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It is recognized as one of the best places to live in Canada, successfully combining big city amenities with small town hospitality.

Saskatoon is a fast growing, friendly city. Over the years, it has welcomed people from all over Canada and the world. According to the 2011 census, the city had a population of over 234,000 people.

According to the 2006 census, 18% of Saskatoon’s population consists of youths under the age of 15, while those over 65 constitute 13% of the population. Saskatoon residents have a median age of 35.5 years, four years younger than the national average.

According to the 2001 census, 190,120 or 85.4% of the city’s population were white Canadians, 19,900 or 8.9% were Aboriginals (the second highest percentage of First Nations population among major Canadian cities), and less than 5% belonging to other visible minorities such as Chinese and South Asians.

The Newcomer Information Centre (NIC) is an important first stop for any newcomer to Saskatoon. You can find information on housing, schools, and where to shop, as well as make an appointment for a language assessment. NIC staff can refer you to other settlement services. You can also use a computer, make free local phone calls, and have documents photocopied.