Manitoba prepares for arrival of almost 300 people fleeing war in Ukraine

The Manitoba government is preparing to welcome almost 300 Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion of their country.

The province says in a news release it has received confirmation one of the federally arranged chartered flights bringing Ukrainians to Canada is to arrive in Winnipeg as early as next week.

Premier Heather Stefanson says the exact date isn’t known.

The charter is expected to leave from Warsaw with approved applicants under Canada’s emergency travel authorization for Ukrainians.

The province says once the plane lands, the travellers will be taken to a refugee reception centre for help with resettling, including temporary accommodations, food and health-care services.

The reception centre has so far helped more than 340 people from Ukraine, 20 per cent of whom were children.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2022.

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