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Welcoming Ukrainians to Québec

This page contains information on services available for people arriving from Ukraine with a Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET).

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Ukrainian family reunification

Ukrainian nationals residing in Québec, who have applied to the Canadian government and are eligible for the federal pathway for Ukrainian family reunification This hyperlink will open in a new window., will receive a letter from the Québec government containing the form and instructions that will enable them to apply for permanent selection on humanitarian grounds. If they obtain their Québec Selection Certificate, they will be able to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent residency.

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Participating in the solidarity effort

If you are a resident of Québec, see the page Participating in the solidarity effort toward Ukrainians This hyperlink will open in a new window. (in French) to find out how to help welcome Ukrainians to Québec.

Getting help to settle in

You can call one of the numbers below to speak to an agent from the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration du Québec.

We can answer your questions about your immigration process or direct you to the appropriate resources depending on your situation.

Contact a Québec government official

Arriving at the airport

The Gouvernement du Québec has set up a welcome booth at the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL) for Ukrainians arriving in Québec. Staff members from the Gouvernement du Québec and partner organizations are there to inform you about the services available to you.

The booth is open every day from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Finding an aid organization

Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration du Québec partner organizations help newcomers in their integration process in Québec.

They will guide you through the following steps:

  • Obtaining your Québec health insurance card
  • Obtaining a work permit
  • Finding housing
  • Undergoing a health assessment
  • Applying for financial assistance
  • Enrolling your children in school
  • Registering for a French course

Applying for financial assistance

When you arrive in Québec, you can apply for financial assistance.

Obtaining your health insurance card

To have access to essential medical care and medication insurance, you must apply for your health insurance card.

Each member of your family must have their own health insurance card. This hyperlink will open in a new window.

Find a job

You can start looking for a job as soon as you receive an acknowledgement of receipt for your application for work permit.

Enrolling in school

To enroll yourself or your child in school, you should contact the Centre de services scolaire (School service centre) responsible for the schools in your area. Visit the Trouver une école This hyperlink will open in a new window. (Find a school) page to find the name of your nearest Centre de services scolaire.

You can read the information for immigrant parents leaflet This hyperlink will open in a new window. about the Quebec school network and get information and support from an aid organization.

You will have free access to the following educational services: 

  • General education for young people; 
  • General education for adults; 
  • Professional training in the public network. 

You must present a document mentioning your Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) or proof of your arrival in Canada as part of this program to the person responsible for admissions at your Centre de services scolaire.

Facilitating your integration procedures

If you have a work or study permit, you can register with Accompagnement Québec, the integration service for immigrants. It is a free and personalized service. 

An integration assistance agent can help you with the following steps:

  • Come live in Québec (Settlement)
  • Discover Québec society (Community life)
  • Learn French (Francization)
  • Obtain recognition of your competencies (Recognition of competencies);
  • Join the labour force (Employment)
  • Be better informed about the immigration steps (Immigration procedures)

Getting a Quebec driver’s licence

You can drive with your foreign driver’s licence for six months following your arrival in Quebec. After this period, you will need to have a Quebec driver’s licence. You can apply for one as soon as you arrive.

To get your Quebec driver’s licence, you will need to call one of the following phone numbers:

For additional information, visit the website of the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Last update: March 28, 2024


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