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Moving to Saskatoon

Saskatoon is a warm, welcoming people place, where many diverse traditions, religions and languages are respected and celebrated.

Newcomer Information Centre

The Newcomer Information Centre (NIC) is an important first stop for any newcomer to Saskatoon. You can find information and referral to housing, schools, language assessments, English classes, settlement services and community programs that are available.  No appointment is necessary to go to the NIC. NIC Staff are there to welcome you and help you find the program or service you may be looking for.  Public computers, a printer, photocopier, scanner, phone and fax machine (for local use) are available. NIC services are free of cost.

NIC is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

There are a number of organizations in Saskatoon which offer different services to newcomers. The four main immigrant-serving organizations are:

Global Gathering Place (GGP)
International Women of Saskatoon (IWS)
Saskatchewan Intercultural Association (SIA)
Saskatoon Open Door Society (SODS)

The NIC will be able to give you more information on the programs for newcomers offered by these and other organizations.

Cultural Organizations

Throughout its history, Saskatoon has welcomed people from a wide variety of cultures. Therefore, there are a number of cultural organizations, both large and small, which operate in the city. The Newcomer Information Centre should be able to provide you with more information.

The Saskatoon Multilingual School offers classes in a number of different languages for both children and adults. Many of these classes are offered through different cultural associations.

Folkfest, a three day celebration of the different cultures making up Saskatoon, occurs in August each year. Some cultural associations host a pavilion and work hard to provide entertainment, food, and cultural education to the many people attending Folkfest.

Places of Worship/Faith Centres

Just as Saskatoon is home to people of many different cultural backgrounds, the city also houses a number of places of worship, representing a large variety of spiritual and religious beliefs. The Newcomer Information Centre should be able to give you more information on places of worship. You may also search the Yellow Pages in the telephone book.

Leisure and Recreational Activities

Each neighbourhood Community Association offers low cost activities throughout the year for community residents. Taking part in these activities is a wonderful way to learn, keep active, and meet people in your new neighbourhood! Check out our list of Community Associations and their activities.

The City of Saskatoon operates six different Leisure Centres, which offer fitness classes, courts, pools, and other activities. There are also several golf courses and outdoor pools, which are open in the summer, and skating rinks and cross-country ski trails, which operate in the winter.  There are great family-friendly attractions such as the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo and PotashCorp Kinsmen Park Rides & Play Village

A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document provides basic information, in a variety of languages, about participation at the City of Saskatoon Leisure Centres. Select your language from the list below:

Amharic
Bengali
Chinese
English
French
German
Hindi
Karen
Korean
Farsi
Russian
Somali
Spanish
Tagalog
Tigrinya
Ukrainian
Urdu
Vietnamese

Three times each year, the City of Saskatoon publishes a Leisure Guide, which is delivered free to each household. This Guide lists the activities available at each Leisure Centre, the activities offered by the different Community Associations, as well as activities offered by other organizations. See our most recent Leisure Guide.

Libraries

Saskatoon’s libraries offer a huge number of services: lending books, e-books, CDs, and DVDs; offering help with research and projects; and providing fun and educational activities for all ages. All of that at no direct cost to you – does it really get any better?

Visit the Saskatoon Library website to find a library in your area and learn more about its programs and services.

Volunteering

Saskatchewan people have a strong history of donating their time and effort to organizations or other people. In fact, Saskatchewan has one of the highest volunteer rates in Canada! Volunteering is an excellent way to get involved in the community, meet new people, practice language skills, and share your talents and skills with others. You may be able to volunteer with your Community Association, non-profit organizations, or your child’s school or other activities.

Learn more about volunteering with Community Associations

Media and Communications

Saskatoon residents have no shortage of ways in which they can stay up-to-date with current news and information, as well as be entertained and enlightened.

Currently, Saskatoon has one local daily newspaper, to which you can buy a subscription for delivery, and several weekly papers. The weekly papers tend to be free, and are either delivered to homes, or can be picked up at various locations. Newspapers from other parts of the province and country can also be purchased from some stores, or subscribed to for delivery. Libraries have copies of the major Saskatchewan and Canadian newspapers available for people to read.

Saskatoon has offices of the major Canadian television stations; these broadcast local news and programming, as well as popular Canadian and international programs.

In terms of radio, Saskatoon has a number of different stations, offering news, information, and a wide variety of music! Most of these stations are privately owned; one community-owned station offers programming in various languages on weekends.

Housing

There are a number of different options for places to live in Saskatoon. Get help deciding whether renting or owning is right for you. Get useful information about setting up water, gas and power. 

Transportation

Saskatoon has many options for getting around the city and travelling to other destinations. Depending upon where you are, your destination may even be within easy walking distance! Make sure to check a map before you start out.

Health Care

In order to receive health care at no direct cost to you, you must have a Saskatchewan Health Card. Find local hospitals. Read about the benefits of having a family doctor.