Lawyer-volunteers within the Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) immigration law section are spearheading a drive to give free legal advice to assist Ukrainians who want to come to Canada.
The services the 14 volunteer lawyers are offering include legal consultations and advice for those seeking to take advantage of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) recently announced fast-track initiatives and programs to bring eligible war-affected Ukrainian nationals to Canada.
Individuals who want legal assistance in order to take advantage of the government of Canada’s expedited immigration programs for war-affected Ukrainians can find the list of volunteer lawyers to help here.
The United Nations says more than 1.5 million people have already fled Ukraine due to Russia’s illegal invasion which began Feb. 24.
The CBA’s immigration law section has a history of providing pro bono legal help to people affected by natural or political disasters, including launching a pro bono initiative last September to assist people affected by the crisis in Afghanistan.
“The CBA is deeply troubled about Russia’s attack on the territorial sovereignty of Ukraine, which is a serious breach of peremptory norms of international law and the laws of Ukraine,” the association’s president Stephen Rotstein said in a statement March 7. “We welcome the government’s intention to prioritize immigration applications for Ukrainians, and we want to do our part to help.”