By Remitbee - Mar 1, 2022
In a speech on Wednesday night, Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed the launch of a "special military operation" in Ukraine. After unleashing airstrikes on cities and military posts and pouring in troops and tanks from three sides of the nation, Russia pushed its invasion of Ukraine to the outskirts of Kyiv on Friday. Several news outlets reported explosions in a variety of areas, as well as evidence of large-scale military operations across Ukraine.
Fighting has reached Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine after Russia launched a full-scale invasion of the country from three directions. Troops advance from the north, the east through Donetsk, Luhansk, Kyiv, and Sumy, and the south through Crimea. This crisis has caused havoc on the lives of the people of Ukraine, who are now pleading for assistance. With this, Ukrainian people are trying to leave their country to escape the crisis and come to Canada.
Canada's defence Minister Anita Anand said that Canadian officials are doing everything to help Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russian violence. Anand said on Friday that they would continue to ensure that Canadians in need of safe travel to and from Ukraine are assisted across the board.
Canada has taken new steps to help those affected by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Anand stated that she has been in "close contact" with Canada's 1.3 million-strong Ukrainian population and knows the fear and concern felt by members of the family.
Anand further mentioned that they would continue to help the Ukrainian people in whatever way they could. It is a pressing matter. The present crisis threatens world stability, and Canada stands by Ukraine and the Ukrainian population.
Canada has been expediting the processing of new and replacement passports and travel documents for Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Ukraine so that they can return to Canada at any time.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the land borders with Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova would be open to Canadians and permanent residents of those countries. At the same time, Ukrainians who want to immigrate to Canada will be given priority.
During the announcement, officials announced that Canada had made arrangements to ensure the safe passage of any Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and their families still in Ukraine through the land borders. The federal government will set up a dedicated phone line for Ukrainians with urgent queries about moving to Canada. The federal government is also expediting Ukrainian immigration applications to Canada.
Priority would be given to applications for permanent residence on the list below:
There are also new methods to ensure that people who contact us receive responses as soon as possible, extending a temporary public policy that allows some visitors to Canada, including Ukrainians, to apply for a work permit within Canada. This means that people who receive a job offer can remain in Canada while their work permit application is being processed, they can begin working.
How can people in Ukraine ask for help in Canada?
Ukrainians are encouraged to contact the Emergency Watch and Response Center through the following:
Telephone: +1 613-996-8885 Email: [email protected] SMS: +1 613-686-3658
A confidential arrangement between the Canadian government and the North Atlantic Trading Company brought many Ukrainians to Canada. The government discreetly paid the North Atlantic Trading Company for every successful Ukrainian immigrant it successfully directed to Canada. Non-British agricultural immigrants were extensively recruited by steamship and railway corporations. Thousands of people in Ukraine were willing to sell their property and most of their belongings to pay for a seat on one of these businesses' crowded and gruelling journeys to Canada.
Canada and Ukraine have strong political, economic, and people-to-people links in the 1.3 million-strong Ukrainian-Canadian community.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Chrystia Freeland stated that the Ukrainian-Canadian community has contributed to Canada and developed strong human linkages between Canada and Ukraine for more than 130 years. He was in Kyiv in 2016 when the original free trade deal between our two countries was signed. And today, on the 30th anniversary of Canada-Ukraine diplomatic relations, we are strengthening our economic collaboration at a time when our support is crucial. Ukraine is at the forefront of the fight against autocracy and democracy. Canada is supporting Ukraine and the international rules-based system.
According to witnesses, thousands of Ukrainian nationals have reportedly fled over borders into neighbouring countries. Canada is also imposing sanctions in response to Ukraine's invasion.
Learn how you can help Ukraine here