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Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan is a guiding document that sets out the City’s big picture. The 2018-2021 Plan was retired in December 2021 and the 2022-2025 Strategic Plan was approved by Council on January 31, 2022.

A draft version of the 2022-2025 Strategic Plan was available for public feedback between Oct. 27 and Nov. 10, 2021. Residents were invited to review the draft plan and provide input using a Public Survey.

A summary on What We Heard was attached to the information report put before Council on Nov. 22, 2021.

You can read more about the development of the 2022-2025 Plan at



Saskatoon as the best-managed city in Canada

We provide high quality services to meet the dynamic needs and high expectations of our citizens. We focus on continuous improvement and provide the best possible services using innovative and creative means. We go beyond conventional approaches to meet the changing needs of our city.

We are a preferred employer that attracts skilled and talented people from a variety of backgrounds and professional disciplines. We are diverse and representative of the community we serve.

We work together in a safe, healthy and productive environment. We know what is expected of us in our respective roles. And, we feel engaged and empowered to build a better city – committing ourselves to high standards of performance and taking responsibility for our decisions and actions each day.

Performance Measure Trends
Measure  Target 2017 2018 2019 2020 Annual Progress Long-Term Progress
Overall Satisfaction with Civic Services  ≥ 90% 87.0% 82.0% Not Available Not Available Not Available Neutral
Representative Workforce 47% Women
14% Indigenous
22.2% People Experiencing Disabilities
16.8% Visible Minority


Decline Needs Improvement
Lost Time Injury Frequency  Zero 2.28 3.26 2.49 2.64 Neutral Neutral

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Saskatoon invests in what matters.

Our planning is inspired by the idea that “we invest in what matters”. The financial and physical resources under our care are used to address the needs of citizens today and tomorrow – focused on our long-term goal to manage the City in a smart, sustainable way.

The services we provide are aligned with what our citizens expect and are able to pay. Citizens see value in the investments they make through their tax dollars. On their behalf, we seek revenue streams from new and multiple sources, and manage both risk and debt appropriately.

We are open, accountable and transparent, particularly when it comes to the resource allocation and collection decisions we make.

Our buildings, roads and bridges are well-managed and well maintained – meeting the needs of citizens and reflecting the pride and priorities of a modern 21st Century city.

Performance Measure Trends
Measure  Target 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 Annual Progress Long-Term Progress
Municipal Property Tax as a Percentage of Total Revenue *Indicator Only* 46% 47% 47% 48%       Not Applicable Not Applicable
Municipal Property Tax per Capita *Indicator Only* $819 $837 $878 $908       Not Applicable Not Applicable
Key Civic Infrastructure Status B Service Level B B B B       Neutral On-Track
Annual Municipal Property Tax Increase ≤ Municipal Price Index 2.89% 3.79% 4.40% 3.70% 2.83% 3.86% 3.53% Improvement Neutral
Long-Term Tax-Supported Debt per Capita ≤ $1,750 $1,111 $1,158 $1,199 $1,072       Neutral On-Track

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Saskatoon is a warm, welcoming place.

Our neighbourhoods are “complete communities” that offer a range of housing options, employment opportunities, art, culture and recreational facilities and other amenities. Citizens have access to facilities and programs that promote active living, and enjoy the natural beauty and benefits of parks, trails and the river valley that brings people together.

Culture thrives in Saskatoon where diverse traditions, religions and languages are respected and celebrated. As a community, we find new and creative ways to showcase our city’s built, natural and cultural heritage. Every citizen feels a sense of belonging. People are actively engaged in the future and governance of their city. Our community spirit is strong where, through conversation and collaboration, we work as one community to move forward, together.

Performance Measure Trends
Measure  Target 2017 2018 2019 2020 Annual Progress Long-Term Progress
Perceived Quality of Life *Indicator Only* 87% 86.5% Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Applicable
Number of New Attainable Housing Units ≥ 500 New Units Annually across Housing Continuum 377 142 145 151 Improvement Neutral
Vacancy Rates for Rental Housing Average of 3% Vacancy Rate over the Last 10 Years 2008-2017






Neutral Neutral
Participation at City Recreation Facilities ≥ 6,600 Visits/1,000 Population 6,667 7,613 6,902 2,339* Decline On-Track
Annual Decrease in Crime Rates ≥ -5.0% Over Previous 5-Year Average -2.10% 0.20% -5.8% -6.00% On-Track On-Track
Fire Response Time ≥ 90% (6.2 minutes) 80% 80% 77% 74.25% Decline Needs Improvement

*The COVID-19 Pandemic had a significant negative impact on civic recreation services.


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Saskatoon grows in harmony with nature.

