A European Fundraising event "Stand Up For Ukraine" has raised over €10.1 billion in funds, which will go towards helping provide support for the country.
The event prompted many political leaders and global celebrities to provide donations and funding, using the #StandUpForUkraine on social media platforms to help spread the message. Some famous faces included Oprah Winfrey and Bastile, with governments, institutions, corporations and individuals also donating to the cause.
The Prime Minister of Canada even pledged his support in the following statement:
"Whether it’s food, water, shelter, or medical aid – we will continue to have your backs and provide the assistance you need at this time. We are also making it easier for Ukrainians fleeing the war to come to Canada. We are standing up for Ukraine.”
The Canadian Prime Minister also announced an additional $100 million that would help to provide shelter, water, food, protection, trauma care and emergency health services. In addition the country will also allow short-term income support for refugees, to ensure that their basic needs are met, as well as provide temporary hotel accommodation for up to two weeks.
Other measures that have been implemented include:
• Prioritized processing of Canadian passport and travel documents, residents visas; student and work permit applications, and citizenship proofs.
• Fees have been removed for visa applications, as well as work and study permits.
It is hoped that these new measures that have been implemented by the Canadian government will help Ukrainians to take advantage of the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel programme.
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