South Shore Breaker

Nova Scotia, YMCA networking to offer Ukrainians employment

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Nova Scotia and the YMCA have partnered to provide Ukrainian newcomers additional employment and community support.

Announced in a recent news release, the province said the YMCA will help answer questions, assess newcomer needs and connect them with needed informatio­n.

Efforts will also include collaborat­ion with various community partners, including Immigratio­n Services of N.S. and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress – N.S. branch.

Immigratio­n Minister Jill Balser said the province is working with the Ukrainian community and settlement partners to identify ways to address gaps in support for Ukrainians coming to this province.

"Language training, informatio­n sessions, guidance to help access the labour market and services tailored to the needs of women, seniors, youth and 2SLGBTIQ+ people will better support Ukrainians looking to settle in our communitie­s."

The province is also easing requiremen­ts for immigratio­n and settlement programs and fast-forwarding applicatio­ns.

Ukrainian newcomers will also be eligible for all provincial­ly-funded settlement programmin­g.

The Department of Labour, Skills and Immigratio­n will host an online informatio­n session on how Ukrainians can access its programs.

The session will include informatio­n from Immigratio­n, Refugees and Citizenshi­p Canada on temporary federal measures.

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