drilled throughout western Canada, the United States, Argentina, and Russia.
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Videotron: Videotron extends suspension of international calling charges and free preview of Ukraine 24
To support the Ukrainian community in the current crisis, Videotron is extending the lifting of toll charges for calls to Ukraine and the unscrambling of the Ukraine 24 channel until April 30, 202.
Free calling to Ukraine
Videotron is continuing the suspension of charges for international calls from Canada to Ukraine until April 30, 2022 to allow customers to reach family and loved ones in the country without having to worry about tolls.
The charges are automatically cancelled on all residential and business mobile accounts, and residential wireline accounts. Customers do not need to contact Videotron before placing a call to Ukraine.
Unscrambling of Ukraine 24
The 24-hour news channel Ukraine 24, available on Illico (#875) and Helix TV (#383), will also be viewable free of charge until the end of April. Videotron wishes to remind customers that they can access several Ukrainian channels on Helix TV using the Toober app for international channels, including 1+1 International, Pershiy Natsionaniy (First National), 5 Kanal (Channel 5) and UATV, Espresso TV Kyiv TV.
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Mar 29, 2022

Toronto Star: Tech stepping up
Imagine having to uproot your life in the blink of an eye to ensure your family’s safety.
That’s what millions of Ukrainians now have to do as they flee the ongoing war in their country. And that’s why Canadian tech companies are stepping up to help them.
Tech founders Kostyantyn Khomutov of Ottawa-based GBatteries and Solon Angel of MindBridge are leading a new initiative called “Ukraine to Canada”, which helps refugees make their way out of the war zone.
Not only is the initiative helping refugees relocate and find a place to stay in Canada, economic development agency Invest Ottawa is also helping their effort by providing office space for workers who were forced to upend their careers in Ukraine.
“Ukraine to Canada” follows a larger tech community trend with other ventures extending help for those displaced by the war. Airbnb.org is offering free, short-term housing to up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine. There is also the Tech For Ukraine campaign, which has recruited more than 450 IT companies from 40 countries. The firms will help NGOs for free to address digital challenges, including protecting against Russian cyberattacks.
https://www.thestar.com/b...
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Mar 28, 2022

Global News Video: Alberta begins welcoming people displaced by war in Ukraine
An airplane carrying more than 60 Ukrainians fleeing the war there landed in Edmonton Monday evening.
The flight, from Warsaw, Poland, arrived at Edmonton International Airport just before 7 p.m.
The aircraft was already coming to Edmonton as a “deadhead” flight, with the intention of picking up cargo to deliver to Ukraine via Poland.
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Sasktel: Sasktel will continue to waive Ukraine calling fees until June 30th, 2022
In the wake of Russia’s ongoing illegal invasion of Ukraine, several Canadian carriers began waiving long-distance calling charges for calls made from Canada to Ukraine back in mid-February.
Saskatchewan-based Sasktel had initially waived charges for long-distance calling from Canada to Ukraine until March 31st. The carrier also waived texting charges, along with roaming charges for calls, texts, and data for customers in Ukraine.
Sasktel today announced that it will continue the initiative until June 30th, 2022.
This means that Sasktel customers here in Canada can text or call their loved ones in Ukraine for free, whereas roaming charges for calls, texts, and data overages for customers currently in Ukraine have been waived.

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JOBS TD Bank Group: TD increases donation to $1 million in support of resettlement efforts and humanitarian relief in Ukraine and globally.
TD announces recruitment efforts to help provide employment opportunities to displaced individuals.
TD announced that it is increasing its financial contribution to a total of $1 million to support humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine and assist refugees globally. This complements the financial support already announced in February with additional donations of $100,000 to UNHCR Canada, the UN Refugee Agency, and $100,000 to the Canada Ukraine Foundation's Humanitarian Appeal. TD will also provide $500,000 to support relief and resettlement efforts for those impacted by these global events as they unfold.
TD is also increasing its efforts to hire refugees and displaced individuals, including those arriving in Canada through the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel, for roles at the bank to help provide them with meaningful employment and stability as they arrive in Canada. TD will actively recruit for these roles by leveraging the efforts of its talent acquisition team and its existing relationships with Jumpstart and ACCES Employment, organizations involved with connecting newcomers to Canada with employment opportunities. Applicants can also apply directly through TD Opportunities.
TD is focused on providing refugees and newcomers to Canada with greater access to financial services, employment and financial education, and in 2019 established a TD Executive Task Force on Refugees to drive progress and help address the unique needs and circumstances of refugees. TD's recent efforts include:
• Helping to recruit refugees through events and working relationships with Jumpstart and other community organizations.
• Working with the Together Project to deliver the Welcome Group Program across the Greater Toronto Area and other regions.
• Working with Tent Partnership for Refugees to uncover opportunities for TD to support refugee integration and success through our business, hiring and supply chains.
• In November 2021, TD committed to support more than 20 local community programs focusing on newcomer, settlement and refugee programs across Ontario.
• Empowering and supporting new Canadians with convenient banking options and special offers on select products for newcomers.
TD is also extending acceptance of donations for Ukrainian support from its customers through its branch and store networks.
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The Power Workers' Union: The Power Workers' Union (PWU) has donated $100,000.00 to the Canadian Red Cross Society to provide lifesaving aid to those in Ukraine, as well as those affected in neighboring countries.
On February 24th, Russia invaded Ukraine in an act of war, using methods of extreme force to displace Ukrainians from their homes. The senseless military attack by Russia on Ukraine is even more inexplicable as they target innocent civilians. Families are being separated, with parents using stickers to identify their children's blood types and sending them with their kids to school as a sign of precaution should the unthinkable happen. Even more children are being sent to neighbouring countries alone, with nothing but a note in their hand, while their parents must participate in an unprovoked war.
The landscape in Ukraine looks vastly different a month after the invasion began, with streets strewn with rubble, families separated, and thousands injured. Ukraine has endured significant infrastructure damage, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without electricity and water, while damaged roads have disrupted supply chains, leaving families and communities cut off from food and basic supplies.
Since the war's beginning, more than three million people have fled Ukraine to surrounding countries, and it's estimated that around 18 million, a third of their entire population will require humanitarian assistance. This humanitarian assistance that the Canadian Red Cross Society is providing includes food, water, shelter, as well as emergency medical care, including psychological support for those mentally and emotionally affected by the unrest.
The PWU hopes this small donation is able to help bring peace and assist in mitigating the severe unrest for the people of Ukraine.

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The Canadian Press: Immigration Minister Sean Fraser says the government will help Ukrainians arriving in Canada find a job and learn to speak English or French.
Applications opened March 17 for a program to allow Ukrainians fleeing conflict in their home country to come to Canada for up to three years while they decide whether they want to apply for permanent residency.
The Immigration Department says nearly 60,000 Ukrainians and their family members have applied for the program so far.
The program is unlike the regular process for refugees, which includes help to find housing and community orientation.
On Twitter, Fraser says his department is working on more ways to help settle the potentially thousands of Ukrainians who could come to Canada over the next several weeks.
Beginning Friday, help will be available at certain airports to welcome Ukrainians, with assistance and arrival information in their language.

