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SaskatoonSaskatoon is a great multicultural city in which to live, work, study and play.

Known as the City of Bridges, Saskatoon is the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan, with a population of over 260,000 (2011 census). Saskatoon is located on the banks of South Saskatchewan River, in the heart of the Canadian Prairies. Residents of the city are called Saskatonians.

Saskatoon is the location of the Northwest Rebellion of 1885, and the city’s rich culture has largely been preserved by the Aboriginal people who make up nearly 10 per cent of the city’s population.

The city offers excellent employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in mining and energy, biotechnology and life sciences, manufacturing and transportation.  Educational opportunities are plentiful, with easy access to many elementary and high schools, technical colleges and the University of Saskatchewan. Saskatoon has three major hospitals including a teaching hospital.


Saskatoon is one of the sunniest cities in Canada – with an average of 2,381 hours of sunshine per year it truly does shine. On the other hand, compared with other Canadian cities, Saskatoon’s rainfall rate is quite low. The city receives an average annual rainfall of 265 millimetres and an average annual snowfall of 97 centimetres. May, June and July are the rainiest months, while November, December and January tend to be the snowiest.

Saskatoon is in a humid continental climatic zone and experiences four distinct seasons, with warm summers and very cold winters.

Thunderstorms are common in the summer months and can be severe with torrential rain, hail, high winds, intense lightning and, on rare occasion, tornadoes. In summer, temperatures range as high as 30°C on the warmest summer days, while winter can see the temperature dip as low as -30°C.

Public Transit

Saskatoon has many options for getting around the city or travelling to other destinations. Depending upon where you are, your destination may even be within easy walking distance!

Saskatoon Transit operates a fleet of buses with numerous routes to get you where you need to go in the city. Over 100 of these buses have bicycle racks on the front.

For those who have mobility issues and cannot use regular transit buses Access Transit provides lift-equipped buses and cabs within the city limits.

By air, Saskatoon is served by the John G. Diefenbaker International Airport through which you can reach most major Canadian, U.S. and international destinations with one-stop connecting flights in several North American airline hubs. If you prefer train service, VIA Rail Canada operates a train station approximately 8 kilometres from Saskatoon’s downtown.


As you are in the process of choosing the best city in Canada for you, join us at the upcoming Settling in Canada Online Fair.  You’ll learn all about the careers and government funded training that is available by province so that you can make an informed choice on where to live.

What you can do at the fair

  • When you enter the fair you will be at the Plaza, from there you can check out the auditorium, exhibit halls and a lot more…
  • In the auditorium, you can watch some very informative webinars where you can learn everything from interview techniques to how to choose a settlement agency that is right for you.
  • The exhibit halls are where you find the booths, Each one of these is packed full of downloadable resources and other tools that will allow you to settle in Canada with great ease and comfort.

Remember to Register Now to avoid missing out on this great career opportunity.

Police services

For the past several years, Saskatoon is witnessing a steady decline in its crime rate. According to a recent study conducted for the city, people feel safe here. Of those surveyed, 88 per cent reported feeling safe while walking or cycling in public areas.

Saskatoon is protected by the Saskatoon Police Service. In emergencies, call 9-1-1 immediately. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, the fire department or an ambulance. If the situation doesn’t require immediate attention, call 306-975-8300.

Working with the community, the Saskatoon Police Service offers support and crime prevention advice in the form of specialized programs. If you are interested in participating in any of these programs, please refer to the contact information listed on their website.

Places of worship

Saskatoon is home to people of many different cultural backgrounds; you will find a number of places of worship, representing a large variety of spiritual and religious beliefs. Immigrant-serving centres should be able to give you more information on places of worship. You may also search the Yellow Pages in the telephone book.

Pre-arrival settlement and employment services in Saskatchewan

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