Ukrainian refugees Montreal Mélanie Joly

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly greets Ukrainian refugees in Montreal

Ukrainian refugees in Montreal: “You are safe. We are here for you”

306 Ukrainian refugees arrived in Montreal on Sunday on a chartered flight from Warsaw, Poland.

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has released a statement following the arrival of 306 Ukrainian refugees in the city yesterday aboard a chartered flight from Warsaw, Poland.

Plante welcomed refugees to Montreal, saying, ”You are safe, we are here for tou.”

“I welcome the Ukrainian refugees who arrived in Montreal yesterday. After they have gone through a terrible ordeal, we welcome them warmly. To these refugees, I say: You are safe. We are here for you.”

—Valérie Plante
Ukrainian refugees in Montreal: “You are safe. We are here for you”

Two other chartered flights have been arranged by the Government of Canada, also carrying approximately 300 Ukrainian refugees each: one that arrived in Winnipeg on May 23, and another set to arrive in Halifax on June 2.

In March, the government announced a program that would allow Ukrainian refugees to live in Canada as temporary residents for up to three years.

The refugees will have free accommodations for 14 days upon arrival courtesy of the federal government, which will work with the provinces and territories to extend accommodations beyond that.

“Canada is doing everything it can to support Ukrainians before and after they arrive in Canada. Millions of Ukrainians have been displaced and forced to flee their homes, and these charter flights will help make sure that those who want to come to Canada have the support they need. We’ll continue to work with provinces and territories, settlement organizations and NGOs to make sure Ukrainians feel at home in their new communities.”

—Canadian Immigration Minister Sean Fraser

The first group of Ukrainian refugees will arrive in Montreal on May 29

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