We at St. Thomas Elgin Local Immigration Partnership have created this page for community members like you who are willing to support Ukrainian families. Find below a list of resources and opportunities to connect Ukrainians to housing, jobs and language supports.

Immigration Pathways  

The Government of Canada has announced two new streams for Ukrainians who want to come to Canada. 

Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) 
  • The CUAETis a pathway for temporary residence and is not a refugee stream. There is no limit to the number of Ukrainians that can apply  
  • This is currently the fastest, safest, and most efficient way for Ukrainians to come to Canada and eliminates many of the normal visa requirements  
  • All Ukrainian nationals can apply and stay in Canada as temporary residents for up to 3 years with a free, open work permit 
  • Settlement Programservices, which are typically only available to permanent residents, have been extended until March 31, 2023, for temporary residents in Canada eligible under CUAET 
Special Reunification Sponsorship Pathway (permanently)
  • Immediate and extended family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents can be sponsored to immigrate to Canada 

General Supports 

Ukrainian Canadian Congress

TheUkrainian Canadian Congressrepresents the Ukrainian Canadian community before the people and Government of Canada. Visit their website to learn more about their efforts in response to the crisis.  

Red cross information package

Information that helps support the initial settlement process of Ukraine newcomers. These links consist resources in 4 different languages:


What is a SIN and why is it needed ?

Your Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a confidential number used for income reporting purposes. However, some organizations ask for the SIN for other reasons. The SIN is important to privacy protection. It can open the door to your personal information and can put you at risk of fraud and identity theft.

Learn more about how to protect your SIN

You can follow the link below and apply for your social insurance number

The Foreign Credential Recognition in Canada Tool provides newcomers with information on job requirements such as:

  • if your job is in a regulated occupation
  • who is the regulatory body
  • what kind of alternative job in your field you could work in while you wait for the review of your credentials
  • if there are available jobs
  • what is the pay, and more
To get your credentials recognized you can click on the link below

Get your credentials assessed 

Community Connections
Ukrainian Churches in London Ontario 

Ukrainian Catholic Church 

Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church 

Українська Католицька Церква Христос Цар 

707 Nelson St 

London, ON N5Z 1J8 

(519) 434-6593 


Sunday services: 

9:00am English Service 

10:45am Ukrainian Services Літургія по-українському 

Ukrainian Orthodox Church 

Church of the Holy Trinity 

Українська православна Церква пресвятої Трійці 

151 King Edward Ave 

London, ON N5Z 3T5 



Sunday Service 10 am 

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development – Provincial Support

Ontario Health Insurance Plan including access to health care and mental health services. Dedicated refugee helpline. Emergency income assistance for up to six months; includes drug benefits.

Coordination of offers of accommodation including vetting hosts,viewing the accommodations, conducting police checks, and matching Ukrainian newcomers with appropriate accommodations in the Greater Toronto Area, as well as providing orientation to hosts and Ukrainian families, through funding to COSTI Immigrant Services.

Ontario.ca/Ukraine – Dedicated Ontario government portal with settlement support information for Ukrainians arriving to Ontario

Dedicated hotline (1-888-562-4769) and email address (ukrainianjobs@ontario.ca) to connect new arrivals with job search supports and local employers in the community

Employment Standards and Occupational Health and Safety information has been translated into Ukrainian –https://www.ontario.ca/page/posters-required-workplace

Settlement Services 

Settlement workers are funded by the federal and provincial government to provide supports for immigrants and newcomers. Many services are offered at no cost. To learn more about how they can help check out this resource: Serving Immigrant and Newcomer Clients

YWCA St Thomas-Elgin Settlement Services 

16 Mary Street West 
St. Thomas, ON N5P 2S3 

Phone: 519-631-9800 
Toll Free: 1-800-461-0954 

Email: settlement@ywcaste.ca

MCS Aylmer Resource Centre 

16 Talbot Street East
Aylmer, ON N5H 1H4 

Phone: (519) 765-3020 

Email: arc@mcson.org

To start a new life in Canada as a newcomer, one can find more settlement information in English and Ukrainian from the CUIAS, based in Toronto.

Information On life in Canada 

  • This “Shelter” platform is currently leading, which is also recommended by the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada. 
    Прихисток – прихисти своїх (prykhystok.gov.ua) 
  • Also, Airbnb has some initiatives with housing offers for displaced Ukrainians 
    Airbnb.org– Host people fleeing Ukraine 
Applying for OHIP 

Ukrainians in Ontario under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) are eligible for coverage under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). The province pays for medically-necessary health services covered by OHIP.

Learn how to apply for OHIP, including what documents are needed, or call ServiceOntario INFOline at 1-866-532-3161 (TTY: 1-800-387-5559).

Other Healthcare considerations

The Ontario Drug Benefit Program helps cover the cost of about 5,000 prescription drugs. Learn how to get help paying for prescription drugs.

If you have a long-term physical disability, you can get help paying for equipment and supplies through the Assistive Devices Program.

School for Youth 

Elementary or secondary school students who have been approved to come to or remain in Canada for humanitarian reasons can attend publicly funded schools without paying fees. This includes children who are in Ontario under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel.

Learn more about enrolling your children in school.

Language training for adults
Contacting the Government of Canada

A dedicated service channel for Ukraine immigration enquiries is available for clients both in Canada and abroad at 613-321-4243, with collect calls accepted. Clients can add the keyword “Ukraine2022” to the IRCC crisis web form with their enquiry and it will be prioritized.

Resources in Ukrainian