As reported by Censor.NET citing Canada Gazette, the inclusion of Ukraine on the Automatic Firearms Country Control List (AFCCL) allows Canadian residents to apply for an export permit for these items to Ukraine. Applications for such export permits will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Government of Canada for consistency with Canada’s defence and foreign policies.
By adding Ukraine to the AFCCL, the Canadian Government lifted the de facto embargo on the sale of weapons to Ukraine which existed for many years.
The relevant order comes into force on the day on which it is registered.
The Automatic Firearms Country Control List defines countries to which the domestic producers are authorized to export certain prohibited firearms, prohibited weapons and prohibited devices, and their components or parts. The list previously consisted of 39 countries including Botswana, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Colombia. Ukraine became the 40th state included in it.
This issue has long been lobbied by the Ukrainian authorities and Canada’s Ukrainian community. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry officials even paid an ad-hoc visit to Canada this year to inspect the capabilities of the country's defense industry. However, Ukraine had no opportunity to purchase Canadian weapons until now.
Ukraine’s inclusion in the list will also significantly enhance cooperation between the countries’ defense industries since not only weapons export to Ukraine but also the equipment for its production was previously banned.