Job seekers are flocking to the once have-not province, now enjoying its bright time in the sun

(Source: The Toronto Star)

One of Canada’s coldest provinces is distinctly hot, even if storm clouds loom. For now, this is still Saskaboom. According to Statistics Canada, the provincial population last year increased by 15,132 to 1,023,810, a 20-year high.

Of the 1,000 people who moved to Saskatchewan in the final quarter of last year, 920 were from Ontario.

Some 86,000 jobs were lost in the most recent jobs report in Canada. Saskatchewan gained 14,500.

Saskatoon is the fastest growing city in Canada, followed by Regina, according to the Conference Board of Canada.

“Before the boom hit a couple of years, ago you would go months without having an out-of-town buyer, and even then, it was usually someone coming in for the RCMP or the federal government,” says veteran local realtor Dale Ripplinger, who is also president of the Canadian Real Estate Association.

“I can remember years when we couldn’t give real estate away.”

Now, new homes pop up like toadstools, fetching prices that were unheard of a few years ago of more than $400,000 for an average-size house with a two-car garage.

Read Richard J. Brennan’s full article “Ontarians head west to ‘Saskaboom’” in the Toronto Star (April 5, 2009)

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