Travel Advice for Ukrainians Visiting Canada

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Sponsorship for foreign relatives to immigrate to Canada is available to citizens and permanent residents. The standard application procedure must be followed. Requests will be given higher priority by IRCC if the sponsored relative is:

  • person of Ukrainian descent living outside of Canada, and one of the following immediate relatives:
    • conjugal partner, spouse, or common-law partner
    • Your Relying Kid(s)

After consulting with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and other interested parties, IRCC established a unique family reunification sponsorship pathway for permanent residence for these families.

Financial Transactions

All newcomers to Canada have access to settlement services. People who entered the country through the CUAET program are also entitled to services and supports. These programs are designed to ease your transition to life in Canada. It is not uncommon for settlement agencies to employ people who speak languages besides English. The Canadian Ukrainian Immigrant Aid Society (CUIAS) and the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society (JIAS) are two Toronto-based organizations that provide settlement services, job placement, and English language instruction in Ukrainian for newcomers to Ontario. The following languages are supported: English, French, Ukrainian, and Russian.

Your transition to life in Ontario will necessitate research into a wide range of topics, from housing and employment to finances and schools to healthcare. Orientation to Ontario provides multilingual workbooks, including Ukrainian, that explain how to get in touch with these organizations.

211Ontario.ca connects you with other organizations in your area that provide assistance in Ukrainian.

Health

You can get drug benefits and mental health services through OHIP if you arrived in Ontario via the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) pathway.

To whom do I direct my questions about the Ontario Health Insurance Card (OHIP) application process?

One must submit an application for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage. In addition to the application itself, you will need to gather the following supporting materials: If you apply at a ServiceOntario location, you will be issued an OHIP number, and your card will follow in the mail a few weeks later.

Locating a Physician

There are two names for a family doctor: GP (for general practitioner) and FP (for family physician). Most medical issues are initially addressed by a patient's family physician. To see a specialist, you typically need a referral from your primary care physician. Tests outside the scope of the clinic are frequently ordered by family doctors. In some parts of Ontario, there is a shortage of family physicians. It could take some time before you find a suitable medical professional. To locate a nearby MD or NP who is taking new patients, use the Health Care Connect service.

While you wait, you can still visit a medical professional. At a "walk-in" clinic, you don't have to schedule an appointment in advance. Some medical facilities are accessible after hours and on weekends. Alternatively, you may visit a CHC (Community Health Center). Licensed medical personnel like MDs, NPs, and PAs work at CHCs.

Condition of the Mind

Just moving to a new country and getting used to life there can be difficult. Some people fleeing armed conflict in their home country may benefit from additional mental health services, such as crisis counselling. Remembering that you are not alone in your efforts to better your mental health is the single most important thing you can keep in mind throughout this process.

Housing

Housing costs are determined by a variety of factors, including the unit's size (in terms of bedrooms), location, age, and condition. Finding a rental apartment or house in Ontario can be done in a number of different ways.

If you entered Canada through the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) program, you may be eligible for settlement services and other supports. By using our Services Near Me locator, you can locate a local settlement organization that can assist with housing needs.

What Every Family Needs

Quantity of Students Attending School

You will need to provide a few pieces of documentation when enrolling your child in Ontario's publicly funded schools. When a family enters the country through the CUAET program, their children are eligible for free public school tuition. There are many resettlement organizations that can assist with the school enrollment process. You can ask your settlement worker or the school's settlement worker for assistance if you have any questions or concerns about enrolling your child. If you need an interpreter, they can find one for you as well.

Child Care

There are three primary categories of child care in Ontario: licensed home care, licensed child care centers, and unlicensed child care. There is a high demand for child care services in Ontario, causing wait times to be excessively lengthy. Getting a seat may be difficult at first.

A Helping Hand for the Elderly

Seniors in Canada benefit from a variety of federal and provincial programs that offer assistance and services. The typical minimum age for participation in such programs is between 55 and 65. The fact that you are staying with relatives does not necessarily disqualify you from these services and funding opportunities.

Help with the finances

Even if you have recently immigrated to Canada and have no way to support yourself financially, you may be eligible for some form of financial aid.

Those from Ukraine who enter Canada via the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) program will receive a one-time cash payment from the federal government. Those who qualify will receive a one-time, tax-free benefit payment of $3,000 for themselves and $1,500 for each child (under the age of 17) via direct deposit. It's meant to ease your transition into daily life in Canada by covering necessities.

Eligible Ukrainians and their dependents in Canada must be in possession of a current work permit, student permit, temporary resident permit, or visitor record to Canada bearing the CUAET designation. Employement and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has an online application system where you can put in your request.

If you are in a crisis or emergency and are unable to meet your basic needs (such as food and shelter) without assistance, you may be eligible for temporary financial aid.

Employment

Finding work is difficult in general, but it is especially so for newcomers to Canada. Find out what to expect, where to look for data on employment opportunities in Ontario, and who to contact if you need assistance. Employment services for newcomers to Ontario are offered by a wide variety of community organizations, and a wide variety of other community organizations offer services to the local community at large.

The Canadian government has set up a page to help both Ukrainian citizens looking for work and Canadian businesses interested in hiring them.

A rising need for information technology (IT) and cyber security experts, as well as HVAC and network cabling specialists, has led to an influx of foreign-educated workers into Ontario's economy. Learn more about Ontario's Bridge Training, a set of sector-specific courses designed to help you enter the workforce more rapidly.

Your Legal Protections on the Job

What the Employment Standards Act of 2000 Guarantees You, a Non-U.S. Citizen

The Employment Standards Act of 2009 and Your Rights as a Non-U.S. Citizen

Staff Members Placed on Temporary Assignment Have Certain Rights Under Employment Laws

Workplace Safety and Health

Getting a Handle on the Language

You can get settled in your new place much faster if you learn English. Look here for details on LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) and ESL (English as a Second Language) courses in Canada.

Equipment for Translation is Easily Accessible

For those who need to translate text or web pages, Google Translate provides free options. The app could also function as a voice-to-text translator in real time if used on a smartphone. You can also use your phone's camera to translate text with the help of Google Lens, which is compatible with certain operating systems.

In Order To Find Out More

  • New Immigration Measures from IRCC to Assist Victims of the Ongoing Crisis in Ukraine
  • The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) represents the interests of Ukrainians living in Canada. In order to aid Ukrainian refugees in their initial days in Ontario, they have compiled a translated resource package.
  • Canada's United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is currently in Ukraine to help displaced people and refugees.
  • In times of crisis, the Canadian Red Cross is there to lend a hand and help build stronger communities across the country and the world.
  • Because of the Licensing Exchange Agreement, protected persons, refugees, and Ukrainians can use their prior driving experience from other countries toward the acquisition of an Ontario driver's license. Directed by DriveTest
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