IMMIGRATION TO SASKATCHEWAN
Immigration to Saskatchewan is currently experiencing a booming economy, thanks to its abundant oil reserves, the largest Potash deposits in the world, and the largest Uranium reserves in the world, together with its vast tracks of agricultural land. Up until recently, its socialist government practiced a policy of leaving these resources in the ground for future generations. With a continuing global shortage in commodities, and a change in Government (to one favoring the free market), Saskatchewan has quickly gone from a low grow have-not province, to a province that rivals Alberta for being the fastest growing economy in Canada, with rapid gains to personal income.
Saskatchewan contains relatively few people (approximately 1 million) over a huge tract of land, with two medium-sized cities. The capital city is Regina, with a population of 200,000, and an economy based largely on government, the financial sector, and a surprising large steel company. Saskatoon is located two hours north of Regina and is the slightly larger (250,000 people) business center of the province.
Saskatchewan may suffer from the most acute skill shortages in the country, in a wide range of fields, from a shortage of trades workers, agricultural workers, and service workers. Although its provincial immigration programs have been established for a number of years, due to administrative issues, its operations often create problems for applicants, particularly for business applicants. A change to the business program is planned but has not yet been announced.