It’s been 46 days since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine forcing over four million residents to flee their homes to neighbouring countries.

The tabled 2022 federal budget presented last week had earmarked around $1 billion from Ottawa that will go towards new resources needed by Ukraine.

Kenora MP, Eric Melillo is doing what he can to help support the current situation in Ukraine by presenting a petition to the House of Commons to help stop this invasion.

“It’s asking our government to provide more lethal defense weapons to support Ukraine,” said Melillo. “The petition also goes further urging Canada to work with NATO allies to close areas of airspace over Ukraine.”

Melillo noted these supports have been requested by Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“Every opportunity needs to be on the table right now because we aren’t just supporting the Ukrainian people in the fight against Putin, but we’re supporting the Ukrainian people in a fight against democracy and freedom around the world.”

On March 3, 2022, contributed up to 4,500 M72 rocket launchers and 7,500 hand grenades, to the Ukrainian military and $1 million towards purchasing commercial satellites and modern imagery.

Additionally to financial assistance and military support to Ukraine the federal and many of the provincial governments across Canada have provided support in terms of settlement services and financial assistance to refugees that will be making their way into the country.

On March 30, 2022, the federal government announced that Canada is offering temporary federal support to help Ukrainians settle in their new communities. Settlement Program services, which are typically only available to permanent residents, will soon be extended until March 31, 2023, for temporary residents in Canada eligible under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET).

So far about 60,000 Ukrainians and their families have applied to come to Canada under that program, and another 12,000 have come under traditional immigration streams since January. 

Starting in early April 2022, the Canadian Red Cross, in support of the Government of Canada, will provide arrival services at the Toronto, Edmonton, and Vancouver international airports.

This support includes providing translation services, as well as information in their language of choice to help connect Ukrainians with government and community services.

Canada has opened the program to an unlimited number of applicants, and also plans to launch a family reunification program to allow people who fled Ukraine to become permanent residents of Canada if they have relatives in the country. 

The province of Ontario announced last week they have employment opportunities for the up to 40,000 refugees that they are expecting into the province.

“We sent a signal to all of those fleeing Ukraine that there’s a safe refuge here in Ontario,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “The Ontario government has stepped up to ensure that Ukrainians that are coming here have access to our health care system, to education, to any financial assistance they need, also shelter.”

“Employers have stepped up, there are now 30,000 jobs waiting for Ukrainians when they come here to the province,” McNaughton added.

Refugees coming into Ontario will also have access to trauma-informed counselling and culturally responsive support to students and families, through a $449,000 provincial investment in Canadian-Ukrainian community organizations.

Support will be given to people who have been admitted to Canada on an emergency basis for humanitarian reasons studying at Ontario’s publicly assisted colleges and universities through a new provincial $1.9 million Ontario-Ukraine Solidarity Scholarship.

Financial support of up to $28,000 through our province’s Second Career Program, for those who apply and are eligible, for basic living allowances, tuition, transportation, and other critical needs.

The government is providing an increase of $900,000 over three years to the Canadian Ukrainian Immigrant Aid Society to deliver targeted settlement services. The funding will help Ukrainian newcomers get settled, find housing and access services such as mental health supports, education for children, language instruction for adults, and employment and training supports.

Ukrainian families arriving under the new emergency travel authorization will have access to a dedicated hotline (1-888-562-4769) and email address

(ukrainianjobs@ontario.ca) to connect new arrivals with job search support and local employers in the community.

Donations can be made below:

- Red Cross Canada

- National Bank of Ukraine

- Winnipeg’s Oseredok Ukranian Cultural and Education Centre