We are a group of residents in Waterloo Region who are working to prepare support and resources for the arrival of displaced people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.
Volunteering with this initiative is open to all people and groups interested in providing support. It is an opportunity for residents, businesses, social services, government representatives and community organizations to compile resources to support incoming families, resolve gaps in the immigration/emergency travel system, and collectively develop a plan to address outstanding needs. Tangible supports, such as housing, clothing, food, mental health, and other topics will be discussed at our weekly events.
Ukrainians are entering Canada via the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET). This means previously utilized policies that provide subsidies for things like housing are not available to them. This will make it more difficult for immigration services to provide cohesive support — that’s where we come in.