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Steady population growth for Saskatchewan, reaches 1.13M

Saskatchewan’s population has grown steadily to hit all-time record of 1,129,900 people, according to numbers released Wednesday by Statistics Canada. File / Global News

REGINA – Saskatchewan’s population has hit another all-time record. Almost 1.13 million were living in the province on Oct. 1.

According to preliminary figures released Wednesday by Statistics Canada, there were 4,490 more people living in the province than in the previous quarter. This time last year, Saskatchewan had an estimated population of 1.11 million or a difference of 18,100 residents.

READ MORE: Sask. population may grow to 1.52M by 2038: StatsCan

Brad Wall says one of Saskatchewan’s growing pains is falling oil revenues. To help the economy and population stay fruitful, the government is investing in infrastructure and offering tax incentives.

“The good news is that Saskatchewan’s economy is a lot more diversified than it was just a few years ago, so a slowdown in one sector can be offset by growth in other areas,” said Wall.

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“That’s why we continue to enjoy the strongest rate of job creation and the lowest unemployment rate in the country, in addition to continued population growth.”

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According to the government, Saskatchewan had the second-strongest population growth rate over the past year among provinces, behind Alberta.

Statistics Canada estimates the country’s population hit 35,675,800 on Oct. 1.

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