The province is working with the YMCA to provide more support for Ukrainian newcomers arriving in Nova Scotia. The government is also streamlining the immigration process for Ukrainians.
“Nova Scotians are used to helping people and we will continue to do so in response to the humanitarian crisis Ukrainians are currently facing,” Premier Tim Houston said. “We are ready to welcome these newcomers with open arms and provide them with the support they need to find stability after facing some of the darkest days of their lives.
The province has engaged the YMCA as a community partner to help provide information to Ukrainians who want to connect with employers and the community. The YMCA, with its reach of settlement and language services across the province, will help answer questions, assess the needs of Ukrainian newcomers and connect them with the information they need. These efforts will include working with multiple community partners, including Nova Scotia Immigration Services and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Nova Scotia Branch.
“We are working with the local Ukrainian community and settlement partners to identify ways to fill gaps in support for Ukrainians coming to Nova Scotia, ensuring that we are all working together to help people make the transition to life here,” said Jill Balser, Minister of Labour. , Skills and Immigration. “Language training, information sessions, advice to facilitate access to the labor market and services adapted to the needs of women, seniors, young people and 2SLGBTIQ+ people will better support Ukrainians who are looking to settle in our communities.
To further support Ukrainian nationals, the province is relaxing immigration and settlement program requirements. Applications are processed on an urgent basis, and language testing, recruitment requirements and settlement funds are not barriers to applying under the Skilled Worker or Occupation in Demand streams of the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program . Ukrainian newcomers will also be eligible for all provincially funded settlement programs.
The Ministry of Labour, Skills and Immigration will hold online information sessions on how Ukrainians can access its programs. The sessions will also include information from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to provide information on temporary federal measures.
Our YMCA has a long history of supporting the settlement of newcomer children, youth and their families to our province. Although we are part of a global movement of YMCAs around the world working with our international partners in times of crisis, here in Nova Scotia our approach is to provide basic community services that are inclusive and welcoming. While considering the settlement needs of newcomers to Nova Scotia, the YMCA also works with communities to foster an understanding of the issues and barriers that newcomers face. We are pleased to join with the Province of Nova Scotia and other stakeholders in supporting this important initiative.
Brian Posavad, President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth
- in March, the province donated $100,000 to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation to provide humanitarian support such as food, medical aid and emergency shelter
- more than 9,000 people of Ukrainian descent live in Nova Scotia