Blog Mar 10, 2022

How businesses and Canadians can help Ukraine


Like many Canadians, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is appalled by the further Russian invasion of Ukraine.

We support efforts by Canada and its allies to take strong measures to end the conflict. The recent actions by the Russian government strike at the rule of law and international norms, which are the foundations of our democratic societies and our economic system.

Like many Canadians, we express our solidarity with the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian business community during these tragic times for their country. For those that would like to help, we are providing links to the specific areas of greatest need that outline meaningful ways to make donations. We are also providing links to various information sources regarding sanctions and other relevant policy. 

How to help

Financially

The Canadian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce is working with chambers, associations, and businesses to provide assistance and aid for Ukrainian businesses operating during this time, in order to support Ukrainians and the Ukrainian Army. Read more and contribute.

Canadians wishing to make a humanitarian donation may do so through the Canadian Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal. The Government of Canada will match donations, up to $10 million, until March 18. Donation receipts are provided.

Donations may additionally be made to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ukraine Emergency. Donations are tax-deductible.

Employment opportunities

Canadian employers are encouraged to list employment opportunities on the Government of Canada’s Jobs for Ukraine Job Board to help Ukrainian migrants find employment when they arrive in Canada. Ukrainian job seekers can also use the job board to find opportunities. More information on Canada’s migration efforts for Ukrainians is available through the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUEAT) program.

Refugee sponsorship

Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program allows Canadians to help resettle refugees as individuals or families that qualify under the refugee and humanitarian program. Those in Quebec may access the Program for Refugees Abroad. More information on becoming a private sponsor of a refugee is available through the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program.

Call for volunteers and support

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) is currently collecting information from individuals and organizations that may be able to assist. Support could include employment, housing, immigration services, legal, in-kind donations, transportation, daycare/childcare, and more. Complete the UCC form if you or your organization can provide assistance.

Sanctions

The Government of Canada and numerous other countries have enacted sanctions in order to help bring an end to the conflict.

Canada has additionally cut Russia and Belarus from Most-Favoured-Nation Tariff treatment, which results in the application of the General Tariff for goods imported into Canada that originate from Russia or Belarus. Under the General Tariff, a tariff rate of 35% is now applicable on imports from these countries.

Travel advisory

The Government of Canada is urging Canadians to avoid all travel to Ukraine due to armed conflict with Russia. If you are in Ukraine, you should shelter in a secure place unless it is safe for you to leave the country. Read more and access emergency Government of Canada contact information.