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March 28, 2022

Manitoba Government's Unwavering Support for Ukraine Continues

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Province Partnering with Manitoba Ukrainian Community, Preparing to Welcome Thousands Seeking Refuge: Premier

Whole-of-government preparations for the possible arrival of thousands of Ukrainians forced from their homeland by the brutal war of aggression launched against Ukraine and its courageous people continues, Premier Heather Stefanson announced today. 

“The unimaginable loss and suffering being borne by the people of Ukraine unites us in outrage and common purpose – they need a safe haven, our compassion and our support,” said Stefanson. “Manitoba remains fully committed to welcome as many Ukrainians as possible fleeing this unprovoked and terrible war and will provide them with the full range of available provincial service supports.” 

Preparations began within days of the Putin-ordered Russian invasion on Feb. 24, 2022. A special committee of deputy ministers was established to lead and oversee government’s response and planning efforts. Engagement and coordination with the Manitoba chapter of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress began immediately. A dedicated and staffed Ukrainian Refugee Task Force was established by the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization to co-ordinate more detailed operational planning for the potentially large-scale arrival and settlement of Ukrainian refugees.  

This co-ordination work includes governments, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and other Ukrainian-Canadian organizations, the settlement sector, community groups and other non-government organizations.  

The federal government ultimately determines how many displaced Ukrainians will be coming to Canada. For the families and individuals arriving in Manitoba, the Ukrainian Refugee Task force will co-ordinate and facilitate a full continuum of provincial service supports through necessary housing arrangements, health and mental health care, education, child care, social assistance and labour market assistance. 

Pending all of these supports for the potentially large-scale arrivals ahead, the premier also noted additional provincial support for Ukraine and Ukrainians including:

  • $800,000 in humanitarian aid thus far;
  • prioritizing the processing and refunding of all fees for Ukrainian citizens applying through the existing Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program; and
  • a dedicated government website,, as a central portal to gather and share information on Manitoba’s response efforts and to harness other assistance, volunteer and donation opportunities. 

“One in seven Manitobans is of Ukrainian descent, but we are all Ukrainians during this terrible ordeal,” said Stefanson. “As the federal government response continues to unfold, Manitoba will do more than our proportional part within Canada and will be ready to extend full provincial service supports with open arms and hearts.” 

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