Ukrainian refugees taken care of upon arrival at the airport, assures Quebec
Ukrainian refugees who will be taken care of upon arrival at Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport, where a reception kiosk will be set up. A range of government services will also be offered to them.
These are the measures announced Thursday morning by the Quebec government to welcome Ukrainians who will arrive in the province.
Staff members of the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l&rsquo Integration and partner organizations will be present at the airport to inform Ukrainian nationals of the reception and integration services available upon their arrival on Quebec soil.
A telephone line reserved for Ukrainian refugees has also been created to inform them and guide them in the steps to be taken, it is indicated in a press release.
Access to government services
The Minister of Immigration, Francisation and Integration, Jean Boulet, indicates that his government wants to “double the bites now” to put in place appropriate measures to welcome refugees from Ukraine with dignity. “We have an extensive reception and integration network throughout the territory which is already mobilized to deploy its services quickly,” he said.
Indeed, the Government of Quebec has provided for a range of government services intended for Ukrainian nationals. Refugees will notably have access to temporary accommodation, assistance in finding permanent accommodation and support for the settlement process. Last-resort financial assistance, preschool education, elementary and secondary education, as well as French lessons will also be offered to them.
The Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, specifies that reception, francization, interpretation and psychological support services will be available. “The Ministry will obviously be present to support schools in their dealings with Ukrainian children,” he adds.
Other services such as full coverage of the Quebec, the tax credit for childcare expenses, integration services and employment measures and services are also included.
According to the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, the health network is ready to support Ukrainian nationals. “We can also count, throughout Quebec, on 14 clinics for refugees who act as bridges,” he says.