Refugees from Ukraine have a sanctuary in Victoria to help them begin the long process of resettling in Canada. The Victoria branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress has set up a dorm-style village for families who were initially billeted by host families upon arriving in Victoria from Ukraine.
About 2,000 people fleeing the war in Ukraine have indicated they hope to settle on Vancouver Island. As of today, Canada has approved 182,528 applications out of 455,854 from Ukrainians seeking temporary residency.
The Ukrainian Village in Victoria can house 45 refugees in 15 rooms. Families are expected to stay for about three months before finding their own accomodation.
The Chamber continues working with our community partners to identify potential opportunities for billets or temporary housing. Employers in Greater Victoria can help by posting any job openings to a special federal job bank for Ukrainian refugees.