Cold Lake City Council has passed the Ukrainian Arrival Temporary Assistance Policy.
This policy aims to help offset some of the costs to Ukrainian families incurred during the process of relocating to Cold Lake.
“The Ukrainian families who have moved here have already gone through an enormous amount of strain, both physically and emotionally.” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “This new policy that has been presented will offer additional support and alleviate some of the stress they have endured, allowing them to get back to a somewhat normal routine.”
The Ukrainian Arrival Assistance Policy will give each applicant’s family two taxi vouchers per week and each family member will also get an Energy Centre punch pass to utilize any of the resources and activities offered at the facility.
Cold Lake’s Mayor says the taxi tickets will help each refugee meet their basic needs by giving them direct access to grocery stores, pharmacies, and hospitals.
In order for applicants to qualify they must meet the following requirements:
- reside in the City of Cold Lake
- must declare their displacement
- provide a temporary work permit or obtain refugee status
- be endorsed by the Action for Healthy Communities
The program will be funded to a maximum of $15,000 and will offer assistance to each family for a period of up to three months.