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Canadian Universities offer support to students from Ukraine: Provincial Review of Best Supports Available to students from Ukraine

Compiled by Dr. Oleksandr (Sasha) Kondrashov

The comparative table offers a summary of support available in Canadian universities. From each province, one university (Ontario two) is selected that offer the best available support for students from Ukraine. It is not always possible to measure all available support as university supports depend on the government support available in each province. For example, the BC government encouraged public universities to offer domestic tuition rates. Thompson Rivers University, a designated access university in the province, responded to the government’s request and offered domestic rates for up to 50 students from Ukraine. Another critical factor to consider is local organizations’ support and the Ukrainian diaspora in selected cities. For example, all prairie provinces where Ukrainians have been traditionally settled offer the best financial support through their major public universities. U of Manitoba, U of Alberta, and U of Saskatchewan also have dedicated resource pages to support Ukrainian students. At the same time, the unique support available at Thompson Rivers University results from a unique partnership between Kamloops Immigrant Services, TRU World and the local Kamloops community that stand with Ukraine. Most scholarships and special programs for student researchers outside of Prairie Provinces are offered in Ontario through the University of Toronto and Western University. The list of universities was selected based on media coverage and might not include supports available that are not listed on universities’ websites. More research is needed to see how students from Ukraine who choose to attend universities in Canada feel about available support. It will be critical to highlight some of the student success stories. The list with support information should be expanded and include information from other universities to ensure future students from Ukraine can find the university that can best support them during the war.

Name of the UniversityProvincePresident StatementCounselling SupportFinancial SupportDomestic TuitionResource PageOther Supports
Thompson Rivers UniversityBCYes, the link has been removedYesYesYesNoTRU Mitacs Mapping Project TRU Rally to Support Ukraine #ILoveUkrEng Community Learning Courses  
University of AlbertaABYesYesYesEven better, full tuition waivers are providedYes1 million Tuition Supports Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief Concert Statement from Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies
University of SaskatchewanSKYesYesYesNoYesCollege of Medicine Alumni Support
University of ManitobaMBYesYesYesNo  only available to those who receive full scholarshipYesRaising Ukrainian Flag in Solidarity
Western UniversityONYesYesYes, various types of supportsNo, Free access to MBA program onlyNoStudent Crises Relief Fund
University of TorontoONYesYesYesNo, matching donations for 1 million dollar fundYesScholars at Risk Program
McGill UniversityQCYesYesYesNo, Donations are acceptedNoVirtual Training to Support Health Care Workers Provost Statement
Dalhousie UniversityNSYesYesYesNoNoCampus Vigil Ukrainian Forum Statement from Russian Studies Department
Universite de MonctonNBNoYesYesNoNoRoundtable on Ukraine Roundtable on Ukraine 2
University of Prince Edward IslandPEIYesYesNoNoNo 
Memorial University of NewfoundlandNLYesYesYesNo, 10 undergraduate bursaries availableNoInformation Session
The full list of universities and colleges that support Ukraine can be found on Universities Canada and Colleges and Institutes Canada websites

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