Learn About Regina

Rowers sculling across Wascana Lake in the summer Regina is the capital of Saskatchewan and the 16th largest city in Canada with a population of 194,971 (Source: Statistics Canada, 2006.)

Latitude: 50 degrees 26 min north Longitude: 104 degrees 40 min west Elevation: 577 m above sea level

Regina is located in the south central area of the province. The city covers an area of 118.4 sq km. It is in the middle of the Prairie Provinces with Alberta to the west, and Manitoba to the east. It borders the American states of Montana and North Dakota.

The Profile of our Capital City  contains detailed information about Regina and our history. Let’s Learn about Regina  is directed toward a younger audience, including some fun activities for kids. (Note: Let's Learn about Regina booklet is a large file over 2 MB and may take some time to download.)

Climate

Regina is the sunniest capital city in Canada. Summer temperatures average 23 degrees Celsius or 73 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter temperatures average -11 degrees Celsius or 12 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter weather lasts from about mid-November to early March.

Resources

Regina’s resource based economy is fuelled by agriculture, oil and gas production and development, as well as telecommunications.

Major Industries

Regina has been named one of the most affordable places to do business in western North America several times over the past few years. The Regina Regional Opportunities Commission attracts new business to the area and fosters the growth of existing businesses.

Education

Regina has two school boards supported by property taxes. The Regina Public School Board administers all public elementary and high schools, while the Regina Catholic School Board runs elementary and high schools with a Roman Catholic affiliation.

There are three post-secondary educational centres in Regina. Wascana Campus of the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science & Technology , the University of Regina and the First Nations University of Canada  (formerly the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College).

Health Care

There are three healthcare facilities in Regina:

  • Regina General Hospital – 306-766-4444
  • Pasqua Hospital – 306-766-2222
  • Wascana Rehabilitation Centre – 306-766-5100

The hospitals are run by the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region , which also administers community health and wellness programs.

Libraries

Regina Public Library offers a wealth of resources to Regina citizens with nine branches, offering automated catalogue and on-line information-searching capabilities.

Transportation

Regina is located on the Trans-Canada Highway. The  Canadian Pacific  and Canadian National   railways run through the City. The Regina International Airport is served by 6 regular carriers, as well as charter service. Over 100 trucking and courier companies provide transportation of goods. There are 4 scheduled bus companies serving the community through the Saskatchewan Transportation Company .

The City of Regina Transit Service is Saskatchewan's oldest public transit system, with a fleet of 98 diesel buses that carry almost 7.3 million passengers on 17 integrated routes annually within the city.

For passengers who are unable to use regular transit, Regina Paratransit has a fleet of 23 lift-equipped buses and nine minivans providing door-to-door transportation for registered clients.

Utilities

Water and sewer services are City-owned. SaskTel  supplies telecommunication products and services. SaskPower  and SaskEnergy supply electricity and natural gas.

Government

The City of Regina is governed by City Council, which is made up of the Mayor and 10 City Councillors. City Council establishes policies and budgets for programs and services delivered by the City of Regina. Various committees have been established to assist City Council in carrying out its duties. These committees consider issues within their scope and make recommendations to Council or other committees, or exercise the authority delegated by City Council.