May 03, 2017

Saskatchewan Has the Highest Proportion of Young People Among Provinces

New census data released today shows that Saskatchewan’s population is younger than the Canadian average.

“Saskatchewan’s future has never been brighter as shown in today’s release of census data indicating that we have one of the youngest populations in Canada,” Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Having one of the youngest populations in Canada shows that Saskatchewan continues to be a great place to live, work, do business and to raise a family, attracting tens of thousands of new residents from across Canada and around the world over the past decade.”

Saskatchewan has more children 14 years of age and younger than seniors 65 years of age and older, compared to Canada where the opposite is true – more seniors than young people. 

 Saskatchewan has the highest proportion of young people, aged 14 and below, among provinces and also had the highest growth in that age group between 2011 and 2016, growing from 19.1 per cent to 19.6 per cent.

Saskatchewan has the second lowest proportion of seniors among provinces, aged 65 and older, behind Alberta; and the lowest growth in seniors between 2011 and 2016, increasing from 14.9 per cent to 15.5 per cent.

Saskatchewan has the second lowest average age among provinces, behind Alberta; and had the lowest increase in average age in Canada from 39.0 in 2011 to 39.1 in 2016.  The Canadian average age increased from 40.1 to 41.0.