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The Ministry of social policy and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities discussed the possibility of cooperation


The Ministry of social policy and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) discussed the possibility of cooperation aimed at creating a favorable climate for economic development in Ukraine under the Ukraine Municipal Local Economic Development Project, an international technical assistance project implemented with the financial support from the Government of Canada.

This, among other issues, was discussed during the meeting between Natalya Fedorovych, Deputy Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine, and the members of the FCM Board of Directors: Debra Button, President of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association and Mayor of Weyburn, Toronto councilor Pam McConnell. Bet Woroniuk and Ludmyla Chernyavska, MLED Project gender equality specialists also participated in the meeting.

"We highly appreciate what Canada has already done for Ukraine and what it continues to do. The Canadian experience in the provision of services to people with special needs, creation of an inclusive education system, adoption of gender equality, and many other issues in various areas is very important for us. Ukraine is also especially interested in the experience of the Canadian municipalities in ensuring effective local self-governance and development of local communities, since the ways and means of government decentralization and delegation of functions from the center to the local level are currently being actively discussed in our society", said Nataliia Fedorovych.

She also underscored that the Ministry of social policy is ready for cooperation and will appreciate any assistance provided for the solution of the current tasks the Ukrainian state now faces. One of them is the reform of residential institutions (geriatric, mental, and children’s), 311 of which currently exist in the social security system of Ukraine.

"Today, this system is large and inefficient, especially with the subsidiary farms the residential institutions often have, while failing to perform their main function, which is to provide proper care for the people in their custody", said Nataliia Fedorovych.

Deputy Minister announced that the Ministry of social policy has developed an Action Plan for resolution of problematic issues of residential facilities in the social security system, and the reforms process has already started. The Ministry is currently actively looking for funds to improve the software of the Central Disability Data Bank to the extent related to registration of persons in residential care. Creation of a residential facility profile, development of the chart of individual social care needs of its residents (including social adaptation, encouragement of interests, and arrangement of leisure and active ageing) are also currently underway.

The Ministry of Social Policy is certain that the implementation of these and other measures, as well as introduction of innovative services in the residential facilities of the social security system, such as creation of daycare departments, temporary stay, and supported residence, will help change the situation for the better.

In response to that, Debra Button said that she, as the Mayor of Weyburn and the mother in a family-home with four adopted children, understands the concern of the Ministry with the stated problems, and supports it in the desire to resolve them. "We are ready for cooperation and willing to share the experience that we have", she said. The parties have agreed on their next meeting, which will also be held this autumn.

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