The City of Saskatoon is expecting the City’s Metropolitan area population to grow to almost half a million people by the year 2035. That is based on the current annual growth of 2 percent a year.
If that happens, the City says it will need 6 new neighbourhoods, and 26,000 more housing units in the next 18 years. Already, in the past decade, the City has added the new neighbourhoods of Stonebridge, Rosewood, Blairmore, Kensington, Evergreen, Aspen Ridge, and Brighton. And neighbouring communities like Warman and Martensville have also seen new neighbourhoods and significant growth.
Last month, Statistics Canada reported Saskatoon was the third-fastest growing city in the country, with a population increase of 12.5 per cent from 2011 to 2016.
Saskatoon’s metropolitan area (CMA) population on May 10, 2016 was 295,095. City officials expect Saskatoon’s CMA population to grow to just under 449,000 by 2035.
Included in the growth plans are a new rapid transit system, and plans for another bridge.