Think of it as a new Swift Current or Yorkton.
That’s how many people we added to Saskatchewan’s population in the past year. The latest figures on our population show we have surpassed the 1.7 million mark. That’s up roughly 14,500 people in the last four quarters.
And, as usual, the majority of that increase was the result of immigration — people moving to the province from another country. In the year that ended in October, the province saw more than 15,000 international immigrants take up residence here. T
he other components of the population calculation are the natural growth rate – meaning the difference between births and deaths. On that measure, we were up about 6,000.
The final metric is inter-provincial migration — people moving from one part of Canada to another. This used to be the big one…back when immigration was little more than a blip and the natural growth rate was flat. But on this one today, we are in negative territory…down about 6,500 in the past year as once again we are exporting more people than importing from other parts of the country.