Saskatchewan sets another population record

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Saskatchewan’s population grew by just over 20,000 in 2013 to an all-time high of 1,117,503 people, according to new figures released today by Statistics Canada.

Premier Brad Wall said the continued population gains show the province is on the right track.

“We have put the boom and bust cycle behind us and today, Saskatchewan’s growth is strong and steady,” Wall said. “Later today, our government will release another balanced budget that will keep us on the path of steady growth.”

Saskatchewan’s population grew at a rate of 1.83 per cent in 2013 – the second-highest growth rate among the 10 provinces, behind only Alberta. Saskatchewan and Alberta were also the only two provinces to enjoy net interprovincial in-migration (more people moving in than moving out) in 2013, as every other province suffered net out-migration to other provinces.

Saskatchewan’s total population gain of 20,056 in 2013 was made up of net international migration of 13,108, net interprovincial migration of 1,368 and a natural increase (births minus deaths) of 5,580.

Organizations: Statistics Canada

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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  • Hensel
    March 30, 2014 - 12:59

    Dale, I don't think I've ever said anything about First Nations "immigration" as we are all the immigrants, they were here first by thousands of years! And First Nations birth rate? Not a bad thing at all. But does represent challenges. And hard to say babies age 0 to 12 months have anything to do with Wall's governance style or the economy. And are not in the work force for another 16, and hopefully, 22 years! I simply think Brad Wall and the SaskParty talking about 'records' when any growing province sets 'records' every year, including ALL Western Provinces, BC, Alberta and Manitoba, all which remain larger is dishonest. It is more dishonest when you consider the source of immigration is either from people born here, First Nations, or the Developing World, the Philippines is the number one source of new immigrants, and neither source is because of the "economy" though Wall can take credit for the Philippines, as his government did spearhead the Philippines nursing influx (many of whom were sent back after failing exams) and the increase in sketchy foreign doctors, who weren't sent back, even after failing exams...

  • Hensel
    March 30, 2014 - 12:55

    Third World Immigration is not a "bad" thing, but unrelated to "economy". Dale, I have never said third world immigration is a bad thing. Nor First Nations' Natural Increase, though that will pose greater future challenges. The fact remains, this article itself, highlights a mere 1,000 new residents from other provinces, for only 5% of Saskatchewan's total growth. Immigrants from third World Countries, the Philippines is the #1 source of Saskatchewan immigrants are not here because Saskatchewan is "booming" but because, even under the horrible NDP, Saskatchewan has always provided a better quality of life than the Philippines, China, Africa, India or the Middle East. This is not bad, despite what YOUR Conservative Party says, immigrants are less likely to commit a crime and their kids MORE likely to graduate from college. Still, not a reflection on any success, just Brad Wall asking for even another 2,000 more immigrants, each year. To me, this is the real reprehensible racism. Brad Wall and the Sask Party speak about a 'market based' economy. That should mean single moms, the less educated or those struggling to make a bit more can expect more than minimum wage. Don't worry, Brad Wall to the rescue of small business, no reason a "small" business like Tim Hortons or DQ or Petro Can should have to pay $15 an hour to attract some one to work undesirable hours. They can just bring in a Filipino worker, who will work a miserable job, for less than they should make, to give their children a chance. Rather than flooding the market with cheap labor, Wall could have allowed businesses, who AFTER increasing wage offers could not find employees, to bring in workers from poor countries. Then they could make $15 an hour, instead of $10, to leave the kids at home. I think Brad Wall, the Conservative Party and Dale are the real reprehensible racists. Wall's lax immigration standards, allowing immigrants to bring their family here the fastest, and Wall's begging for more immigrant spots, are not to help immigrants, nor existing underemployed Canadians. They are solely to keep wages down and business costs down. We know this does not benefit us all, the same way Wall struggles to turn a surplus, when big Saskatchewan businesses profit in the billions. And First Nations birth rate? Not a bad thing at all. But does represent challenges. And hard to say babies age 0 to 12 months have anything to do with Wall's governance style or the economy. And are not in the work force for another 16, and hopefully, 22 years!

