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Manitoba for Ukraine

Manitoba for Ukraine

One in seven Manitobans is of Ukrainian descent and during this terrible ordeal we are all Ukrainians.

Manitoba stands united with Ukraine and its courageous people, as they face the unimaginable loss and suffering caused by this appalling and brutal war of aggression.

The Manitoba government will continue to work together with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC), other Ukrainian-Canadian organizations, non-profit organizations and businesses, and all of our communities as we address this evolving humanitarian crisis.

How can I help?

There has been a tremendous outpouring of compassion and support from all Manitobans. They have stepped up with generous offers of support. As these are reviewed coordinated over the coming days and weeks, there are further options available for anybody else wanting to help:

  • Donating to experienced humanitarian organizations: To date, the Manitoba government has contributed $800,000 in direct humanitarian aid. Your contribution will only add to Manitoba’s commitments.
  • To donate household items and non-perishables for Ukrainian families, please contact the Ukrainian Canadian Congress call centre at 204-942-9348.
  • Stay informed: Accurate information is critical during this humanitarian crisis. For updates on the federal government’s response, please visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website. For information on the response from Manitoba and its focus on delivering a full range of settlement and provincial service supports, continue to visit this website.
  • Reach out to friends, family and neighbours: Be mindful of the depth of Manitoba’s proud Ukrainian connections. Check in on your Ukrainian friends and neighbours, learn more about Ukrainian culture and history, attend an event or participate in a fundraiser. Manitoba’s Ukrainian community is vibrant and strong, and your support will be deeply appreciated during these difficult times, and will build on these enduring bonds.
  • Fraud: The Government of Manitoba is advising Manitobans to be vigilant of fraud and scams related to supporting new families from Ukraine. Fraud can take a variety of forms and could be used to obtain money or personal information from Manitobans. For more information on identifying fraud, review the following link. If you believe you have identified fraud or are the victim of fraud, please report it here.
  • Ukraine2Canada Fund: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has announced a new Ukraine2Canada Travel Fund, which will be launched in partnership with Miles4Migrants, The Shapiro Foundation and Air Canada. Canadians and Canadian companies can now donate Aeroplan points to the Ukraine2Canada Travel Fund through Air Canada or Miles4Migrants. The Shapiro Foundation will match donations by Canadians, with a donation equivalent of up to 50 million Aeroplan points. More information is available here.
  • Volunteer: In regular Manitoba fashion, people are stepping up to offer assistance to new families arriving from Ukraine. The settlement sector is mobilizing to map the needs of newcomers and NEEDS Inc. is matching volunteers with agencies in Winnipeg that are supporting Ukrainians. If you would like to volunteer in Winnipeg, please contact Kirby Borgardt at .

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What Manitoba is doing

  • Government’s support has been immediate, strong and unwavering
  • Manitoba will welcome and help as many Ukrainian refugees as possible, once the federal government determines how many may be coming to Canada
  • To date, government has provided more than $800,000 in direct humanitarian aid:
    • $650,00 has been provided to the UCC and Canada-Ukraine foundation
    • $150,000 to the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation
  • Officials are preparing for the potential arrival of large numbers of Ukrainian refugees who may seek safe haven in Manitoba:
    • A Deputy Minister Steering Committee has been established.
    • A special task force led by the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization – the Ukrainian Refugee Task Force – has been formed to plan and coordinate efforts to help Ukrainian refugees.
      • This work is preparing our province to provide a full range of potential care and settlement services needed to support some of the Ukrainian families forced to flee their homes and suffering from the ravages of this unprovoked and unjustified war.
      • This will include a full continuum of provincial service supports through necessary housing arrangements, health and mental health care, education, child care, social assistance and labour market assistance.
  • The task force continues to provide ongoing coordination with the Ukrainian-Canadian organizations, and all other community partners, as the offers of assistance from all Manitobans continues

Immigration Information

Coming to Manitoba

Manitoba is offering a safe haven to Ukrainians who may want to relocate here in the coming weeks or months. The provincial government is working with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to offer enhanced measures to help the movement of Ukrainians who want to leave their country, temporarily or permanently. We communicate regularly with our federal partners as we continue to develop local strategies to ensure resources are in place for Ukrainians who come to Manitoba.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

On March 3, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced two new pathways for citizens of Ukraine to evacuate and come to Canada. This includes the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) and a special family reunification sponsorship pathway.

