Canada provides financial assistance for Ukrainians in Canada

Image: Canada Stands with Ukraine. Image credit: Twitter page of Ukrainians in Canada

Ottawa/CMEDIA: Continuing to stand with the people of Ukraine, Canada is committed to helping Ukrainians find safe haven including helping them travel to Canada and putting in place the necessary support for Ukrainians and their families so they can be successful after they arrive.

An announcement was made today jointly by Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, and Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development, that Ukrainians arriving in Canada can now apply to receive transitional financial assistance of direct, one-time payment of $3,000 per adult and $1,500 per child (17 years and under) to help Ukrainian nationals and their family members meet their basic needs, including transportation, housing and find a job.

“Our commitment to Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s illegal war doesn’t stop once they’ve arrived in Canada …addressing the immediate challenges faced by Ukrainians who have left so much behind to find a safe haven in Canada,” said Sean Fraser in a news release.  

Applications for the assistance must be submitted through the Government of Canada’s online portal, which opened today. Ukrainians and their family members who are in Canada with a valid work permit, study permit, temporary resident permit, or visitor record under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) will all be eligible to receive this one-time payment.

After the submission of the application, payments are expected to be issued through direct deposit within 5 business days which requires applicants to open a bank account with a Canadian financial institution. The name associated with the account must match the name written on the adult’s temporary resident status document.

“Service Canada is committed to delivering this financial assistance as quickly as possible to ensure that families have the necessary support they need as they are welcomed into their new communities,” said Karina Gould in the news release.

Those arriving should also obtain a Canadian social insurance number (SIN) as soon as possible in order to be able to work.

In addition to this transitional financial assistance, the Government of Canada provided 3 charter flights from Poland, the third of which will arrive in Halifax later today.

Besides these, Ukrainians are being helped by the government of Canada to adjust to their new life in Canada by offering settlement services including language training, information about and orientation to life in Canada, help in enrolling children in school, opening a bank account, and information and services to help find a job.

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