The Canadian Press/AP Photo by Czarek Sokolowski

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Mar 27, 2022

EVENT Prime Minister's Office: European Commission and Government of Canada team up with Global Citizen to mobilize support for refugees.
The European Commission and the Government of Canada announced the launch of a global campaign to raise funding in support of people fleeing the invasion of Ukraine, in partnership with international advocacy organization Global Citizen.
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the international community on behalf of his citizens who have been displaced by the war, saying: “On 9 April, the biggest online event ‘Social Media Rally’ will support people who were forced to flee Ukraine. I'm inviting everybody: musicians, actors, athletes, businessmen, politicians, everybody. Everyone who wants to join this movement and ‘Stand Up for Ukraine’.”
The “Stand Up For Ukraine” campaign seeks to mobilize governments, institutions, artists, companies and individuals to direct funding to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries. Global Citizen will announce more details in the coming days about how people can support.
It will culminate in a pledging event on 9 April, co-hosted by President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The aim is to raise funds and mobilize support more broadly, to cater for the needs of internally displaced people and of refugees.
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Mar 26, 2022

Scotiabank: Scotiabank, MD Financial Management Inc. and the Canadian Medical Association announce $200,000 matching contribution for Ukraine emergency response
Scotiabank, MD Financial Management Inc. (MD) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) are pleased to announce today a $200,000 donation in support of UNICEF Canada's Hope, Help and Healing appeal. The funds will urgently address children's healthcare needs in Ukraine, including support for health care workers caring for children and youth, strengthening the on-the-ground infrastructure, securing critical medical supplies, and providing key services and safe spaces for children and their families. UNICEF Canada's Hope, Help and Healing appeal was launched earlier this month with the collaboration of Children's Healthcare Canada and Pediatric Chairs of Canada.
Today's donation matches the $200,000 commitment made by the CMA Foundation and is in addition to Scotiabank's commitment of over $1 million in Ukrainian aid to support humanitarian and resettlement efforts. This contribution is made possible through a 10-year, $115 million pledge by the CMA, MD and Scotiabank to support physicians, medical learners and the communities they serve across Canada. The collaboration has committed more than $40 million to date.
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Mar 25, 2022

Air Canada: Air Canada Expands Initiatives to Support Ukraine
• $10 for every booking made on aircanada.com to be donated for Ukraine relief; total donation of up to $250,000
• Aeroplan members may donate points
• Air Canada's employees and the Air Canada Foundation have donated $170,000 for Ukraine relief support
• Air Canada Cargo continues transporting humanitarian aid on behalf of charity partners destined to Europe and Ukraine
Air Canada today said it will be donating $10 for every booking made on aircanada.com to support Ukraine relief aid, with a total donation of up to $250,000. This $250,000 donation will complement the $170,000 contribution recently made by Air Canada's employees and the Air Canada Foundation to the Canadian Red Cross and other charities, as well as the ongoing humanitarian aid destined to Poland and Ukraine transported through Air Canada Cargo.
Additionally, Aeroplan Members may donate Aeroplan points at Ukrainian Relief Fund, with 100% of points to be redistributed to various charitable organizations supporting relief efforts for Ukrainian refugees as well as providing critical aid to those in need.
Customers may also elect to donate further to the Air Canada Foundation which will focus donations to registered organizations in their work supporting the people of Ukraine.
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UNICEF Canada: More than half of Ukraine's children displaced after one month of war
Ongoing violence across the country has created a child rights crisis that could last for generations.
One month of war in Ukraine has led to the displacement of 4.3 million children – more than half of the country's estimated 7.5 million child population. This includes more than 1.8 million children who have crossed into neighbouring countries as refugees and 2.5 million who are now internally displaced inside Ukraine.
According to OHCHR, 78 children have been killed, and 105 have been injured in Ukraine since the start of the war on 24 February. Yet these figures represent only those reports that the UN has been able to confirm, and the true toll is likely far higher.
UNICEF and its partners are working to reach children in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries with humanitarian assistance.
In Ukraine, UNICEF has delivered medical supplies to 49 hospitals in 9 regions – including Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnipro and Lviv – improving access to healthcare for 400,000 mothers, newborns and children. UNICEF continues to distribute water and hygiene items in communities under siege. In addition, UNICEF is increasing the number of mobile child protection teams working inside acute conflict zones from 22 to 50 and has delivered 63 trucks of lifesaving supplies to support the needs of over 2.2 million people. In the coming weeks, UNICEF will start emergency cash transfers to the most vulnerable families and establish child friendly spaces in key locations across the country.
To protect and support the millions of children and families who have fled Ukraine, UNICEF and UNHCR in partnership with governments and civil society organizations, have created "Blue Dots," one-stop safe spaces for children and women.'Blue Dots' provide key information to traveling families, help to identify unaccompanied and separated children and ensure their protection. They also provide a hub for essential services. 'Blue Dots' have already been established in countries hosting Ukrainian children and women and are being scaled up over the coming days, including more than 20 in Poland.
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Mar 25, 2022

Two Men And A Truck Canada: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK ®, Canada - Will be donating $100 per move up to $10,000 to the Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal during the month of March
"TWO MEN AND A TRUCK ® Canada, the first and largest franchised moving company in North America with over 30 years of experience in the moving industry, understands the severity of the on-going war that is currently taking place in Ukraine, and in support of the people in Ukraine, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK ®, Canada will be donating $100 per move up to $10,000 for the Red Cross Ukraine Relief Fund during the month of March.
We cannot imagine the devastation the people of Ukraine are feeling and going through. Canada has the second largest Ukrainian population outside of Ukraine and most have friends or family in Ukraine, battling the continued chaos of war. Now more than ever, we need to support one another. Our hearts go out to the people in Ukraine and together #WeStandWithUkraine."
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Transat A.T. Inc.: Transat, its employees and customers support SOS Children's Villages' humanitarian efforts in Ukraine
Transat A.T. Inc., its employees and customers will be supporting the humanitarian efforts of SOS Children's Villages in Ukraine. The company is launching a fundraising campaign to assist SOS Children's Villages, its long-time partner that has rapidly scaled up its response in Ukraine to meet the critical needs of approximately 500,000 vulnerable children and families affected by the conflict.
The campaign calls on its employees, as well as those of the nearly 300 travel agencies that make up its distribution network, the largest in Canada with 2,000 travel counsellors. Air Transat passengers are also being invited to make a donation on board its flights, a collection made possible by the engagement of its crews. Customers and the general public can also donate in support of the organization's emergency response plan on the SOS Children's Villages portal dedicated to this fundraising campaign at http://support.soschildre....
Over the years, Transat has supported numerous humanitarian operations by SOS Children's Villages and other charitable organizations in emergency situations, including in Canada, Haiti and other countries where Transat operates. Transat will strengthen its commitment to SOS Children's Villages by contributing $25,000 to this campaign.
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Scotiabank: Scotiabank commits over $1 million in Ukrainian aid to support humanitarian and resettlement efforts
Commitment includes a ScotiaRISE partnership with TalentLift to help Ukrainians arriving in Canada find meaningful employment.
Scotiabank today announced it is furthering its commitment towards supporting Ukraine humanitarian and resettlement efforts to more than $1 million. This includes a partnership with TalentLift Canada, a non-profit talent agency that helps members of refugee populations access employment relocation and provides this urgent assistance to Ukrainians displaced by the war.
A portion of Scotiabank's donation ($270,000) will be used to help TalentLift engage hiring teams across the country and connect them to candidates with in-demand skills. TalentLift will also support displaced Ukrainians by helping with submitting visa applications to Canada, relocating alongside their families and settling into their new teams and communities. The Bank will also participate as a recruiter through the program.
Ukrainians who are interested in pursuing work and relocation to Canada, as well as interested hiring teams can register here.
Scotiabank's commitment to TalentLift is part of ScotiaRISE, the Bank's 10-year, $500 million initiative to promote economic resilience among disadvantaged groups.
This donation in support of the people of Ukraine will strengthen TalentLift's ongoing work with displaced candidates from Afghanistan, Syria, and other crisis areas.
In addition to this partnership, Scotiabank has provided ongoing support to the people of Ukraine, including:
• Donated $200,000 to the Red Cross' Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal, to support relief efforts for those affected by recent events in Ukraine and surrounding countries.
• Assisted in providing affected or displaced individuals and companies that are eligible 1-year of no-fee banking, a credit card with no Canadian credit history and access to advice from Scotiabank Financial Advisors, and access to free safety deposit boxes.
Scotiabank employees have also demonstrated their commitment by directing "Applause" points from their employee recognition program to a number of charities providing humanitarian relief to the Ukraine. To-date, over $70,000 has been donated this way by Scotiabank employees.
Through this long-term commitment, Scotiabank will continue to review additional opportunities to provide support to humanitarian and resettlement efforts for the Ukrainian people.
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Mar 24, 2022

