SASKATCHEWAN

Saskatchewan

Immigration is one of the most important elements in defining Saskatchewan’s culture and history. In addition, immigration is expected to account for a large portion of the province’s future growth. Saskatchewan is making efforts to increase the level of immigration to the province, to attract at least 5000 newcomers each year to contribute to its growing economy. One way the province does so is through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program, which allows the province’s government to select individuals who wish to settle in and contribute to the province and speed-up their immigration visa application process.

Saskatchewan’s quality of life is high, while the cost of living is low. That makes the province a great place to live and raise a family, and a great place to locate or invest in a business:

  • housing costs are lower in Saskatchewan than in most major cities in Canada, and owning a home is affordable and achievable for most people
  • the health system is second to none, and there are no health care premiums
  • the provincial sales tax of 5% is the lowest of any province that charges a sales tax
  • it costs less to get to and from work because the maximum commute time within major cities is about 20 minutes

Housing Comparison

Detached Bungalow Executive 2-Detached Storey
Province LOW HIGH LOW HIGH
Regina, SK $259,000 $297,000 $420,000 $420,000
Saskatoon, SK $293,000 $350,000 $415,000 $430,000
Calgary, AB $332,000 $561,000 $440,000 $770,000
Vancouver Area, BC $446,000 $1,150,000 $461,000 $1,625,000

Auto Insurance

  • The Saskatchewan Auto Fund is an insurance program that operates on a break-even basis over time. Unlike private insurance companies, the Auto Fund does not need to generate a profit, so you pay less for your auto insurance.
  • Another factor in our low rates is the Auto Fund’s philosophy that all drivers should be treated equally unless their driving records show they are a greater risk for causing a collision. That means we don’t use a driver’s age, gender or where they live to determine a cost for their auto insurance.
  • SGI’s Safe Driver Recognition is a program designed to reward safe drivers with a discount on their vehicle insurance.
  • The Business Recognition program rewards businesses that maintain safe driving records with discounts on their vehicle insurance.

Health Care

Health care in Saskatchewan is funded by the provincial and federal governments:

  • Unlike other Canadian provinces, there are no personal premiums or personal charges for basic and needed
  • health services in Saskatchewan.
  • Employers do not pay premiums for provincial health care costs for their employees.

Saskatchewan has been a leader in health care for almost 50 years:

  • Saskatchewan pioneered universal hospital care insurance in the 1940s and comprehensive medical coverage in the 1960s.
  • The top priority of our government is a commitment to an accessible, quality health care system.
  • Saskatchewan has a comprehensive health plan to address the issues that people say matter the most.
  • The plan is a practical, balanced approach to change at a manageable pace, and offers strong leadership by taking the necessary steps to improve health care for families and communities throughout our province.
  • Saskatchewan’s wellness model promotes preventive care and innovative service delivery with a system of health care districts across the province.