Resources to Support Ukraine
How Ottawa Businesses and Citizens Can Help Ukraine
Like many Canadians, the Ottawa Board of Trade (OBOT) expresses our solidarity with the Ukrainian people and Ukrainian business community during these tragic times for their country. OBOT stands with Ukraine and we continue to look for ways to support. Ottawa businesses and citizens that would like to support Ukraine can find a list of resources below. This is a living list so please check back often.
Canadians and businesses that are looking for ways to help can contact the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada.
- Address: 310 Somerset Street, West Ottawa, ON, K2P 0J9, Canada
- Telephone: (+1) 613 230 29 61
- Fax: (+1) 613 230 24 00
- Email: email@example.com
On March 25, 2022 the Ottawa Board of Trade and Ottawa Business Journal hosted the Mayor's Breakfast with Andrii Bukvych, Chargé d'Affaires at the Ukrainian Embassy. Click here to see their remarks about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine
The Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce is working with businesses, associations, and chambers to help provide support for Ukrainian businesses that remain open during this time. Click here to learn more about how you can contribute
Canadians wishing to donate to the humanitarian needs can do so through the Canadian Red Cross. Donations will enable the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to provide support in Ukraine which could include preparedness, ongoing relief efforts, and ongoing relief efforts. Click here to learn more and donate to the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal
Canadians can also donate to the United Nations Refugee Agency Ukraine Emergency which will provide humanitarian assistance to people who are fleeing their homes. Click here to learn more and donate to the UNHCR Canada Ukraine Emergency
The Private Sponsorship of Refugees program allows Canadians to resettle individuals or families who qualify as refugees under Canada's refugee and humanitarian program through privately sponsorship. Click here to learn more
Employers can list employment opportunities to the Government of Canada's Job Bank's Jobs for Ukraine. Job Bank will then work with local employers to connect Ukrainians who are coming to Canada to escape the crisis in their country find work in their communities. Click here to learn more and create a job posting
Ukrainian job seekers can use Job Bank's Jobs for Ukraine to find employment opportunities. Click here to learn more
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress is collecting information from individuals and organizations who may be able to help that are Ukrainians impacted. This support could include services such as housing, legal aid, transportation, daycare, immigration consultancy, and more. Click here to complete the form
Certificate of Origins:
The Ottawa Board of Trade and Canadian Chamber of Commerce 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.
Given the tragic and unprecedented conflict in Ukraine, we have taken the decision to suspend the issuing of certificates of origin for Canadian exports going to Russia while the conflict is ongoing. We will make exceptions on a case-by-case basis for certificates related to any humanitarian goods.
We urge companies with any commercial activities involving Russia business partners to adhere to all sanctions and related regulatory requirements, as well as regularly monitor advice from Global Affairs Canada.
Among other measures, the Government of Canada has created the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel to help Ukrainians come to Canada as quickly as possible and to provide them with the ability to work and study while here. Click here to learn more about Canada's immigration measures for people impacted
The Government of Canada is urging Canadians to avoid all travel to Ukraine due to the ongoing Russian military invasion. Canadian officials are working with international partners to help Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who are impacted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine to return home. Theses travel advisories extend to Russia and Belarus. Click here to learn more
Canadians that are abroad and need emergency assistance due to the Russian military invasion can contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre:
- Telephone: +1 613-996-8885
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- SMS: +1 613-686-3658
- WhatsApp: +1 613-909-8881
The Government of Canada has removed Russia and Belarus from the Most-Favoured-Nation-Tariff treatment in addition to enacting sanctions related to the two countries. Click here to learn more
Resources for Responding to Stressful Events
- Ottawa Public Health - Responding to Stressful Events
- Government of Canada - Taking Care of Ourselves, Our Families, and Our Communities
- Distress Centre - 613-238-3311
- The Mental Health Crisis Line - 613-722-6914
- Tel-Aide Outaouais - 613-741-6433
- Youth Service Bureau - 613-260-2360
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