Toronto Sun: Humber students, GlobalMedic unite to help Ukrainian civilians caught in war zone
Paramedic and media students team up to make trauma first-aid how-to videos on how to help the injured.
GlobalMedic is sending 5000 trauma first aid kits to Ukraine in an effort to provide every-day civilians with as much help as possible.
https://torontosun.com/ne...
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The National Post:Prime Minister Justin Trudeau levied sanctions against dozens more Russian officials for their role in Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine
The prime minister announced the new sanctions against 160 members of the Russian Federation Council as well as a coming ban on the export of certain goods and technologies to Russia on Thursday, wrapping up a whirlwind trip to Brussels.
https://nationalpost.com/...
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University Of Toronto Computer Science: Summer Program for Students from Ukraine
The Summer Program for Students from Ukraine will run from May to August 2022, and accepts senior undergraduate (Year 3 or higher) and graduate (MSc or PhD) students from Ukrainian universities whose studies are interrupted by the war in Ukraine. The program will take place at the University of Toronto and is supported by the Department of Computer Science and the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence. It is intended for students who were enrolled in the current academic year (Fall 2021/Spring 2022) in a Computer Science degree program at their home university in Ukraine. The program will provide on-campus accommodation, a stipend, and will cover travel costs. Citizens of all countries are eligible.

About the program: You will have an opportunity to work and study with top research faculty engaged in cutting-edge research.
Duration: Four months (May 9 – August 25, 2022)
Funding: Provided by the program
Application Process: After your application is received, it will be reviewed by a Departmental Committee. You may be contacted during the review process for more information, or to conduct an interview. Once the decision is made, successful applicants will receive an acceptance letter and instructions on the next steps.
Application Form Instructions:
The application form consists of two parts:
• Personal Information
• Academic Information
See more - https://web.cs.toronto.ed...
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FB Jamie Oliver: "Today I'm taking a moment to shine a light on #CookForUkraine by cooking up my friend Olia Hercules' recipe for Pampushky, the most incredible Ukrainian garlic bread.
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You lovely lot can get involved supporting #CookForUkraine too – whether it's sharing your cooking at home, organising a bake sale, or hosting a supper club... let's use the power of food to send love to our Ukrainian brothers and sisters. Check out their Just Giving page here for donations and to find more Ukrainian and Eastern European recipe https://jamieol.com/CookF..."
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Mar 23, 2022

The Canadian Press News: Montreal city councillor Serge Sasseville stood alone in front of the Russian Consulate Tuesday, flipped on a small speaker and turned up the volume as the Ukrainian national anthem sounded through the neighbourhood.
"Slava Ukraini (Glory to Ukraine)," he yelled after the recording played the first time. "Stand with Ukraine," he shouted after a second playing. "Stop the war," he added after a final rendition.
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CIBC: CIBC announced that it is furthering its support for Ukrainians by increasing its financial contribution to a total of $500,000 for humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine and enhancing support for the immediate needs of refugees seeking to resettle in Canada, including housing, food, clothing, employment and other necessities.
As in other crisis situations involving Syrian and Afghan refugees, CIBC is providing both financial and on the ground support.
Financial Support:
• A total of $500,000 in financial support, including a newly announced $300,000 contribution to organizations assisting with resettlement efforts in Canada. These organizations include:
• • Canadian Ukrainian Immigrant Aid Society (CUIAS)
• • Canada-Ukraine Foundation
• • Talent Beyond Boundaries
• Accepting public donations through the CIBC Foundation to support Ukrainians in need.
• Offering free banking, pre-approved credit cards and waived fees on other services for Ukrainians resettling in Canada.
• Waiving fees for wire transfers to Ukraine.
• Providing an operating line of credit to Ukrainian World Congress and Ukrainian World Foundation to help them manage financing needs.
• Additionally, Team CIBC employees have personally donated approximately $100,000 to organizations providing humanitarian aid.
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Mar 22, 2022

Chapman’s has never shied away from calling out issues, supporting those in need, and using its corporate voice to advocate for the most vulnerable.
The most recent example is a major donation and a viral social media campaign helmed by the company in solidarity and support of the people of Ukraine. The campaign has reportedly had over 1.6 million views.
Said Lesya Chapman, marketing manager for Chapman’s Ice Cream, in a recent social media post: “From the bottom of our hearts we #StandWithUkraine. Ukraine needs our help and full support now. We are contacting The Canada-Ukraine Foundation to contribute $50,000 towards the Ukraine Humanitarian Relief fund.” She then invited Canadians to join Chapman’s in its efforts and to pledge support through the Ukrainian Canadian Congress at https://www.ucc.ca/.


