Canadian NGOs render permanent assistance to Belarus in dealing with negative consequences of the accident at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant as well as in improving Belarusian children’s health in Canada.
Canadian Aid for Chernobyl is a nationally registered non-profit charity that provides humanitarian aid to the Republic of Belarus on an ongoing basis.
The charitable organization was created by residents of Brokville in 1998 to provide assistance to residents of the Chausy district of the Mogilev region, who suffered from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident. Thanks to the funds collected by the organization, several hundred Belarusian children underwent health improvement in Canada. On a regular basis humanitarian aid is sent to the Republic of Belarus Canadian Aid for Chernobyl. Members of the public association organized a clothing and food bank for low-income families, employees of the organization on a voluntary basis take an active part in actions for the reconstruction and repair of significant social facilities in Chausy.
The main areas of activity: improving the health of children living in contaminated areas as a result of the Chernobyl accident, humanitarian programs in the field of food and medicine, support of pupils of the orphanage in Chausy and children with disabilities, reconstruction of social facilities.
In total in 2020 the assistance from Canada amounted 125,15 thousands USD (in 2019 — 246,89 thousands USD).
Work is underway to develop bilateral ties in the field of education and interacademic cooperation. In 2020 the Embassy initiated direct contacts between the Belarusian State University and the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), as well as between the Belarusian Academy of Arts and the Belarusian State University of Economics and the University of Capilano (Vancouver). Since 2017, seven lectures and round tables on Belarusian topics have been held at Carleton and Ottawa universities with the participation of lecturers and students, representatives of analytical community and the diplomatic corps.
For promotion of transit and tourism opportunities the National Tourism Agency and the Embassy of Belarus in Ottawa arranged two exploratory tours to Belarus for top managers of largest travel companies in Canada in 2019.
Presentation of tourism opportunities in Belarus for Canadian tour operators focused on European region was held in March 2020.