Saskatchewan continued to grow, but at a slower pace than last year.
According to the province, Saskatchewan has grown by 3,026 in the first quarter of 2017 – or at a rate of 1.4 per cent.
That brings the total population to 1,161,365 people.
Looking back at 2016, there were 4,085 newcomers in the first quarter. Overall, Saskatchewan saw 18,007 new people by the end of last year.
It’s still good news for the province. It said it possesses the third-highest rate of growth among Canada’s provinces, behind only Manitoba and Ontario.
Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison said that’s a sign of strong economy, even in light of low resource prices in recent years.
“Saskatchewan is experiencing its longest and largest sustained period of growth since the 1920s,” said Harrison in a news release. “Ten years ago, we still had under a million people in Saskatchewan. Since 2007, we have grown by nearly 164,000 people.”