Operation Ukrainian Safe Haven
The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that the Government of Canada will extend the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET). This means that: 1. Ukrainians and their family members will have until July 15, 2023, to apply overseas for a CUAET visa free of charge; 2. Anyone holding a CUAET visa will have until March 31, 2024, to travel to Canada under the special measures; and 3. CUAET holders who are already here in Canada will have until March 31, 2024, to extend or adjust their temporary status through these measures, free of charge.
In partnership with the Government of Canada and the Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance – Alliance canadienne du secteur de l’établissement des immigrants (CISSA-ACSEI), VIA Rail announced, today, that the corporation will provide $20,000 in travel tickets to assist displaced Ukrainians with travel in Canada.
Canada’s everyday low-fare airline, Flair Airlines, donated 400 gift of flight vouchers to assist displaced Ukrainians with onward domestic connections upon their arrival in Canada.
In partnership with the Government of Canada and the Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance – Alliance canadienne du secteur de l’établissement des immigrants (CISSA-ACSEI), WestJet announced, today, that the airline is donating domestic flights to assist displaced Ukrainians with onward domestic connections upon their arrival in Canada.
Operation Ukraine Safe Haven Launches Pan Canadian Post Arrival Support Framework to Welcome Displaced Ukrainians Arriving in Canada. Many Displaced Ukrainians had to leave everything behind due to the war. The need for comprehensive post arrival support is critical to ensure they have a helping hand to adjust to life in Canada.
The Government of Canada is resolute in supporting Ukrainians and their families as they flee the war in their country. The government has provided humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine and is looking to do more, notably by encouraging Canadians to welcome displaced Ukrainians as they arrive in Canada. Recognizing Canadians’ generosity and the interest expressed by companies in supporting Canada’s response to the crisis in Ukraine, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, today launched the new Canadian Industry for Ukraine donation portal.
Today, over 500 Immigrant Serving Agencies across Canada in partnership with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress call on Prime Minister Trudeau and Immigration, Refugee Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Minister Fraser to amend the program eligibility of federally funded settlement program supports to include temporary residents fleeing conflict zones and refugee claimants seeking asylum.