This welcoming prairie city is the perfect place to call home.
The City of Regina is an excellent location to raise a family, with an abundance of parks, sports and recreational facilities, bicycle pathways, family attractions and an exceptional quality of life. Regina is known for its generous, friendly people and rich community pride.
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History…Originally referred to as Pile of Bones because of the abundance of buffalo bones in the area, in 1882, the community was renamed Regina (Latin for queen) after Queen Victoria, who was the monarch at the time. Regina has been known as the “Queen City” ever since. Regina became a city in 1903 and when Saskatchewan became a province in 1905, Regina was chosen as its capital.
Location…Regina is located in the south central area of the province with an area total of 145.45 sq. km. Saskatchewan is the only province with entirely artificial boundaries with an area total of 651,036 sq. km. Saskatchewan is the centre province of the Prairie Region, made up of Alberta to the west and Manitoba to the east, and is bordered by the Northwest Territories to the north and the United States to the south. Regina is situated 160 km north of the bordering US states of Montana and North Dakota.
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Population…The population of the Regina Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) continues to grow steadily at 241,000 (2015). Regina’s CMA includes the city proper, and surrounding areas within the rural municipalities of Edenwold, Lumsden, Pense and Sherwood with an area total of 3,408.30 sq. km. In 2015, Saskatchewan’s population reached an all time record high of 1,133,600.
Source: Statistics Canada, Regina
Source: Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Economy…Saskatchewan’s key sectors of the economy are:
Agriculture…As Canada’s leading agricultural exporter, Saskatchewan supplies more than one-third of the world’s total exported durum wheat and is the world’s top exporter of lentils and dry peas.
Energy…Accounting for one-third of Canada’s primary energy production, Saskatchewan is one of the few jurisdictions in the world to produce crude oil, natural gas, uranium, biofuels, geothermal, wind and hydro power. Saskatchewan is Canada’s second largest oil producer and the sixth largest in North America. Saskatchewan is Canada’s third largest producer of natural gas.
Forestry…The top two industries in northern Saskatchewan are mining and forestry, respectively. Over half of Saskatchewan is forested, representing 34 million hectares.
Minerals…Saskatchewan is the world’s top producer of potash and one of the world’s top suppliers of uranium.
Technology…Saskatchewan is recognized as one of the top agricultural biotechnology research centres in the world and is home to almost one-third of Canada’s industry.
Regina Economy…The economy of Regina and region is strong and diversified. The key industry sectors are: Agri-Business, Events / Conventions & Tradeshows, Finance & Insurance, Manufacturing, Metal Fabrication, Mining, Oil & Gas, and Tourism.
There is general consensus among economists, business leaders and government officials that Saskatchewan’s core economic drivers are made up mostly of the extractive sectors. If Saskatchewan feeds and fuels the world, producing agricultural commodities, uranium, potash, coal, oil and gas, then Regina regional companies provide the innovative services and products that are the economic growth engine.
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Regina and region offer an outstanding quality of life blending country benefits like clean air, open spaces and closeness to nature, with true city amenities in the fields of education, health care, culture, recreation, and shopping.
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Newcomers to Saskatchewan…Saskatchewan offers all newcomers a high quality of life, a strong sense of community, and employment opportunities, making it a great place for you and your family to call home. In Saskatchewan’s cities and communities, housing costs are lower than in most major cities in Canada, and owning a home is affordable and achievable for many people.
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Welcome to Regina: Information to help newcomers and those thinking about immigrating to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada…Regina is an urban oasis in the vast prairie farmland of southern Saskatchewan. We are a cultural and commercial center, celebrated for the fact that our nearly 120 square kilometres are shaded by more than 350,000 hand-planted trees. Regina also has a large man-made lake in the centre of town and one of the biggest urban parks in North America.
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Newcomers to Regina…The Regina Open Door Society (RODS) is a non-profit organization that provides settlement and integration services to refugees and immigrants in Regina. RODS is committed to meeting the needs of newcomers by offering programs and services that enable them to achieve their goals and participate fully in the larger community.
