Cost of Living

One of the main reasons that Saskatchewan’s quality of life is high is that the cost of living is low.

While Saskatchewan is an economic leader in Canada, our cost of living is low when compared to many parts of Canada. We also have the fastest growing population in the country and all this growth has created jobs that need to be filled. This has allowed Saskatchewan to enjoy one of the lowest unemployment rates in Canada!


Your dream of owning your own home will become a reality more quickly in Saskatchewan because housing is affordable and there are many opportunities for purchase. Check out the 9-City Housing Comparison.


  • Kindergarten – Grade 12 schools are free for residents of SK.
  • Our high-quality post-secondary institutions—colleges and universities—are well known and a great value.

Health care

The Government has hospital, medical and drug insurance plans for residents only.

  • Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, international students with valid study permits, convention refugees and their spouses, children and dependents are all eligible. It is important to register for medical insurance as soon as you arrive. Click here for more information.  


Graduates of approved post-secondary programs are eligible for up to $20,000 in tuition rebates. This helps to offset tuition costs for recent graduates. Check out the Graduate Retention Program for details.

Active Family Benefit

Saskatchewan’s new Active Families Benefit program will provide a $150 refundable tax credit every year for each of your children who are involved in sports.

Saskatchewan’s Low Taxes and Household Charges 

Saskatchewan’s taxes and household charges are among the lowest in Canada and our personal sales tax of 5% is the lowest of the nine provinces that charge a sales tax.

Taxes and household charges for a family with a total income of $50,000 in 2012:

  • Saskatoon: $16,614
  • Vancouver: $35,960
  • Calgary: $19,030
  • Toronto: $28,181

Source:  Saskatchewan Ministry of Finance, March 2012

For more information, visit 2012 Intercity Comparison of Taxes, Utilities and Housing Costs.

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