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Population Growth and Rate of Change

“Population growth and rate of change” are indicators of sustainable growth.  Population growth is a fundamental driver of the City’s business plan and budget planning process.  

How are we doing?

The City of Saskatoon estimated our July 1, 2017 population to be 271,000. This estimate is based on a projected annual growth rate of 1.9% from July 2016 to July 2017. While the growth rate is lower than what Saskatoon has been experiencing in recent years, the key point is that the city is still experiencing solid population growth. 

Data Table
Population Growth and Rate of Change
 

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Statistics Canada, July Annual Estimate 230473 239420 247069 253374 258068 262900 271000    
Population Projection - 1.0% growth rate             271000 273710 276447
Population Projection - 1.5% growth rate             271000 275065 279191
Population Projection - 2.0% growth rate             271000 276420 281948


Description

Population growth and growth rate are indicators of sustainable growth and community success.  The overall vision of the City of Saskatoon’s (CoS) Strategic Plan 2013-2023 is to continue to grow and prosper.  Population growth is necessary to provide sufficient labour for Saskatoon’s continued economic growth.  Population growth also provides opportunity for other aspects of the community to grow and diversify including business, education, culture, recreation, and overall financial stability.

Population growth is a fundamental driver of the City’s business plan and budget planning process.  City infrastructure investments are based on population growth. The return on those investments often depends on further growth.   

How are other cities doing?

Although population growth has slowed in Saskatoon in 2016, a 1.9% (CoS) or 2.0% (StatsCan) is still strong growth. Population estimates and growth rates for other Western Canadian cities are highlighted below. Data comes from the 2016 StatsCan Census.

 

2016 Population Estimates

Calgary       
Edmonton       
Regina       
Winnipeg       
1,239,220 932,546 193,150 705,244

 

Population Growth from 2011 to 2016 by Census Metropolitan Area

Calgary   
Edmonton   
Regina   
Winnipeg   
Canada   
14.6% 13.9% 11.8% 6.6% 5.0%

 

 

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