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Canada gives more details on temporary income support for war-affected Ukrainians who come here

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 @ 3:03 PM | By Cristin Schmitz


Ottawa has provided additional information on how to access the temporary income supports it is giving Ukrainian nationals, and their accompanying immediate family members of any nationality, who take up temporary residence in Canada due to Russia’s illegal war on Ukraine.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson greeted the first federally sponsored charter flight from Poland, which arrived in Winnipeg May 23, carrying 328 Ukrainians and about a dozen pets, including dogs and cats and a hamster.

On the same day, federal Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced further details on temporary income support measures available to help those who are here as part of the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET).

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland greeted Ukrainians, including this young boy in Winnipeg on May 23

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland greeted Ukrainians, including this young boy in Winnipeg on May 23

“We’ll continue to provide support for those fleeing Putin’s war before and after they arrive in Canada, and do everything we can to make them feel at home,” Fraser said in a statement.

All individuals with a valid work permit, study permit, temporary resident permit or visitor record in Canada under CUAET will be eligible to receive one-time financial support under the Canada-Ukraine Transitional Assistance Initiative (CUTAI) of $3,000 per adult (18 years and older) and $1,500 per child (17 years and under).

Parents and guardians can submit one online application for themselves, a spouse and dependants.

The government said online applications for the new income support measures will be available June 2, 2022.

Payments will be made through direct deposit. Therefore, applicants will require a bank account with a Canadian financial institution, which must bear the same name as the name of the adult’s temporary resident status document (that is, work permit, study permit, temporary resident permit or visitor record).

Launched on March 17, the CUAET program provides Ukrainians and their immediate family members of any nationality the opportunity to stay in Canada as temporary residents for up to three years. They are also eligible for a free open work permit or study permit, which allow them to take a job with almost any Canadian employer, or enrol in an education program in Canada.

Ukrainians arriving under CUAET are eligible for settlement support services to help them adjust to their new life in Canada. These settlement services include language training, information about and orientation to life in Canada (such as help with enrolling children in school), and information and services to help find a job.

Two more federal charter flights are scheduled to arrive from Poland with people approved through the CUAET program flying May 29 to Montreal and June 2 to Halifax.

Those arriving on the three charter flights who do not have suitable accommodation arrangements will be provided with hotel accommodation for up to 14 nights.

The three charter flights build on other travel support initiatives, including the Ukraine2Canada Travel Fund, through which Canadians and Canadian companies can donate their Aeroplan points to help bring at least 10,000 Ukrainians and their families on flights to Canada.

The government said that between March 17 and May 18, the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada received more than 241,000 CUAET applications, of which just over 112,000 were approved.

More than 32,000 Ukrainians arrived in Canada between Jan. 1 and May 15, including returning Canadian permanent residents of Ukrainian origin.

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