Canada sets aside funding over five years for lethal and humanitarian aid to Ukraine

Justin Trudeau at a press conference with Volodymr Zelenskyy in Kyiv, June 10, 2023
Justin Trudeau at a press conference with Volodymr Zelenskyy in Kyiv, June 10, 2023

Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland introduced the 2024 federal budget, including funding for Ukraine, as the country plans to increase military spending to 1.76% of GDP by 2030, CP24 reported.

The budget designates $1.6 billion dollars over five years for lethal and non-lethal military aid to Ukraine. 

It also includes $350 million over two years to counter large-scale humanitarian crises and $159 million over five years to support Canada's Global Affairs management "transformation".

The budget will include:

  • $48 million over four years and $15.8 million later to forgive preschool educators’ loans

  • $52 million over 5 years to enact and enforce the new Online Harms Act to tackle hate speech

  • $273.6 million over six years for law enforcement, combating radicalization, and victim support

  • $32 million over six years and $11 million a year after for the Security Infrastructure Program, which funds the physical security of community and religious hubs

  • More than 900 million over six years for greener homes and energy efficiency programs

  • $150 million over three years to the Emergency Treatment Fund to help municipalities and Indigenous communities deal with the opioid crisis

  • $6.1 billion over six years and $1.4 billion in the seventh for the Canada Disability Benefit and related costs.

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