It might be that we just focus on the negative.
When we talk about all the problems in our economy – things like oil prices and challenges in potash – we are broadly suggesting that things are not going well. But then we get an indicator suggesting the exact opposite.
For the past 20 years or so we have been talking about population as a measure of economic success in Saskatchewan. If the population is growing, things are going well. If we are losing people, we have a problem.
Well, we now have StatsCan’s new quarterly estimate of population. On this one we’re doing OK, thanks very much. There were almost 1.166 million people living in Saskatchewan on Oct. 1. That was 3,031 more than three months earlier and an increase of nearly 11,000 for the year. Basically, we’re still adding population at a rate of 1,000 new residents a month.
Clearly, someone thinks this is a good place to live and the majority of those moving here are coming from another country. This suggests Saskatchewan is still viewed as a place of opportunity.