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.