Many areas in Ukraine have been devastated by the ongoing Russian war, including damage to electrical and energy equipment. Funding from Alberta, provided to Energize Ukraine, will help cover essential costs like parts, shipping, labour and machinery to support the installation of this urgently needed electrical and energy equipment in the hardest-hit Ukrainian communities.

This investment in Ukraine’s energy infrastructure comes on the heels of a memorandum of understanding signed by Premier Danielle Smith and German Galushchenko, Minister of Energy of Ukraine, in February 2024 to establish closer collaboration and support in the energy sector. Through that agreement, Alberta is endeavouring to provide help that meets Ukraine’s urgent energy needs. This includes supplying energy equipment and supporting services to repair networks and critical energy infrastructure.

“We made a commitment in principle to help Ukraine rebuild its energy infrastructure devastated by the ongoing war. With this funding, we are moving that into firm action. Alberta strongly believes in helping its partners in times of need, and I am pleased to build on Alberta and Ukraine’s long history of friendship with this financial support.”

Danielle Smith, Premier

“Reliable, secure energy is a fundamental need no matter where in the world we find ourselves. Alberta is proud to be able to share whatever resources we can to help rebuild infrastructure in Ukraine and provide the tools needed to undo some of the damage done to so many communities over the past two years.”

Brian Jean, Minister of Energy and Minerals

"In these critical times, Ukraine's energy infrastructure requires unprecedented support. Led by the Ukrainian World Congress, the Energize Ukraine initiative is profoundly grateful for the invaluable solidarity and support from the Government of Alberta. This essential aid will undoubtedly enhance the resilience of the Ukrainian people and is designated for equipping schools with solar panel microgrids. This project will ensure that Ukrainian children have access to electricity, crucial during the challenges posed by Russia's severely damaging actions to our energy infrastructure."

Yarema Kovaliv, director, Ukrainian World Congress's Energize Ukraine initiative

Energize Ukraine is a global coalition established by the Ukrainian World Congress with a proven track record of successfully assisting the people of Ukraine in rebuilding their electricity systems to endure the ongoing war.

This financial support will enhance Energize Ukraine’s efforts to work with local Ukrainian companies and non-governmental and charity organizations to cost-effectively purchase and transport to Ukraine energy equipment such as solar panels, bushings, fuses and circuit breakers, and co-ordinate installation in schools and hospitals where it is needed most.

Quick facts

  • The Ukrainian World Congress was established in 1967 and is the global voice for Ukrainian people worldwide.
  • The Ukrainian World Congress represents the interests of more than 20 million Ukrainians and co-ordinates the work of Ukrainian communities and organizations in more than 60 countries.
  • Canada is home to the largest diaspora of Ukrainians outside of Ukraine and Russia, with approximately 370,000 individuals of Ukrainian descent living in Alberta.

Related information

Related news