City of Moose Jaw Poised For Growth After Latest Census Figures

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February 10, 2022

Moose Jaw, SK – Moose Jaw Mayor Clive Tolley feels Moose Jaw is poised for growth, following the release of 2021 Federal Census figures.

The 2021 Census, released February 9, 2022, showed Moose Jaw’s population at 33,665, a decline of 245 residents (0.7%) from the 2016 Census (33,910).

The rate of population decline has slowed compared to the 1.5% population decrease that occurred between the 2011 and 2016 Census (34,421-33,910).

“Based on the activity I’ve witnessed over the last few years, from new homes to new business and industrial development, I’m a little surprised at the Census numbers,” said Mayor Clive Tolley, adding “but I’m confident we’re on an upward trend. As current vacant job openings across all sectors in Moose Jaw are filled, our population will grow substantially.”

“In the last few years our City Council and Administration have created an atmosphere of growth,” Tolley continued “Several major developments are underway including the Great Plains Power Station, North 49 Foods (at the former XL Beef plant), new Canadian Tire store, a new hotel and others. There are hundreds of new jobs associated with these projects and that will also result in new residents.”

Tolley also points to the Rural and Northern Immigration Program (33 approved Moose Jaw candidates/families in 2021 and approved for 100 candidates/families in 2022), new Agriculture and Food Production program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Moose Jaw campus and the new joint-use elementary school slated for the Westheath subdivision as other sectors that will drive growth.

“We have an exciting economic strategy and we’ve made a commitment to invest in our community,” Tolley continued, “and we will aggressively market the benefits that will come to you, your family and your business when you make a ‘Notorious Move’ to Moose Jaw.”