Right now, IRCC’s Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) is the most direct pathway for Ukrainian citizens to apply to come to Canada. Please refer to the CUAET application portal: www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/ukraine-measures/cuaet. Through the CUAET, IRCC will allow unlimited number of citizens of Ukraine to apply for a fee-waived, simplified temporary resident visa that would allow them to travel to Canada and to work for any employer as soon as they apply for an Open Work Permit. The biometrics needed for temporary residence visas can be completed at more than 30 diplomatic posts across Europe.

Please visit IRCC’s online information regarding measures for people affected by the situation in Ukraine: www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/ukraine-measures.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

The MPNP is an economic immigration program. Persons who apply to the MPNP and receive a nomination may then apply to the IRCC for permanent residence. The MPNP is one of several economic immigration programs in Canada.

All persons interested in applying to the MPNP must complete and submit and Expression of Interest (EOI).

You can submit an EOI to the MPNP and benefit from provincial emergency measures, implemented in response to the situation in Ukraine, if you have:

  • Ukrainian citizenship
  • minimum CLB 4 supported with valid IELTS test
  • established connection to Manitoba (close relative, distant relative, friend, community support, previous employment or studies in Manitoba)
  • score of at least 60 points according to MPNP assessment

Ukrainian citizens arriving in Manitoba under the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel will be able to submit an EOI when they have established an eligible connection to Manitoba. An established connection may be through employment and/or family connections in Manitoba.

Please see here for more information about the EOI process.

The MPNP has implemented the following program measures in response to the war in Ukraine:

  • Manitoba is working closely with regional and cultural communities to use existing partnerships to support the migration of Ukrainians who want to come to Manitoba.  
  • MPNP is offering faster processing for all applications sent by Ukrainian citizens or residents.
  • A special MPNP Expression of Interest (EOI) draw took place on March 9, 2022 to invite all eligible Ukrainian citizens with eligible profiles. The MPNP conducted a second special EOI draw on March 18, 2022. Manitoba will continue to complete special draws on a regular basis to issue Letters of Advice to Apply to all eligible Ukrainian citizens with an MPNP EOI profile.
  • On March 15, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration Jon Reyes announced the Province will waive the $500 application processing fee for Ukrainian citizens who apply to the MPNP for nomination. Any Ukrainian citizens who applied to the MPNP after February 22, 2022 will receive a refund.
  • The MPNP is also making the Invitation to Apply process faster for those invited under an existing program to ensure they are able to send an application as soon as possible.
  • The Province is working closely with IRCC to make other adjustments to required documents and/or eligible criteria. The Province must balance any changes made to MPNP eligibility or document requirements with federal requirements to ensure it stays consistent with IRCC. This is to ensure provincial nominees will not be refused when they apply for permanent residence, due to insufficient documentation.

INFORMATION FOR NEW ARRIVALS

A central Reception Centre for Ukrainian refugees arriving in Manitoba is now open in Winnipeg. The centre provides:

  • initial intake services to determine individual and family needs;
  • temporary accommodations and meals to individuals who have no connection to individuals in Manitoba;
  • access to co-ordinated health-care services through the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Manitoba Health; and
  • registration, brief orientation and referral services through Manitoba Start to facilitate awareness of settlement supports that link people to language training, the workforce and longer-term settlement needs.

For more information on the reception centre’s location and hours, please call Manitoba Government Inquiry at 204-945-3744 or 1-866-MANITOBA (1-866-626-4862).

Child Care

Families living in Manitoba on a permanent or temporary basis are eligible to access licensed child-care services. This includes refugees.

