UCC Community Survey Results

UCC Community Survey Results

Key Public Policy Themes Emerge for 2019


June 04, 2019. Ottawa, ON. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) is pleased to announce its key public policy themes leading up to this year’s Canadian federal election. These 6 key themes have emerged from an extensive consultation which included an online community survey conducted in April and May 2019:

            1. Strengthening Canada-Ukraine Defence and Security Relations
            2. Supporting Democratic and Economic Reform in Ukraine
            3. Fighting Online Hate and Disinformation
            4. Welcoming Newcomers
            5. Keeping our Culture Vibrant and Flourishing
            6. Ensuring Security and Dignity for Seniors

“Our analysis of the numerical data and comments confirms a broad consensus on these six key themes,” said UCC CEO Ihor Michalchysyn. “These key themes will be formulated into more detailed policy options papers to serve as a foundation for advocacy.”

The community survey asked respondents to indicate how strongly they felt about the importance of proposed policy recommendations within the context of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and its work to advance the priorities of the Ukrainian Canadian community. Recommendations were ranked from 1 to 4, with 1 being “not important” to 4 being “very important”. Significantly, no recommendation received less than an average of a 3 (“important”) rating.

UCC President Alexandra Chyczij stated, “Our community members have articulated a common vision for UCC’s positions on public policies on a range of issues, from Canada-Ukraine relations to those that have an impact on their day-to-day lives, such as seniors’ care. This survey was an important step in ensuring that UCC’s policy priorities represent the broad range of views in the community.”

Leading up to the 2019 federal election, UCC staff have been meeting with representatives of all federal political parties to discuss UCC’s positions on a wide range of issues. When the election campaign begins, the UCC will issue a survey to all political parties and candidates on issues of importance to our community and release the results of the survey publicly. This will serve to better inform members of our community on the policy positions of federal parties and candidates.

Michalchyshyn concluded, “This year’s policy development process brings into focus the issues that unite the Ukrainian Canadian community and give it a strong national voice.  We are well-placed to advance our united priorities leading up to the important public policy discussions of 2019.”

Advocacy and public policy will be an important part of the key issues discussed at the XXVI Triennial Congress of Ukrainian Canadians, which will be held in Ottawa on November 1-3, 2019. For more information about the XXVI Congress and to find out how you can participate, please see: https://congress.ucc.ca/

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