Alberta may be Canada’s fastest growing province, but Saskatchewan is also growing at a record pace, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada.
Between April 1, 2011 and April 1, 2012, the population of Saskatchewan has grown by approximately 20,000 people, the most rapid growth that the province has seen in decades.
“It’s very good news for Saskatchewan,” said Economic Minister Bill Boyd. “Clearly that’s the largest growth we’ve seen in Saskatchewan since 1930. (There) are very, very strong employment numbers and growth numbers of our population.”
Boyd attributes the growth to the wealth of job opportunities available in the booming province, citing the 12,000 postings on the provincial employment site saskjobs.ca.
“We’re seeing growth all across Saskatchewan – in smaller communities and in the cities,” said Boyd. “Virtually all areas of our province are growing in terms of population from small centres to medium-sized cities to the larger cities.”
Figures show that the growth is from both immigration and natural increases. The province is now second behind only Alberta in terms of population gains, which is good news to employers looking to find workers in to maintain the strong economic growth.
Source: Saskatoon Star-Phoenix