Visa-Free Business and Tourism Travel for Ukrainian Citizens

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Saskatchewan)

WHEREAS Canada has a deep and long-standing relationship with Ukraine, including 1.3 million Canadians of Ukrainian descent after 125 years of Ukrainian immigration to Canada, several bilateral programs and, most recently, the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA);

WHEREAS Ukraine unilaterally eliminated the need for short-term visas for Canadian citizens in 2005, while Ukrainian citizens still require Canadian visas for short-term stays (not longer than 90 days);

WHEREAS Canadian-Ukrainian bilateral trade represents nearly $360 million/year1, and is expected to increase 19% with the signing of CUFTA2, Ukrainian business leaders still require cumbersome visas to engage in business activities in Canada;

WHEREAS the EU has decided to eliminate the need for visas for Ukrainian citizens in 2016 and the Liberal Party of Canada announced during the 2015 that a Liberal government “would work to achieve this goal” [abolition of visas for short-term travel];

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Government of Canada eliminate the need for business and tourist visas for Ukrainian citizens with biometric passports for stays of no longer than 90 days;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal Government of Canada enact this legislation before August 24th, 2016 to mark the 25th anniversary of Ukrainian independence and 125 years of Ukrainian immigration to Canada.

1 Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (Government of Canada): http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/agr-acc/ukraine/canada-ukraine.aspx?lang=eng

2 Yatsenyuk signs free-trade agreement with Canada’s Harper (UkrWeekly.com): http://www.ukrweekly.com/uwwp/yatsenyuk-signs-free-trade-deal-with-canadas-harper/