Society

The population of Regina is 193,100.  A study released in 2008 showed that the population of the metropolitan area around Saskatchewan’s capital is growing more quickly than the one living in the city proper. Many people are moving out of Regina to “commuter towns” in more peaceful and safer areas and commute every day to the city to work.

The highest percentage of Regina’s population is of European decent – German, English, Scottish, Irish, Ukrainian and French. Aboriginal people make up 9.3 per cent and they are concentrated in relatively few communities – the North Central and Core.
Ninety-seven per cent of Regina residents are Canadian citizens. Among immigrants, who are eight per cent, only 2.3 per cent have come to Canada in the past 10 years.

Economy

Regina is among the Canadian cities with strongest economies and lowest unemployment rates. In the recent years, there are a lot of investments in the extraction of Saskatchewan natural resources (oil and gas, potash and others), in transportation and in the manufacturing sector.

The city is home to the largest steel company in Western Canada, EVRAZ Regina (formerly known as IPSCO). EVRAZ Regina is a mini-mill that recycles steel scrap and produces plate and coil, which is then converted into energy tubular products. EVRAZ Regina operates three facilities: steelmaking and rolling mill, cut-to-length and tubular mill. The facility produces large diameter pipes for the oil and gas industry.

The biggest challenge, however, is the shortage of labour. For many years people have been leaving Regina to look for employment elsewhere, and now, when there are so many projects underway, workforce is insufficient. Sometimes employers in Regina have to fly temporary workers from other parts of Canada.

Finding A Home

Location is crucial in choosing a new home. Before taking a decision, newcomers should get enough information on the advantages and disadvantages of Regina’s neighbourhoods.  For example, The Crescents, which is part of the Cathedral area, is one the most prestigious and desirable neighbourhood in the city. However, its low-lying areas adjacent to Wascana Creek are prone to flooding, especially in spring when snow melts.

Any place in or around North Central and the area east of downtown known as Core is not recommendable because of the high crime rates.

Home prices in Regina increased over the last few years and are expected to continue rising. A detached bungalow is about $320,500, a standard condominium costs $207,750 and a standard two-storey home is $347,500.

The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Regina is $948.

Medical

In case of medical emergency call 9-1-1.

Residents of Regina have Saskatchewan health insurance coverage for most medically necessary services. Patients must present their Saskatchewan Health Services Cards every time they need medical attention. For information on eligibility and applying for health coverage, click here. For prescription drugs and some services that are not covered by Saskatchewan Health there are additional, paid health insurance plans.

Patients need to find family doctors who, if necessary, can prescribe drugs and refer to specialists and hospitals. Those who don’t have family physicians can visit Regina’s walk-in medical clinics.

Hospitals are run by the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR).  There are three healthcare facilities in Regina: Regina General Hospital, Pasqua Hospital and Wascana Rehabilitation Centre.

Education

Parents in Regina can choose for their children public schools, private schools or independent schools and home-based education. There are two public school boards: the Regina Public School Board, which runs 45 elementary and nine high schools, and the Regina Catholic School Board, which administers 25 elementary and four high schools with a Roman Catholic affiliation. Parents who choose home-schooling must be guided by the Regina Public School Board.

Some of Regina’s private schools are the Luther College High School, run by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada,  the Harvest City Christian Academy and the Regina Huda School, which offers Islamic education. For more information on private schools in Regina chick here.

The University of Regina has ten faculties and 25 academic departments which offer programs in social work, journalism, media production and studies, public policy, business administration, petroleum engineering, fine arts, software systems, education, police studies, health studies and others.

Regina is also home to the Wascana Campus of the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology.

Recreation

Regina has strong traditions in art and culture.  The MacKenzie Art Gallery organizes exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Saskatchewan, other parts of Canada and around the globe. It also provides educational programs for people of all ages. The Regina Symphony Orchestra is Canada’s oldest continuously performing orchestra. It gives its concerts at Conexus Arts Centre, where other local and also visiting musicians perform. The Globe Theatre’s mainstage is the only permanent professional theatre-in-the-round in Canada.

Saskatchewan’s capital offers various opportunities for outdoor activities. Using the City’s online map residents can locate parks, athletic fields, playgrounds, spray pads, picnic sites and ball diamonds. For a list of major Regina’s recreation facilities click here.