First of three flights bringing about 90,000 Ukrainians to Canada to land in Winnipeg

The first of three charter flights bringing Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russia’s invasion to Canada is to land in Manitoba this afternoon.

The flight is to touch down at around 2 p.m. at the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport. The Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser, and the Minister of Northern Affairs Dan Vandal will be in attendance.

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has said the three flights are to help bring approximately 90,000 Ukrainians approved for emergency travel into Canada.

The second one will leave for Montreal from Poland on May 29 and the third, bound for Halifax, will take off on June 2.

Canada’s government has already welcomed thousands of Ukrainians since Russian forces first attacked in late February.

Manitoba has said refugees will be taken to the province’s Ukrainian Refugee Reception Centre to receive help with settlement after they arrive.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 23, 2022.

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