According to StatsCan, Saskatchewan’s population grew by a total of 11,459 in 2018, thanks to the 15,203 international newcomers who immigrated to Saskatchewan last year.
There were also 6,138 more births than deaths, which helped offset the 9,882 people who left the province. In a comment to the Saskatoon Starphoenix, Immigration and Career Training Minster Jeremy Harrison described Saskatchewan as a welcoming place, saying, “It is a province of opportunity and that’s why people from all over the world are choosing to make Saskatchewan their new home.”
Saskatchewan’s population now stands at 1,168,423, having grown by almost 160,000 in the past 12 years. The positive impact that immigration has had on the province is also reflected in StatsCan’s data on Canada as a whole, as international migration was key in helping the national population reach 37,314,442 as of January 1.