How businesses and Canadians can help Ukraine
Like many Canadians, the Mississauga Board of Trade and 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.
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.
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.
More information on becoming a private sponsor of a refugee is available through the
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.
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.
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.
Musket Transport is partnering with companies across Ontario to build projects and sponsorships to help support Ukraine.
The partnership with Polimex Forwarding Corp is centered around the collection of goods at both of the company's facilities in Toronto and Mississauga. This initiative is open to the public, so anyone who wants to contribute is welcome to drop off goods to any drop-off location. The collection campaign officially started Tuesday, March 29, 2022.
The goal is to collect one shipping container worth of goods, which will then be shipped to the Lions Club organization and a Cyclone Manufacturing warehouse to be distributed to Poland as well as Lviv, Kijev, and Ternopil.
Musket Transport and Polimex Forwarding Corp will be covering all costs involved in transporting the container to Poland once the goal has been reached.
Read more on musket.ca here.
If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].
Here is Global Affairs’ email for individuals or groups seeking to provide humanitarian assistance in Ukraine:
To get in touch directly with your local Ukrainian community, the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce has indicated that you can contact your respective (or nearest) provincial chapter of The Ukrainian Canadian Congress:
The Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce is working with The Ukrainian Canadian Congress to help provide job placements for Ukrainians who are arriving to Canada. If you are aware of open positions within your networks and would like to assist with this or other related matters, please contact Olha Mandyuk at [email protected].
Additionally, for those interested in volunteering their time/expertise in support of Ukrainians affected by the war in Ukraine, you can also share your information with The Ukrainian Canadian Congress here.