Homes & Communities

My job requires a lot of driving, so I knew I wanted to live in a walkable neighbourhood and leave the car behind whenever possible. Luckily, Saskatoon has many diverse, walkable neighbourhoods and I’ve found the perfect fit in the Broadway area. – Josh Remai (Moved to Saskatoon from Ottawa)

Finding the right neighbourhood for your lifestyle is just as important as finding the right home. Deciding where to plant roots in a new city can be daunting when you’re unsure of what your options are. Whether you are looking to rent or buy, urban or suburban, you’ll find plenty of options in the Saskatoon region.

The City of Saskatoon has published a housing handbook full of helpful resources for renters, first-time homebuyers and landlords.

Are you new to Canada? The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) gives you the tools you need to make your housing decisions and find a safe, affordable home for your family. This website, dedicated especially to Newcomers to Canada, offers guides, brochures and videos on renting, buying and maintaining a home, as well as various fact sheets covering topics such as mortgage planning tips, your credit report and mortgage fraud. The information is available in eight languages: English, French, Mandarin/Simplified Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, Urdu, Punjabi and Tagalog.

Saskatoon Communities

With 58 diverse residential neighbourhoods, Saskatoon has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for parks, schools, amenities within walking distance or an exciting nightlife, you’ll find it here.

Saskatoon is home to nine designated suburban development areas (SDAs). Each SDA is comprised of approximately ten neighbourhoods and 50,000 residents. Saskatoon’s SDAs include: Blairmore, Confederation, the Core Neighbourhood Area, Lawson, North West Industrial, Nutana, Lakewood, University Heights and Holmwood.

Want to know how walkable a Saskatoon address is? Visit Walk Score.

There are several beautiful towns and rural municipalities that comprise the Saskatoon region. As each area is unique, visit their websites listed below for more information about town councils, bylaws, local businesses, maps, amenities and services.

Aberdeen

RM of Aberdeen

Asquith

RM of Blucher

RM of Corman Park

Dalmeny

Delisle

Dundurn

Hague

Langham

Martensville (city)

Osler

Rosthern

RM of Rosthern

Waldheim

Warman (city)

Home Rentals

There are lots of options when it comes to renting a home in Saskatoon, including:

  • Apartments
  • Houses (also called single family dwellings)
  • Town homes
  • Condominiums
  • Individual rooms in a house or apartment with a shared kitchen and bathroom

Sometimes rental housing in Saskatoon will come furnished, but not always.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) For most newcomers, your first home will likely be a rented house or apartment.  Renting a home should provide you with a safe place where you can begin to adjust to your new life in Canada.  It can also give you the time to look for a home to buy without feeling pressured into making a quick decision. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) offers the Renting Your First Home in Canada – What Newcomers Need to Know guide that will help make it easier for you to find and rent a home or apartment in Canada as well as various fact sheets and a video.  Click here

There are several websites for finding a home to rent including:

Rental Source

Kijiji

Rent Spot

Craigslist

Saskatoon’s daily newspaper, The StarPhoenix, publishes available home rentals in the classified section of their print newspaper and on their website.

Buying a Home

Whether you’re looking for a condo, town house or single family home, Saskatoon has plenty of options to suit your tastes and budget. From downtown lofts to suburban dwellings and everything in between, there are plenty of resources for finding that perfect place to call home.

Although housing prices in the region have increased in recent years, home ownership is still attainable for most people.

A great place to start your search is Realtor.ca. You can search for homes by price, style, neighbourhood, and number of bedrooms, among other variables. Private sellers (those not using a Realtor) often list their homes for sale on Sask Houses.

For those who would rather build their own home, the Canadian Home Builders Association – Saskatchewan is a great place to start your research.

Buying a home is an exciting experience that can be both rewarding and challenging – and potentially even more challenging for someone who is new to Canada. If you are a newcomer to Canada, and you are thinking about becoming a homeowner, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) offers a series of guides and tools that take you through the home buying process.  Some of the information include:

Buying Your First Home in Canada – What Newcomers Need to Know
This guide is designed to answer questions about buying and financing a home.

Homebuyers Checklist – A Newcomers’ Guide & Workbook
The checklist walks you through each step in buying a home – allowing you to complete housing related calculations and record your information for easy reference,

Click here to take a look at CMHC’s buying resources today!

Get Connected

There are many options available to you when it comes to telephone, television and internet providers. Discounts are often available when you sign up for multiple services with one provider.

The following list of providers is a good starting point for comparing prices and packages.

Home phone

SaskTel

Shaw 

Mobile phone

SaskTel

Telus

Koodo

Bell

Fido

Rogers

Virgin Mobile

Television

SaskTel

Shaw 

Internet

SaskTel

Shaw

Utilities

Once you’ve found a place to call home, one of the first things you’ll need to arrange is your utilities. The City of Saskatoon provides a helpful directory for utility hook-ups.

Electricity

Depending on where you live in Saskatoon, your electricity will be supplied by one of two providers. Those who live within the 1958 city boundary are serviced by Saskatoon Light & Power, while those outside the boundary are serviced by SaskPower.

Water and sewer

The South Saskatchewan River provides an excellent source of water for the city. The City of Saskatoon manages water services through their Water and Wastewater Treatment Branch. Residents are billed monthly for water and sewer based on usage.

Garbage collection and curbside recycling

Residential garbage collection and curbside recycling is managed by the city’s Environmental Services Branch. Homeowners pay for garbage collection through their property taxes.

Saskatoon Recycles manages the city’s curbside recycling program. Homeowners are provided with blue bins and there is no sorting required. Recycling is collected on a biweekly basis. The monthly service fee for recycling is collected on your utility bill.

In 2014, curbside recycling will roll out to condominiums and apartments.

Garbage collection calendar

Saskatoon Recycles

Recycling collection calendar

Natural gas

Most Saskatoon homes are heated by natural gas. In addition to furnaces, natural gas also fuels water heaters, barbecues, fireplaces, clothes dryers and ranges. Natural gas is provided to Saskatoon residents through SaskEnergy – a provincial Crown corporation.

Faith Communities

Saskatoon is a diverse, multicultural city with a number of active faith communities. The following websites provide information on services offered, worship times and locations.

Anglican

The Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon

Baha’i

The Baha’i Community of Saskatoon

Buddhism

The Saskatoon Community of Mindful Living

Doukhobor

Doukhobor Cultural Society of Saskatchewan

Hinduism

Hindu Society of Saskatchewan

Islam

Islamic Association of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon)

Saskatoon Muslim Foundation

Jehovah’s Witness

www.jw.org

Judaism

Chabad Jewish Discovery Centre

Congregation Agudas Israel – Jewish Community Centre

 Protestant

Ebenezer Baptist Church

Emmanuel Baptist Church

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada – Saskatchewan Synod Office

Faith Baptist Church

Faith Lutheran Church

Fellowship Baptist Church

Open Door Baptist Church

Lakeview Church

Mennonite Church Saskatchewan

Saskatoon Evangelical Free Church

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Roman Catholicism

Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon

Sikh

Sikh Society

331 Lowe Rd, Saskatoon

Tel: 979-7454

Unitarian

Unitarian Congregation of Saskatoon