Financial assistance now available for Ukrainians in Canada

Shelby Thevenot
Published: June 2, 2022

Ukrainians and their family members in Canada may now be eligible for a one-time payment of $3,000 per adult and $1,500 per child age 17 and under.

The funding is meant for Ukrainians with a valid Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET). Applications must be submitted through the Government of Canada's online portal.

To qualify for the financial assistance, Ukrainians must have:

  • an IMM 1442 form (a visitor record, a study permit, or a work permit), containing the “CUAET-AVUCU” remark, provided by CBSA upon entering Canada.
  • a unique client identifier (UCI) number
  • direct deposit information for a Canadian financial institution

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Payments are expected to be issued through direct deposit within five business days of the application being submitted. An additional three to five business days may be required for banks to process the deposit. Ukrainians will also need a Canadian bank account in order for the government to deposit the funds. The name associated with the account must match the name written on the temporary resident status document. The government recommends Ukrainians get a Social Insurance Number (SIN) as soon as possible in order to be able to work.

The Canadian government has also provided three charter flights from Poland, the third is landing in Halifax on June 2. Passengers will receive temporary accommodations for up to 14 nights if they do not have other arrangements. The government is working on expanding this measure to other key cities across the country. Canada is also offering settlement services to Ukrainians such as language training, help with enrolling children in school, opening a bank account, and finding a job.

“Our commitment to Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s illegal war doesn’t stop once they’ve arrived in Canada," said Immigration Minister Sean Fraser in a government media release. "We will continue to help those seeking refuge live and thrive in communities across the country. This one-time financial assistance will be crucial in addressing the immediate challenges faced by Ukrainians who have left so much behind to find a safe haven in Canada.”

Between March 17 and May 25, 2022, IRCC received more than 259,000 CUAET applications, and approved more than 120,600.

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