ARCHIVED – Notice – Operation Stork: January 29, 2010 update

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January 29, 2010 — Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) continues to work to unite Haitian children with their adoptive parents in Canada. All of these children were already in the adoption process when the earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince.

As of noon today, tomorrow’s flight (January 30) will be carrying 57 Haitian children to their new Canadian parents. The passengers range in age from 3 months to 17 years, and almost half of the children are under 2 years of age. We are working to put as many children as possible on the flight, given the logistical difficulties in Haiti. On each flight, CIC officials, a medical team, and airline caregivers accompany the children.

The flight will arrive at the Canada Reception Centre (Hangar 11) at Ottawa International Airport at approximately 3:30 pm (Eastern time) on January 30. Parents whose children are on the flight and media are invited to attend.  

Media are asked to contact CIC Media Relations to confirm attendance at 613-952-1650.

Additional flights will follow. Most flights will arrive in Ottawa, but there may be some exceptions.

Parents will be notified once the arrival of their child has been confirmed on a specific flight.

Adoption facts

  • As of January 24, 2010, the Government of Haiti has given permission for up to 217 children to come to Canada. These children were at different steps in the adoption process when the earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince.
  • Of those, 85 children have been united with their families in Canada.
    • 24 children arrived in Ottawa on Sunday, January 24.  The children range in age from 11 months to 14 years in age, and were accompanied by 15 Air Canada representatives, five CIC officials, and a medical team.
    • One child arrived on a Canadian Forces evacuation flight on January 26.
    • Eight children arrived through the United States having been evacuated on American evacuation flights.
    • 52 children arrived in Ottawa on Wednesday, January 27. The children range in age from six months to 18 years of age. Twenty-four of the children were destined for Quebec and the other children went to British Columbia (4), Alberta (11), Saskatchewan (8), Ontario (1), New Brunswick (2), and Nova Scotia (2). These children were accompanied by Air Transat staff, CIC officials, and a medical team.

A total of 237 children were adopted from Haiti by Canadians in 2008 and January-September of 2009.

Update on special immigration measures

Canada is expediting immigration applications from Haitians with family in this country. Haitians in Canada temporarily are also being allowed to extend their stay.

  • CIC’s Call Centre received an average of 37,849 calls per day from January 18-25. This is a 50% increase over regular call volumes, although call volumes are returning to normal levels. The Call Centre has also received over 2,900 emails since January 18.
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is organizing a number of information sessions for groups in the Montréal Haitian community and in the Toronto Haitian community to provide information on the special immigration measures and on how to sponsor immediate family members who were directly and serious affected by the earthquake in Haiti.
  • About 1,810 people have attended the information sessions in Montréal.

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