Volume 13, Number 11 February 3, 2006

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Urban areas key to Sask. growth

A recent policy brief from the University’s Canada Rural Economy Research Lab suggests Saskatchewan’s urban centres represent the best potential source of economic growth and development at a time when the province “is clearly not holding its own in the national context”.

Prepared by Rose Olfert, Murray Fulton and Mark Partridge, professors in the Department of Agricultural Economics, the brief entitled Growing Saskatchewan in an Urban Age suggests the time is right for “urgent changes” in light of the province’s pervasive population loss and the fact its secondary cities were in “absolute decline in the 1990s, which has negative ramifications for the regions they anchor”.  The paper warns that remaining on the current trajectory “could have dire consequences” for Saskatchewan.

The brief’s recommendations include provincial tax rates in line with other provinces, better transportation access to the U.S. market, enhancing cultural, artistic and recreational amenities and quality of life to attract and keep people in the province, and government intervention to ensure the participation of rural areas in economic growth.


For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca


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