B.C. launches Welcoming Ukraine portal

VICTORIA, B.C. – A dedicated Welcoming Ukraine portal has been launched to help Ukrainians who are moving to B…

VICTORIA, B.C. – A dedicated Welcoming Ukraine portal has been launched to help Ukrainians who are moving to B.C. and helps current residents volunteer and donate.

The website is available in English, Ukrainian and Russian and, according to the province, is part of a series of supports rolling out over the coming months.

The province says it connects users to free services to find housing, sign up for health-care coverage, look for a job, sign children up for school and learn about other community services and supports. The website can also be used to offer support, like offering housing, employment opportunities or donations.

Most Ukrainians are expected to arrive through the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel program. This new federal program allows Ukrainians and their families to stay in Canada for as long as three years, and they will be allowed to apply for a three-year open work permit.

Canada has received more than 91,000 applications from Ukrainians as of March 30th. The federal government has not put a limit on how many people can apply for the program. They are allowed to settle in any province they choose, and B.C. is estimated to receive about 17 to 20 percent of the arriving Ukrainians.

As the situation in Ukraine evolves, affecting the number of Ukrainians coming to Canada, the province’s response will also evolve.

The province says they’re working across ministries, with the federal government and the Ukrainian community to ensure that the right supports are there when needed. Additional supports will come online in the weeks ahead.

To learn more, click here.

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