Fast Facts: The “prairie province” of Saskatchewan is located in the south-central region of Canada bordering the U.S. states of Montana and North Dakota. The capital city is Regina and the three largest cities are Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw, respectively.
Saskatchewan Careers: A 2006 Canada Census of Population estimated Saskatchewan’s population at over 950,000. A great majority of the province's population and industry are located in the southern third of the province close to the U.S. border.
Saskatchewan Economy: Historically based in agriculture, Saskatchewan’s economy has since diversified to include the forestry and oil industries. The aptly named “wheat province” produces over two-thirds of Canada’s wheat supply, while also maintaining valuable reserves of both oil and natural gas.
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Location, Location, Location: Saskatchewan is a prairie province located in south-central Canada bordering the U.S. states Montana and North Dakota to the South.
Cities: The capital city is Regina and the largest cities are Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw, respectively.
Behind the Name: Saskatchewan is nicknamed the “Wheat Province” in direct reference to its sizeable wheat producing industry.
A Closer Look: The overwhelming majority of Saskatchewan’s population resides in the most southern third of the province, near the American border.
Did You Know? The largest ethnic group in the province of Saskatchewan is German, followed closely (as one might expect) by English.
Population: 953,850, as estimated by Canada Census of Population, 2006.
Business Environment: Canada was ranked 2nd of 181 countries in a 2009 “Best Country to Start a Business” by DoingBusiness.org.
Top Industries: In terms of paid employees, according to a Statistics Canada 2009 study: (1) trade; (2) health care and social assistance; (3) agriculture; (4) construction; and (5) educational services.
Taxes: The Canada Revenue Agency reports: a Progressive Income Tax Rate; and a 10% Sales Tax.
Cost of Living: The Consumer Price Index had increased to 118.2 in June of 2009 (from 100.0 in the Year 2002), according to Statistics Canada, 2009.
Weather: Average Temperature (in °F.) – Jan: 20; Apr: 43; July: 69; Oct: 48, according to Weather.com.
K-12: Canada ranked 2nd of 17 peer countries in a 2008 Conference Board of Canada Ranking.
College Education: Saskatchewan is home to many institutions of higher learning, ranging from the public University of Saskatchewan to the private Campion College and including a variety of local community colleges and technical schools.
In General: While historically based in agriculture, Saskatchewan’s economy has diversified in recent times to include significant forestry and oil industries.
Service Industry: Occupations related to the service industries employ the greatest proportion of Saskatchewan’s workforce. Finance, insurance, real estate and leasing lead the service sector, followed by education, health and social services.
Agriculture: Wheat is Saskatchewan’s most important crop, and is most often associated with this province. Saskatchewan typically produces almost two-thirds of Canada’s wheat, while also serving as a leader in oats, barley and rye.
Manufacturing: The food-processing industry leads Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sector, followed by the manufacturing of mechanized farm products and forestry related products such as paper and lumber.
Mining: Saskatchewan maintains valuable reserves of both oil and natural gas, trailing only Alberta in the overall production of oil. Coal and copper also represent impactful mined products in the province.
Did You Know? The NATO Flying Training Center, managed by leading Canadian company Bombardier Aerospace, is located just outside the city of Moose Jaw.
Sources: In addition to specific citations noted in this “Career Information” section, supplementary source materials include: Canada Statoids; Infoplease.com; and Wikipedia.com.