  • In Manitoba, there are two types of licensed child care available to families. This includes:
    • centre-based child care for infants, preschool children and school-age children.
    • home-based child care providers who offer child care in their own home for up to eight children and can offer child care for up to 6 children, not including their own.
  • To help find a facility, people can use the online search tool at: https://childcaresearch.gov.mb.ca/.
  • The Child Care Subsidy Program provides provincial support to eligible families to help with the cost of care by reducing child care fees for children from the ages of 12 weeks to 12 years.
    • Your eligibility depends on various factors including:
      • income
      • the number and age of your children
      • the number of days required for care
      • the reason for care
    • As part of “the reason for care” all refugees including Ukrainian Nationals with Temporary Residency in Manitoba are eligible for child care subsidy. The full parent fee cost will be approved for the first six months of child care. After the six months has come to an end, families will need to complete a regular subsidy application for continued child care. This application is available online at https://direct3.gov.mb.ca/CCO/FamilyEN.
  • The provincial Inclusion Support Program is an additional service available for families whose children who may require extra support. The Inclusion Support Program offers a range of services to support a child with additional needs. This includes children with disabilities, chronic health needs and behavioural and emotional needs. Further information can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childcare/families/family_info/inclusion.html
  • To search for child care options and available child care, please go to the Manitoba Child Care Search at https://childcaresearch.gov.mb.ca/ or refer to the Directory of Child Care Centres and the Directory of Child Care Homes.
  • Childcare Subsidy Program Initial Application Form
Health Care Coverage

Ukrainians travelling to Manitoba under the federal Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) are eligible for health care coverage upon arrival in Manitoba. Additional information about health care coverage in Manitoba is here.

Find a panel physician in Manitoba: The federal government is expediting Ukrainians through the CUAET and waiving the immigration medical exam requirement until 90 days after they arrive in Canada. Ukrainians who need a medical exam can access designated panel physicians who will complete the exam. For a list of panel physicians throughout Manitoba, please visit here.

Winnipeg-based health Care Resources for Newcomers

Manitoba Health Card Registration for Ukraine Arrivals

Manitoba Health Insurance Benefits Registration Form

K – 12 Education

Children of Ukrainians traveling to Manitoba under the federal Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) and have applied for a work permit (valid for at least 12 months) are eligible to enroll in Manitoba schools as of the date the permit is issued. Additional information about education for temporary residents in Manitoba is here.

Manitoba Parents for Ukrainian Education (MPUE) is dedicated to promoting, enhancing and expanding the English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program (EUBP) in Manitoba. More information on the English-Ukrainian Bilingual program is here.

Manitoba Public Insurance Licence Exchange Program: Manitoba Public Insurance is exchanging full stage Ukrainian Category B (including BE) passenger vehicle licences for Manitoba full stage Class 5 licences without the need for further knowledge or road testing. Commercial class licences or motorcycle licences are not eligible for exchange. Eligible individuals who have recently arrived in Manitoba and have already started the driver licensing/testing process should contact MPI’s Contact Centre at 204-985-7000 or toll-free at 1-800-665-2410 to discuss their options. For more information click here.

Post-Secondary Education

Anyone interested in pursuing post-secondary education in Manitoba must apply for a study permit. 

Permanent Housing

To help refugees find longer-term housing, the provincial government is partnering with New Journey Housing to work with Ukrainians and their families to match clients with appropriate accommodations. New Journey Housing is a Winnipeg-based agency that helps newcomers find housing. It also has resources to support newcomers to rent or buy housing, and manage their money. For information on finding housing, or offers from landlords or others with rental properties, please contact New Journey Housing. Homestay options are currently not part of Manitoba’s approach to temporary or permanent housing for new families.

The reception centre will connect people to regional service providers traveling onward to municipalities outside of Winnipeg to explore housing options.

Employment Services

Manitoba Start provides a number of employment services, including job matching, job postings and work placements. More information is available here.

A wide range of employment and training services are offered through 13 Manitoba Jobs and Skills Development Centres situated throughout Manitoba, as well as through partnerships with community-based organizations and employers. Anyone authorized to work in Canada are eligible for general services. Services may include employment counselling, help to develop an employment plan and access to information about occupations and training opportunities. For more information, visit: https://www.gov.mb.ca/wd/ites/tes/jobs_careers.html.

