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Government provides $11 million in support for programs to help Ukrainian newcomers

The provincial government has partnered with the Association for New Canadians to provide $11 million for a suite of housing and employment support to assist Ukrainians.

Support being offered includes a province-wide homestay hosting program where approved host families will receive $1,000 monthly for up to five months for hosting Ukrainians.

There is also a moving expense assistance of $2,000 for Ukrainians leaving temporary accommodations who are moving to leased accommodations in the St. John’s area and $4,000 for outside the St. John’s area, and $6,000 for Labrador.

A $3 million call for proposals for innovative housing projects for Ukrainians such as repurposing vacant property, housing repair and maintenance assistance, co-housing initiatives, and expanding access to conversational English classes and workplace-based English support for Ukrainians.

Employment supports include a 42-week wage subsidy (up to $12 per hour for eligible employers); 70 percent for the first 14 weeks, 60 percent for the second 14 weeks; and 80 percent for the third 14 weeks).

Short-term training to connect to employment while matching qualified Ukrainians to employers looking to fill vacancies. Assistance with credential assessment, language training and immigration and helping employers with settlement services and cultural competency training.

There are nearly 2,800 Ukrainians in the province, about 700 have arrived through sponsorship from the provincial government while the remainder have made their way here via their own means.

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