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Population Growth and Rate of Change

“Population growth and rate of change” are indicators of sustainable growth.  Population growth is a fundamental driver of the City’s business plan and budget planning process.  

How are we doing?

The City of Saskatoon estimated our July 1, 2018 population to be 278,500. This estimate is based on a projected annual growth rate of 2.0% from July 2017 to July 2018. 

Data Table
Population Growth and Rate of Change

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July 20(F)
Statistics Canada, July Annual Estimate 230473 239377 247034 253374 258068 266064 271000 278500    
Population Projection - 1.0% growth rate               278500 281285 284098
Population Projection - 1.5% growth rate               278500 282678 286918
Population Projection - 2.0% growth rate               278500 284070 289751


Population growth and growth rate are indicators of sustainable growth and community success.  The overall vision of the City of Saskatoon’s (CoS) Strategic Plan 2013-2023 is to continue to grow and prosper.  Population growth is necessary to provide sufficient labour for Saskatoon’s continued economic growth.  Population growth also provides opportunity for other aspects of the community to grow and diversify including business, education, culture, recreation, and overall financial stability.

Population growth is a fundamental driver of the City’s business plan and budget planning process.  City infrastructure investments are based on population growth. The return on those investments often depends on further growth.   

How are other cities doing?

Although population growth has slowed in Saskatoon in 2016, a 1.9% (CoS) or 2.0% (StatsCan) is still strong growth. Population estimates and growth rates for other Western Canadian cities are highlighted below. Data comes from the 2016 StatsCan Census.


2016 Population Estimates

1,239,220 932,546 193,150 705,244


Population Growth from 2011 to 2016 by Census Metropolitan Area

14.6% 13.9% 11.8% 6.6% 5.0%



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