Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau co-hosted the Stand Up for Ukraine Pledge Event with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, with the President of Poland Andrzej Duda in attendance. a global demonstration of solidarity with Ukraine, and in partnership with an international advocacy organization global citizen.
Today’s event was the culmination of a global social media rally supported by Global Citizen and in response to an urgent call from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for the international community to mobilize additional support for people fleeing the war in Ukraine. The campaign has raised over $12.4 billion in pledges to support Ukrainian refugees and address the humanitarian crisis.
The Prime Minister today announced $100 million in additional humanitarian assistance to respond to the worsening humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and neighboring countries, helping to provide additional emergency health services, including medical in case of trauma, protection and basic necessities such as shelter, water and food. These funds will be allocated to experienced humanitarian partners who are best placed to reach those most in need, quickly and effectively. With today’s announcement, Canada has provided $245 million since January 2022 in humanitarian assistance to respond to the fallout from the conflict in Ukraine.
The Prime Minister also announced today a series of measures to facilitate the arrival in Canada of Ukrainians fleeing Putin’s illegal war, including:
- Targeted charter flights to Canada for Ukrainians;
- Short-term income support to ensure basic needs are met; and
- Temporary hotel accommodation for up to two weeks.
These new measures will help more Ukrainians take advantage of the Canada-Ukraine Emergency Travel Authorization (CUAET) program, while providing relief to European partners currently supporting displaced Ukrainians.
In March, Canada launched CUAET, a special fast-track temporary residency pathway for Ukrainians seeking safe refuge in Canada while the war in their home country continues. CUAET is the fastest and most efficient way for Ukrainians and their families to come to Canada, as this new measure streamlines current visa and travel requirements, eliminates most application and processing fees and offers expedited and priority processing. Since its launch last month, Canada has already approved more than 30,000 applications from people wishing to come to Canada under CUAET.
A number of other measures have also been implemented to help those involved in the war, including priority processing of Canadian passports and travel documents, proof of citizenship and applications for permanent residence, resident visa temporary, student and work permit of Ukrainian nationals in Ukraine. We have also waived visa and work and study permit application fees for all Ukrainian nationals and their family members.
In Budget 2022, Canada announced more than $1.2 billion in direct contributions to support Ukraine and its people, in addition to an offer of up to $1.6 billion in loans for the Ukrainian government .
The Government of Canada continues to work tirelessly to help Ukrainians and their families.
“Today, we have raised over $12.4 billion in pledges to continue supporting the people of Ukraine who have been displaced by Putin’s ongoing and unjustifiable war. water, shelter or medical aid, we will continue to support you and provide you with the assistance you need at this time. We are also helping Ukrainians fleeing the war coming to Canada. We defend Ukraine .
- Canada is also providing over 345,000 essential relief items such as blankets, mattresses, etc. from Canada’s National Emergency Strategic Stockpile to help meet humanitarian needs in Ukraine and the region. These items have been specifically requested by our partners and are shipped to Ukraine and neighboring countries.
- With today’s announcement, Canada has provided $245 million in humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. Of this amount, $145 million has been allocated to United Nations agencies, the Red Cross Movement and non-governmental organizations.
- Canada has invested an additional $117 million to implement new immigration measures to welcome those fleeing war in Ukraine.
- Canada is also providing temporary federal support to help Ukrainians settle in their new communities, including:
- language training;
- information and orientation on life in Canada, such as help registering children for school;
- information and services to facilitate access to the labor market, including mentoring, networking, counselling, skills development and training;
- activities that foster community ties;
- assessments of other needs Ukrainians may have and referrals to appropriate agencies;
- services targeted to the needs of women, seniors, youth and LGBTQ2+ people; and
- other settlement supports available through the settlement program.
- The federal government will continue to work closely with our provincial and territorial partners, who welcome and support Ukrainians arriving in their territory.