The Canadian government is taking major trade action against Russia, sending deadlier aid to Ukraine and will open up new immigration streams for Ukrainians.
For Ukrainians fleeing the war started by Russia, Canada is opening two new immigration streams.
One will allow an unlimited number of Ukrainians to come to this country on a temporary basis on expedited emergency visas, and the other is a new pathway to family reunification for those seeking to stay permanently in Canada.
“Canada is ready to welcome Ukrainians fleeing Vladimir Putin’s war, and there is no limit to the number of applications we will be ready to accept,” the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Refugees said Thursday. of Citizenship, Sean Fraser.
Canada is also revoking the “most favored nation status” of Russia and Belarus as trading partners, which means they will face a 35% tariff on their exports to Canada.
Canada is the first country to take the step, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Thursday, adding that the only other country subject to these measures along with Canada is North Korea.
“We are working closely with our partners and allies to encourage them to do the same,” Freeland said.
Referring to the latest round of sanctions imposed on 10 Russian leaders, Freeland said the total number of individuals and entities sanctioned by Canada since Russia’s occupation of Crimea in 2014 has now risen to more than 1,000.
Defense Minister Anita Anand also announced Thursday that in addition to its framework of lethal aid shipments to Ukraine, the Canadian Armed Forces will send from its stockpile up to 4,500 rocket launchers and up to to 7,500 hand grenades.
“These weapons…will be transported to the region as quickly and safely as possible,” Anand said.
Canada is also sending Ukraine $1 million for the purchase of modern high-resolution satellite imagery.