Ottawa: Canada has announced $100 million additional humanitarian support for Ukraine at the virtual joint launch of the Humanitarian Flash Appeal and the Regional Refugee Response Plan on Tuesday, in response to immediate needs arising from the war crisis. Simultaneously, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been holding discussions with world leaders about the Ukraine situation.
This support will enable access to emergency health services, including trauma care; essential life-saving services such as shelter, water, and sanitation; and food and protection and support to displaced populations.
“The lives of the children of Ukraine have been thrown into chaos. Their classrooms have been replaced by bomb shelters. Their playgrounds have become battlefields. Their beds have become the hard ground,” said Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada.
“As Canadians, we have stepped up… will be supporting this appeal by providing $100 million in funding for humanitarian assistance for the people of Ukraine and those who have been forced to flee to neighbouring countries. We will continue to be there for our Ukrainian friends and partners during this difficult time,” Sajjan added.
Canada will continue to work with partners, including the United Nations and non-governmental organisations, to see what more can be done to assist those impacted by this conflict.
Canada has allocated an additional $25 million in humanitarian assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of 2022. This includes $15 million to experienced humanitarian partners in Ukraine that can respond flexibly to the situation as it continues to evolve, and up to $10 million to the Canadian Red Cross through the matching fund for its Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal, launched on February 24, 2022.