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Fit Body Boot Camp: Fit Body Boot Camp's solution to help combat extreme poverty in the war torn Ukraine.
Members of the International Fitness Franchise, Fit Body Boot Camp, come together to help the children of Ukraine.
Throughout the months of April, May and June, Fit Body will turn its Charity Check in brand wide campaign to raise funds for the Children of Ukraine by supporting ChildFund.org.
Each time a client checks in on Facebook or Instagram while using the hashtags #fitbody4kids and #fitbodyukraine, every Fit Body Boot Camp location worldwide will make a donation to support the Children of Ukraine via funding ChildFund.org.
Through these collective donations, the children of Ukraine will receive health care, nutrition, clean water, caregiver support and protection.
"I am completely humbled and honored with our Global Fit Body Family. Our goal is to raise north of $50,000 to help the children of Ukraine. We appreciate our community's support as we cannot do it alone. Our message is simple: get fit, check in, and save lives, " said Bryce Henson, Fit Body Boot Camp CEO and multi-location owner.
"My family barely escaped Communist Russia when I was six, which is why I have a special place in my heart for our organization to provide aid and combat extreme poverty in Ukraine. I am beyond proud and eternally grateful for our Fit Body clients, coaches and owners worldwide for their support. We continue to rise up and embrace & drive positive change together," commented Fit Body Boot Camp Founder Bedros Keuilian.
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Mar 21, 2022

Optiva Inc.: Statement from Optiva Inc., a leading provider of mission-critical, cloud-native revenue management software for the telecommunications industry:
"We are heartbroken and deeply concerned about the loss of life and destruction in Ukraine. We deplore the violence and call on all parties to resolve the war peacefully.
In this time of need, we are working closely with our partner lifecell, a leading Ukrainian mobile operator, to help manage their operations in these difficult circumstances, so they may continue to provide life-critical mobile services. We know that we are one of many partners in Ukraine's communication provider ecosystem, but every one of us counts. We commit to putting all of our energy into supporting the people of Ukraine in every way we can.
We stand ready to help and ensure lifecell services remain available so that families and friends can stay connected. Our systems and processes have been developed to allow mobile companies to manage operations with the flexibility and resilience needed during such disasters and wars. We are working stridently to apply that expertise in this dire situation for lifecell and its nine million customers in Ukraine and beyond.
At the same time, we believe that in the new digital era there should not be a place for wars and the killing of civilians. We support Ukrainian people in their desire to achieve peace and recovery after this terrible invasion."
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EVENT Dr. Draw: Dr. Draw Artists of Peace charity concert for Ukraine
For April 1st concert tickets @ the Baby G: https://www.eventbrite.ca...
Facebook event page: https://fb.me/e/2sdc04d9l



A cabaret-style charity evening featuring some of the most vibrant performers Toronto has to offer from many of its cultural communities.

Date and time:
Fri, 1 Apr 2022, 8:30 PM – Sat, 2 Apr 2022, 2:00 AM EDT

Location:
The Baby G
1608 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M6K 1T8

About this event

This night will be a jam-packed evening of entertainment from some of Toronto’s finest live performers.
The Cabaret-style show means that the acts will rotate throughout the night with a different show each time they perform. The whole event is gonna be live-streamed worldwide, so if you are not able to attend you can still watch the show online with a purchase of a ticket.
All the performers are volunteers, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the cause.
This is one of the organizations that we are helping raise funds for:
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Mar 19, 2022

The HALO Trust: Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, thanks The HALO Trust in Ukraine for 'saving lives everyday.'
The HALO Trust today announced that Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, spoke with two staff members of The HALO Trust based in Ukraine, who are leading efforts to educate Ukrainians on how to recognize and avoid explosive devices they may come across as the conflict in Ukraine evolves. Prince Harry, who has continued his mother's legacy of involvement with HALO, thanked them for 'saving lives everyday.' Additionally, The HALO Trust was grateful to receive a contribution from Archewell Foundation, co-founded by Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, to HALO's education efforts in the Ukraine.
Prince Harry met virtually with Olesia and Maryna, two women who are full-time employees of The HALO Trust in Ukraine, along with 430 other Ukrainian men and women. Despite the war forcing them both to flee their homes, they have been able to continue their work to keep people safe from explosives through a major digital media campaign that has been seen by over 17 million Ukrainians. Both women have helped drive the campaign over Instagram and TikTok, ensuring that young people, who are most at risk through their natural curiosity, are aware of the lethal hazards of unexploded ordnances.
During the call, The Duke praised the work of The HALO Trust and its ability to share life-saving messages during the conflict, now entering its fourth week.
The HALO Trust was founded in Afghanistan in 1988 and now employs 10,000 men and women in 28 countries and territories either at war or recovering from conflict. HALO has cleared over 1.9 million landmines, 1.5 million pieces of unexploded ordnance and 10 million bullets in the last three decades. It has conducted life-saving mine clearance operations in eastern Ukraine since 2016.
The HALO Trust is currently setting up an urgent crisis hub in Western Ukraine, where Ukrainian staff will be able to continue their work in safety, delivering urgent risk messaging to communities and planning how it can map and survey the different types of weapons being used in the conflict, their location and their quantities. This is the essential before the safe delivery of aid and the start of clearance operations.
The United States is the world's largest donor for programs that remove landmines, unexploded hazards, and other dangerous weapons left by war. The American people have contributed more than $250 million per year for this cause, becoming HALO's largest supporter.
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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: Canada launches new temporary residence pathway to welcome those fleeing the war in Ukraine.
In response to Vladimir Putin's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Canada announced the launch of the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET). The CUAET is a special, accelerated temporary residence pathway for Ukrainians seeking safe haven in Canada while the war in their home country continues.
With the CUAET, Ukrainians and their immediate family members of any nationality may stay in Canada as temporary residents for up to 3 years . Applicants who are overseas need to apply online for a Canadian visitor visa and provide their biometrics (fingerprints and a photo). Applicants are encouraged to apply for a 3-year open work permit at the same time as their visa application. This permit will allow them to work in Canada. Under this special program, many of the regular requirements associated with a normal visitor visa or work permit have been waived. Elementary and high school students can register for and start attending school as soon as they arrive in Canada, and anyone looking to study at the post-secondary level can apply for a study permit once on Canadian soil.
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Desjardins Group: Desjardins announces measures to support people affected by the war in Ukraine.
The war in Ukraine is creating a massive humanitarian emergency. Refugees have started to arrive in Canada. People who live here are pulling together to help loved ones affected by the war. Desjardins, the largest cooperative financial group in North America and the fifth largest cooperative financial group in the world, is pleased to help them with their efforts by offering measures to make things easier.
Desjardins now offer financial relief to members and clients who want to financially support loved ones who are still in or have left Ukraine. As soon as they arrive in Canada, refugees with a valid visitor visa can get free insurance for the first month they're here, so they can receive emergency hospital care, if needed. To help them get settled in Canada, they may also take advantage of free psychological assistance services and a wide range of adapted products and services.
Desjardins members and clients wishing to make a donation to the Red Cross's Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal can do so online at www.redcross.ca or by calling 1–800–418–1111.
Desjardins credit cardholders with the BONUSDOLLARS program who use their card to donate to the Red Cross can then pay for their transaction from their BONUSDOLLAR balance by AccèsD or by phone.
Desjardins has donated $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to provide urgent aid to the people and communities affected by the recent events in Ukraine.
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Mar 18, 2022

