Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship recently announced that Canada is offering temporary federal support to help Ukrainians settle in their new communities. Settlement Program services, which are typically only available to permanent residents, will soon be extended until March 31, 2023, for temporary residents in Canada eligible under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET).
This is an extraordinary temporary measure aimed at supporting Ukrainians arriving under this special, accelerated temporary residence pathway.
Key services that will be available to Ukrainians as they settle into their new communities include
- language training
- information about and orientation to life in Canada, such as help with enrolling children in school
- academic and social support for Ukrainian youth as they adjust to the school system
- information and services to help access the labour market, including employment assistance and mentoring, networking, counselling, skills development, and training
- activities that promote connections with communities
- assessments of other needs Ukrainians may have and referrals to appropriate agencies
- other settlement supports available through the Settlement Program
As of April 25th, almost 20,000 people have arrived in Canada from Ukraine in 2022. In the last month Canada has received over 160,000 applications for the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) program and over 55,000 applications have been approved.
You can see the latest numbers here.
Archway has been welcoming refugees and immigrants to Abbotsford since the 1970s and has a number of services to help newcomers integrate into their new community. Settlement support is available in multiple languages including Ukrainian.
If you or someone you know needs help, please see our settlement programs which can help with introducing newcomers to their community, facilitating school integration, language training and employment support.
“With the support of our Federal and Provincial governments, Archway is happy to continue supporting displaced Ukrainians coming to Abbotsford.”