Paul Martin’s Business Update – February 12th, 2015

Feb 13, 2015, 06:57 PM

This province’s two largest metropolitan centres are among the five fastest growing communities in the country.

Statistics Canada has just released its analysis of populations in major centres in the country. It looks at what are called Census Metropolitan Areas. CMAs include major cities such as Saskatoon and Regina along with bedroom or satellite communities.

Calgary is the fastest growing CMA in the country followed by Edmonton then Saskatoon and Regina round out the top four. Kelowna is fifth.

Calgary and Edmonton are also the fastest growing in North America with eight American communities filling in the remaining Top 10 positions.

The Saskatoon CMA surpassed the 300,000 mark while Regina came in at just under 240,000 and, on a measure of international migration – that is the number of people who moved from another country – Saskatoon and Regina ranked first and second among communities of under 1 million people ahead of Winnipeg.

And in terms of demographics, we are relatively young communities with Regina then Saskatoon, Edmonton and Calgary posting the smallest percentage of residents who are seniors.