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Hosting Program

We assist in matching Ukrainians with hosts on Vancouver Island.
To qualify, Ukrainians must hold a CUAET visa.
Hosts undergo a criminal record check, vulnerable sector check, and driving record check.

Eligibility Criteria – Canadians (Hosts)

  • Hosts must agree to provide shelter and food to Ukrainian guests for a minimum 90 days free of charge. Hosts are not responsible for additional costs of living.
  • The Canadian government is currently not offering any monetary support to hosts or guests. 
  • Guests are expected to contribute to general household chores (ie. assisting with day-to-day cooking and cleaning) but ARE NOT to be providing free labour. Hosts may hire a guest to perform work, however the work must be a legal job that meets all employment standards in British Columbia.
  • Upon mutual agreement, hosts may choose to rent the space to guests after 90 days, at or below a reasonable market rate.
  • Hosts agree to undergo a Criminal Record Check, Vulnerable Sector Check, submit Driver’s Abstract (Driving Record), and in-home visit. There is NO CHARGE for these checks.

Eligibility Criteria – Ukrainians (Guests)

In light of a significant increase in applications, and finite resources, Help Ukraine Vancouver Island (HUVI) is establishing a priority list. All Ukrainians holding CUAET status remain eligible to apply. However, effective May 7, 2022, priority will be given to people meeting one or more of the following criteria. People who meet 3 or more criteria will be further prioritized. 

We are unable to accept unaccompanied children (under 18 years old travelling alone) under any circumstances.

The HUVI team reserve the right to adjust these criteria as the situation changes:

Priority Criteria:

  • Single parents travelling with one or more children under the age of 18. 
  • Individuals or families who were living in Ukraine on or after January 1, 2022. 
  • People with documented permanent disabilities and their caregivers. 
  • People who identify as LGBTQ+.
  • People with confirmed flights.

All Ukrainians coming to Canada need to understand the following:

  • Hosts must agree to provide shelter and food to Ukrainian guests for a minimum 90 days free of charge. Hosts are not responsible for additional costs of living.
  • The Canadian government is currently not offering any monetary support to hosts or guests. 
  • Guests are expected to contribute to general household chores (ie. assisting with day-to-day cooking and cleaning) but ARE NOT to be providing free labour. Hosts may hire a guest to perform work, however the work must be a legal job that meets all employment standards in British Columbia.
  • Upon mutual agreement, hosts may choose to rent the space to guests after 90 days, at or below a reasonable market rate.
  • Hosts agree to undergo a Criminal Record Check, Vulnerable Sector Check, submit Driver’s Abstract (Driving Record), and in-home visit. There is NO CHARGE for these checks.

Other things to note:

  • Smoking: The smoking culture in Canada is very different than in Ukraine. We don’t have any hosts at all who allow smoking indoors. We have a few who will allow it outdoors, but it’s rare. Generally speaking, it’s illegal to smoke within 10m of a building, or in outdoor public places like parks. So if you smoke, please think hard about this before coming to Canada. 
  • Doctors: There is a huge shortage of doctors in Canada as a result of the COVID pandemic. British Columbia is one of the worst places hit by this shortage. Doctors prioritize pregnant women, especially those with high-risk pregnancies. Ukrainians coming to British Columbia are highly unlikely to find a family doctor.