National Post: Below, a list of military gear that Canada has sent or pledged to the defense of Ukraine.
- The 1960s-era 4,500 M72 rocket launchers.
- 7,500 hand grenades.
- Real-time imagery from Canada’s Radarsat-2 satellite to track the movements of Russian forces.
- 1,600 fragmentation vests (approximately).
- 390,000 Individual Meal Packs. Portable, high-calorie meals designed to be eaten by a soldier who has minimal equipment to cook with.
- 100 Carl Gustav M2 recoilless rifles (and 2,000 rounds of ammunition).
- $7 million planeload of “lethal weapons” : machine guns, pistols, sniper rifles, carbines (sort of like a shortened assault rifle) and 1.5 million rounds of ammunition.
- Personal carriage” and “load carriage” equipment, although most civilians would probably recognize it as “backpacks".
- $25 million worth of stuff, mostly “protective” equipment such as gas masks, helmets and night vision goggles. It is addition to previous $30 million worth of gear, including radios, bomb disposal equipment and a mobile field hospital, Canada sent to Ukraine in last eight years.
https://nationalpost.com/...
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EllisDon Corporation: EllisDon, leader in every sector and nearly every facet of the construction industry, raises $250,000 for the Canadian Red Cross' Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal.
Funds raised by the Canadian Red Cross will allow the organization to respond to the heightened tensions in Ukraine. The support could include preparedness, immediate and ongoing relief efforts, long-term recovery, resilience, and other critical humanitarian activities as needs arise, both in Ukraine and surrounding countries, including supporting populations displaced.
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Mar 17, 2022

CBC: Canada government announced a special immigration program for Ukrainian fleeing the war. Refugees can live and work in Canada for up to three years..
The program, called the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel, waives many of the typical requirements for Canadian visa applications.
Applicants do not have to hold valid passports and family members of Ukrainian refugees "of any nationality" can also apply for temporary Canadian residency through the program. Applicants must still provide the government with biometric data, including fingerprints and a photo by visiting a biometrics centre in a neighbouring country.
The government also has launched a "Jobs for Ukraine" website which will allow employers hoping to support Ukrainian refugees to post available jobs.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/p...
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Mar 16, 2022

CRTC: RT and RT France can no longer be distributed by Canadian television service providers.
Programming on RT and RT France is s not consistent with Canadian broadcasting standard . Today, the CRTC formally removed RT (previously known as Russia Today) and RT France from the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution.
Further to a public consultation, the CRTC determined that the continued authorization to distribute RT and RT France is not in the public interest. RT's programming is not consistent with the standards against which Canadian services are measured nor the policy objectives set out in the Broadcasting Act. The CRTC is also concerned with programming from a foreign country that seeks to undermine the sovereignty of another country, demean Canadians of a particular ethnic background and undermine democratic institutions within Canada.
The Commission took into account the submissions and notes the seriousness of the allegations provided in the interventions. It also considered the reports of the actual situation in Ukraine, the current and escalating sanctions on Russia and Russian individuals, as well as the swift steps taken by other jurisdictions to pull the services.
Television service providers are authorized to distribute foreign television services in order to provide Canadians with a broad range of views and voices. These services are not licensed like Canadian services. However, the CRTC considers that non-Canadian news services should be held to the same standards in respect of their programming as Canadian services.
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Mar 13, 2022

The UN Refugee Agency Canada: "UNHCR has stepped up our operations and capacity in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. We remain firmly committed to support all affected populations in Ukraine and countries in the region.
Your support can help ensure that Ukrainians forced to flee their homes are sheltered and safe.
The situation in Ukraine will have devastating humanitarian consequences for tens of thousands of families. The situation is quickly becoming Europe's largest refugee crisis this century.
UNHCR is working with authorities, UN and other partners to provide humanitarian assistance to people who are starting to flee their homes. We're also working with governments in neighboring countries and calling on them to keep their borders open to those seeking safety and protection. Help UNHCR support efforts to respond.
You can make a difference and bring hope to refugees today with a 100% tax-deductible donation to UNHCR. Our supporters make our work possible—only 1% of UNHCR’s budget comes from the UN."
https://give.unhcr.ca/pag...
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Mar 11, 2022

Videotron: Videotron adds Ukraine 24 news channel.
In the current situation, Videotron stands with the Ukrainian community and is adding the Ukrainian-language HD news channel Ukraine 24 to its channel line-up. Ukraine 24 is available as of today on illico (#875) and starting March 16 on Helix TV (#383). There will be a free preview of Ukraine 24 for all customers for 30 days and it will then be available in our selection of custom channels to give customers who have family or friends in Ukraine access to news in real time, in their native language.
More Ukrainian content on Toober via Helix TV
Videotron also wants to inform its customers that they can access several Ukrainian channels on Helix TV using the Toober app for international channels, including 1+1 International, Pershiy Natsionaniy (First National), 5 Kanal (Channel 5) and UATV, Espresso TV Kyiv TV.
Long-distance charges suspended
Videotron reminds customers that all long-distance charges for calls from Canada to Ukraine are suspended until March 31, 2022 to allow customers to reach family and loved ones in the country without having to worry about tolls. The charges are automatically cancelled on all residential, business and mobile accounts. Customers do not need to contact Videotron before placing a call to Ukraine.
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Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.: Circle K Launches Global Campaign To Raise Funds For Ukraine.
In 2,500 stores across Europe, company will match customers contributions in effort to raise at least €2 million to support Red Cross' efforts in Ukraine and neighboring countries.
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has announced a fund-raising campaign in support of those suffering from the conflict in Ukraine. The campaign primarily includes donations directly to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), who support Red Cross teams and relief efforts in Ukraine and neighboring countries, as well as local relief efforts to Ukrainian refugees.
Circle K, the primary global brand of Couche-Tard, has a strong presence in the Baltic countries with over 6,500 team members and over 600 stores located in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland. Since the outbreak of armed conflict in Ukraine, Circle K teams located in neighboring countries have worked with various partners to support with fuel and essential products for those displaced by the crisis.
Starting today in Europe, the "You Donate, We Match" campaign invites customers to make a donation at the till of any of the 2,500 Circle K stores in the Baltics, Scandinavia, and Ireland. Each donation made by a customer will be matched with an identical donation by Circle K. Through this campaign, Circle K aims to raise at least €2 million to support Red Cross' efforts.
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The Bay: Stand With Ukraine. Donate your Bay Rewards points.
"Donate your Hudson's Bay Rewards points to Hudson's Bay Foundation until March 31st to support the Canadian Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal.
Hudson's Bay Foundation will match all point donations up to $100,000 and will donate an additional $100,000 directly to the Canadian Red Cross."
https://www.thebay.com/co...
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Canada.ca: Canada’s humanitarian assistance for Ukraine
On February 25, 2022, Canada announced that it would match donations made by individual Canadians to the Canadian Red Cross’s Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis up to a maximum of $10 million. On March 10, 2022, Canada announced that this amount would be increased up to a maximum of $30 million.
This brings Canada’s total funding allocated to Ukraine for humanitarian assistance to $145 million to date in 2022. This includes the initial $15 million announced in January and $100 million announced on March 1, of which $50 million has been allocated to experienced partners who have the capacity to scale up operations and the flexibility to address the needs of mobile displaced populations. These partners also have the flexibility to use this money to respond to needs in Ukraine and across the region, including to support efforts welcoming refugee populations in neighbouring countries. This funding is being distributed as follows.
HelpAge Canada: $2 million
This funding will help provide food assistance, emergency non-food items, hygiene kits, access to safe drinking water and psychosocial support and help respond to the protection needs of older people and their families. It will also provide health equipment and consumables to health care facilities.
International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: $2.5 million
This funding will support national Red Cross societies in providing integrated assistance, including through the provision of shelter, livelihood support and cash in line with an International Federation of the Red Cross appeal.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ Ukraine Humanitarian Fund (UHF): $8 million
The UHF channels funding to assist communities requiring water, shelter, food and other basic needs, including through NGOs and local humanitarian actors inside Ukraine. Contributions made by the UHF support a wide range of organizations on the front lines of the response to the current situation in Ukraine to ensure the funding reaches the people most in need when they need it.
Save the Children Canada: $2 million
This funding will be used to provide protection to unaccompanied and separated children; mental health and psychosocial support for children, caregivers and humanitarian workers; cash and vouchers to address basic needs; and non-food items, including personal protective equipment, and hygiene and dignity kits.
SOS Children’s Villages Canada: $2 million
This funding will support protection services for children affected by the crisis, including unaccompanied and separated children. It will also provide emergency shelter, non-food items, nutrition and health services, as well as access to safe drinking water and hygiene materials.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR): $6 million
This funding will enable the UNHCR to scale up its operations, as outlined in the UNHCR’s Refugee Response Plan, including by providing shelter, emergency relief items, cash assistance, and mental health and psychosocial support to those who have fled Ukraine, including those with special needs, such as unaccompanied children.
World Food Programme (WFP): $25 million
This funding will help the WFP scale up critical food assistance and logistics operations inside Ukraine and enable transport capacity to maintain the continuity of food supply chains.
World Health Organization (WHO): $1.5 million
This funding will support the WHO’s efforts to buy and deliver urgent medical supplies, develop supply chains to facilitate the undisrupted provision of medical supplies and medical kits to Ukraine and ensure access to health care facilities and humanitarian health care.
CANADEM: $500,000
This funding will allow CANADEM to support the deployment of humanitarian experts to fill short-term surge capacity positions with UN agencies that are delivering humanitarian assistance in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.
IMPACT: $500,000
This funding will allow IMPACT to provide essential information, tools and data to enhance the capacity of humanitarian actors to make evidence-based decisions within the complex context of the crisis.
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Mar 10, 2022

