On September 07, 2018 the Consulate General of Ukraine in Edmonton was officially opened. A number of dignitaries including Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Canada’s Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Canada Andriy Shevchenko and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson represented the grand opening ceremony.
Vitaliy Milentiev represented the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce – Alberta Chapter. He emceed the ribbon-cutting event and welcomed guests at the Consulate opening with warm words. He especially noted the strong historic, economic and political ties between Canada and Ukraine.
Premier Notley noted the special significance of the Consulate opening taking place on September 7, which has been designated as Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Day in Alberta. Earlier in the day, the Ukrainian flag was raised at the Alberta Legislature in a special ceremony attended by many members of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly.
The Consulate will serve Western Canada – Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. Western Canada is home to over 670,000 Canadians of Ukrainian descent and many Ukrainian citizens that has a growing demand for consular services.
Ukraine’s General Consul Oleksandr Danyleyko will come to Edmonton in November 2018. Nadiya Kostenko, a Consul in Edmonton, moved to Edmonton in June 2018. Ms. Kostenko will be providing consular services from the UCC Alberta Provincial Council office until January 2019, when renovations at the new Consulate office in central Edmonton are completed.