Travel Advice for Ukrainians Visiting Canada

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Sponsorship of family members for immigration to Canada is available to citizens and permanent residents. The standard application procedure must be followed. Applications 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. Get the assistance you need to settle in and get oriented in Canada with the aid of these services. 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), both based in Toronto, offer settlement services, employment assistance, and English language training to Ukrainian-speaking immigrants in Ontario. Services are available in four languages: 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.

Where do I start the process of getting an OHIP card?

Fill out an application to be eligible 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. Normal laboratory and other diagnostic procedures are also 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. The Health Care Connect program can help you locate a nearby physician or nurse practitioner who is taking new patients.

While you wait, you can still visit a doctor. Medical care at a "walk-in" clinic is available without an appointment. 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.

You are entitled to settlement services and other supports if you entered Canada through the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) pathway. 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. Your settlement worker or the school's settlement worker can assist you if you need help 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

In Canada, many seniors benefit from federal and provincial government programs that provide aid 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.

Money-Related Help

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.

A one-time payment will be made by the Canadian government to Ukrainians who enter the country via the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) pathway. You will receive $3,000 in aid for yourself and $1,500 for your child (under the age of 17) in the form of a one-time, non-taxable benefit payment 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.

In cases of crisis or emergency, where immediate needs such as food and shelter cannot be met, you may be able to apply for temporary financial assistance.

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 and the industry-specific courses and programs it offers to help you get hired quickly.

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. Learn more about LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) and ESL (English as a Second Language) programs 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.
  • The Canadian Red Cross is dedicated to assisting those in need and building more resilient communities across Canada 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. Straight out of DriveTest
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