Conflict in Ukraine – International and in Canada

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Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine and surrounding countries
How the Canadian Red Cross is helping in Ukraine and surrounding countries
How people living in Canada can help people impacted by the conflict in Ukraine
How will Ukraine Crisis Appeal donations be used?
What is International Humanitarian Law?
Resources
People arriving in Canada from Ukraine
Welcome Package
Helpful Links


Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine and surrounding countries

The conflict in Ukraine is having widespread and devastating humanitarian impacts.  Millions have fled the country and millions more are internally displaced. Red Cross teams on the ground in Ukraine and surrounding countries are continuing to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to those impacted.

At border crossings and in major cities, this invaluable support includes food, water, clothing, hygiene kits, first aid training, medical supplies, and health care, including psychosocial support.

Recently, false information about the Red Cross response to the conflict in Ukraine has been circulating. This misinformation prevents essential assistance from getting to people in need and puts Red Cross volunteers and staff on the ground at risk. See our responses to frequently asked questions about the Red Cross response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.


How the Canadian Red Cross is helping in Ukraine and surrounding countries

The Canadian Red Cross has launched the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal to respond to  the vast humanitarian needs that continue to arise due to the conflict. Donations will enable the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to respond to humanitarian needs in Ukraine and surrounding countries, which includes immediate and ongoing relief efforts.

The Canadian Red Cross has already contributed $82.5 million to the humanitarian response to provide critical assistance to those affected by the conflict, with approximately two-thirds to support people in Ukraine, and one-third to help people displaced in surrounding countries. This includes support to the vital work of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society and other National Societies in surrounding countries that are supporting people fleeing Ukraine. The Canadian Red Cross has also mobilized several humanitarian experts to support the response in areas such as operations management, migration and displacement, cash assistance, health coordination and communications.

The conflict in Ukraine and surrounding countries is evolving daily, and we are committed to continuing to work with the International Red Cross, the Ukrainian Red Cross Society and other local National Societies,  on how to best support those affected by this conflict in the days, weeks and months ahead. 
 

How people living in Canada can help people impacted by the conflict in Ukraine

We are grateful for the concern and generosity of people living in Canada for those affected by the conflict in Ukraine. Here are two of the best ways you can take action today to help those in need:

Make a donation
The easiest way to support the work of the Canadian Red Cross is to donate online, give us a call at 1-800-418-1111. Making a financial donation is always the best way to support our humanitarian efforts on the ground.
 
The Canadian Red Cross has two options (international and domestic) for people who would like to support the people impacted by the conflict in Ukraine.

International -- Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal
Money raised by the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal will allow the Canadian Red Cross to send personnel, equipment and funds to support the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement response in Ukraine and surrounding countries, including support to those displaced. This could include preparedness, immediate and ongoing relief efforts, long-term recovery, resiliency, and other humanitarian activities as needs arise.
 
Domestic -- Ukraine Humanitarian Support in Canada Appeal
Money raised by the Ukraine Humanitarian Support in Canada Appeal will enable the Canadian Red Cross to respond to humanitarian needs in Canada as they arise for people displaced due to the conflict in Ukraine. Our work will help to bridge the gaps in social services and support affected individuals and families as they transition to life in Canada. These services may include immediate and ongoing basic needs, referral services, financial support, psychosocial support, granting to community organizations, services to help people displaced connect with their loved ones, and other critical activities that may evolve and change.
 
Your financial donation directly impacts our ability to take action. Learn more about how you can donate to make a difference.

Organize a fundraiser
If your community group or organization wants to host a fundraiser to help us continue to do our work, our Red Cross fundraising specialists can help support your vision. To create a community fundraiser for the Canadian Red Cross, you can complete our online form to get started today.
 

How will donations to the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal donations be used?

Money raised will enable the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to respond to humanitarian needs in Ukraine and surrounding areas. Funds contributed to date are being used to provide neutral and impartial emergency assistance such as vital medical supplies, food, water, clothing, shelter, hygiene items, heating fuel, psychosocial support, and other urgent items to help those in need.  Teams have been on the ground working around the clock to provide humanitarian aid to those impacted, including those who have been displaced.

DONOR UPDATE – APRIL, 2022 

What is International Humanitarian Law?

International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is a set of wartime rules that protect people who are not (or are no longer) participating in hostilities, including the civilian population, combatants who are no longer fighting because they are wounded, humanitarian workers, medical personnel, and prisoners of war. IHL also restricts the means and methods of war. Its purpose is to limit and prevent human suffering in times of armed conflict. Learn more about International Humanitarian Law.

As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a neutral and impartial humanitarian actor mandated to speak with all parties who make and influence decisions impacting the victims of armed conflict, and our ability to reach them. Our neutrality and the space to discuss humanitarian issues directly with the parties allows us to move aid across frontlines, facilitate safe passages of civilians, and carry out other vital humanitarian activities.
 

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People arriving in Canada from Ukraine

How the Canadian Red Cross is helping people arriving in Canada from Ukraine
 
In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Red Cross is providing reception services for people displaced from Ukraine as they arrive at select airports in Canada.
 
Services may include:
  • Reception and registration
  • Information and referrals to additional supports
Registration with the Red Cross helps to connect people to necessary information and resources as they arrive and settle in Canada. It also provides Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada with information which can be used to better understand the needs of people arriving.  
 
Information on how to access government services and referrals to community service providers are distributed upon arrival.
 
Experienced clinicians and mental health specialists are also on-site to help refer those needing medical attention or who may be struggling to cope with the impacts on their mental health with appropriate service providers.

At the request of government authorities, the Red Cross is providing support services to people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine who are staying at temporary accommodations following their arrival at Montréal-Trudeau International Airport on May 29 and Halifax Stanfield International Airport on June 2.
 

Welcome Package

If you have arrived in Canada from Ukraine, the Welcome Package below provides resources to help you during this transition period.
 


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