Prairies Attracting More Newcomers

In case you haven't noticed, the community of Saskatoon has been changing with leaps and bounds in the past couple of years. I see it in Saskatoon real estate with the amount of calls I get from potential home buyers who are have a distinct accent. I have also noticed it in the Saskatoon homes for sale where we are now seeing more builders who are not originally from Canada.

Where Ontario was traditionally the first stop for newcomers to Canada that has changed drastically since 2001. In 2001 Ontario had almost 149,000 immigrants to settle down in their province whereas in 2010 that number dropped to just over 118,000.

Manitoba saw over triple the amount of newcomers from 2001 to 2010, Alberta doubled from 16404 to 32642 and Saskatchewan's population increased almost by almost 4.5 times the amount from 1704 in 2001 to 7605 in 2010. While all provinces and territories except for Ontario saw a gradual increase it was the prairies that saw the largest increase in new faces. Part of the reason for the increase is the Provincial Nominee Program which includes nominees, their spouses and dependants. This program gives provinces more autonomy in selecting immigrants who match local needs.

The top three source countries for new immigrants to Canada continue to be Asia with most arriving from India, the Phillipines and China. People used to move to Toronto to start and then move elsewhere but with the huge economic opportunities in Saskatchewan and other provinces people are bypassing Toronto and coming straight to other provinces.

I have helped families from India, China and the Phillipines buy houses for sale in Saskatoon and it is great to learn what has brought them to Saskatoon of all places. Saskatoon is no longer the sleepy province as people hear about our economy all over the world. Where many parts of the world are still suffering from economic issues and overspending our country, in general, but more specifically our province has been smart in how they have approached things and this continues to attract people from all over the world.

If you are looking to buy a house for sale in Saskatoon or surrounding region I would be happy to assist you in your search!

Kari Calder
Century 21 Fusion


Kari Calder

Kari Calder

CENTURY 21 Fusion
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