FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement from S.U.C.C.E.S.S. supporting Ukraine arrivals to Canada amid war
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, and we stand ready to support new Ukrainian arrivals to Canada.
As one of the largest providers of immigration, refugee and settlement services in B.C, we understand some of the immense challenges facing the Ukrainians who have had to flee their homelands with little but their lives.
We are deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of the people of Ukraine during this conflict. Our hearts go out to the families fleeing ruined cities and rising violence and those adjusting to the hard realities of life as refugees. Our thoughts are also with members of the Ukrainian diaspora across Canada who are worried about relatives abroad.
The world is now witnessing one of the largest and fastest human migrations in recorded history. More than 3.2 million Ukrainians have evacuated, 6.5 million are internally displaced and 12 million are effectively stranded, according to the UN’s International Organization for Migration. Nearly 2,000 civilians, including 100 children have been killed, according to UNHCR.
We are committed to offering assistance to the Ukrainian arrivals who are expected to arrive shortly in Canada, on humanitarian grounds. We support the government’s recent launch of the new Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET). This accelerated temporary residence pathway will provide Ukrainians safe haven in Canada for up to three years while war in their country continues.
As a community organization dedicated to caring for vulnerable populations with respect, integrity, inclusivity and openness, we are honoured to do our part to welcome Ukrainians who have inspired us with their resilience and determination in the face of the horrors of war.
Resources that may be helpful:
- If you are a B.C. resident affected by recent events and in need of counselling support learn more about the province’s virtual mental health supports.
- If you are seeking information for loved ones on how to leave Ukraine please read the new immigration measures for Ukrainians.
- If you are a resident of Canada and can offer employment to a Ukrainian arrival, please register offers at: Job Bank’s Jobs for Ukraine webpage.
Founded in 1973, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is one of the largest social service agencies in Canada. Our multicultural, non-profit charitable organization offers a wide range of programs and services that promote the belonging, wellness, and independence of people at all stages of their Canadian journey. Programs and services are offered in the areas of newcomer settlement, English language training, employment and entrepreneurship, family, youth and seniors programming, health education, community development, seniors care and affordable housing. Learn more at: successbc.ca.