The province said Thursday that the latest figures from Statistics Canada show the population grew by 22,154 people between July 1, 2011 and this past Canada Day. There were 1,079,958 people living in Saskatchewan as of July 1.
The numbers show the population grew by 6,851 in the most recent quarter alone. That's the largest increase in a single quarter since Statistics Canada started keeping quarterly records in 1971.
"These numbers are very, very positive for the province," said Premier Brad Wall.
"They speak to a province that's growing and attracting people, not just from other provinces in Canada, but from around the world."
Wall said there are challenges to maintaining growth, including housing and infrastructure.
"Hopefully we create the right environment, or at the very least, we don't get in the way of those who are creating the jobs. I think it takes a complete growth agenda. It takes competitive taxes. It takes an aggressive engagement effort on the part of our government on the trade file," he said.
Much of the most-recent population gain came from 4,035 people moving to Saskatchewan from other countries.
Wall spoke at a business in Regina where Michael Hammond started working as a heavy duty mechanic after moving from Scotland five weeks ago.
Hammond said work prospects for himself and the possibility of more opportunities for his wife, 21-month-old son Kyle and four-month-old son Jenson, brought them to Canada.
"We looked at Saskatchewan and decided it looked like a nice place to live," said Hammond.
He said he hasn't really noticed a culture difference.
"People have the same sort of values. Actually driving on the other side of the road has been quite hard work — there's some very different rules," he laughed.
"The people are friendlier, I think. Just for accent I guess as well, we get asked a lot about where we're from and people generally talk to us whenever we go shopping or different places."Suggest a correction