Ukrainians in Alberta
Ukrainians have been a significant piece of the Alberta mosaic since the late 1800s. The mass immigration of Ukrainians to the west served as a catalyst for the formation of the province and its rapid development in the years to come.

The first and largest wave of Ukrainian immigration took place during the two decades leading to World War I. In the 1890s, the Canadian government promoted settlement of the prairies by allowing newcomers to claim a quarter section of land for farming for a nominal fee of $10. In 1895, Dr. Joseph Oleskiw, a geography professor from Lviv, visited Canada and wrote two books. Pro vilni zemli and O emigratsii, which had a great impact in directing Ukrainian immigrants to Canada. The dream of owning land and access to forest products attracted thousands of Western Ukrainians who could raise the $150.00 needed to pay train and boat passage. Whole families and the greater part of many villages joined this emigration, settling in western Canada.

In Alberta, the Ukrainian immigrants settled predominantly northeast of Edmonton, which would later be known as the Ukrainian Bloc Settlement in East Central Alberta. By 1914, more than 250,000 Ukrainians made their home in Alberta. Most of them were involved in crop farming. The later decades witnessed formation of Ukrainian rural communities with their institutions and unique culture. After World War II, descendants of the Ukrainian pioneer settlers often sought social opportunities in the city of Edmonton and many relocated into the urban centres.
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