The ongoing crisis in Ukraine due to Russia’s invasion has forced Ukrainians from their homes and all they know, with little more than the clothes on their backs. At this time, over 4 million Ukrainians have had to leave Ukraine for their safety.
120,000 applications have been submitted to Canada through the CUAET (Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel) program and so far, 32,000 have been approved. With this influx of Ukrainians to Canada, there are several processes to be followed upon their arrival to get settled.
If you are currently in the position of sponsoring a family, have recently arrived in the Greater Hamilton Area, or are planning to relocate, here are some resources to aid you through the process:
This page has been created by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress to search for settlement and resource information quickly and easily. The page is continuously updated with relevant information.
The Red Cross is in select airports across Canada to welcome Ukrainians upon arrival. Registration with the Red Cross ensures people have access to necessary information as they arrive and settle in Canada.
The Welcome Package contains a wealth of information from Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario to aid you during this transition period.
The Ukrainian Diaspora Support Canada is a federally registered Canadian not-for-profit organization assisting and supporting Ukrainians displaced by war. The UADSC helps with VISA applications, connecting Ukrainians with Canadian hosts, flights to Canada, settling Ukrainians into their new community, and more.
For newcomers to Canada, HMC Connections will provide all necessary information, orientation to Halton, Hamilton, Ontario, and Canada; counseling, English language classes, conversation circles, access to employment, translation of your documents, managing your crisis, and more. Call to book your free consultation for assistance with all aspects of life in Canada: 905-842-2486.
Please note that UCC Hamilton is only providing this information for you as a resource.