I am an employer and would like to hire Ukrainian refugees. What do I do?

Offering a safe haven for anyone arriving to Manitoba under challenging circumstances, as Ukrainians are experiencing now, is the first collective priority. Secondly, even for applicants who have a job offer from a Canadian employer, IRCC’s Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET), Temporary Resident with Open Work Permit option, is the most direct pathway for Ukrainian citizens to apply to come to Canada.

At this time, there is no limit to the number of Ukrainians who can apply under IRCC’s Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel pathway. This is the fastest, safest and most efficient way for Ukrainians to come to Canada and eliminates many of the normal visa requirements. All Ukrainian nationals may apply through this new pathway, pending background check and security screening.

Please note that applicants may apply for an open work permit when completing an application under the CUAET with all fees being waived by IRCC.

As IRCC is responsible for documentation and processes pertaining to entry to Canada, please refer to the following IRCC resources regarding the measures in place for Ukrainians and information for employers by visiting: www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/ukraine-measures.

If you are interested in supporting Ukrainians with offers of employment, please register on federal government’s Job Bank’s Jobs for Ukraine webpage. Manitoba employers can also submit their job- related offers to with the subject line UKRAINE RESPONSE.

If you are interested in hiring persons in partnership with the MPNP, please contact the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program at  with the subject line HELP UKRAINE.

YES! Winnipeg Job Connections Portal

Economic Development Winnipeg’s Business Development team, YES! Winnipeg, is leveraging its existing Job Connections Portal to connect Ukrainian nationals looking for temporary or permanent jobs with employers in Manitoba. Prospective or incoming Ukrainian nationals are invited to register in the portal to be potentially matched with Manitoba employers interested in hiring them. Once matched, employers will reach out to these individuals directly for interviews and next steps. Businesses interested in hiring Ukrainian nationals can also register in the portal.

Manitoba Start

Manitoba Start is a one-stop organization that connects newcomers to settlement, orientation, language and employment services. Manitoba Start will conduct a needs and assets assessment and refer individuals to a settlement worker and relevant services, including health care, child care, education, housing and employment services. For additional information on available services, please visit Manitoba Start. The Manitoba Start Arrival Advisor app can connect newcomers to information and services in the area where they live.

Temporary Assistance Program (TAP)

As part of its established policy to welcome Ukrainians seeking safety and refuge from Russian aggression, and its ongoing program of deliver a full range of provincial supports, the Manitoba government is providing a Temporary Assistance Program (TAP). TAP benefits will provide direct financial assistance to eligible individuals travelling to Canada under the federal Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) program.

Provincial TAP assistance will provide monthly income for basic needs and will support transition from temporary provincial reception hotel accommodations to longer-term community rental housing. TAP eligibility will also facilitate additional health benefits not otherwise covered under provincial health care cards. These include access to prescription drug, dental and optical benefits.

Further information on eligibility details, based on personal circumstances, along with the application process is available by calling 204-945-5324 or by email to .

Additional support and coordination for individuals seeking employment, or who will be transitioning from TAP benefits to employment income, is available through Manitoba Start.

For more information on how people can access services at the Reception Centre, please call Manitoba Government Inquiry at 204-945-3744 or toll-free at 1-866-MANITOBA (1-866-626-4862).

TAP requirements checklist

Resources

See the resources listing for the most up to date information on Manitoba’s provincial response, federal response and data, as well as community and settlement resources.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Ukrainian Canadian Congress

Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Manitoba Provincial Council

MANSO – The Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO) is a non-profit organization that acts as an umbrella organization for settlement service providers in Manitoba. MANSO has compiled a list of resources and supports for the Ukrainian-Canadian community. Visit their website for more information.

SETTLEMENT SUPPORT

Manitoba Start – orientation information, needs assessments, referrals and employment support

Settle in Manitoba – general settlement information, credential assessment, working in regulated professions