Canada launches Aeroplan fund to bring Ukrainians to Canada

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OTTAWA — Canadians can now give cash or Aeroplan points to help bring Ukrainians fleeing the war with Russia to safety in Canada.

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser says the goal is to pay for flights to bring at least 10,000 Ukrainians and their families approved for travel to Canada.

These would be on top of targeted chartered flights to bring Ukrainians to Canada announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier this year.

More than 54,000 Ukrainians have already been approved to come to Canada for three years while they decide on their next steps.

Donations will be accepted as of today, but details about how eligible Ukrainians can access the money won't be available for a few weeks.

The new fund is part of a partnership between the Miles4Migrants charity, The Shapiro Foundation and Air Canada.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 20, 2022.

Laura Osman, The Canadian Press

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