Finances

Government Financial assistance

The Government of Canada is giving financial assistance to help Ukrainian families who are in Canada under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET).

The assistance is a one-time, non-taxable benefit. It’s to take care of your basic needs while you get settled in Canada.

How much can you expect to receive

CAN $3,000 for each adult (18 or older)

CAN $1,500 for each child (17 and under)

Documents you need to apply:

Along with your personal information, you need to provide

  • your unique client identifier (UCI) number
  • temporary resident status document [IMM 1442] number
  • Your IMM 1442 must include a remark that you’re here under CUAET

To apply:

  1. You must first open a bank account. For information on banks please click here
  2. If you came to Canada before the CUAET program please change your status to the CUAET measure you can apply here. If you already have CUAET status please proceed to step
  3. Proceed to the online application here

If you need further assistance please call 1-833-760-1162, calls are answered Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern time. Interpretation services are offered in Ukrainian and Russian.

Bank Account:

You can get a bank account at any bank in Alberta. You can use your bank account details when applying for AB Health as proof of address.

а) Servus Credit Union

The following supports are available for incoming Ukrainian refugees upon opening a Servus membership:

  • Chequing account with no fees for two years
  • $250 cash gift per adult (18+) joined on the account
  • A three-year, fixed rate personal loan of $2000
  • A Servus Mastercard credit card with $1500 available limit and six months of minimum payments waived

The following supports are available for Servus members assisting their family/friends in Ukraine:

  • Wire and draft fees to impacted friends/families from Ukraine will be waived
  • A one-time, three-month deferral of payments on retail loans and conventional term mortgages

For more information about Servus Credit Union click here

b) Bank of Montreal (BMO)

With the BMO NewStart® program, newcomers from Ukraine can open a Performance Chequing Account with no monthly fee for two years, plus they can enjoy many other benefits to make the transition easier which you can find here.

c) CIBC

For permanent residence and foreign workers CIBC is offering a CIBC Smart™ Account plus $400 when you sign up.

Additional benefits can be found here