Ukrainians coming to Canada: Prepare for your trip
Before leaving for Canada, prepare as much as you can. We’ve gathered some resources to help you
Help our settlement partners understand your needs
Take the Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance (CISSA) survey to help them
- understand your settlement needs (including what services are most important and where they’ll be needed)
- connect you to community services when you need them
CISSA is not a part of the Government of Canada. Taking this survey is voluntary and will not affect your immigration status or your access to settlement services.
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Plan your trip to Canada
Before you leave for Canada, make sure you understand
- what you need to know if you and your family are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated
- the steps to take if you and your family are fully vaccinated
- the travel, testing and border requirements
- what you can bring with you
- the goods and personal items you must declare when you arrive
Decide where to live
Canada is a big place with many diverse cities and regions to explore. Deciding where to live can be a difficult choice.
Get your documents ready
Gather all the documents that you can find for you and your family. If you have some documents ready, it will make your arrival in Canada easier.
If your documents aren’t in English or French, it’s a good idea to get them translated before you leave for Canada or when you arrive.
You don’t have to bring all of these documents. If you’ve already left and don’t have some of them, you may want to have someone send them to you after you arrive.
These documents will make travelling to Canada easier
- birth certificates
- Ukrainian internal passports
- travel documents, including
- international passports
- single-journey travel documents
- valid Canadian temporary resident visas
- certificates, including
- separation or divorce
- immunization or vaccination records for children, including for COVID-19
These documents will make it easier to apply for programs and services when you arrive:
- your driver’s licence, including
- an international driver’s permit
- a driving record
- documents related to your education, including
- diplomas or degrees
- transcripts and other school records
- trade and professional certificates or licences
- letters of reference from former employers
- your medical records, such as
- test results
- dental records
Scan or take pictures of your documents in case you lose the originals.
Learn more about the documents you’ll need to cross the border.
Flying to Canada
You and your family members can book a commercial flight to Canada as soon as you’re ready to travel. Commercial flights come at your own cost, and they give you the flexibility to choose the airline, date, flight time and destination in Canada that works best for you.
Getting help in Canada
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