Hamilton Welcomes Ukrainians
Welcome & Information Guide
We welcome and support you and your family as you start a new life in Canada. This guide provides important information about services and supports.
With the war in Ukraine it is anticipated tens of thousands of Ukrainians fleeing war will make their way to Canada.
The City of Hamilton is facilitating a local community response to support Ukrainian arrivals, along with a regional response with the six municipal governments that form the GTHA (The Cities of Toronto and Hamilton as well as Peel, York, Durham and Halton Regions)as part of a Greater Toronto Hamilton Area.
Proactive coordination between local Ukrainian community, the City, immigration/resettlement agencies, public health and health care agencies, social services (housing and income supports), child care and education is needed to safely support and warmly welcome the arrival of Ukrainian newcomers.
This information will assist Ukrainian newcomers, host families, residents and service providers with information and service to support settlement in Hamilton.
The Federal Government has created the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET), that allows visitors to temporarily reside and work in Canada for up to three years.
How to donate and get involved
Ukrainian Canadian Congress & UCC Hamilton
Volunteer to be a social host! YMCA Canada Connects Volunteer
The Canada Connects program creates meaningful connections between newcomers, long-time Canadians, and established immigrants. Newcomer participants gain a better understanding of Canadian customs, culture, social, political and economic life.
Program volunteers develop better cross-cultural awareness, communication and sensitivity, and a sense of fulfillment from helping newcomers settle more effectively in our communities. Canada Connects program includes:
- One-on-one social & cultural matches between newcomer participants and program volunteers
- Family matches between newcomer participants and program volunteers
English Conversation Groups to help newcomers improve their language skills, enhance social networks by making local connections, and cultivate a sense of belonging. Information, Orientation and Referrals to programs and support services in the community