Canada Stands with Ukraine

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Since 2015, police reform has been a significant and visible development in Ukraine's free and democratic society.   These reforms have helped transform a mistrusted and corrupt post-Soviet institution into an effective Ukrainian police service.  Today, Ukraine's police service works to assure public safety and protect the rights of all citizens.

As part of a broader coalition of international partners, Canada has made a significant contribution to the professional development of police in Ukraine through a series of capacity building projects and a bilateral mission. This included the mobilization of Canadian police officers (serving and retired) and civilians who work within Canada’s security sector. These efforts supported a safe, secure, and stable Ukraine through ongoing police reform efforts including the Canadian Police Mission in Ukraine (CPMU) and the Canada-Ukraine Police Development Project (CUPDP). Working in parallel, these two programs reinforced Ukraine's democratic principles and rule of law infrastructure. Each individual engaged with the CPMU or CUPDP can attest to the dedication and commitment of our Ukrainian partners and local staff in support of their democracy.

On February 24, 2022, the Russian Military began a full-scale invasion and occupation of Ukraine, jeopardizing the freedom, infrastructure, and democratic values of the Ukrainian people.

The success of  Canadian-led police reform projects was impossible without support from our Ukrainian partners and colleagues working alongside us. Today, they are confronted with a monumental task of maintaining rule of law and community safety while protecting their children and loved ones from the ravages of war that include air strikes, artillery barrage and Russian invaders. 

This is a call for financial assistance to provide humanitarian aid for those Ukrainians who worked and supported Canadian Police Reform Projects in Ukraine since 2015.  This fund aspires to save lives and ease suffering while promoting human rights and dignity for those affected by this crisis.  This grassroots initiative is led by Canadians who joined Canadian police training efforts in Ukraine over the last six years.  

The war and resulting atrocities and war crimes have been disastrous for Ukraine.  We will continue to support our Ukrainian colleagues in their time of need. These Ukrainians will be integral leaders for the demobilization and rebuilding of a post-conflict Ukraine.

Guidelines & Funding Parameters

These funds are reserved for members of the Ukrainian Law Enforcement Community and Civil Society who have partnered or worked alongside Canadian police reform projects and require humanitarian assistance. Support will focus on directly helping people in an emergency and seek to save lives and alleviate suffering. We will rely on our networks and communication within Ukraine to determine who requires help.

Given the present circumstances, it may prove challenging to get money and or supplies into Ukraine. Therefore, funding humanitarian support for identified Ukrainians (friends of Canadian Police Reform Projects) will require a tiered approach, including;

  - provide humanitarian aid, where possible, to support our Ukrainian colleagues who continue to live and work in Ukraine; 
  - supporting our Ukrainian colleagues who, as a result of the conflict, become Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) or refugees (including family members);
  - supporting Ukrainian community safety projects Ukrainian Law Enforcement and partners are actively engaged in.  These benevolent projects will directly provide relief to people in need (i.e., domestic violence shelters, provision of social services, etc.).

A request for funding must be submitted demonstrating financial need and confirm a connection with a Canadian led police reform project. This request may come by email and brought to the attention of the Funds Disbursement Committee.   Many of these requests are identified and channeled through this committee with support from our locally engaged colleagues in Ukraine.


 The request should briefly outline the following:

●        clearly articulate the request for humanitarian aid; 

●        identify how much money is required and  a plan for how the money will be sent, received and utilized;

●        how the CPMU and/or CUPDP is connected with the people in need.

 A committee of at least three people (to meet quorum) that consists of either past or present members of a Canadian police reform project will determine who will receive funding.

-       Requests for funds will be evaluated on as need basis, with consensus being sought by the committee.  

These guidelines will be updated as the need dictates and the situation evolves in Ukraine. Under this premise, ongoing updates and communication will be essential.

-       If necessary, any unattributed funds will be donated to the Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal, which is being matched by the Federal Government. This will be determined by seeking a majority approval of all past and present members of either the CPMU or CUPDP.

Note:  A methodical approach will ensure funds are successfully donated and in the hands of our partners and colleagues as they are faced with this crisis and occupation of Ukraine.   The focus of this cause will be to provide humanitarian aid directly to people.  Requests for development aid in support of Ukraine’s security sector institutions will be forwarded to other organizations as applicable.[1] 

While this fund is supportive of Ukrainian Law Enforcement and the Democratic institutions of Ukraine, efforts will ensure any funds or aid will remain neutral, and not be provided in support of the conflict (i.e., lethal or non-lethal tactical equipment).  Every effort will be made to adhere to the Principles of “Do No Harm” while being mindful of unintended consequences.[2]

No funds will be transferred to areas under, or may potentially fall under international sanctions (e.g. Russia, Crimea, Luhansk People's Republic, Donetsk People's Republic, etc.).


[1] For more information, please see, Humanitarian aid, explained: 5 things to know | Concern Worldwide (concernusa.org )

[2] For additional information, reference Do No Harm Conflict Sensitivity Approach  CDA Collaborative Learning Projects
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