WINNIPEG, MB, May 23, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – As part of our commitment to support those who flee Russia unwarranted invasion of Ukraine, Canada worked to get charters for those who need help traveling here. The government of Canada continues to work closely with provinces and territories, settlement organizations and NGOs across the country to support Ukrainians and their family members before, during and after their arrival in Canada.

This afternoon, the first federal charter flight carrying 328 Ukrainians arrived in Winnipeghosted by the Honorable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister, Manitoba First Heather Stefanson and volunteers from Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

The Honorable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees, announced additional details on temporary income support measures that will help Ukrainian nationals and accompanying immediate family members Canada under the Canada-Ukraine Emergency Travel Authorization (CUAET). Parents and guardians can submit an application for themselves, a spouse and dependents. Payments will be made by direct deposit; therefore, potential applicants will need a bank account with a Canadian financial institution, which must have the same name as the name on the adult’s temporary resident status document (work permit, study permit , temporary residence permit or visitor record). Online applications for these new measures will be available on June 2, 2022.

Two more federal charter flights are scheduled to arrive from Poland with persons approved by the CUAET program on

  • May 29to Montreal, Quebec

  • June 2in Halifax, Nova Scotia

These charter flights build on other travel support initiatives, including the Ukraine2Canada Travel Fund, through which Canadians and Canadian businesses can donate their Aeroplan points to help bring at least 10,000 Ukrainians and their families on flights to Canada.

Photos from today’s charter flight of Ukrainians arriving at Winnipeg are available in Dropbox.


Winnipeg has a proud history of welcoming Ukrainians and we know that these 328 newcomers will be welcomed by their new communities. We will continue to provide support to those fleeing Putin’s war before and after they arrive in Canadaand do everything we can to make them feel at home.”
– The Honorable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

“Like Canada welcomes people seeking refuge after the war in Ukrainethe government of Canada stands ready to support them and provide them with the necessary resources to care for themselves and their families. A service Canada will help to ensure that the services are provided in a secure and timely manner. »
– The Honorable Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Fast facts

  • Launched on March 17, 2022the CUAET program offers Ukrainians and their immediate family members of any nationality the opportunity to stay in Canada as temporary residents for up to three years. They are also eligible for an open work permit or a free study permit, which allows them to accept employment with almost any Canadian employer or enroll in a study program in Canada.

  • Ukrainians arriving under CUAET are eligible for settlement services to help them adjust to their new life in Canada. These settlement services include language training, information and orientation on life in Canada (such as help with enrolling children in school) and information and services to help find a job.

  • Anyone holding a valid work permit, study permit, temporary resident permit or visitor record in Canada under CUAET will be eligible to receive one-time financial support under the Canada-Ukraine Transitional Assistance Initiative (CUTAI) from $3,000 per adult (18 years and over) and $1,500 per child (17 and under).

  • Those arriving on all three charter flights who do not have suitable arrangements will be temporarily accommodated at the hotel for up to 14 nights.

  • Between March 17 and May 18, 2022IRCC received over 241,000 CUAET applications, of which just over 112,000 were approved.

  • Canadians and Canadian businesses can donate travel points or cash to the Ukraine2Canada Travel Fund. These donations will be used to provide free flights to Ukrainians and their family members who need travel assistance.

  • Between January 1 and May 15, 2022more than 32,000 Ukrainian citizens arrived in Canada at our land and air ports of entry. These arrivals statistics cover all Ukrainian passport holders, including returning Canadian permanent residents of Ukrainian origin. Key figures are updated weekly.

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