With just under 300,000 residents, Saskatoon is a fairly small city in relative terms – but is the most populous city in Saskatchewan. Despite its size, Saskatoon is an extremely important economic centre. Due to its ideal central location for distribution and logistics, some refer to Saskatoon as the hub city. Primary industry is the most important sector of the cities economy, and both the world’s largest potash and uranium producers call Saskatoon home. Other industries include agriculture, oil and gas, gold, diamonds, and plenty of secondary industries by association. There are also jobs to be found in IT, life sciences, government, biotechnology, and environmental sciences. The Conference Board of Canada predicts that Saskatoon will outpace the average national economic growth by up to 200 percent in 2012. This is good news for anybody invested in Saskatoon’s future.
What does the city offer outside of work?
Culturally, Saskatoon is home to a wide diversity of ethno-cultural groups and offers a plethora of museums, parks, historic sites and activities. The provides access to many different cultural events and festivals including the Great Plains Comedy Festival, the Jazz Festival, Saskatoon Folk fest, and the Canada Remembers Air show. In 2009 the government of Canada and the government of Saskatchewan announced a $51 million project to build the Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, which will replace the Mendel Art Gallery.
What kind of family/children’s activities does the city offer?
Saskatoon offers a good selection of movies theatres, performing arts, and shopping centres. The city is home to a junior sports team, the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades, who play out of Credit Union Centre. Minor hockey is the most popular sport among youngsters, and the Saskatoon Minor Hockey Association provides programs for children and youth from 5-20 years of age. There is also baseball, soccer, basketball, swimming, rugby, football, tennis, and lacrosse organizations, among others.
How are the education and healthcare systems in Saskatoon?
The Saskatoon Health Region is responsible for health care in Saskatoon. The health region operates three hospitals within the city boundaries; these include Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon City Hospital, and St. Paul's Hospital. Royal University Hospital is a teaching and research hospital that operates in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan. The health region operates hospitals in neighbouring communities as well. In addition to hospitals the health region is responsible for providing clinics, long-term care facilities, and various other services.
Saskatoon has 78 elementary schools, and 14 high schools. There are around 40,000 students in the primary education system in Saskatoon. There is a public school board and a Catholic school board. As far as post-secondary institutions go, Saskatoon is home to:
The University of Saskatchewan
St. Thomas More College
The First Nations University of Canada
Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology
Gabriel Dumont Institute
Saskatoon Business College
Western Academy of Broadcasting
Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies
The largest city in Saskatchewan has been fortunate enough to preserve its small-town charm while continuing to grow economically. To its citizens, the quality of life is the number one reason they love Saskatoon. If you’re willing to sacrifice a bit of the big city glamour for some of the benefits of a quiet but extremely prosperous town, Saskatoon is waiting with open arms!
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