The RODS Newcomer Welcome Centre is a one-stop / first-stop, collaborative service centre to welcome newcomers (immigrants and refugees) to Regina, SK. The centre helps guide and support newcomers to an easy integration to the community, by accessing information, available resources and services, easily and quickly, FREE of charge. Newcomers to Regina, SK include immigrants and refugees who came to Regina from outside Canada or from another Canadian province. They can be permanent or temporary residents or new Canadian citizens.
The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is the largest health care delivery system in southern Saskatchewan, and one of the most integrated health delivery agencies in the country. Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region offers a full range of hospital, rehabilitation, community and public health, long term care and home care services.
Regina General Hospital, one of the Region’s two major hospitals, has a long history of providing progressive and innovative institutional health care to the people of southern Saskatchewan. In conjunction with many community health services in the Region, this acute care facility is a leader in providing a seamless system of health care to its clients. As a major referral centre, the Regina General Hospital is staffed with many talented medical professionals experienced in a variety of specialties including cardio sciences, neurosciences and trauma care. Home to technologically-advanced medical and diagnostic equipment, the Regina General offers a full range of specialized acute care services.
Pasqua Hospital is recognized for provision of quality health care in several specialized areas. Highly qualified physicians and staff, along with advanced diagnostic equipment, have enabled the Pasqua Hospital to stay in the forefront of many programs, such as ophthalmology, orthopedics and cancer services. During 1997-98 many other programs and service areas at the Pasqua Hospital were enhanced. The arrival of the new Spiral CT Scanner and advanced nuclear medicine equipment were landmark occasions that greatly improved the diagnostic capabilities available for District clients.
Wascana Rehabilitation Centre provides comprehensive medical rehabilitation programs for adults and children, as well as specialized long-term care. A wide variety of programming, including Functional Rehabilitation, Amputee Services, Spinal Cord Injury Services and Orthopedics, Children’s Services, Adult Rehabilitation, Extended Care and Veteran’s Services, are available to meet the particular needs of clients. The Centre serves the population of southern Saskatchewan.
Regina has three school divisions providing primary (Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8) and secondary (Grade 9 to Grade 12) education:
Regina Public School Division No. 4 of Saskatchewan (Regina Public Schools) is one of the largest school divisions in the province, serving the educational needs of more than 22,000 students as well as at the Campus Regina Public and the Adult Campus. Regina Public Schools is directed by a Strategic Plan intended to convey the Division’s goals, intentions and aspirations for all students, regardless of their ethnicity, ability, aspirations, or life circumstances.
Regina Catholic School Division is experiencing a period of unprecedented growth. Students are offered a wide range of academic, practical and applied arts programs, student support services, and extracurricular activities. The Division currently serves over 11,000 students, the fourth largest school division in the province. The student population is steadily growing and diversifying, a reality that presents many opportunities.
Conseil des écoles fransaskoises (French language education) (CÉF) carries out a triple mandate (educational, cultural and community) to prepare its students to be proud Francophones and accomplished citizens. For CÉF staff, academic success is paramount. Its first mandate is to ensure that all students reach their full potential by benefiting from a quality first-language French education. All subjects are taught in French except for English Language Arts classes, which are the same as those taught in the English-language schools across the province.
Le Conseil des écoles fransaskoises (CÉF) s’est doté d’un triple mandat scolaire, culturel et communautaire en vue de préparer ses élèves à devenir de fiers francophones, citoyens accomplis. Son mandat éducatif premier à titre de conseil scolaire est de s’assurer que tous les élèves qui lui sont confiés puissent développer leur plein potentiel en bénéficiant d’une éducation de qualité en français langue première. La réussite scolaire et l’épanouissement des élèves sont au cœur de toutes les interventions effectuées par le personnel du CÉF. Toutes les matières y sont enseignées en français, sauf les cours d’anglais qui sont du même calibre que ceux offerts dans les écoles de langue anglaise.
There are also two private high schools available to Regina residents:
Luther College High School is a community committed to quality education, the growth of human knowledge, and service to the world. The College aims to provide an intellectual and Christian environment in which people can develop their individual potentials, expand their awareness of God’s world, and serve the wider needs of society. Luther College High School is located 3 km east of Westerra.
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame is a Catholic boarding and co-educational College dedicated to the primacy of the spiritual in true Christian education. The program of the College is developed according to the teaching and the moral and liturgical practice of the Roman Catholic Church.
Regina is fortunate to have many options for post-secondary education:
University of Regina (U of R) is home to 10 faculties and 25 academic departments which have established reputations for excellence and innovative programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The U of R offers more than 120 undergraduate programs and 78 graduate programs bringing excellence and diversity to the educational experience. Degrees can also be pursued through one of three federated colleges: Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College. Federated Colleges offer specialized programs and services, unique campus communities, and access to additional scholarships and bursaries. Federated college students are U of R students, pay the same tuition and fees, and receive a U of R degree.
Campion College is one of 120 Jesuit post-secondary institutions worldwide, and the only Jesuit undergraduate college in Canada. Campion College offers courses in the areas of Arabic, Astronomy, Catholic Studies, Classics, English, Film Studies, History, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Pastoral Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Statistics, and Theatre Studies.
First Nations University of Canada provides an opportunity for students of all nations to learn in an environment of First Nations cultures and values. With the diversity and scope of the First Nations degree programs, the university occupies a unique role in Canadian higher education.
Luther College is committed to retaining the personal atmosphere, individual attention, and sense of community that only a small university can offer, with a maximum enrollment of around 1,200 students.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Regina is a member of Polytechnics Canada, an alliance of 11 research-intensive, industry-responsive post-secondary institutions. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training.
Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification is a structured system of supervised training leading to certification in one of Saskatchewan’s designated trades. Apprentices spent approximately 85% of the time working on the job, learning the knowledge and skills associated with a trade from a certified journeyperson. The remaining time is spent in theoretical and technical in-school training, which reinforces and expands on what is learned on the job.
Westerra is the closest suburban community to the downtown core along an express transit route.
The City of Regina’s Transit Services provides safe, reliable, affordable and accessible transportation in support of (City) Council’s vision for inclusiveness, accessibility, affordability and environmental sustainability. Ride Regina Transit using the schedules, route maps, and detour information available on their website or call 306-777-RIDE (7433).
TransitLive is pleased to partner with Communities of Tomorrow and local company CRL Engineering to provide TransitLive Tracking which offers real time schedule information on all City buses to allow customers to track the exact location of their bus.
Regina’s Downtown is home to the most inexpensive parking of all major Canadian cities. Some days it may seem like Downtown parking spots must be in top secret locations…but there are actually plenty of parking options Downtown.
Arts & Culture
Regina features many cultural groups: Art Galleries, Cultural Organizations, Dance, Film, Government Arts Funding Agencies, Literary, Museums, Music and Theatre.
The RCMP Heritage Centre brings to life the incredible story of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and its role in the development of Canada using state of the art exhibits, multimedia technologies, and engaging programming and tours. The RCMP have been an integral part of Canada’s historical and cultural landscape since 1873, helping to form and protect our great nation, and playing a significant role in creating the Canadian identity.
Government House is a multi-purpose Heritage Facility that also serves a modern purpose – since 1984, Government House has been home to the Lieutenant Governor’s working office. Built in 1891, this grand building first served as the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of the Northwest Territories. Restored to the period of Lieutenant Governor Amédée Forget, the museum gives you a glimpse of life at Government House at the turn of the 20th Century.
The Queen Elizabeth II Gardens highlight an impressive view of Saskatchewan’s Legislative Building. the Legislative grounds include paths, gardens, recreational spaces and walkways. They are recognized as one of the best examples in Canada of a landscape developed according to a city beautiful-based master plan and departed from the standard grid plan, resulting in an emphasis on symmetrical designs, treed areas and civic grandeur.
Saskatchewan’s Legislative Building is a beautiful and majestic landmark nestled on the shores of Regina’s Wascana Lake. It is a symbol of the spirit which has come to characterize the Saskatchewan people. The harmonious blend of materials from Canada and abroad is a lasting tribute to the people from many nations who have contributed to the province’s growth and development.
The Conexus Arts Centre, known from 1970 until 2006 as the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts, is a world class performing arts and theatre complex located within the heart of Wascana Centre. In addition to arts and entertainment, the Centre is available for special events such as: seminars, conventions, tradeshows, galas, fundraisers, meetings and weddings. The Conexus Arts Centre touches a myriad of lives every year through on stage performances, concerts, celebrations, family and community events. As well, it is home to the Regina Symphony Orchestra.
MacKenzie Art Gallery features exhibits and programs that run all year round. Located inside the T.C. Douglas building, the gallery maintains a strong belief that art does matter, and the staff at the MacKenzie strive to keep that belief alive.
The Saskatchewan Science Centre encourages experiments, surprises you with stage shows, wows you with workshops, and features over 180 hands-on, interactive exhibits! The Kramer IMAX Theatre enhances this learning experience by featuring 3D science, travel, and nature-oriented films on the only giant screen in Saskatchewan.
Globe Theatre is the province’s largest performing arts organization and the regional theatre for Regina and southern Saskatchewan. Globe Theatre is a national centre of excellence in the production of theatre-in-the-round and in fostering the work of Saskatchewan artists.
The Royal Saskatchewan Museum furthers an understanding of Saskatchewan’s natural history and aboriginal cultures, past and present. It communicates that understanding through all available media, especially exhibits and publications, in a culturally and scientifically sensitive manner for the purposes of education and enjoyment.
Regina is proud to be home to many annual tradeshows, concerts and sporting events.
Evraz Place is one of the largest and most influential event complexes in the country. It is a centre of excellence for entertainment, agri-business, sporting, recreational and cultural activities. Evraz Place boasts 1.2 million square feet of indoor space and close to 42 acres of usable outdoor tradeshow space.
The Co-operators Centre, is a six-ice arena complex. A premier ice sports facility in Canada hosting local, regional and national competitions twelve months a year including minor hockey, ringette, figure skating as well as hosting the University of Regina Cougars.
Queensbury Convention Centre boasts an all accessible 43,000 square foot meeting and convention centre with Saskatchewan’s largest banquet room and exhibit venues with a combined indoor contiguous exhibit area of 307,000 square feet.
The New Mosaic Stadium…The new world-class sports and entertainment venue, Mosaic Stadium at Evraz Place, is slated to be complete by summer of 2017. The 33,000-seat open-air facility will be a comfortable home for the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders and local sports teams, along with their fans.
International Trade Centre…Evraz Place will be home of the International Trade Centre—a 150,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose facility that will join all buildings on our 100-acre property. When the facility opens in November 2017, it will make Evraz Place one of the largest interconnected event complexes in North America.
The City of Regina has many options for indoor and outdoor recreation all year long.
Multi-Use Pathway System…Experience the beauty of Regina’s pathways and park systems by using the many multi-use pathways and bicycle routes that criss-cross Regina. Cyclists, walkers, runners, skateboarders, roller skaters/bladers and skiers all use Regina’s multi-use pathway system.
Local Parks & Playgrounds…The City of Regina has many local parks and playgrounds grouped by neighbourhood zone.
Recreation Facilities…Enjoy year round sport, fitness, leisure, cultural and arts programs offered by the City of Regina at their indoor and outdoor facilities around town.
Wascana Centre is a 2,300 acre urban park surrounding Wascana Lake located in the heart of Regina. All year round, there is something for everyone in Wascana Centre: history, nature, environment, culture, people, animals, fun, serenity and more.
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