Canada.ca: Canada to match up to a maximum of $30 million.
Recognizing the generosity of Canadians and their desire to assist those affected by the crisis, Canada launched a matching fund on February 25, 2022. Canada will match, dollar for dollar, donations made by individual Canadians to the Canadian Red Cross, between February 24 and March 18, 2022, for crisis relief in Ukraine up to a maximum of $30 million.
To make a donation:
• visit the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal online
• call 1-800-418-1111
With the matching fund contribution, the Red Cross will support preparedness, immediate and ongoing relief efforts, and other critical humanitarian activities as needs of people affected by the conflict in Ukraine arise, including support to populations that have been displaced.
In line with best practice, Canadians are encouraged to donate money to reputable humanitarian organizations instead of sending relief items, as this allows these organizations to quickly purchase supplies based on the specific needs of the people affected by the conflict. Learn more about how Canadians can help support crisis responses abroad.
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Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal: Today, the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal announced a new total of $17,000,000 CAD of donations made this week.
The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, established by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) and the Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF), is immensely grateful to all Canadians for their generous support of humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine.
Most recently Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced a contribution of $5 million to the Humanitarian Appeal on behalf of the Province of Alberta in addition to $1 million previously announced.
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WELL Health Technologies Corp.: WELL Health Technologies Corp., a company focused on positively impacting health outcomes by leveraging technology to empower healthcare practitioners and their patients globally, announced today that in response to the humanitarian emergency in Ukraine, it has established a combined goal of donating $100,000 to UNICEF Canada, from a committed $50,000 corporate donation and a donation matching program between WELL team members and WELL's CEO.
The Company has invited its entire network of employees, associates and consultants, which exceeds 2,500 team members globally, to donate to this cause. WELL Health's CEO Hamed Shahbazi will be personally matching the first $25,000 of WELL's own team members' donations with the goal of exceeding at least $100,000 as a combined contribution for WELL and its team members. The donations will contribute towards efforts to support the 7.5 million Ukrainian children who have been harmed or may be in immediate danger.
WELL recognizes that these are challenging times for all and that this crisis in Ukraine may also be impacting our own WELL team members, especially ones with family and friends in Ukraine. So, in partnership with Focus Mental Wellness, a WELL Ventures company, WELL is providing increased funding to support its employees, healthcare providers and consultants in Canada to obtain timely access, at no cost, to therapy with a licensed practitioner.
Also, WELL is committed to working with Canadian authorities on supporting Ukrainians fleeing the war, with opportunities to work within our expansive Canadian operations including but not limited to our outpatient medical clinic network, which is the largest in Canada.
WELL Health stands with Ukraine. Our hearts are with all of those impacted by this tragic war.
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Mondou:Mondou Donates $100,000 to the Canadian red Cross and Launches a Major Fundraiser for Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine. The Quebec family-run company invites its customers to contribute to the Mondou Mondon campaign for Ukraine today to increase the total amount donated to the organization.
Showing its solidarity with the people affected by the conflict in Ukraine, Mondou has announced today that it will be donating $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross's Relief Fund: Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine. At the same time, the 100% Quebec-based family-run business invites its loyal customers to contribute to this initiative, dubbed Mondou Mondon for Ukraine by making a donation, either in cash or by redeeming their Cuddle points in one of its 77 stores across the province.
It should be noted that this in-store fundraiser will continue as long as deemed necessary, in light of the situation. Furthermore, Ren's Pets, another subsidiary of the Legault Group, owner of Mondou stores, will make an additional donation of $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross for this cause.
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RBC: RBC increases donation to over $1 million to support humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine, and its refugee crisis.
RBC today announced an additional $750,000 to support humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine and to assist with the Ukrainian refugee crisis. RBC's support includes donations to the Canadian Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal, International Committee of the Red Cross, Medical Corps, Save the Children, Mental Health Foundation, UNICEF and UN Refugee Agency.
"Recognizing the scale of devastation, and the growing needs of Ukrainian refugees, RBC is expanding our financial support to $1 million to support humanitarian relief efforts. This crisis weighs heavily on the hearts and minds of everyone at RBC and our global community has been rocked by the devastation that has affected so many innocent lives. At the same time, we've been overwhelmingly inspired by the bravery and fierce resilience of the Ukrainian people and remain united in our support for their freedom, for democracy, and in our hopes for peace."
Those wanting to help support ongoing relief efforts are encouraged to donate to the Canadian Red Cross online at www.redcross.ca, by calling 1-800-418-1111, or by donating at a RBC branch in Canada.
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EarthDaily Analytics: EarthDaily Analytics Terminates Operations in Russia.
Company announces public initiative to help assess the conflict's impacts on the global agricultural supply chain.
EarthDaily Analytics Corp., a vertically-integrated data processing and analytics company pairing cutting-edge Big Data tools with proven Space technologies, today announced that the Company is terminating its operations in Russia, including the closure of its local agricultural geoanalytics office in Moscow. The Company has also terminated its development-stage contract with Russian Earth Observation company TerraTech, under which the Company would have provided Earth Observation data derived from the EarthDaily Constellation following its launch in 2023. These decisions are consistent with the Company's core values and adherence to ESG principles.
EarthDaily Analytics also recognizes the far-reaching global impacts the ongoing crisis will have, particularly with regards to agricultural supply chains and food security, and is in discussions with customers, as well as humanitarian and non-governmental organizations, to provide analysis to help address these issues. This analysis will also be made available to the public.
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Mar 09, 2022

