HANSARD: Jenny asks when the government will implement visa-free travel to Ukrainian refugees in need

House of Commons Debate
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Oral Questions
April 25th, 2022 / 2:45 p.m.


Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC

"Mr. Speaker, the minister said he would not implement visa-free travel for people fleeing Putin's war because it would take 14 to 16 weeks, even though Ireland managed to do it within a few days.

To no one's surprise, there is now a backlog of over 100,000 Ukrainians waiting for visa approval. They are mostly women, children and seniors. When they arrive, they will need supports immediately. That means getting landed status. The government needs to stop hiding behind layers of bureaucracy.

When will the minister implement visa-free travel and provide Ukrainians with status within 90 days of arrival?"


Sean Fraser (Liberal) Minister of Immigration

"Mr. Speaker, our mission at the outset of this effort was to create the fastest possible pathway for Ukrainians to get to Canada where they could benefit from the safe haven our country could offer.

I am pleased to share that, as of last week, more than 56,000 Ukrainians have already been approved to come to Canada in the first few weeks we were making approvals. This is something Canadians can be proud of. We are going to continue to do whatever we can, not only to get Ukrainians here, but also to support them once they arrive. It is the right thing to do, and I am so pleased to have the support of Canadians in every community right across this country."



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