14:43 Jun. 7, 2016
Canadian petition for visa-free regime with Ukraine presented at House of Commons
On January 12, 2016, the Canadian Parliament registered an e-petition calling for cancelling the visa regime with Ukraine.
The petition was initiated by Nicholas Krawetz, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, who believes the current visa regime is not good for further developing economic, cultural and historical Ukraine-Canada relations.
1. 125 years of subsequent waves of immigration from Ukraine has resulted in immeasurable contributions of Ukrainian-Canadians in the development of Canada, while Ukrainian culture has been woven into the multicultural fabric of Canadian society;
2. The Minister of International Trade has been tasked with implementing the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) in the Ministerial Mandate Letter;
3. Current Canadian temporary resident visa requirements hamper Ukrainian businesses from investing in Canada, while obstructing knowledge transfer and professional exchanges and thereby ultimately undermining the goals of CUFTA;
4. Visa-free business and tourism travel is central to stimulating economic growth and job creation.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, request (or call upon) the Government of Canada to abolish temporary resident visa requirements for Ukrainian citizens and grant Ukrainian nationals visa-free travel to Canada for periods of stay up to 90 days, given Canada's long-standing relationship with Ukraine.
The petition gathered nearly 2,500 signature and was presented to the House of Commons on June 6, 2016.