Ukrainian family who fled to Saskatoon struggle with the cost of living in Canada – Saskatoon


A couple moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in May, just after Russia attacked Ukraine.

The family of six decided for safety it was time to leave Sambir, Ukraine.

“When we decided to go here, our friend lives here and she found us a host family,” says Olexana Troian.

However, it was not easy for them. Vladymyr was a chef in Ukraine, and now he works in carpentry.

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“In the future, he can go to work in a good restaurant or something better, or open our own business,” says Olexana Troian.

The couple struggles to make money, they learned that Canada is more expensive than they thought.

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“In Ukraine, we have less expenses for rent, house, food, clothes, everything, and maybe that’s why it’s a bit different for us,” says Olexana Troian.

Their goal is to leave the foster home, but with four children, including a 4-month-old, Olexana cannot go to work yet.

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“We love our host family, but we have four children and it’s too noisy,” says Olexana Troian.

Although it’s been nearly 5 months, the Troians hope it gets easier.

“We hope that in the future we can feel better here because in this period everything is new for us, new people, new language, so it’s a bit difficult now,” says Olexana Troian.

Despite the struggles, the Troians love Canada.

However, they miss their home.

“I smile, happy but inside it’s a bad feeling,” says Vladymyr Troian.

Summer has given them lots of activities, but now they are preparing for the Canadian winter.

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