Canada welcomes first federal charter flight for Ukrainians in Winnipeg

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Winnipeg, Manitoba-As part of our commitment to support those fleeing Russia’s unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine, Canada has been working to secure charters for those who need help travelling here. The Government of Canada continues to work closely with provinces and territories, settlement organizations and NGOs across the country to support Ukrainians and their family members before, during and after their arrival in Canada.

This afternoon, the first federal charter flight carrying 328 Ukrainians arrived in Winnipeg, welcomed by the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister, Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson and Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport volunteers.

The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees, announced additional details on the temporary income support measures that will help Ukrainian nationals and their accompanying immediate family members who are in Canada as part of the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET). Parents and guardians can submit one application for themselves, a spouse and dependants. Payments will be made through direct deposit; therefore, potential applicants will require a bank account with a Canadian financial institution, which must bear the same name as the name of the adult’s temporary resident status document (work permit, study permit, temporary resident permit or visitor record). Online applications for these new measures will be available on June 2, 2022.

Two more federal charter flights are scheduled to arrive from Poland with people approved through the CUAET program on

  • May 29, in Montréal, Quebec
  • June 2, in Halifax, Nova Scotia

These charter flights build on other travel support initiatives, including the Ukraine2Canada Travel Fund, through which Canadians and Canadian companies can donate their Aeroplan points to help bring at least 10,000 Ukrainians and their families on flights to Canada.

Photos from today’s charter flight of Ukrainians arriving in Winnipeg are available in Dropbox.

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