Justin Trudeau's visit to Kiev and other Canadian news

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Canadian Prime Minister suddenly appeared in Kiev, free flights for Ukrainians, a queue for immigration, the abolition of restrictions on hiring foreigners, the easing of coronavirus restrictions and other news from May 2 to 8.

Aid to Ukraine

On Sunday, the Canadian prime minister visited Ukraine and was accompanied by the deputy prime minister and foreign minister. They met with Ukrainian President Zelensky. During the visit, the Canadian embassy in Kiev was opened. The prime minister personally hoisted the flag.

Ukrainians have waited for free flights to Canada. The two provinces of Atlantic Canada announced that they would transport Ukrainians on May 9 from Warsaw. It later turned out that one flight was postponed. Those who want to fly to Canada for free are offered to fill out an application form and attach photos of documents, but they do not guarantee seats.

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador has not cancelled the flight and is ready to receive 175 Ukrainians on May 9. Local NGOs have already prepared lodging, basic necessities, and contacts of employers for them. Representatives of the province went to Poland a month ago and selected those they were ready to help themselves.

The Canadian Minister of Transport announced on May 5 that the government is not backing down on its promise of free flights. But the flights promised by the prime minister are still difficult to arrange. Many Ukrainians who applied have moved to other cities and countries, so it is difficult to decide where to send the planes.

Canada's Minister of Immigration announced that a information center for Ukrainians will soon open in Warsaw, and a temporary visa center in Berlin, where biometric data can be submitted. The Berlin center is expected to serve 1,000 people a day. Immigration Canada received 204,227 applications from Ukrainians, of which 9,482 were approved.

The queue of applicants for residence in Canada waiting for a decision from the Department of Immigration is increasing. In July 2021, there were about a million and a half people in line; in April 2022, there were more than two million.

Cancellation of restrictions

The province of Alberta has lifted restrictions on the employment of foreigners. Until May 1, employers could not hire foreigners in certain occupations and had to look for local workers. The measure was introduced to reduce unemployment and support Canadians during the pandemic. Now there are only federal restrictions in the province.

An employer may be denied the paperwork necessary to hire foreigners if it seeks sex workers or wants to hire more foreign workers in low-wage positions than the law allows. In some sectors, such as construction and medicine, the maximum number of foreigners in low-wage jobs is 20% of the total workforce.

Coronavirus restrictions at the border are also gracefully being lifted. Children under 12 no longer have to take a pre-test if they cross the border into Canada with a vaccinated adult. Children under 12 do not have to be quarantined even if they are not vaccinated, just two weeks of wearing a mask in public places.

The number of vaccines that Canada considers effective has increased to nine. Travelers vaccinated with one of the recognized vaccines are free to cross the border. Canada still requires registration on a special traveler app and tests randomly selected passengers, including children over the age of five, for the coronavirus. There are no other border crossing restrictions for vaccinated travelers and their children.

Restarting the business flow and immigration shenanigans

BC announced re-starting the stream for entrepreneurs, which was suspended in July 2021. Applications will begin in July 2022. The requirements for applicants will change, but the new conditions have not yet been released. For now, the province is processing applications under this stream from 2021. The province now has two business immigration streams in operation. A pilot for those who will do business in remote areas, and a strategic projects stream for branches of foreign corporations.

Three provinces held immigration shenanigans this week.

On May 3, British Columbia held general and targeted selections. The general selection included specialists in technical professions; 141 people received invitations. Forty-two in-demand professionals also received invitations. The province needs early childhood educators, health professionals, veterinarians and animal technicians.

On May 5, the selection was made by Manitoba. The province invited 315 people. Thirty-two of them were local graduates, and the rest were professionals who had worked in Manitoba or had a profession they needed.

Saskatchewan also held a selection on May 5. The province invited 198 people. This time, dozens of professionals were needed, from carpenters and plumbers to archaeologists and linguists. An exception was made for one Ukrainian citizen who had previously applied for immigration.

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