Moving to Regina
Regina is a welcoming place to call home and excellent location to raise a family. It has more than 100 parks and an abundance of sport and recreation facilities, arts and cultural centres, museums and performance spaces, and hosts major attractions and events all year round. Libraries and bicycle pathways add to an exceptional quality of life.
Geography & Climate
Regina is the capital of Saskatchewan and the 16th largest city in Canada. Regina is located in the south central area of the province and covers an area of 118.4 square kilometres.
Regina is the sunniest capital city in Canada. Regina is a four-season city that generally experiences warm springs and summers, pleasant falls, and cold, dry winters. Average temperatures range from 23 degrees Celsius in summer (73 degrees Fahrenheit) to -11 degrees C (12 degrees F) in winter. Average annual precipitation is 398 mm (15.3 inches) and is heaviest from June through August, with June being the wettest month with an average of 75 millimetres (2.95 inches) of precipitation. Snow fall in winter averages 116 cm (45 inches).
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.
Regina has three school divisions. The Regina Public School Board administers all public elementary and high schools, including separate Christian and Muslim schools, the Regina Catholic School Board runs elementary and high schools with a Roman Catholic affiliation and the Conseil des écoles fransaskoises is a French-only school division.
The Saskatchewan health care system is made up of many provincial, regional and local organizations working together. The Province of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Health oversees the direction of the health care system.
There are two major hospitals in Regina as well as numerous walk-in clinics. The hospitals are run by the Saskatchewan Health Authority, which also administers community health and wellness programs.
Regina Public Library offers a wealth of resources to Regina citizens with nine branches, offering automated catalogue and online information-searching capabilities. Anyone with a Regina address can get a free library card to access books, programs and other resources.
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.
The City of Regina Transit Service is Saskatchewan's oldest public transit system, with a fleet of over 100 diesel buses that carry 6.4 million passengers on 20 integrated routes annually within the city. For passengers who are unable to use regular transit, Regina Paratransit has a fleet of lift-equipped buses.
There are many housing options available in Regina:
Buying a Home – You can contact a REALTOR® to assist you in finding a home. The Association of Regina REALTORS® provides information on REALTOR® members, sales and prices.
Building a Home - Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association has an extensive website that provides a lot of consumer information on building a new home or renovating an existing home.
The Regina Housing Authority offers a range of housing assistance for low income householders who otherwise cannot afford safe, adequate rental housing. If you need temporary accommodations, Regina has many hotels and motels which can be found the Regina Hotel Association website.
Resources & Major Industries
Regina’s resource based economy is fuelled by agriculture, oil and gas production and development, as well as telecommunications. Regina has been named one of the most affordable places to do business in western North America several times over the past few years. Economic Development Regina Inc. (EDR) attracts new business to the area and fosters the growth of existing businesses.
Services for Newcomers
- The City of Regina welcomes people from around the world. Our diversity defines us.
- Language is an important part of becoming comfortable in a community. Languages transmit cultures, values and traditional knowledge and plays an important role in promoting sustainable futures.
- We look forward to you calling Regina ‘home’ and participating in many cultural and recreational services that we are proud to offer our residents.
- The City of Regina never asks anyone for their immigration status to access any of the services we provide.
The City of Regina encourages all immigrants, refugees and temporary residents to contact the Newcomer Welcome Centre. The Centre provides information, assessments and other supports to help you and your family make a more successful transition to life in our community. Other organizations that specialize in services to immigrants are Regina Open Door Society, Regina Immigrant Women Centre, Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise, Ukrainian Canadian Congress and Catholic Family Service’s Newcomer Centre Career & Support Services Centre.
For those new to the community or moving to a new neighbourhood, Welcome Wagon offers a free greeting service to bring community information to households in Regina.
Start with the Language Assessment and Referral Centre (LARC). They will assess you and refer you to one of four Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada organizations:
- Regina Open Door Society
- Saskatchewan Polytechnic
- Regina Immigrant Women Centre
- University of Regina
Other organizations dedicated to helping immigrants and newcomers with language services are:
- The Regina Public Library offers free lessons in English as an Additional Language.
- Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina Campus offers extensive English language services for adult newcomers. There are English language classes for permanent residents, temporary foreign workers, international students and Canadian citizens as well as assessments: International English language Testing System (IELTS), Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment (CLBA), and Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP).