Growth continues in Swift Current
It is no surprise that Swift Current is one of the fastest growing cities in Saskatchewan. With unique shopping, top-of-the-line health care and brand new schools, there is something for everyone.
Located coveniently on the Trans-Canada highway, this smaller city is equipped with lots of green space and affordable living conditions.
“We know our population has grown significantly over the past six years, which has resulted in many new homes being constructed,” said Marty Salberg, director of Business Development. “In that time period, we had in excess of 600 residential units built and 500 new immigrants join our community and that trend is something that is sure to continue.”
The city has seen a lot of activity over the last few years. In terms of construction, over the past six years, the value of building permits issued is more than the total of the previous 25 years combined. The year 2011 boasted the second highest value in the city’s history, while 2012 was the highest at $83 million.
Unlike many Saskatchewan communities, this exciting activity isn’t solely because of the oil industry.
“There’s lots of work in Swift Current, just as most of Saskatchewan right now. As of today, there are close to 500 jobs in Swift Current and general area that need to be filled. There are a lot of opportunities for people looking to gain employment,” said Salberg. “It’s pretty diverse in terms of demand, whether it be the service industry, our construction industry, the energy sector, the agriculture sector, the manufacturing sector or the tourism end of things, there’s work in all general areas. Swift Current isn’t reliant on any one industry, and we’re very fortunate in that regard.”
Of course, a city needs more than jobs to survive. Families moving for work will be happy to know of Swift Current’s extremely low crime rate, making it a fun and safe place for kids.
“One of our pillars is education and, as we speak, the construction of two new elementary schools is taking place and they’re going to be open for the September 2014 school year. We have French immersion, and both separate and public schools,” he explained.
The city is also the proud home of Great Plains College, which has seen a lot of expansion and growth over the past few years. Both University courses as well as trade courses, with a focus on the energy sector, are available.
For those looking to retire among the tight-knit community, there are many options for seniors as well.
“I believe we have more green space for a city our size than any in Saskatchewan. We pride ourselves on this and any visitors or newcomers will be very surprised by the parks and the playgrounds and general green space, including two 18-hole golf courses. We have a really great pathway system throughout our parks for bikers and walkers to enjoy. It’s simply a really beautiful city with great people and businesses,” he said. “We are also proud of our great health care system, and recreational facilities, which are second to none. Swift Current really has it all.”
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