OTTAWA – On December 13, Canada added Ukraine to the Automatic Firearms Country Control List (AFCCL). The Department of Global Affairs stated that the inclusion of Ukraine in the AFFCCL “will enable Canadian companies and individuals to apply for a permit to export certain prohibited firearms, weapons and devices to Ukraine. Each permit application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to ensure its consistency with Canada’s international obligations and foreign policy and defense priorities.”
Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland stated, “I’m delighted to make this announcement today. The addition of Ukraine to the AFCCL reflects the close ties our countries share. Canada and Canadians will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine and support Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.”
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) welcomed the addition of Ukraine to the AFCCL. The UCC has advocated for the addition of Ukraine to the list since June 2015, when the government of Canada launched public consultations on the issue.
“The addition of Ukraine to the AFCCL will provide Ukraine with the opportunity to access state-of-the-art Canadian-made equipment. These weapons will contribute to Ukraine’s ability to defend itself against Russia’s ongoing invasion,” stated Paul Grod, national president of the UCC.
“The addition of Ukraine to the AFCCL is another important step in the strengthening of the defense, security and economic relationship between our two countries,” he underscored.
The commercial export of prohibited firearms, weapons and devices from Canada must be authorized in advance by an export permit issued by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.