  • Hensel
    March 26, 2014 - 00:59

    Dale, seems the SaskParty brags about population growth until some one points out its not growing that much, then the argument becomes "well who wants population growth?" Point is, Saskatchewan has basically broken even in interprovincial migration since Brad Wall and the Sask Party took over. Population gains have been entirely in third world immigrants and native births. Entirely. Given that we're neutral across the country, I would assume that means we are STILL losing people to Alberta. Being that Alberta pays substantially more for engineers, computer scientists, doctors, accountants etc. I would assume the young people we are losing remain the best and brightest. I think Skeptic does a good job of putting in perspective. I usually use numbers, which show Wall has lost money every year but his first, and has nothing to do with population growth (which he brags about - ie this article) other than lowering standards for allowing immigrants to bring in sick, elderly relatives faster (because that's what we want?) and asking for another 2,000 MORE immigrants annually, because it sure would be a shame for fast food to have to pay a competitive wage to our own local young people to attract them to jobs. But despite some good numbers in my letters, Wall remains popular. So good on Skeptic for pointing out that despite all Wall's gloating, that Calgary has added 1.5 x the population of Regina... and Regina I would add, has grown by... 10,000 people, less than the population of Swift Current (or one Weyburn) during TWICE that time... maybe a Melfort during Calgary's 5 year Regina addition? I agree, population growth is over rated if not because of an influx of hard working, appropriately skilled workers who ideally speak enough English to do something other than flip burgers, but then Wall should really stop pretending that Reyes or Santos flipping my burger because Wall let his family move here = "economic growth"

  • Skeptic
    March 22, 2014 - 17:56

    Sort of... If growing every year is a new "record" The entire province of Saskatchewan is actually falling further behind nearby Alberta. In fact, Calgary had a similar population to the entire province when Wall's Sask Party took office. Yet, while Saskatchewan as a province grew 20,000 people this past year, Calgary added 55,000 (the population of Moose Jaw and Swift Current combined - every year!) In fact, since Wall took power, and promised "growth" and claimed he was "leading Canada" Calgary alone has added about 300,000 residents (more than total population of Regina, Moose Jaw and Swift Current combined!) to 100,000 for the entire province of Saskatchewan! Since both started out at about 1 millions, Calgary, now @ about 1.3 million has tripled our entire province's growth. So, while "growing" Saskatchewan is hardly setting "records" against anyone but themselves. For the record, Calgary sets a new population "record" every year, and has done so for decades, since before Devine started chasing young people from Saskatchewan Oh, and positive inter provincial migration? It is the BEST indicator of real growth... but Saskatchewan only added 1,000 residents (the population of Gull Lake) last year, and is at basically break even since Wall took over. So tough for Wall to brag about growth, when he brings back a Gull Lake, when Calgary alone is adding 2.5 Swift Currents a year!

    • Dale Wilson
      March 25, 2014 - 18:12

      Grant Devine chased young people out? LOL, son I fled my home province when Alan Blakeney and his commissars made it impossible to find a job in SK unless you were related to somebody who worked for a crown corporation. Still not sure why the concern about the growth rates, one of the reasons SK is such a great place to live is because it isn't overcrowded as Alberta is becoming.

  • Skeptic
    March 21, 2014 - 20:40

    Net interprovincial migration was positive, but only 1,000 or 0.1%. International migration simply means easier rules for bringing families over and "natural birth rate" is First Nations, so not an "accomplishment" if 5,000 growth in total Native population which is 5x the number of Canadians choosing to move here!

    • Hensel
      March 26, 2014 - 01:01

      Dale, please explain how 3/4 of Saskatchewan's growth rate being from third world immigration, 1/4 from first nations births and 5% from all other sources = strong Brad Wall economic policies

    • Dale Wilson
      March 26, 2014 - 17:06

      Now Hensel, why would you think I would feel the need to explain anything to you? I haven't seen the transcript of Premier Wall's comments, the portion within quotation marks certainly doesn't reference any breakdown in terms of "third world" or "first nations" immigration. This seems to be coming from you. Although you and Skeptic lament about the lack of interprovincial in-migration, you both seem to take issue with the skin colour of the individuals making up the population growth. The terms that you both use - "Third world" and "First Nations" seem to be proxies or code words for "non-white" and I personally find that reprehensible on your part. I also find it ironic that you would use politically correct terms instead of being honest about the fact that you would find caucasian immigrants acceptable but not those with a darker skin tone.

    • Hensel
      March 30, 2014 - 13:10

      I believe my previous letter highlights why relying on immigration is not good for the new immigrants, or the current low income earner - preventing either from getting ahead. Despite Dale's assertion, I think the real "reprehensible" behavior is taking advantage of immigrants from poor, unsafe countries, to keep wages down for everyone, immigrants, single moms and the working class alike. The best way to enjoy a "market" based boom is to force the market to share the wealth by paying workers a competitive wage, allowing an endless stream of billions of Asian, African or Middle Eastern immigrants to come to be taken advantage of for at or near minimum wage benefits no one, except the gas station or fast food joint owner.