Global News:‘Free Ukraine Square’: Area in front of Russian consulate in Toronto getting new name
The area in front of the Russian consulate in Toronto will be now be known as “Free Ukraine Square.”
Coun. Josh Matlow, who represents the riding where the consulate is located, announced the decision in a Twitter post Wednesday.
“Toronto stands in solidarity with Ukraine,” Matlow said.
The Ukrainian flag is also flying at Toronto city hall.
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Prime Minister's Office: The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today had a successful bilateral visit to Germany. The visit reinforced the close relationship between our countries and our shared commitments to peace and security in Europe through our dedication to democracy and multilateralism, and to combatting climate change, growing the clean economy, and creating good middle-class jobs in both countries.
The Prime Minister today also announced that Canada would provide an additional $50 million in lethal and non-lethal military equipment to Ukraine. Canada and Germany are united in taking strong, decisive and coordinated action against the ongoing Russian aggression in Ukraine. They are supporting the government and people of Ukraine and neighbouring countries by providing lethal and non-lethal aid to Ukraine, addressing the emerging humanitarian crisis in the region, imposing significant punitive sanctions, and reinforcing our NATO allies in Eastern Europe.
To further defend democracy and continue leading the fight against disinformation, the Prime Minister announced $13.4 million over five years to renew and expand the G7 Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM), which strengthens coordination between countries in responding to threats to G7 democracies. The RRM was initially established under Canada's 2018 G7 Presidency to fight disinformation and misinformation. Canada will also provide $3 million to counter disinformation around Russia's ongoing aggression against Ukraine.
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Air Canada: Air Canada, Airlink and Project C.U.R.E. Unite to Send Hospital Beds, Humanitarian and Medical Supplies to Support Ukrainian Refugees in Poland. GlobalMedic sends medical supplies, trauma dressings and wound care supplies destined for Lviv, Ukraine.
An Air Canada-operated humanitarian special cargo flight on behalf of Airlink and other aid organizations departed Toronto Pearson International Airport with a final destination of Warsaw, Poland on Wednesday, March 9. Through a partnership between Air Canada, disaster logistics non-profit Airlink, relief organization Project C.U.R.E., and freight forwarder Flexport, medical supplies and hospital beds, humanitarian and medical supplies were loaded onboard the Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Medical and trauma supplies destined for a Ukrainian hospital provided by Canadian disaster relief and life-saving humanitarian aid organization GlobalMedic were also boarded.
After the flight arrives in Poland, Project C.U.R.E. will manage the distribution of supplies to hospitals treating Ukrainian civilians injured during the war, expanding the capacity of hospitals in border regions to provide care. More than two million people throughout Ukraine have now fled their homes after the invasion seeking safety in neighbouring countries. Primary care has been identified by aid agencies as one of the most pressing needs.
Earlier this week, medical supplies were picked up from the Project C.U.R.E. warehouse in Illinois, transported to Chicago O'Hare airport and tendered to Air Canada by Flexport. Air Canada Cargo subsequently transported the supplies to its Cargo facility at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Airlink also has transported 42 relief workers for 11 non-profit organizations providing medical care, food, mental health counseling, clean water, and other essentials to Ukrainian refugees.
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Customertimes Corp.: Customertimes announces the launch of The Give Back to Ukraine Fund, a humanitarian initiative to support those who have been directly impacted by the war.
This independent account will be governed by the Customertimes executive board, and 100% of the contributions will be used to support employee volunteer efforts on the ground and provide housing, medicine, clothing, and food for our Ukrainian team.
Since its launch March 3, 2022, The Give Back to Ukraine Fund has raised more than $95,000 USD. Additionally, the C-level staff at Customertimes has collectively agreed to donate their own salaries for the month of March to these rescue efforts.
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Canadian Pacific: Canadian Pacific announced today that it has pledged $500,000 to the Canadian Red Cross in support of humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine and for Ukrainian refugees.
"Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine, and we hope this donation will provide some much-needed support in the growing humanitarian crisis this deeply troubling conflict has created," said Keith Creel, CP President and Chief Executive Officer. "The strength and bravery of the Ukrainian people fighting for their freedoms is nothing short of inspiring."
CP will be 100 percent matching employee donations for the next 30 days made to the Canadian Red Cross and American Red Cross. CP will continue to match donations to other aid agencies providing relief to the suffering in Ukraine via CP's employee charitable giving program. We encourage employees in Canada and the United States to continue donating to help refugees and support humanitarian aid.
"I also encourage other companies across Canada and the United States to join us contributing to relief efforts," Creel said.
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Mar 08, 2022

CAE INC.: CAE announced that it has suspended all services and training to Russian airlines, aircraft operators and healthcare distributors, in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
CAE is saddened by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, and in support of its people, CAE has ceased to offer training services to pilots of Russian airlines as well as corporate and cargo operators in its training network. The company has also ceased to sell and service simulators for Russian airlines as well as healthcare distributors.
To support the humanitarian relief operations for Ukrainian refugees fleeing war, CAE has donated C$60,000 to the Red Cross. To date, CAE employees worldwide have donated more than C$65,000 to the Red Cross, for a total of more than C$125,000 donated by CAE and its employees. CAE will continue to match employee donations worldwide until March 31.
CAE employees in Hungary and Poland are also volunteering their time to support the Red Cross as well as individually supporting the needs of Ukrainian refugees.
CAE does not have any facilities in Russia. Prior to the suspension, CAE serviced simulators sold to Russian airlines with parts and update services and trained a number of Russian airlines in its global training centre network.
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Mar 07, 2022

