New Canada-Ukraine deal covers immigration


The new Canada-Ukraine deal also promotes immigration between the countries

Minister Marco Mendicino announced on Wednesday the establishment of a new Canada-Ukraine deal. As part of the new Mobility Working Group, the deal aims to encourage mobility from Ukraine to Canada. While the IRCC will still follow current frameworks and immigration rules, this deal is a big step forward.

The two countries share a deep political and economic friendship as well as a lasting cultural shared heritage. People of Ukrainian origin made up 11 per cent of Canada’s population in 2016. Estimates show that over a million people tracing their ancestry to Ukraine is a Canadian citizen.

Therefore, this new deal aims at reinforcing a strong existing partnership. It will also serve to monitor and manage immigration best practices, with the two governments collaborating closely. Canada also seeks to promote its economic class immigration programs to Ukrainian nationals and talent.

Mendicino remarked: ‘Through generations of Ukrainians who have made Canada their home, the Ukrainian-Canadian community continues to make outstanding contributions to Canada’s economy’. Moreover, he stated that this deal will further the “deep-rooted, people-to-people ties” between Canada and Ukraine.

The date chose was a symbolic reminder of the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1992. In 2017, the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement also took effect. Since 2014, Canada has also contributed north of $800 million in support of Ukraine. And this includes humanitarian assistance, financial and infrastructural development, and security funds.