Canada’s latest census numbers show the country’s population reached 35.2 million in 2016, an increase of 1.7-million over 2011 — the strongest growth of all the G7 countries.
But the increase belies a number of deepening trends among Canadians, including a preference for urban life and a persistent push west, even in the absence of boom-time oil prices.
Close to a third of the population lives on the prairies and BC.
Of those, 3.1 per cent are in Saskatchewan. In fact, Saskatoon, Regina are among country’s fastest growing cities.
Alberta continues to lead the provinces in growth, as do its two main cities, Calgary and Edmonton.
Calgary was the fastest-growing census metropolitan area in 2016, with a growth rate of 14.6 per cent, followed by Edmonton at 13.9 per cent and Saskatoon at 12.5 per cent.
The Saskatoon population is at 295,095 up 32,880 people, or 13-percent from 2011.
There were 236,481 people in Regina last year, up 24,962 people. That is a 12-percent increase from 2011.
In Saskatchewan, the population rose 6.3-percent from 2011 and 2016. The province’s population growth rate was above the national average for the second consecutive intercensal period.
Saskatchewan towns saw their populations increase by 3,939 people or 2.7 per cent while Saskatchewan villages saw their populations increase slightly by 228 people or 0.5 per cent. Rural municipalities saw their total populations increase by 1,934 people or 1.1 per cent.
Saskatchewan’s population is at 1,098,352 in 2016.