Growing number of people leaving Saskatchewan

A newly released Statistics Canada report shows that, despite the Sask. Party’s claims, today’s reality is that even more Saskatchewan people are being forced to move away to other provinces to find opportunities compared to the number of people that were leaving ten years ago.

“The Sask. Party’s heartless cuts and unfair tax hikes are making it harder and harder on young people throughout the province to find and keep steady employment,” said NDP Jobs Critic Vicki Mowat. “While other provinces are finding ways to create more jobs, the Sask. Party is letting Saskatchewan fall behind. More and more people are realising they have no choice but to move somewhere else to start their careers or support their families.”

The fact that more Saskatchewan people felt the need to leave in 2017 than did in 2007 stands in stark contrast to the story the Sask. Party has been telling for years. More concerning is that the net number of people leaving compared to those moving to Regina and Saskatoon was among the highest of all Canadian cities. Simply put, more homegrown Saskatchewan people are moving away and fewer people from the rest of the country are choosing to come to Saskatchewan.

“We’re losing young people who are moving elsewhere to build their lives and the economy. Educated and hardworking Saskatchewan people are leaving our province because the Sask. Party have mishandled the economy and failed to create opportunities,” Mowat said. “Other provinces are growing their workforce and attracting Saskatchewan workers. Saskatchewan was one of only two provinces to have fewer jobs at the end of 2017 than at the beginning of the year.”