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Canada to provide $76 million to Germany Air Defence initiative for Ukraine

The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of National Defence, welcomed Germany’s Minister of Defence, Boris Pistorius, to Canada for a bilateral meeting. This marks Minister Pistorius’s first visit to Canada since his appointment as Germany’s Minister of Defence.

To jumpstart the meeting, the ministers signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) concerning funding for the purchase of air defence capabilities for the Ukrainian Armed Forces. 

Minister Blair announced that Canada will contribute $76 million to Germany’s Immediate Action on Air Defence (IAAD) initiative to support Ukrainians in their fight against Russia.

“We’re very grateful for Germany’s leadership and expertise. It is clear Ukraine is in desperate need of air defence capabilities and Germany is giving Canada a great opportunity to not just deliver what Ukraine needs but when they need it.”

The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of National Defence

Ministers Blair and Pistorius highlighted the work Canada and Germany are doing to support the NATO Alliance, including leading NATO battle groups in Latvia and Lithuania, and strengthening NATO’s defence and deterrence measures in Eastern Europe.

ADDITIONAL INFO

  • Canada and Germany are like-minded global partners with a shared commitment to bolstering multilateralism and the rules-based international order. As long-standing NATO Allies, we cooperate closely on security and defence issues, and are also both members of the G7 and G20, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the World Trade Organization.
  • Since February 2022, Canada has committed over $14 billion in total support to Ukraine, including $4 billion in military assistance. This includes Leopard 2 main battle tanks, armoured combat support vehicles, anti-tank weapons, M777 howitzers, artillery ammunition, drones, and more. Canada is also contributing to multinational efforts to train pilots and maintain and support Ukraine’s F-16s.
  • Since March 2022, the Royal Canadian Air Force has been assisting with the delivery of military aid to Ukraine, donated by Canada, Allies, and partners. The RCAF has transported over 16 million pounds of Ukraine-bound military aid to date.
  • Canada is more than doubling its military presence in Latvia. By this summer, there will be 1,500 persistently deployed CAF members in Latvia, with the full implementation of up to 2,200 members in a Brigade capacity by 2026.
  • On April 8, 2024, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Defence Minister Bill Blair released Our North, Strong and Free: A Renewed Vision for Canada’s Defence. This defence policy update prioritizes Arctic and northern security and will invest $8.1 billion over five years and $73 billion over 20 years to bolster the defence of Canada.
  • With this investment, Canada projects its defence spending to GDP ratio to reach 1.76% in 2029-30. This is a significant step forward towards meeting our commitment to reach defence expenditures of 2% of gross domestic product.
  • Initiatives under Our North, Strong and Free also put Canada on track to exceed NATO’s target of 20% for major equipment expenditures as a proportion of defence funding in 2025-2026.

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