In order to meet the challenge of these dark times, we are called upon to not only be leaders in our communities, but to be leaders on the world stage. While the defenders of Ukraine have inspired awe with their unconquerable spirit, strength and courage, we must take up their cause abroad to make sure they receive the assistance they need to defeat a brutal, senseless invasion. Today, Ukrainians are not only defending their homeland, but are fighting for European values and global security. While they risk sacrificing their lives in this struggle, we can do our part to assist them.
Every dollar matters—it can make a life-saving difference for someone.
Since the beginning of Russia's invasion, Ukrainians around the globe have stood up countless initiatives and fundraisers to respond to the crisis quickly and effectively. Canadians and Ukrainians are working together to collect funds for local projects, national and international relief efforts, and to support the Ukrainian government directly. Find out how you can best support.
Every minute matters
Many of the organizations listed in the directory on this site are running projects in support of Ukraine. You can connect with them for volunteer opportunities based on your interests. There are also many grassroots initiatives across the city, from designers coming up with the next merch to rally organizers.
Even the smallest help matters
Ukrainians were forced to flee and now they are in need of even ordinary and basic things. You can make a difference in the lives of arriving families through hosting and offering basic living necessities for the first few months. Ukrainian Settlement Helpers Ottawa is a Facebook community which assists with self-matching between hosts and newly arrived Ukrainians.
Every purchase matters
Ottawa is home to many Ukrainian-owned businesses. For a full list, check out the business directory of the Ukrainian Canadian Professional Business Association. For a list of Ukrainian-brands and shops with international shipping, including to Canada, click below. Happy shopping!