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Feds announce one-time $3,000 payment for Ukrainians taking refuge in Canada

June 4, 2022

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said Thursday Ukrainians who have fled their war-torn country for Canada can now apply for a cash payment — money the government says will help these displaced people settle into their new home.

Ukrainians who are in Canada on valid work, study or temporary resident permits under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) regime are eligible for a one-time payment — $3,000 for every adult and $1,500 for every child 17 years and under.

The government launched a new portal today to process applications for this transitional financial assistance.

To qualify for the money, eligible Ukrainians must also have a Canadian bank account. The names associated with these bank accounts must match the names written on Ukrainians’ resident status documents. Applicants must have a bank account because the payments will be made through direct deposit.

The government also stressed that Ukrainians should apply for a social insurance number (SIN) as soon as they arrive so they can start looking for work.

Fraser said the new funds will help Ukrainian nationals and their family members meet basic needs like transportation and housing as they start to arrive in Canadian communities.

“Our commitment to Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s illegal war doesn’t stop once they’ve arrived in Canada. 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,” Fraser said in a media statement.

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