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Regional Spotlight: Regina, Saskatchewan

Monday March 6, 2017 | by Sahra Togone

Scene in downtown Regina Saskatchewan

Regina is the capital of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The city is a cultural and commercial center boasting a population of more than 200,000. The population is steadily increasing due, in part, to international immigration and programs such as the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).

SINP is designed for prospective skilled immigrants to apply for permanent Canadian residence with expedited processing times. The major industries in Regina are in the areas of agricultural and potash resources, as well as its location as the administrative capital of the province. Other jobs showing positive growth are in the healthcare and education sectors. Regina’s educational institutions include the Saskatchewan Polytechnic, University of Regina, and First Nations University of Canada, which is the first and only university in Canada for Indigenous people.

At the heart of Canada’s prairies, you will find an abundance of art and culture seen in the annual, three-day multicultural festival, Mosaic: A Festival of Cultures. Regina positions itself as a welcoming and inclusive community for newcomers to thrive and contribute to the economy.

Here are some places that serve immigrants looking to live and work in Regina:

  • Regina Open Door Society (RODS): RODS provides settlement and integration services to immigrants and refugees in the city of Regina. RODS is dedicated to providing programs to meet the needs of newcomers and support them in reaching their goals of fully contributing to the wider community.
  • Regina Immigrant Women Centre: The Regina Immigrant Women Centre provides programming for the integration, enrichment, and empowerment of immigrant and refugee families. The organization offers a wide range of programs which include pre-employment, computer literacy, and financial literacy programs.
  • Newcomer Welcome Centre: The Newcomer Welcome Centre provides services for newcomers to guide and support integration into their communities. The center hosts the Regional Newcomer Gateway program, which provides information on referral and settlement advisor services in Regina.

Sahra Togone

Sahra Togone is a Research and Policy Intern at WES Global Talent Bridge Canada.