In 2022, Saskatchewan saw its largest population growth in over a century, according to new population estimates from Statistics Canada.
The estimates show that last year, Saskatchewan’s population grew to 1,214,618 people, an increase of 29,307.
Premier Scott Moe explained in a press release, that there are multiple reasons for the population spike, including job opportunities and high quality of life.
"In 2022, Saskatchewan led the country in economic growth and created more than 20,000 new full-time jobs," he said. "Our government is committed to seeing those opportunities and that growth continue.”
The growth in 2022 was the largest increase in population for Saskatchewan in a single year since 1914.
Significant population increases were also seen all across Canada during 2022.
Nationally, Statistics Canada estimates a growth of 1,050,110 people, bringing the population of Canada to an estimated 39,566,248.
This is the first time in Canada’s history that the population grew by over 1 million people in a 12-month period.
It is also the highest annual population growth rate (+2.7%) on record since 1957 (+3.3%).