Saskatchewan is growing
Smiles and happiness filled E.D. Feehan High School on Friday as 30 people became brand new Canadian citizens.
"I feel good and I also feel like I'm a part of something big and now I can stay that way," said 13-year-old Darina Jargees of Saskatoon.
She is from Iraq, but has been in Canada since she was seven years old.
"I have always wanted to be Canadian. I kept on dreaming and praying every day to come to Canada, to be a citizen," she said.
She already has some big plans for when she grows up.
The recent growth the city has seen, and by all accounts will continue to see, is translating over to the Regina International Airport.
The Airport Authority presented its 2012 Year in Review to the media on Friday, with another record breaking year to report.
“It was a great year at the airport. We increased our passenger throughput by 3.9 per cent to close to 1.2 million people,” said the authority’s President and CEO Jim Hunter.
Regina continues to grow at a faster pace than almost any other city in Canada.
No secret has been made of the city’s growth. The Conference Board of Canada’s Metropolitan Winter 2013 Outlook has the Queen City growing by 3.5 per cent in 2013 and 3.9 per cent in 2014. In 2012, the city had a GDP growth rate of 4.2 per cent. That was second only to Edmonton.
For many in the city, all they have to do is quickly glance outside to see that growth.
“You see construction trucks, you see cranes, more traffic,” said one woman.
Regina is growing on every front - from housing starts, to retail, and especially when it comes to population, according to a new report from the Conference Board of Canada.
About 500 high school students packed into TCU place for the Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career Conference.
The event was put on by Indspire, a charity that works to improve First Nations education.
The conference will see aboriginal students tour the city's post-secondary institutions, and attend the televised broadcast of the Indspire Awards gala, an awards ceremony that celebrates aboriginal achievers.
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure welcomed stakeholders and the general public to an open house on the South Regina Bypass Location Study Tuesday night.
Representatives from the consultation group MMM Group Limited were on hand to answer questions about the proposed options for a bypass south of Regina.
In January, 1,900 jobs were created in Saskatoon, the most ever in a one-month period.
"To be able to be in a position where we can clearly show to our graduates that this is the place to be, where they can contribute to our community is very exciting," said Christian Braid, president of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce.
Braid said keeping new graduates in the city is a major benefit of all these new jobs.
As public officials including outgoing Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney continue to call on Canadians to clamp down on their debt, average consumer debt in Saskatchewan keeps climbing.
In the last three months of 2012, average consumer debt hit $29,515, according to new numbers from TransUnion.
And that’s worse than the national average of $27,485 in the fourth quarter of 2012. Average credit card debt edged up slightly nationally.
Saskatchewan's unemployment is the lowest in Canada, and the lowest its been in the last five years.
In the latest numbers released, Saskatchewan's unemployment rate is four per cent, while the national average is seven per cent.
The province saw 25,000 jobs added over the last year.
Meanwhile, both of the province's two main cities continued to grow over the same time span, with Saskatoon up 5.8 per cent, and Regina up 3.3 per cent.
Edited by CJME's Courtney Mintenko.
Saskatoon is not only the fastest growing city in Canada, it's also the youngest.
The median age in the city is 34.9 and with younger families, the need for nannies is on the rise.
"We've seen a definite spike over the last few years. We've seen about a 50 per cent increase for both families looking for nannies and nannies looking for work," said Joni Gilmour with CanadianNanny.ca.
The site has 500 nannies hired in Saskatchewan and the majority are in Saskatoon.