“When they arrive safely in Canada, we’re going to help Ukrainians find work and so they can provide for themselves and their families.”
– The Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

Last week, as part of the response to Vladimir Putin’s criminal invasion of Ukraine,  the Government of Canada launched two new initiatives to welcome Ukrainians fleeing war.

The Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel is a special, accelerated temporary residence pathway for Ukrainians which will allow them to stay in Canada as temporary residents for up to 3 years. Ukrainians already in Canada will also be able to extend their existing permit for 3 years. Under this program, Ukrainians will be allowed to work in Canada.

In response to employers from across Canada who have expressed interest in employing Ukrainians fleeing war and resettling, the government created the Job Bank’s Jobs for Ukraine webpage. Employers can now register available offers, so that Job Bank can connect them directly with Ukrainians resettling in Canada.

On March 7th, Counsel Public Affairs appealed to all our clients – past and present – to consider your ability to employ or train Ukrainians fleeing war. We are thankful for how many in our community have stepped up and offered your help since then.

While employers are now able to add jobs available for Ukrainians directly to the website, our Counsel team remains available to connect you with the corresponding government department to assist in your efforts to help – free of charge.

For more information, please contact our federal team:

Sheamus Murphy
Partner (Federal Practice Lead)

Bridget Howe
Account Director, Federal Advocacy

Ben Parsons
Associate Vice President, Federal Advocacy

David Murray
Senior Consultant, Federal Advocacy and Polling