The first of the planes chartered by the Canadian government to give Ukrainian refugees a safe haven in Canada landed in the Newfoundland capital of St. John’s on May 9.
Andrew Furey – the premier of Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador – greeted the arriving passengers.
According to Canadian news outlet CBC News, the plane took off from Poland’s Katowice, carrying 166 refugees, including five children.
Some of them already had jobs lined up in Canada before arriving, and have started working.
The Ukrainians are being assisted with getting visas and various other documents on arrival.
Several thousand Ukrainians have already arrived in Canada since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. Ottawa has approved over 90,000 temporary visa applications by Ukrainians since mid-March.
The war of Russian aggression has already forced 5.6 million Ukrainians to flee their country, becoming refugees, with over 7 million more being internally displaced.
Invading Russian forces have deported another 1.2 million Ukrainians to Russia against their will, the Ukrainian authorities say.