About the Mission
Canada is the fourth largest bilateral donor in Ukraine, and improving economic opportunities for Ukrainians and strengthening Ukrainian democracy continues to be a priority for the Government of Canada. Canada was the first Western country to officially recognize Ukraine as an independent state in 1991.
Since that time, Canada has supported democracy in Ukraine, including sponsoring the deployment of nearly two thousand Canadian independent election observers through various bilateral election observation missions.
Mission Canada is a neutral and impartial election observation mission run by CANADEM, an international not-for-profit organization, dedicated to advancing democracy and international peace and security.
Mission Canada’s mandate is to provide an assessment of the electoral process in Ukraine. Mission Canada assesses Ukraine’s compliance with UN and OSCE commitments and other international standards for democratic elections, as well as with national legislation. The Mission observes, records, and reports on its findings, without interfering or intervening in any way in the electoral process.