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How To Help The People of Ukraine

Where to Donate and How to Navigate Immigration

If you know a Canadian citizen in Ukraine seeking consular assistance, they can contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre by telephone (+1 613-996-8885) or by email: sos@international.gc.ca.

For inquiries on active immigration applications for Ukrainians, contact +1 613-321-4243. Should you wish to inquire on how to locally support Ukrainians fleeing Putin’s war, you can contact the London Ukrainian Centre at 519-686-9811. Or email info@londonukrainiancentre.ca

If you would like to donate, please contact the Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal at 1-800-418-1111. Or email www.redcross.ca

Canada’s Humanitarian Coalition is also welcoming donations at this time. Please call 1-855-461-2154 or by mail at Humanitarian Coalition, 39 McArthur Ave, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1L 8L7

Or by email at: info@humanitariancoalition.ca

Immigration Measures for Ukraine

If you need information about the immigration measures for Ukrainian nationals, please visit the CIC website for the most up-to-date information (including who is eligible and how to submit certain types of applications).

Ukrainian nationals may also be eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada through other existing immigration programs, visit the website for information on these programs.

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (PR) who requires assistance, please click here

We invite you to sign up to the Registration of Canadians Abroad. Important emails are sent through this service, and if you are a PR who needs a PR travel document to return to Canada, click here.

If you are currently in Canada and you are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person in Canada who would like to sponsor a family member, please click here.

If you are an Ukrainian national who has a temporary resident status in Canada, please click here.

We recommend consulting the page, immigration measures for people affected by the situation in Ukraine for more information.

We invite you to visit the website regularly, as more details will be posted as they become available.

You can also sign up for email updates on the situation in Ukraine.

Since the beginning of Vladimir Putin’s attack on the people of Ukraine, over two million Ukrainians have fled to neighbouring countries. Countless lives have been taken. Families have been separated. Ukrainian children – at least 7.5 million under 18 years old – are in grave danger of physical harm, severe emotional distress, and displacement. We have seen indiscriminate attacks on civilians by Russian forces, as well as the use of weapons banned under international law.

New Democrats stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and we vehemently condemn Vladimir Putin’s illegal attack on Ukrainian sovereignty. We have consistently called on the Canadian government to impose higher sanctions on the Russian oligarchs who support Putin, to provide more humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, and to do more to simplify the process for Ukrainians seeking refuge in Canada.

Sanctions

We have pushed the government to support sanctions on key Russian banks and companies tied to Putin, as well as removing Russia from the SWIFT banking system. We continue to support the provision of financial aid to the Government of Ukraine, as well as the extension of Operation UNIFIER and Operation REASSURANCE. We also support the provision of non-lethal aid to Ukraine’s military to help them defend against Putin’s aggression.

With the humanitarian disaster growing daily, we now need the Government of Canada to develop a full plan with significant financial commitments to help Ukrainians remaining in the country, as well as in neighbouring host communities like Poland and Romania, that are generously opening their doors. The government must ensure that aid is not taken from existing Canadian humanitarian funding that is already stretched thin from the many challenging and ongoing humanitarian situations that we continue to see around the world, such as in Syria, Yemen, Ethiopia, Afghanistan and with the Rohingya crisis. Canada must advocate for humanitarian access to reach those inside Ukraine who are in desperate need of food, water, and medical care.

Visa-free Access

Visa-free access will allow Ukrainians to escape to Canada regardless of their intentions to emigrate. For years, the NDP has been calling for visa-free access for Ukrainians who wish to come to Canada. By failing to remove all the bureaucratic red tape, the government is leaving people stranded in a terrifying situation. Unfortunately, the Liberal government has voted against our proposal for visa-free travel for Ukrainians. It's inexcusable that the government isn't taking this crucial step to help innocent people in Ukraine under threat of violence.

We welcome the government’s announcements in the past weeks regarding new special immigration programs, including the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel, and an expedited path to permanent residency for Ukrainians through new family sponsorship program. The government must ensure the bureaucracy and staffing levels of these new programs will be able to process these requests quickly, while making sure resources are added to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Discrimination

We are disturbed by reports of discrimination faced by ethnic minorities when trying to cross borders while seeking refuge from Putin’s war. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh wrote to the Prime Minister to provide support to ethnic minorities seeking refuge in Ukraine and ensure they have equal access to reach and cross borders, including Indian and African students, and members of the LGTBQ2s+ communities, who have faced discrimination in their attempts to find safety. He also asked the Prime Minister to make it clear that Canada wants and welcomes racialized and LGBTQ2s+ refugees and stands ready to accept and settle them in Canada without delay.

Putin’s terrible war not only threatens countless Ukrainian lives, it is also a direct attack on democracy and international peace and security. Canada must do everything it can to de-escalate and end this war to protect the lives of Ukrainians.

New Democrats will continue to stand in solidarity with Ukrainians.