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A central reception center for Ukrainian refugees arriving in Manitoba will open in the coming days near Winnipeg’s Richardson International Airport.

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“Since the start of this brutal war of aggression against Ukraine and its people, our government has been preparing for the potential arrival of thousands of Ukrainians seeking refuge and safety here in Manitoba,” the Premier announced last week. Heather Stefanson. “We will welcome Ukrainians who experience unimaginable loss with open hearts and support them with a full range of supports, including housing arrangements, health and mental health care, education, childcare, l welfare, language services and employment assistance.”

The welcome center is part of the ongoing government-wide operational planning and coordination efforts of the Provincial Ukrainian Refugee Task Force, which works with the Canadian Congress of Ukrainians – Manitoba Provincial Council and other Ukrainian-Canadian organizations, the settlement sector, community groups and other non-governmental organizations to welcome Ukrainians to Manitoba and coordinate a full continuum of supports after they arrive.

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The Visitor Center will provide:

– initial reception services to determine individual and family needs;

– temporary accommodation and meals for persons unrelated to persons in Manitoba;

– access to coordinated health care services through the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Manitoba Health; and

registration, orientation and referral services through Manitoba Start to facilitate awareness of settlement supports that connect people to language training, workforce and employment needs establishment in the longer term.

“While one in seven Manitobans is of Ukrainian descent, we are all Ukrainians during this terrible time,” said Stefanson. “We will welcome as many Ukrainians as possible.”

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Volunteers will also be on hand to help greet families upon arrival and provide language assistance in their native language. Any donation of goods or supplies must be made through the Canadian Congress of Ukrainians – Manitoba Provincial Council.

“As the trickle of people from Ukraine into Manitoba becomes a steady stream, we welcome the creation of the Manitoba Intake Center which will allow triage of clients and the development of individualized action plans for each circumstance,” said Joanne Lewandoski, President. , Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Manitoba Provincial Council. “’Manitoba really showed that Ukraine is not alone. The opening of its doors to hundreds, if not thousands, of people displaced by war demonstrates that decency and human kindness know no borders, that Manitoba and its people openly welcome these newcomers, and that light and good will ultimately prevail over evil and darkness.

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The Premier noted that the Government of Manitoba has provided $800,000 in direct humanitarian assistance to Ukraine so far and that the Government of Manitoba will continue to make large-scale investments in provincial supports and services as Ukrainians will arrive in Manitoba.

The premier also highlighted the dedicated government website, which serves as a central portal to share information about Manitoba’s response efforts and to coordinate assistance with community partners and Ukrainian-Canadian organizations.

To learn more about the Manitoba government’s response, how to help and receive further updates, visit https://manitoba4ukraine.ca/ for information in English, French and Ukrainian and additional links.

To learn more about the Manitoba government’s response, how to help and receive further updates, visit https://manitoba4ukraine.ca/ for information in English, French and Ukrainian and additional links.

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