How Canadian Employers can help Ukrainian Refugees

How Canadian Employers can help Ukrainian newcomers

On March 3, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that they will create a series of measures to help those fleeing the war in Ukraine:

  • Create a Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel to help Ukrainian nationals fleeing the country, no caps for the number of applicants. They can stay in Canada up to 2 years. The new pathway is expected to open in 2 weeks.
  • Implement a special family reunification sponsorship pathway to help extended family members of Canadian citizens or permanent residents to immigrate to Canada. The details of the new program will be released in the coming weeks.
  • IRCC will issue open work permits to Ukrainian visitors, workers and students who are currently in Canada and cannot safely go home, making it easier for Canadian employers to quick hire Ukrainians.
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At the same time, all existing applications of Ukrainian nationals, including applications for temporary residence, permanent residence, proof of citizenship, and citizenship grant for adoption, will be prioritized. We expect much quicker processing on the new travel authorization and immigration measures. With the new measures, we are expecting many Ukrainian nationals to come to Canada and be eligible to work legally in the coming months.

The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of IRCC said, “I am inspired by the courage Ukrainians have displayed as they uphold the democratic ideals that we cherish in Canada. While they defend themselves against Putin’s costly war of aggression, we will provide a safe haven to those who fled to protect themselves and their families. Canadians stand with Ukrainians in their time of need and we will welcome them with open arms.”

Canadian Employers can connect with a local service provider organization to hire a Ukrainian newcomer or learn about other ways you can help. Encourage other employers in your community to do the same.

You can also foster a work environment that celebrates diversity and promotes cultural exchange. Activities could include:

  • organizing multicultural social events
  • supporting other community organizations that help newcomers
  • setting up a mentoring program for newcomers

Should you need any further information or assistance in immigration applications, please feel free to contact us.

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