According to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, 43% of the Northern Saskatchewan population is under age 20. The Northern Region population is growing at a faster rate than the rest of the province. More Northern students appear to be staying in school longer and more are completing high school. While this is encouraging, the demands of the labour market are here now and as management positions become available who will be there to fill these positions? Higher education and training are essential for well over two thirds of the expected job openings in Northern Saskatchewan.
49% of Northern Saskatchewan people 25-34 years old have not completed high school. In the 15-24 age group, only 18% have completed high school.
The key to participation in the future of the north is education and engagement with work experience opportunities.