Saskatoon Mortgage Broker shares article on Saskatchewan cities

Saskatchewan cities attractive to newcomers, climb national ranking:  study

Article by Scott Larson, The StarPhoenix, September 18, 2014

“Strong economies have helped Regina and Saskatoon become more appealing to immigrants, according to a new report.

The Conference Board of Canada’s City Magnets III: Benchmarking the Attractiveness of 50 Canadian Cities saw Regina place eighth and Saskatoon place 12th.

Alan Arcand, associate director of the Centre for Municipal Studies, said both cities have seen sizable increases in newcomers as the local economies have improved.

“Saskatchewan’s resources have fostered rapid growth in Saskatoon and Regina,” Arcand said.

Regina and Saskatoon scored ‘B’ grades for attractiveness.

The report analyzes and benchmarks the features that make Canadian cities attractive to newcomer populations. The performance of these cities is compared on 43 indicators grouped into seven categories: society, health, economy, environment, education, innovation and housing. Data is based on the 2011 Census and National Household Survey.

“It is mostly (because of) the economy for Saskatchewan,” said Conference Board economist Greg Sutherland. “Saskatoon and Regina both scored an ‘A’ on the economy.””

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