October 16, 2005 13:00 ET

Canada Announces Development Initiatives in Ukraine

BARRIE, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 16, 2005) - The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced that the Canadian International Development Agency, (CIDA), through Canada Corps, will provide close to $5 million for three initiatives in Ukraine. This is part of Canada's ongoing efforts to help strengthen democracy and good governance in the Ukraine. The Minister made the announcement at Barrie's 7th annual Ukrainian Festival.

"As the people and government of Ukraine lead their own transition to a system of government that respects the rights of its citizens and protects democratic principles, Canada will be there to assist them," said Minister Carroll. "We helped the Ukrainian people make their votes count, and we will continue to stand by them as they work to build a strong, united, and democratic Ukraine."

Further to today's announcement, Canada will invest:

- $2.5 million to promote a closer alignment of regional and federal policies in Ukraine. Working with Ukraine's International Centre for Policy Studies, the Conference Board of Canada will build on the analytical base already established through earlier initiatives to help develop the ability to measure and forecast regional and national economic potential and socio-economic performance, using internationally accepted methods. This initiative will share Canadian expertise through Canada Corps.

- close to $1.5 million to a Canadian Bureau for International Education initiative that mobilizes senior Canadian policy advisors to provide timely and specialized expertise and training in response to requests for assistance from the Government of Ukraine and civil society. This Canada Corps project also supports study tours and short-term training and internships in Canada for Ukrainian officials.

- $750,000 for a project with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe that responds to a request from the Government of Ukraine for assistance in addressing: weaknesses in election legislation and administration; limited opportunities in Ukraine for public participation in policy making; low participation in decision-making by women and youth; high levels of corruption; and limited access to reliable information about government services and policy.

Canada also recently announced a $5.5 million contribution over five years to a project that supports Ukrainian government departments responsible for regional development to deliver and implement regional development planning and policy-making in a transparent, accountable and democratic manner. The project is managed by the Canadian Urban Institute with support from the Foundation for International Training, the EuroRegioUkraine and a team of Canadian and Ukrainian administrators.

Canada Corps is an initiative to strengthen Canada's contribution to governance in the developing world.

Funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2005 Federal Budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Andrew Graham
    Director of communications
    (819) 953-6238
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    (819) 953-6534 (electronic version of document)