It is a solemn day for Ukrainians around the world as they mark one year since the war against Ukraine began.

On a per capita basis, more Ukrainians have sought refuge in Manitoba than in any other province. Based on federal arrival data, roughly 12 per-cent of Canadian arrivals have come to Manitoba.  

“Manitoba continues to welcome newly arrived Ukrainians with open hearts and open arms,” said Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson. “Our ongoing support reflects the very finest of Manitoba traditions – caring, compassion and dedication – in helping those in need.”

To mark this date, the Legislative Building will be lit in solidarity with the colours of the Ukrainian standard and its flags will fly at half-mast to honour those who have fallen and those who continue to fight for a free, sovereign and democratic Ukraine.

“Manitoba remains united in denouncing this unprovoked and unjust war, the source of such immense suffering, devastation and unimaginable loss,” said Stefanson. “Our government’s support for Ukraine has been unwavering, a testament to the spirit, strength and collective efforts of all Manitobans.”

To date, through the effectiveness of the Ukrainian Refugee Task Force and the overwhelming support of the Ukrainian-Canadian community and all Manitobans:

  • over 17,350 Ukrainians have presented at the reception centre;
  • over 150,000 nights of safe shelter and accommodation have been provided;
  • approximately 13,200 provincial health cards have been issued; and
  • over 12,000 reimbursement claims for the costs of the federal immigration medical examination required on entry have been processed.

The Manitoba government has also provided $800,000 in direct humanitarian aid to Ukraine and nearly 300 soft body-armour vests to assist with the war effort.