Most Ukrainians coming to Canada are expected to arrive through the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel program as temporary residents. Under this new federal program, Ukrainians and their family members will be allowed to stay in Canada as temporary residents for up to three years. Ukrainians will be allowed to apply for a three-year open work permit. The Family Re-Unification immigration stream is another pathway for Ukrainians with family in Canada to arrive as permanent residents. Learn more about these pathways – Canada.ca.
The Government of Canada provides information on the number of applications received by Ukrainian citizens, the number of approved applications, as well as the number of Ukrainian citizens who have arrived to Canada. Learn more about Ukraine Immigration Measures – Canada.ca.
Displaced Ukrainians arriving in Canada are eligible for federally funded Settlement Services. Please see the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s official announcement. (Government of Canada – News release March 30, 2022—Ottawa).
Settlement services include:
- Needs Assessments for the whole family
- Information and referral services
- English Language learning
- Settlement Employment services
- Settlement Worker in Schools (SWIS) services
- Community Connections activities
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Informational Websites and 1-800 numbers:
The Government of BC has launched a dedicate portal Welcoming Ukraine – Gov.bc.ca that provides information to Ukrainians arriving in BC and for British Columbians who want to show support by volunteering or donating their time. The website is available in English, Ukrainian and Russian.
A provincial phone line has been established that offers information and interpretation services in Ukrainian and Russian. British Columbians wanting to find out more about volunteering opportunities can also call this number 1-800-663-7867 available every day from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT
News releases from the Government of BC (includes Ukrainian and Russian translations):
B.C. continues building support network to welcome Ukrainians | BC Gov News
B.C. phone line prepared to support displaced Ukrainians | BC Gov News
Jobs for Ukraine – The Government of Canada has set up a Job Bank for displaced Ukrainians arriving to Canada. There are resources for employers who want to support Ukrainian nationals in Canada, for Ukrainian job seekers looking for a job in Canada and Community groups who would like to offer their support. Jobs for Ukraine – JobBank.gc.ca.
Resources for teachers – The BC Teacher’s Federation has curated a list of resources to help teachers have conversations with students about the invasion in Ukraine. The list also includes resources for navigating conversations about war. Learn more about Resources to help navigate students through the war in Ukraine – BCTF.ca.
Ukrainian Community in Metro Vancouver & North Shore Fact Sheet – view PDF
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has estimated that at the end of 2020, 82.4 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide and over 26.4 million refugees have left their countries due to war, climate change, violence, and instability. (Source: UNHCR – Figures at a Glance)
Refugees and displaced persons experience tremendous uncertainty and suffering in their journey to find safety from war, violence, climate change and unstable conditions. The UNHCR reports on 14 current refugee emergencies including: Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Displacement in Central America, DR Congo, Ethiopia Tigray, Nigeria, Rohingya, Sahel, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela and Yemen. Learn more – UNHCR.org
After decades of conflict, 24 million people in Afghanistan are in need of vital humanitarian aid, 3.4 million people have been internally displaced as of December 31, 2021, and 5.7 million Afghans and host communities in five neighbouring countries are in need of support. Donate to UNHCR Afghanistan emergency response – UNHCR.org
Learn more about Canada’s response to the situation in Afghanistan and how you can help – Canada.ca.
As of March 22 2022, it is estimated that over 3.6 million people have become refugees as a result of the war in Ukraine. The UNHCR is responding to the emergency on the ground by setting up reception centers, emergency shelters, distributing supplies, and responding to the needs of the most vulnerable such as children travelling alone and people with disabilities. The latest data and to donate to UNHCR Ukraine emergency response – UNHCR.org
Canada is in the process of developing multiple immigration and migration pathways for Ukrainian refugees – Canada.ca.
Learn about Canada’s conflict response and how you can help – Canada.ca.
Impact North Shore provides comprehensive services to immigrants, migrants, and refugees on the North Shore. In alignment with the International Declaration of Human Rights, we believe that everyone has the right to seek protection from persecution and recognise that intersections of race, gender, LGBTQIA+ status, poverty, age, and ability increase the vulnerability of refugees and displaced persons. If you would like donate to local services that support immigrants and refugees, you can donate to Impact North Shore – Canadahelps.org.