December 16, 2015

Saskatchewan Continues to Post Strong Population Growth

Saskatchewan continues to have one of the strongest population growth rates in all of Canada.

New figures released today by Statistics Canada show that in the third quarter of 2015, the number of people living in Saskatchewan grew by 5,242 to an all-time high of 1,138,879.  That represents the second-highest growth rate in Canada in both the last quarter and the last year, behind only Alberta.

Premier Brad Wall said the new population numbers and recent strong job growth numbers show Saskatchewan people have built an economy that is diverse, resilient and strong.

“Obviously, we are facing serious challenges in the energy sector,” Wall said.  “But Saskatchewan’s diverse economy continues to create new jobs and our population continues to grow.   That’s a big difference from a decade ago, when a downturn in one sector would mean fewer jobs and a declining population across the entire province.”

Saskatchewan’s population has now grown by 146,000 people over the past decade, after declining by nearly 24,000 over the previous decade.

In the third quarter of 2015, Saskatchewan had net international in-migration of 4,075 people, net interprovincial out-migration of 639 people and a natural increase (births minus deaths) of 1,806.