How Canada is helping Ukrainians

Canada is helping Ukrainians to come to Canada during war with Russia

Canada is helping Ukrainians to come to Canada during war with Russia. Canada announced that it would fast-track Ukraine to Canada immigration applications to help Ukrainians and Canadian citizens in the war-torn region.

Canadian immigration officials in Ukraine are gearing up staff and supplies in anticipation of increased volume of immigration applications. 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has also adjusted operations in offices across its global network to ensure service continuity for Ukraine. Online options are available for most applications.


“Canada is steadfast in its support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” Immigration Minister Sean Fraser tweeted.

“For over a month, we have been priority-processing applications from Ukraine,” he tweeted. “Today, we announced new measures to support Ukrainians and Canadian citizens in the region.”


You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

Tens of thousands of people have fled from their homes. 


Canada is helping Ukrainians by prioritizing their citizenship grant applications for adoption, as well as permanent and temporary residence applications. The help extends to people with a primary residence in Ukraine who want to reunite or travel with family, study, work, or start a new life in Canada. 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has created a webpage for those seeking assistance. Click here to learn more.

How Canada is helping Ukrainians to come to Canada

Now, Canada is pledging to do more. Among the new immigration measures are:

  • a dedicated service channel for Ukraine enquiries. This will be available for clients both in Canada and abroad at 613-321-4243, with collect calls accepted. In addition, clients can now add the keyword “Ukraine2022” to the IRCC Web form with their enquiry and their e-mail will be prioritized;
  • urgent processing of travel documents. This includes issuing single-journey travel documents for immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who do not have valid passports;
  • an updated web page to provide current information on measures. This page will include content in Ukrainian for ease of reference;
  • allowing Ukrainians currently in Canada to extend their stay or stay longer in Canada. Their renewal of work and study permits are prioritized. And they will also benefit from a policy that allows individuals to apply for a work permit from within Canada. As well, temporary residents who receive a job offer can start working while they process their work permit application, and;
  • IRCC will issue open work permits to Ukrainian visitors, workers and students who are currently in Canada and cannot go home, so they can stay longer if they wish. Fees are waived, retroactive to Feb. 22, for certain travel and immigration documents, such as Canadian passports, permanent resident travel documents, proofs of citizenship, visitor visas, and work and study permits. 

Until the situation in Ukraine stabilizes, the Canada Border Services Agency has put a stop on deportation of Ukrainians. This include Ukrainians in Canada illegally or guilty of criminal activity, human rights violations, or who pose a security threat.

See also Pathways to immigrate to Canada from Ukraine.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.