June 18, 2014 11:44 am

Saskatchewan grows by over 5K people

Downtown Saskatoon as seen from Rotary Park. International immigration helped Saskatchewan’s population grow by over 5,000 people in the first quarter of 2014.

Brent McGillvray / Global News

OTTAWA – Saskatchewan’s population grew by 5,085 people in the first quarter of 2014 according to figures released Wednesday by Statistics Canada.

The agency said the population of the province was 1,122,588 as of April 1, 2014, an increase of 0.5 per cent since Jan. 1, 2014.

The leading factor in the increase was net international migration of 3,080 people while natural growth, which is the number of births minus deaths, was 1,211.

Net interprovincial migration was 794, with 603 people moving from Ontario and another 253 from Manitoba.

Economy Minister Bill Boyd said the increase is a sign of a strong and diversified economy but also comes with challenges.

Saskatchewan’s quarterly growth rate was the second-highest for the provinces, only trailing Alberta.

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