Saskatoon thrives in harmony with its natural environment, conserves resources and consistently demonstrates environmental leadership.

Our city’s air and water are clean. We reduced our consumption of water and energy. We rely on renewable energy sources and green technology where it makes sense to do so. We construct energy efficient buildings and are a leader in operating an energy-efficient city in our cold weather climate.

People routinely take transit, walk or cycle to get around, and our neighbourhoods are more compact. We produce less garbage and recycle or compost most of it. We grow more food in the city. The South Saskatchewan River Valley is Saskatoon’s natural showpiece and supports biodiversity in its many forms. Our natural assets are protected, enhanced and linked. There is more green space per resident, thanks to a commitment to urban and grassland parks and an urban forest that is healthy and growing.

Performance Measure Trends 
Measure Target 2017 2018 2019 2020 Annual Progress Long-Term Progress
Waste Diverted from the Landfill Divert 70% of Saskatoon's Waste from Landfills by 2023 23% 23% 24% 26% Improvement Needs Improvement
Reduce the City of Saskatoon's Greenhouse Gas Emissions ≥ -40% from 2014 Levels by 2023; -80% Below by 2050 108,900 tonnes CO2 113,368 tonnes CO2 111,443 tonnes CO2e (+5% relative to baseline) Pending Not Available Needs Improvement

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Saskatoon is known for smart, sustainable growth.

Saskatoon’s growth is environmentally and economically sustainable and contributes to a high quality of life. The city has grown both upward and outward – reflecting a balance of greenfield and infill development. Balanced growth has made the city a model of efficiency and resulted in attractive new people places that reinforce Saskatoon’s sense of community.

Downtown is built-up and bustling. Main streets and community hubs are urban villages. New neighbourhoods are walkable and well-planned; older neighbourhoods have been renewed and revitalized. Our City Centre is a vibrant hub for culture, commerce and civic life. Getting to and from this thriving, creative space is easy, safe and enjoyable.

Performance Measure Trends
Measure Target 2017 2018 2019 2020 Annual Progress Long-Term Progress
Population Growth *Indicator Only* 262,993 268,188 272,211 280,174 Not Applicable Not Applicable
Residential Infill Development Average of 25% Development Over the Last 5 Years 2013-2017






Neutral Needs Improvement

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Saskatoon is a city on the move.

Our investments in infrastructure and new modes of transportation have shifted attitudes about the best ways to get around.

Our transportation network includes an accessible and efficient transit system and a comprehensive network of active transportation facilities. People still use cars, and also rely on options such as public transit, walking and cycling.

Growth has brought new roads and bridges that improve connectivity for all travel modes. Improved streetscapes, interconnected streets and well-planned neighbourhoods encourage walking and cycling.

Attractive options to the car alleviate congestion and ensure people and goods can move around the city quickly and easily.

Performance Measure Trends
Measure  Target 2017 2018 2019 2020 Annual Progress Long-Term Progress
Transit Rides per Capita ≥ 62 31.7 33.7 35.3 16.74 Decline* Needs Improvement
Kilometers of Cycling-Specific Infrastructure  10% Increase, for a Total of 188 kilometres (kms) by 2023 179 km 192 km 200 km 201.2 km Improvement On-Track
Transportation Choices 20% of People use Cycling, Walking or Transit to get to Work Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
Annual Decrease in Traffic Collisions ≥ -5.0% -3.10% -11.50% -8.40% -41.70% Improvement On-Track

* The COVID-19 Pandemic had significant negative impacts on transit.


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Saskatoon thrives thanks to a diverse local economy.

Saskatoon’s regional economy continues to grow and diversify, demonstrating long-term sustainability.

The city is recognized globally as a centre for education, innovation and creativity, and a business-friendly environment. Strong institutions and a spirit of entrepreneurship encourage the ideas and plans of individuals and companies big and small. We are a city that celebrates and embraces an entrepreneurial spirit.

All sectors of the economy are pulsing and new economic pillars have emerged. People from across the province, Canada and the world are drawn to our city for its quality of life, limitless opportunities and highly-skilled and educated workforce.

Saskatoon is known as a bustling, business-friendly city.

Performance Measure Trends
Measure  Target 2017 2018 2019 2020 Annual Progress Long-Term Progress
Amount Building Permits *Indicator Only* 3,805 3,556 3,369 3,746 Not Applicable Not Applicable
Business Growth *Indicator Only* 4.50% 3.5% 0.01% Not Available Not Applicable Not Applicable
Supply of Residential Land (Units) 1-2 Year Supply 4,766 3,668 3,799 3,529 Improvement On-Track
Supply of Industrial Land (Acres) 2 Year Supply 223 238 242 236 Improvement On-Track

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