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.: Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announces that, effective immediately, the Company is suspending operations in Russia and implementing plans to take care of its employees in a responsible and safe manner.
In Russia, Couche-Tard has operated under its primary brand Circle K including over 320 employees and 38 stores located in St. Petersburg, Murmansk, and Pskov.
The Company has already donated over US $1.5 million to the Red Cross and has instituted a global campaign to raise further funds for the Ukrainian people. Since the beginning of the crisis, local Circle K teams in Poland, the Baltics, and across the European network have been supporting refugees with free fuel, food and beverages, housing, and donations to children's charities.
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BFL CANADA Risk and Insurance inc.: BFL CANADA announced a donation of $100.000 to the Canadian Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal to support humanitarian needs related to the current situation in the country.
The situation for civilians in Ukraine is worsening by the day. The current invasion threatens to displace up to millions of people and cause a humanitarian crisis for those left in the country. BFL CANADA has committed to contributing $50,000, and this is being matched by Barry F. Lorenzetti, President, CEO and Founder, for a total of $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to deliver immediate life-saving support. These funds will go directly to providing much-needed support to those impacted by this crisis. This is in keeping with our founder's beliefs and core values.
The International Committee of the Red Cross is working closely with the Ukrainian Red Cross Society to provide emergency assistance and support local hospitals and primary healthcare facilities with medical equipment.
As the crisis evolves, our response and ongoing support for Ukraine, its people, communities and our impacted clients will continue. For those wishing to help support relief efforts can donate by visiting the Canadian Red Cross site at redcross.ca or by calling 1-800-418-1111.
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Ukrainian Canadian Congress: In support of the Canadian Red Cross Donate Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal, the Ukrainian community in Quebec is mobilizing and launching the Save Ukraine emergency fundraising campaign in collaboration with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.
During this campaign, funds raised will be used to meet the immediate needs of those affected by the recent events in Ukraine to ensure their survival and to support their long-term recovery. Healthcare and relief items will be provided to families and individuals in need of assistance, as well as to populations displaced by the war.
The emergency fundraising campaign, produced by the Molotov agency, will be deployed throughout the STM transit network on Astral advertising platforms. The Ukrainian community would like to warmly thank its partners for their support of this initiative. To contribute to the Save Ukraine emergency fundraising campaign, visit http://www.sauver-ukraine....
Canada was the first Western country to recognize Ukraine's re-establishment of independence in 1991 and there are more than 1.4 million people of Ukrainian origin living in Canada. The Ukrainian diaspora in Canada is the second largest in the world after the one in Russia.
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Mar 04, 2022

Canadian Tire Corporation: Canadian Tire Corporation announced it will temporarily pause its Helly Hansen operations in Russia, which include its retail stores, eCommerce site and product shipments. The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is tragic and deeply concerning and CTC's priority will continue to be protecting the safety and well-being of its employees. During this temporary pause in operations, store employees will continue to be paid and supported and the Company will continue to honour its commercial obligations.
Helly Hansen operates 41 retail locations and employs over 300 people in Russia. The situation is extremely critical and fast moving. CTC is dedicated to navigating through this reality with the best interests of its people as its highest priority.
CTC is committed to helping those impacted by the conflict in Ukraine and has made a $200,000 donation to the Red Cross' Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal. The Company is also committing up to $500,000 in support of the thousands of Ukrainian refugees who will be arriving in Canada. In addition, CTC's retail locations across the country will be collecting donations for the Red Cross' Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal.
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Mar 03, 2022

Samaritan's Purse Canada: Samaritan's Purse is deploying an emergency field hospital to the region to meet the critical medical needs. Disaster response specialists—including eight Canadians—have been on the ground in Poland, Romania and Moldova since last week conducting needs assessments and preparing a strategic response.
On Friday (March 4), the international Christian relief organization will airlift the emergency field hospital and a team of disaster response specialists — including doctors, nurses, and additional support staff —to Poland on its DC-8 aircraft. The field hospital will then be transported to Ukraine where it will provide trauma care to people impacted by the conflict. This unit can treat more than 100 patients each day; it is made up of 30 in-patient beds, an operating room and intensive care unit.
A 747 cargo plane will depart next week with additional components of the emergency field hospital and the equipment to establish two additional medical clinics. These clinics will be deployed to areas receiving an influx of refugees. Assessment teams continue to work to identify the most strategic locations for these units. These health clinics will equip Samaritan's Purse medical staff meet minor trauma needs and provide general medical care for about 200 patients each day.
In addition to medical care, Samaritan's Purse is preparing to distribute 20 tons of food inside Ukraine. Disaster Assistance Response Team members have also begun distributing water and food in Poland as Ukrainian families cross the border. Samaritan's Purse will continue to assess additional needs in the countries surrounding Ukraine—ready to respond in further capacities to aid hurting families.
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Mar 02, 2022

Russel Metals Inc.: Russel Metals Inc. announces that it is donating $100,000 to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees Canada (UNHCR) UN Refugee Agency, to provide immediate support to the humanitarian efforts in Ukraine for those Ukrainians forced to flee their homes.
"The people of Ukraine are in immediate need of our support," said John Reid, President and CEO of Russel Metals. "This is an urgent situation, and we are joining the global efforts to support this critical need."
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The Hilary and Galen Weston Foundation: The Hilary and Galen Weston Foundation will match donations to the Canadian Red Cross' Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal, up to $1 million (CAD). This applies for donations made by individual Canadians from today onwards.
Donated funds will allow the Red Cross to support preparedness, immediate and ongoing relief efforts, recovery, and other critical humanitarian activities as needs arise, both in Ukraine and surrounding countries, including support to populations that have been displaced.
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Feb 25, 2022

Canada.ca: Canada to match up to $10 million in donations from Canadians in response to humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
Canada is deeply concerned by the worsening humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, announced that Canada will match every donation made by individual Canadians to the Canadian Red Cross between February 24, 2022, and March 18, 2022, up to a maximum of $10 million.
The generosity of Canadians when a crisis strikes is always remarkable, and their efforts in times of need make a difference. This matching funding reinforces Canada’s steadfast commitment to Ukraine. This funding is in addition to the $50 million in funding for development and humanitarian aid that Canada has recently announced and the $620 million in sovereign loans that Canada has recently offered Ukraine.
Global Affairs Canada will match every donation made by individual Canadians to the Canadian Red Cross’s Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal. The Canadian Red Cross will in turn allocate the total amount of funding to support the efforts of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, including the Ukrainian Red Cross Society, other national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, in responding to the humanitarian needs caused by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. These critical funds will allow the Red Cross to support immediate and ongoing relief efforts and other critical humanitarian activities, both in Ukraine and in surrounding countries, including support for populations that have been displaced.
In 2021, according to the United Nations Financial Tracking Service, Canada ranked as the 4th largest single-country donor of humanitarian assistance funding to Ukraine.
Canada will remain in close contact with humanitarian partners on the ground to determine the best way to respond to this crisis.
• Canadians who would like to donate to the matching fund for the Canadian Red Cross’s Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal can do so online or by calling 1-800-418-1111.
• In addition to this matching fund, Canada has provided over $64 million in humanitarian assistance since the onset of the crisis in Ukraine in 2014.
• On January 21, 2022, Canada announced that it had offered a loan of up to $250 million to the Government of Ukraine to support the country’s economic resilience and governance reforms. Canada has also offered a technical assistance grant of up to $6 million to support the implementation of this loan.
• On February 14, 2022, Canada announced that it would offer a loan of up to $500 million to the Government of Ukraine through the Bretton Woods and Related Agreements Act.
• Canada has provided over $250 million in bilateral development assistance to Ukraine since 2014.
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