IRCC launches program to expand immigration between Canada and Ukraine
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced a new Mobility Working Group between Canada and Ukraine on January 27, 2021.
The new partnership will improve mobility opportunities for Ukrainians wanting to immigrate to Canada. IRCC will ensure that Canada’s visa framework and migration rules remain intact. The new partnership will go into effect once the COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted.
The Canada-Ukraine Mobility Working Group will allow the two governments to share tips on how to best manage migration. As well, the partnership will allow Canada to promote its economic class immigration programs to Ukrainians.
Ukraine rose in the rankings of the most important sources of new Canadian permanent residents in the first eleven (11) months of 2020, despite COVID-19 and the travel restrictions. Ukraine secured the 22nd ranking in most important sources of permanent residents in 2020.
Through the Mobility Working Group, Canada and Ukraine will work together to create a youth mobility agreement to provide Canadian and Ukrainian youth with opportunities to travel and work once the restrictions are lifted. Youth mobility agreements are shown to improve labour market access for youth between ages 18 and 35. This is by allowing them to work abroad for twelve (12) months. The youth in Ukraine can take advantage of the International Experience Canada (IEC) program to live and work in Canada.
The announcement of the Mobility Working Group partnership between Canada and Ukraine came on the 29th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two nations. Canada and Ukraine have had strong ties since 1992, a few months after Ukraine gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.