The proportion of new Canadians calling Saskatchewan home has more than tripled over the past decade.
According to a new Statistics Canada study, 2.7 per cent of the country’s 280,682 immigrants planned to settle in Saskatchewan in 2010, a rise of 0.8 per cent of 227,429 immigrants in 2000.
While Saskatchewan welcomed 7,615 immigrants in 2010, compared to 1,891 in 2000, the proportion of immigrants settling in Toronto — which once attracted almost half of newcomers — declined. The proportion of immigrants settling in Toronto dropped to 33 per cent in 2010 from 48 per cent in 2000.
The increasing numbers of immigrants going to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba is attributed to the growth of provincial immigrant nominee programs in the west during this time.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nomination Program, which was expanded throughout the 2000s, was a significant driver for immigration, said David McGrane, a political studies professor at the University of Saskatchewan and board member for the Saskatoon Open Door Society, which assists immigrants and refugees in the city.
Naveed Anway, who immigrated to Canada from Pakistan in 1992 and also serves on the Saskatoon Open Door Society board, said he doesn’t expect the upward trend of immigrants to continue. He said recent changes to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program that make it harder for workers to bring family members to the province make Saskatchewan a less attractive place to come to now than it was 10 years ago.
Rising numbers of immigrants have contributed to Saskatchewan reaching an all-time population high of 1,132,640 on January 1. Premier Brad Wall said that the growing population reflects the strength of the province and its economy.
Montreal is now home to 4 million people. The latest population estimates from Statistics Canada upgraded the region’s population to 4,027,100 as of July 1, 2014. Greater Toronto’s population increased by a million to 6 million between 2013 and 2014.
Foreign immigrants have been the main driver of growth in cities as was seen in the recent past.
According to a release from the stats bureau, “International migration was responsible for just over two-thirds of the population growth of census metropolitan areas (CMAs) in 2013-2014. All CMAs with over 1 million inhabitants reported growth rates from international migration of 1 per cent or higher, accounting for most of their population growth (71 per cent).”
The metro areas that gained the most people continue to be in the Prairies and Western Canada, with Calgary, Edmonton, and Saskatoon seeing the most growth. Over one year, their populations grew by 3.6, 3.3, and 3.2 per cent, respectively. These metropolitan regions also boast the highest economic growth in the country.
The metro area with the largest loss of people was Saint John, N.B, which saw a decrease of 0.5 per cent. Montreal continues to see people moving to other provinces (interprovincial migration) and other areas of Quebec (intra-provincial migration). Between 2013 and 2014, the metro area had a net loss of 10,000 to other provinces, and 7,000 people to other municipalities within the province.
Losses in other large CMAs such as Toronto and Vancouver were the gains of smaller CMAs like Barrie, Ont. and Kelowna B.C. In Quebec, larger CMAs like Quebec City, Sherbrooke and Trois Rivières also had net gains.
However, Montreal gained 42,800 immigrants or 18 per cent of all immigrants to Canada. This is a decrease from past years which also saw a steady decline. Between 2012 and 2013, Montreal received 46,400 and 44,800 immigrants respectively.
Canada is one of the top spots in the world for job seekers who are setting their sights abroad.
The U.S., the U.K. and Canada are the world’s most popular country destinations for job seekers, a Boston Consulting Group global survey of more than 200,000 people released Sunday showed. Among cities, London is the most popular spot, while three Canadian in the top 25 list for most-sought after places are: Toronto (#8), Montreal (#21) and Vancouver (#23).
Bigger economies are one reason why job seekers opted for the top three, along with a largely English-speaking population at a time when English is the most frequently taught second language, the paper noted. Canada has particular appeal to workers who live in France, Mexico, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and the U.K., according to the poll, which asked workers what motivates them and which countries they would consider moving to.
Canada is already reliant on immigrants as the key source of its labour force growth and that importance will only increase as the population ages, people retire and birth rates stay low. Over the next 15 years, the consulting group expects many countries will see labour surpluses turn into labour shortages, meaning countries – and employers – will need to compete more aggressively for skilled workers.
The study also looked at Canadian interest in working abroad. Its polled of 3,595 Canadians found that nearly half, or 43 per cent, of job seekers say they’d be willing to leave Canada for work, particularly workers in their twenties. A dearth of good job opportunities for young people is prompting many to set their sights abroad, it said. Canada’s youth labour market hasn’t much improved since the recession and with summer employment rates for students little changed since 2009.
The most common destination for all Canadian job seekers would like to move to, unsurprisingly, is the U.S. The next most-cited destinations are the U.K., France, Australia, Germany and Switzerland.
The poll also looked at what motivated people in the workplace. Money still matters, but other important job factors, for all people, is appreciation for their work, followed by good relationships with colleagues and healthy work-life balance.
Source: The Globe And Mail
New statistics shows that Saskatchewan has set a new population record, thanks to a rise in immigration over the past two and a half years.
The data from Statistics Canada show that 24,922 immigrants arrived in the province over the past two and a half years, representing the largest period of growth in Saskatchewan’s history, according to Premier Brad Wall.
Wall pointed to recent efforts of his government to recruit and retain newcomers to the province, but credits the recent strength of the economy for providing long-term opportunities.
“[A]t the end of the day, you need an economy – these folks need to have a job to come to, graduates need to have a job to stay for, and government can’t take the credit for that,” said Wall. “Hopefully you stay out of the way of the growth, maybe you help set the right environment, but it’s really a credit to the fact that the world wants what we have right now; there’s some good fortune in that.”
A large amount of newcomers are coming to the province from The Philippines, which has spurred the government and resettlement agencies to cater services to their needs. For instance, Wall points to recent efforts by his government to streamline the immigration process specifically for applicants from that country.
Additionally, immigrant advocates in the largest cities, including Saskatoon, are working to ease the resettlement process for newcomers and help the community deal with its transition from a smaller sized city to a larger, multi-cultural metropolis.
A new report, commissioned by the City of Saskatoon and compiled by political science professor Joe Garcea, examines these issues and concludes that various stakeholders, including government, advocates and the public need to increase cooperative approaches. Garcea also stresses the need to involve other minority groups, including aboriginal governments.
Source: Saskatoon Star-Pheonix