The province of Saskatchewan is located in west-central Canada and has a population of just over one million people and growing. The two largest metropolitan areas, Saskatoon and Regina, have almost half of the population and are home to three world class universities, including Canada's only First Nations University. Every year over 20,000 students choose to continue their education in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan universities are home to world leading research centres such as the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron, Innovation Place Research Park, the Petroleum Technology Research Centre, and the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization. The largest uranium, potash and nutraceutical companies in the world are located here.
Saskatchewan is also home to a many colleges, public and private, that provide access to short and long term programs including Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the Praxis School of Entrepreneurship. You can find links to a variety of post secondary training at the SaskNetwork website.
Saskatchewan is a world leader in agriculture, bio-science, life science, and engineering. In addition, the Saskatoon - Craik - Regina corridor is designated as a "Regional Centre of Expertise" (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development by the United Nations University. While there are approximately 30 RCEs in the world, there are only three such centres in North America, all of which are in Canada.
RCEs bring together organizations at the regional/local level to jointly promote education for sustainable development. They build innovative platforms to share information and experiences and to promote dialogue among regional/local stakeholders. Praxis International Institute believes so strongly in this, that we made the commitment to build a "green" campus in the very heart of the REC. We aim to become self sufficient in terms of its energy and food production, pro-active in reducing use of consumable materials and recycling all others.
Saskatchewan has a strong labour market growing at an annual rate of 4%, one of the highest in Canada. Studies show that tens of thousands of additional workers are needed in the next decade. For this reason, the Government of Saskatchewan has both initiated and expanded programs to facilitate more immigration and expanded opportunities for youth. People wanting jobs and business opportunities can find them in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan has all of the amenities you might expect from more populated provinces including sports venues, concert halls, live theatre, parks and fine restaurants. At the same time, the cost of living is much lower than other parts of Canada. Affordable housing and automobile insurance, together with free health care, all contribute to a high standard of living and desired quality of life.
Saskatchewan people are known for their generous support of the arts. Saskatchewan boasts two symphony orchestras, a myriad of theatre groups, both amateur and professional, and many playwrights, photographers, painters, and other artists.
Saskatchewan's two major cities, Saskatoon and Regina, host numerous cultural events and festivities every year to celebrate the diversity of the people in Saskatchewan. Events such as Folkfest, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Dragon Boat Festival, Taste of Saskatchewan, German Days and Ukraine Day bring people together from Saskatchewan, Canada and as we saw in the World Junior Hockey Championship, the world. International guests can arrive in Saskatchewan via Saskatoon's John G. Diefenbaker International Airport or the Regina International Airport, which have daily connections to major cities across Canada as well as the United States.
Saskatchewan enjoys four distinct seasons: Spring, Summer, Winter and Autumn. The climate in the summer is warm - typically between 20 and 30 degree Celsius - and winter days average minus 20 Celsius. Saskatchewan usually leads Canada in sunshine hours, so people can enjoy many diverse outdoor activities all year. Swimming, boating, biking, rollerblading and other summer activities are replaced in winter with skating, tobogganing, skiing, snowmobiling and a wealth of other winter activities. Team sports are also very popular; baseball, football and soccer in the summer, and hockey in the winter. Some summer sports, such as soccer, continue into the winter and are played indoors at sports facilities such as the SaskTel Sports Centre, the Saskatoon Field House and the Saskatoon Kinsmen/Henk Ruys Soccer Centre.
Saskatchewan is a beautiful province known for its fresh air, unspoiled wilderness and breathtaking scenery. It is officially described as the "Land of Living Skies." The province is popular with outdoor enthusiasts who can choose from over 100,000 lakes and rivers as well as 100 regional parks, 40 provincial parks and two national parks.