Canada is currently on a mission to invite more skilled immigrants from Ukraine into the country during the post-pandemic period.
On January 27, 2021, the 29th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and Ukraine, the Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the launch of a mobility working group with Ukraine to expand collaboration on migration between the two countries. The working group’s mission will be to identify and improve mobility for Ukrainians seeking to come to Canada.
A Youth Mobility Agreement Under Way
At the top of their agenda, Canada and Ukraine seek to finalize a youth mobility agreement once COVID-19 related travel restrictions have been lifted. Youth mobility agreements aim to make international labor markets more accessible for young people between the ages of 18 and 35 by allowing them to work and travel for 12 months. This is good news for young professionals who have been looking for a way to work in Canada.
// Canada has a number of economic immigration programs that Ukranian nationals can look forward to.
Moreover, the mobility working group will allow the countries to share best practices on migration management, increase recruitment, and promote Canada’s economic immigration programs while strengthening respective migration and visa frameworks.
Canada has a number of economic immigration programs that Ukranian nationals can look forward to, such as the Start-Up Visa Program for entrepreneurs or the Self-employed Persons Program for individuals in athletic or cultural activities. The Quebec-selected skilled workers program offers permanent residence to individuals with particular experience and training in relevant fields.
On December 2, 1991, Canada became the first western country to recognize Ukraine’s independence. Canada and Ukraine have enjoyed a close relationship since and Canada is home to over 1.3 million Canadians of Ukrainian descent.
In 2017, the countries got into the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement. Canada has also provided sustained assistance to Ukraine throughout the years and devoted over $800 million in support since 2014.
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