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:
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.