Alberta stands with the rest of Canada, united in our support for Ukraine during the unjust war being waged in their country. Alberta’s government has responded quickly to the crisis offering Ukrainian newcomers access to health care, child care, education, emergency financial funding, and guidance to get official documents and find work.
Now we are further expanding social and financial supports to help people meet their basic needs as they rebuild their lives. As Minister of Community and Social Services, I was proud to authorize the signing of a special ministerial order to help Ukrainians. That is why starting on July 25; eligible Ukrainian newcomers will be able to access up to six months of financial supports. Those who require immediate assistance can access emergency supports by calling the Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992 or visiting one of our many offices.
With so many people staying in Ukraine to help defend their nation, we expect many arrivals will be single-parent families along with other families who may be in need. To support them, Ukrainian parents can also apply for six months of funding to cover the costs of licensed child care through the Child Care Subsidy Program.
Ukrainian newcomers can visit alberta.ca/ukraine to access information in English and Ukrainian about the resources available to help them settle and integrate into Alberta communities.
As the situation evolves, Alberta will continue to work closely with the federal government, the Ukrainian community and settlement-serving organizations to make sure Ukrainians feel safe and supported as they arrive in our province. We know it will be difficult to rebuild and Alberta’s government will do all we can to remove as many barriers as possible and support Ukrainian newcomers.
Jason Luan served as Minister of Community and Social Services from July 8, 2021 to October 24, 2022.