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Population Continues To Soar, Quarterly Record Smashed

Couture, J  2011, ‘Population Continues to Soar, Quarterly Record Smashed’, The Star Phoenix, 21 December

Saskatchewan's population grew at a record pace in the third quarter of 2011, reaching a record high.

"There are 1,063,535 reasons to be pleased in Saskatchewan today," Premier Brad Wall told reporters Tuesday. "That's how many citizens we now are. That's a significant amount of growth in the last quarter. It breaks the record for quarterly growth in population in Saskatchewan, which was set the quarter before that. So obviously, it's very positive."

The number of people living in the province increased by 5,651 between July 1st and Oct. 1st, according to Statistics Canada data released by the provincial government. With that considered, Saskatchewan had the fastest growth rate of any province in the country for the third quarter of the year.

It was also the most growth ever recorded for the province in any quarter since Statistics Canada started keeping quarterly records in 1971. The previous record was 5,444, set in the previous quarter of this year.

"We have actually a clear goal on this," Wall said. "We'd like to be 1.1 million by 2015. We're on track to maybe beat that goal. Population is important because it's an indicator of two things - principally, that there is an economic opportunity for people to consider here, jobs for people, and also that there's a quality of life here."

In the third quarter, 6,355 people moved to Saskatchewan from other provinces while 5,821 left Saskatchewan to move to another province - a net gain of 534 people. There was a net international gain in the third quarter of 3,436 people and a natural increase (births minus deaths) of 1,681.

Saskatchewan's population has increased in every quarter since April 2006 and has grown by more than 70,000 people since that time.

Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/Population+continues+soar/5890456/story.html#ixzz1hIb2oG3d






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