Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC
Canada will spend $117 million on special immigration measures for Ukrainian refugees
Justin Trudeau, Canada's Prime Minister, announced in a news conference on March 10, 2022 that the government plans to spend $117 million on special immigration measures to facilitate the arrival of Ukrainians in Canada.
In addition to that, the government of Canada will provide more humanitarian aid to Ukraine in response to Russia’s invasion. Canada will also triple the amount of donation to the Canadian Red Cross’ Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal, increasing it from $10 million up to $30 million.
As the Prime Minister pledged to invest more to help Ukrainian refugees, Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser also announced earlier March 2022 that Canada will accept an unlimited number of Ukrainian refugees.
Meanwhile, the IRCC plans to set up a sponsorship pathway for permanent residence for immediate and extended family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who may want to start a new life in Canada in the near future.
The government has prioritized processing Ukrainian immigration applications as millions of Ukrainians fled to neighbouring countries, prompting a refugee crisis. According to Sean Fraser, more than 9,000 Ukrainians have arrived in Canada since late January, while about the same number of applications are pending.