Daily Living

Everything you need to know about Red Deer

Everything you need to know about Edmonton

Free Clothes, Household Items, & Marketplace:

FREE Clothes, Household, & Furniture list of donation locations in Calgary & Edmonton details for pick-up & drop off.

Kijiji A platform for private transactions and services such as rental properties, employment, buying used vehicles, clothing and housewares, etc.

Facebook Marketplace A private transaction platform through Facebook that operates similar to Kijiji.

Facebook Buy & Sell groups You can join Buy & Sell groups in your neighborhood to find used housewares, clothing, and other items at a good price. Search “Buy & Sell” in Facebook and join any group in your area.

Coupon Cutie Canada Instagram and Facebook accounts that share a variety of sales and coupons.

Amazon Online retailer that offers the largest selection of everyday items and quick shipping options.

Ukraine Safe Haven provide support to displaced Ukrainians arriving in Canada.


Please speak to the volunteers at the welcome center in the lobby of the airport.

WhatsApp chat: UkrRide

Edmonton Public Transit have the option to take a bus or train. Our public transportation system is not straight forward and we suggest planning your trip on the ETS website.

Cycling in Edmonton In the spring, biking is a cheap alternative for shorter commutes.  Edmonton does not have many designated bike lanes outside the city centre.

Calgary Transit provides safe, accessible, reliable and courteous public transportation services.

Distances in Albertan cities are big and it might take over an hour to get from one end of the city to another using public transit.

Taxis/ Uber and other ride share services are available but expensive.

Transit App  – Free app for public transit routes and estimated arrival times

Uber – Ride sharing app


List of Canadian Mobile Providers There are several mobile providers to choose from in Canada. Mobile phone plans are much more expensive than in Ukraine. It is most cost effective to sign up for a monthly plan where you pay the same amount each month as long as you do not go over your monthly limit. Pre-pay or pay as you go options tend to be more expensive. The average monthly plan is around $50-65/ month.

List of TV Provider in Alberta – There are two major cable providers in Canada: Telus and Shaw. The cable package you choose will determine the number of channels you can access.

TELUS Health MyCare™ is providing no roaming, no long distance charges to Ukraine.

List of Internet Providers in Alberta  – The biggest internet providers in Canada are Telus and Shaw.

Both providers offer a discount if you sign up for more than one service (for example: internet, tv, mobile)

Wifi – You can access free wifi in many public spaces including libraries, leisure centers, malls, and coffee shops.


Food Banks Alberta list of the locations & phone numbers for foodbanks across Alberta that provide food support.

List of Grocery Stores in Alberta Food can be purchased at a variety of grocery and convenience stores. See your local store for details. Prices vary by store. Superstore/No Frills/Walmart generally have the best prices. Superstore & Walmart also offer cosmetics and hygiene products, clothes, housewares, and pet food.

There are many specialty stores where you can find European products. Such as The Italian Centre (Edmonton and Calgary), Baltyk Bakery and Deli (Edmonton), Polonia Deli (Edmonton), Kalyna European Food Store (Calgary), European Market (Calgary), and Polcan European Deli (Calgary).

Some stores offer point collection programs with additional savings. Sales and promotions are common.

PCOptimum  – Offers and discounts for Superstore and Shoppers Drug Mart

Gasbuddy  – Locations to purchase the cheapest gas


Edmonton and Calgary offer private parking, city parking, and free parking. Some city parking meters offer free parking at certain times of day (usually evenings and weekends). If you do not pay for parking, you may receive a fine or get towed. The Downtown and University areas have the strictest parking regulations and are regularly patrolled by parking officers.

EPark App – Pay app for city owned parking

311 – Edmonton app with city information and a complaint section


Important Contact Numbers:

Community Resources – 211 Alberta

Crisis Text Line – Text CONNECT to 741741

Family Violence – Find Supports – 310-1818

Health Link – 811

Income Supports – 1-866-644-5135

Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868

Local Resources & Support – Crisis Services Canada

MyHealth.Alberta.ca: List of Important Numbers

Physician & Family Support Program – 1-877-767-4637

911 – In case of emergency you will be connected to ambulance, fire or police

811 – Health Link

31100 – Public transportation information Hotline

211 – Resources for the Edmonton area


There are many extracurricular activities for children within Alberta: Sports, Arts, Dance, Music, Scouts, etc. You will have to register and pay for most programs; programs vary in price. Some facilities/programs offer discounts to low income and newcomer families.

When school closes for the summer, there are many day camps for children that vary in price.

Ukrainian Businesses, Museums, and Historic Sites in Alberta

Alberta Ukrainian Dance Association if you are interested in Ukrainian dancing, you can find your local Ukrainian dance community here.

Alberta Soccer Association if you are interested in playing soccer, you can find your local soccer community here.

Alberta School of Music if you are interested in taking Music Lessons, you can find local programming here.

Big Brother Big Sisters is an organization to promote healthy minds, bodies, and people.

CYM Edmonton Ukrainian Youth Association is a youth leadership group in Edmonton that promotes Ukrainian language, culture, & traditions.

CYM Calgary  Ukrainian Youth Association is a youth leadership group in Calgary that promotes Ukrainian language, culture, & traditions.

CYMK-UOY is a Ukrainian Orthodox Youth Group in Alberta that promotes faith, service, & leadership.

Green Shack Program organized by community leagues for children during the summer. They usually take place in playgrounds and are free of charge. These are not daycare programs and kids should not be left unattended.

Jumpstart – Canadian Tire gives families financial means to participate in sport and recreation.

Kidsport Canada provides grants to help cover the registration costs so all kids aged 18 and under can play a season of sport.

Ourkids list of camps for kids in Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer, to overnight camps in the foothills and the northern part of the province.

ParticipACTION provides informational resources for Canadians to make physical activity a vital part of their everyday life.

Plast Edmonton is a Ukrainian youth leadership organization in Edmonton that promotes outdoor activities & lifeskill development.

Plast Calgary is a youth leadership organization in Calgary that promotes outdoor activities & lifeskill development.

Recreational Pass

The Leisure Access Program (LAP) allows eligible low-income Edmontonians to access participating City of Edmonton recreation facilities which offer amenities such as a workout facilities, swimming pools and other health and wellness programs .Edmonton will provide Ukrainian newcomers residing in Edmonton the Ride Transit discount pass and free/discounted Leisure Pass that is granted for residents with refugee status. General information can be found here and the application form can be found here.


(LAP stands for Leisure Access Pass)

Standard RateUkraine Displaced Persons Discount RateDetails
LAP 1 Year Recreation Membership

$732 (adult)



$468 (child)

$2028 (family)

FreeLAP membership includes free admission to our recreation facilities
LAP 1 Year Attractions Memberships

$130 (adult)



$88 (child)

$361 (family)

FreeLAP membership includes free admission to our attractions (Edmonton Valley Zoo, Muftart Conservatory, John Jansen Nature Gentre)
LAP Program DiscountsDependant on program75%

75% discount for Adults/Seniors for registered programs (3 per year)

75% discount for Ghild/Youth for registered programs (4 per year)

Ride Transit 1


$100 per month

$35 per month (tier 1)

$50 per month (tier 2)

Eligibility tiers are income-based. Ukraine displaced residents will receive the

$35/month rate.