Providing Employment for Ukrainians Arriving in Canada – What Tourism and Hospitality Employers Need to Know

As the war in Ukraine continues, Canada has opened its doors and its hearts to Ukrainians who have been forced to flee for their safety. In true Canadian spirit, individuals, businesses and organizations across the country are reaching out, with the goal of providing a wealth of support to Ukrainians arriving at our borders – including job offers.

go2HR has received a number of inquiries from BC tourism and hospitality employers wanting to help newcomers from Ukraine through employment. In some cases, those who are interested in helping don’t know if they can or how to get started.

Here’s what you need to know:

The federal government has introduced a number of special measures to support the Ukrainian population, including the Canada-Ukraine Emergency Travel Authorization (CUAET) which provides Ukrainians and their family members with free extended temporary status and allows them to work, study and stay in Canada until they can return home safely. It also gives those who are already in Canada the option to extend their visitor status, work permit or study permit so that they can continue to live and work or study temporarily in Canada.

Quick facts about CUAET:

  • Ukrainian nationals can apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) through CUAET using the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. Once approved, the person is then eligible to travel and enter Canada.
  • Under CUAET, individuals can also apply for an open work permit through the IRCC portal (when applying online for a TRV), at the port of entry, or once they are in Canada. .
  • Open work permits issued under CUAET are valid for 3 years and allow the individual to work for any employer in Canada, subject to limited exceptions.
  • There is currently no limit to the number of people IRCC will accept under CUAET.
  • IRCC prioritizes the processing of CUAET applications, Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) applications currently take approximately 14 days to process.
  • Individuals can also apply for a study permit under CUAET if they plan to study while in Canada. International students can also work in Canada
  • Ukrainian nationals and their family members will be exempt from the requirement to be fully vaccinated to enter Canada under CUAET.
  • Biometrics can be provided at any Visa Application Center (VAC) outside of Ukraine. VACs are open in Moldova, Romania, Austria and Poland, and there is an extensive VAC network across Europe. Biometrics fees will also be waived under CUAET and IRCC exempts certain low-risk individuals from providing biometrics on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the decision-maker.

How to get in touch with Ukrainian job seekers

Job Bank Canada

Canadian employers wishing to support Ukrainians with job postings should list their available jobs on the Canada Job Bank. Canadian officials direct Ukrainian nationals seeking employment to this site.

More information: Jobs for Ukraine – Job Bank

Ukrainian communities in Canada

A number of Ukrainian communities in British Columbia and nationally are working to connect employers who are hiring with Ukrainian job seekers:


Outside of Vancouver

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Katie Van Nostrand or the go2HR team.

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