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History of CANADEM Electoral Work

From 2002 to 2013, CANADEM worked with the Government of Canada to send observers to monitor elections around the world. In the past decade, we organized a number of electoral observation missions to Ukraine. These short and long-term observers deployed by CANADEM have played a crucial role in strengthening the democratic process globally. Canadian electoral observers participated in election observation missions at the Presidential, Parliamentary, Legislative and Municipal levels. Between 2002 and 2020, 3,339 Canadian election observers have been recruited and deployed by CANADEM to 154 multilateral and bilateral missions.

CANADEM has been involved in Election Observation Missions with the following partners:

  • Global Affairs Canada

  • Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR)

  • Organization of American States (OAS)

  • European Union (EU)

  • The Carter Center

  • Commonwealth Secretariat

CANADEM evaluated

CANADEM's performance under Global Affairs Canada's (formerly DFATD) Multilateral Elections Observation Program (2008-2013) was reviewed and evaluated.

The summary evalution of MEOP noted that "CANADEM’s performance has been exemplary in acting as a service organization to operationalize Canadian election observers for both multilateral and bilateral missions” and "...that CANADEM has done an excellent job in sourcing, organizing, contracting, and providing training for Canadian participation in EOMs."

The evaluation recommended that "CANADEM continue to be utilized as the primary agency responsible for training, contracting, and fielding of individual Canadian election observers."


CANADEM Electoral Observation Missions in Ukraine

With support from the Government of Canada, CANADEM supported democracy in Ukraine through electoral assistance since 2004. We observed every Ukrainian election since then both as part of the OSCE multilateral observation missions and the bilateral Mission Canada deployments.

Most recently, in 2019 and 2020, Ukraine successfully organized presidential, parliamentary, and municipal elections. CANADEM, with funding from Global Affairs Canada, designed, deployed and managed Mission Canada (349 short-term observers and 105 long-term observers).


CANADEM also seconded Canadian observers to the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights’ (ODIHR) Election Observation Mission (209 short-term observers and 38 long-term observers) to observe all three electoral processes.

For more information, please visit Mission Canada's website and read CANADEM's 2019 Annual Report

We are proud to stand with the people of Ukraine in their efforts to strengthen democracy!

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