Originally called Ukrainian Canadian Committee, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress was formed in November 1940 under the initiative of the federal government of Canada and non-Communist Ukrainian organizations to consolidate a large Ukrainian population under an umbrella-like structure for a united war effort during the Second World War and Postwar period. Being politically and religiously neutral UCC played a key role in campaigning on behalf of the 200,000 Ukrainian refugees stranded in Western Europe after the war to the federal government of Canada for their resettlement in this country. Later the postwar changes in the community profile, including urbanization and trend toward professional education, naturally led to cultural and lingual assimilation.
Today UCC has a developed multilevel representation through its provincial and local branches that have become instrumental in addressing issues of concern to the whole community including specific needs of the new generation of Ukrainian Canadians at the appropriate government level.
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