Ukrainian students settling in Alberta will be the beneficiaries of a $12.3 million fund announced by the Provincial government.
Premier Danielle Smith says the money will be spent on language, social, and educational supports for newly enrolled Ukrainian students in Alberta schools.
Additional funding will be provided in March 2023 to ensure students who arrive midway through the school year are also supported.
“Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Albertans have stepped up to support Albertans of Ukrainian descent and Ukrainian evacuees,” says Smith. “This new funding will help each new student from Ukraine receive the supports they need to be successful in their studies.”
Parliamentary Secretary for Ukrainian Refugee Resettlement Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk was pleased to see this funding allocation.
“I am happy that Ukrainian students are getting the support they need to succeed in Alberta classrooms. I look forward to continuing my work in identifying ideas on how our government can continue to assist Ukrainian evacuees,’ says Armstrong-Homeniuk.
Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says school officials have registered 2,200 students as Ukrainian evacuees as of the beginning of the 2022-23 school year, attending 612 schools in 58 districts.
Approximately 75% of Ukrainian refugee students are enrolled in schools in Calgary and Edmonton.
As of November 6, 2022, the federal government has admitted approximately 115,000 Ukrainian refugees to Canada.