Characterized by vast fields and open spaces, Saskatchewan is a Canadian prairie province in the central part of the country and is one of only two provinces that are completely landlocked.The province has an area of 651,900 km² and a population of over 1 million with over 70% living in the southern half of the province. The capital city is Regina.
The climate is Humid Continental, with hot, humid summers, and bitterly cold winters. Blizzards and sub-zero temperatures are common.
Cost of living in Saskatchewan
Many immigrants choose to live in Saskatchewan because of the high standard and affordable cost of living. The average income for residents here is around the Canadian average and housing costs sit at an average house price in Regina of $297,000.
Saskatchewan has a strong tradition of publicly-funded social programs that make a major contribution to maintaining high standards of living for all residents of the province.
Since the late 19th century, the economy has been centred on agriculture and livestock production. Saskatchewan produces a significant amount of wheat, barley and other grains, and only Alberta produces more beef. During the 20th century, oil drilling and natural gas extraction has also become important. Tourism, in the form of hunting, fishing, hiking and camping is also a booming industry.
The largest ethnic group is German, followed by English, Irish and Scottish. There is some immigration, mostly thanks to the production of agriculture products in the various fields. Overwhelmingly, 87% of the population speak English, with German and Aboriginal languages accounting for only 5%.
The Protestant and Catholic faiths are followed by the majority of the population of Saskatchewan, but as a multicultural society, there are many places of worship located throughout the province that cater to a wide selection of other religions.
Saskatoon is home to over 250 000 people, with Regina following closely behind in numbers.
Until the 1940’s, most of the primary and secondary schools were 1-room schoolhouses. Nowadays, Saskatchewan is far more developed with 19 colleges, all excellent in their relative fields.
The University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina are among the top learning institutions in Canada, offering a varied selection of courses to both local and international students. A dedication to preserving and celebrating the Aboriginal culture is cultivated at The University of Saskatchewan, with business, arts and sciences and many other courses designed to teach young people about the culture.
The major attractions in Saskatchewan are its 100,000 pristine lakes, thousands of miles of beautiful rivers and streams, and abundant forests full of wildlife. Camping, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, hunting, and fishing opportunities are almost limitless.
There are only four art galleries and museums in Saskatchewan, all in Regina or Saskatoon.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) accepts applications under the following categories:
- Saskatchewan Express Entry
- International Skilled Worker Category
- Saskatchewan Experience Category
- Entrepreneur and Farm Category
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