You’ve probably heard the expression that this community or that one has more restaurants per square foot than anywhere in Canada. Well, Saskatchewan cities certainly are not contenders in that comparison.
A tally of the number of businesses in the province last year shows we had just under 45,000 enterprises with employees. The most common business type is retail – roughly one-in-10 operating enterprises are in this sector. Construction is the second most popular. In fact, they are almost identical – 4, 904 retail outlets and 4, 903 involved in construction.
But we are pretty light on the food and beverage side of the equation. StatsCan ranked all the cities in the country on this one – measuring the number of food or beverage outlets per 10-square kilometres.
Montreal topped that list. At the other end of the spectrum were Regina and Saskatoon. They were second and third from the bottom of the list. Montreal had 12 stores per 10-square kilometres. Our cities had one-third of a store in the same area.
We’re also under-built on sports and recreation facilities – only Newfoundland had fewer outlets per capita than Saskatchewan.