Largest city: Saskatoon
Saskatchewan is Canada's "sunniest" province, averaging 2,000 to 2,500 hours of sunshine annually. The province has a population of just over 1.1 million, with Regina, the capital city, counting roughly 240,000 and Saskatoon, the largest city, having a population of 300,000. Unlike past periods of time when immigrants were attracted to Saskatchewan by the availability of huge pieces of fertile land, it is primarily the province’s fast-growing modern economy that attracts new immigrants to build their lives in Saskatchewan, in the present day and age. Unlike other Canadian provinces, there are no personal premiums or personal charges for basic and needed health services. Note that It's important to apply for a health card as soon as you arrive.
Saskatchewan’s education system provides opportunities which are pocket friendly at every level. All graduates from the selected courses at an eligible institution in 2006 or later, and who reside in Saskatchewan are eligible to apply for the province's Graduate Retention Program. The program refunds up to $20,000 of tuition fees paid by eligible graduates (including international graduates) who live in Saskatchewan and who file a Saskatchewan income tax return. Even after completing secondary school, the province of Saskatchewan has various different options to choose for students to continue their education and training. Anchoring the province’s post-secondary system are the province’s research universities: University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina. For those who wish to learn a skilled trade, the province offers apprenticeship programs, as well as nine regional technical colleges and 50 private vocational schools.
The province of Saskatchewan produces 28 percent of Canada's grain and over 54 percent of Canada's wheat crop. With numbers as high as these, Saskatchewan is often referred to as Canada’s breadbasket. Agriculture generates about 5 percent of GDP of the province and is thus a vital form of employment. But surpassing this is the service-based sectors such as finance, insurance and real estate which contributes to the economy of the province by generating 17 percent of GDP. Travelling to and from work is affordable because the maximum commute time within major cities is about 20 minutes. The unemployment rate in Saskatchewan is currently less than 4 percent, the lowest in Canada, making Saskatchewan a good place to find work in Canada. The minimum wage in Saskatchewan is $10.50 per hour.
One of the main factors inviting immigrants from abroad to reside in Saskatchewan is the high standards of living of the province. The average family income is approximately $80,000, higher than the Canadian average, and the minimum wage is $10.20. Although high standards of living are eminent throughout the province the cost of living in Saskatchewan is still quite affordable by Canadian standards. Immigration has been a part of Saskatchewan all through its history and as a product the land is highly multicultural. While the province is much more urban than it was in the past and boasts a modern industrial and service economy, this sense of community helps to create the high quality of life enjoyed by Saskatchewan residents.