July 13, 2022. OTTAWA, ON. UCC Ontario and UCC National are pleased to launch today the Ukrainian CUAET Newcomers’ Ontario Resource Package. This important project is the final result of a collaborative effort between UCC Ontario, UCC National, and the Deloitte Canada Community Advisory Projects team, and provides critical settlement support information to the thousands of displaced Ukrainian citizens who are settling in the province.
“This much-needed Resource Package provides Ukrainian newcomers with all of the integral information they need at every stage of their journey – from obtaining all documents that they need, their legal rights, and how to find temporary housing, to meeting day-to-day needs of childcare and banking, to settling into the community and accessing health care, education and employment,” stated UCC Ontario President, Taras Bahriy. “This essential resource will provide the ability for every newcomer arriving in Ontario to be able to make decisions tailored to their unique needs and preferences.”
The resource package concisely identifies the multitude of needs that newcomers have, and provides clear information on how these needs can be met based on services provided by available provincial institutions. Specifically, the document provides key information on:
· Documents of Life (SIN, OHIP)
· Legal Rights in Canada
· Phone & Wi-Fi Plans
· Temporary and Permanent Housing
· Financial Assistance and Services
· Food Access
· Employment Support
Also included in the package is a map illustrating the distances from Toronto to various other Ontario communities, and a brief overview of some of the cities outside of Toronto that newcomers may wish to consider for settlement.
60 Deloitte Canada volunteers generously donated over 200 of their work hours and expertise to put this together, many of these volunteers used their own Ukrainian relatives’, friends’ and loved ones’ arrival journeys to map out the key milestones and make this package as user friendly and as comprehensive as possible.
UCC CEO and Executive Director Ihor Michalchyshyn added, “It is critical for newcomers to have this information easily accessible and readily available in their immediate first days of arrival in Ontario. We would like to thank the Deloitte Canada Community Advisory Projects Team for their generous contribution in developing this tool. The positive impact of this support is deeply appreciated within all our Ontario communities.”
Since Russia launched a full-scale assault on Ukraine on February 24th, 2022, Canada has welcomed thousands of Ukrainian citizens forced to flee fleeing Russia’s war against Ukraine. Approximately 80-90% of these newcomers have landed in Ontario through Toronto Pearson International Airport.