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e-33 (Issuance of visas)

Initiated by Nicholas Krawetz from Winnipeg, Manitoba

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • 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;
  • The Minister of International Trade has been tasked with implementing the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) in the Ministerial Mandate Letter;
  • 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; and
  • 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.
Government response tabled on September 19, 2016 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-16-03)
Open for signature
January 12, 2016, at 3:21 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
May 11, 2016, at 3:21 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
James Bezan (Selkirk—Interlake—Eastman)
June 6, 2016 (Petition No. 421-00419)
Government response tabled
September 19, 2016
Photo - James Bezan
Conservative Caucus
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