02/08/2012 03:53 EST | Updated 04/09/2012 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan premier calls population growth 'remarkable' come back story

REGINA - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the province's population growth is a remarkable comeback story.

New census data shows Saskatchewan has flipped from a period of population decline to above-average expansion in just half a decade.

Wall says job opportunities and lifestyle are the big draw.

He says the change has been amazing in places like the city of Martensville, where the growth has already outpaced the planned design for a new school.

Saskatchewan has set aggressive targets for its immigrant nominee program and Wall says even more could be done.

He says Saskatchewan needs the federal government to consider lifting caps that it has placed on such programs.