About the Community of Yorkton, SK
Yorkton is a city located along the Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway #16 in east-central Saskatchewan, Canada. It is about 450 kilometers north-west of Winnipeg and 300 kilometers south-east of Saskatoon.
Yorkton is a city rich in heritage, culture, and agricultural traditions. We have great connections to neighboring communities and beyond via the Trans Canada Yellowhead Highway Number 16, Highways 10, 52 and 9. We also have two national railways (CNR and CPR) and Yorkton Regional Airport that provides access to national and international markets.
As of 2016, the census population of the city was 16,343. Yorkton has had a growth rate of 4.3% since 2011.
Yorkton was founded in 1882 and incorporated as a city in 1928. The city is bordered by the RM of Orkney No. 244 to the west and the RM of Wallace No. 243 on the east.
Yorkton Real Estate Statistics
Private House Holds – 7,524
Population in Private House Holds – 16,982
Occupied Private Dwellings – 6,950
- Owned – 4,726
- Rented – 2,224
Single Detached Houses – 4,851
Semi-Detached Homes – 215
Row Houses – 243
Apartment, Fewer Than 5 Spaces – 1,436
Apartment, Detached Duplex – 100
Yorkton has flourishing arts and cultural opportunities for children and adults alike. Possibilities range from coffee shop open-mike nights to a presentation of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, participation in numerous festivals, organized concerts, casual indoor and outdoor performances, classes, and programs.
- The Godfrey Dean Art Gallery
- Yorkton Arts Council
- Yorkton Film Festival
- Yorkton Sports Hall of Fame
- Western Development Museum
- Parkland Library
Learn More about Yorkton’s Culture here
Our community has the third largest trading area in Saskatchewan and is the economic center of east central Saskatchewan. The residents enjoy excellent schools, first-rate health care, great recreational opportunities, and quality housing that is affordable to a variety of incomes.
Yorkton has a diversified economic base with more than 1,200 businesses, which employ over 9,000 workers. Manufacturing, food processing, construction, information & cultural industries, professional, scientific & technical services, retail trade, educational, healthcare, & administrative sectors are the current strengths of Yorkton’s economy.
Yorkton is also a center for food processing with two canola oil crushing plants plus grain and meat processing. These three industries alone have over 500 employees.
The city’s labor market area covers approximately 32,600 square km’s, 5.1% of Saskatchewan’s total area. A regional labor force of 62,900 is available within this area. This represents about 6% of Saskatchewan’s total population.
Yorkton is in the middle of the largest and richest potash field in east central Saskatchewan. As such, it will become the service center of several existing and potential potash mines. The majority of potash mines are serviced from communities within 62 miles.
Mosaic’s Esterhazy mine site, 90 km (56 miles) south of Yorkton, is currently undergoing a $1.6 billion expansion. The expansion project will increase the overall production at Esterhazy from 5.45M to 6.36M tonnes per year. Production from the K3 site will begin in 2016. The Potash Corporation’s mine site in the Rocanville area, 147 km (91 miles) southeast of Yorkton, is undergoing a $2.8 billion expansion and when complete will see production increase by 2.7 million tonnes annually. In addition to the expansion of existing mines, there are also active exploration programs in the region.
Yorkton Economic Stats
- Population within 50 KM – 32,000+
- Population within 100KM – 90,000+
- Population within 150KM – 150,000+
Regional Labour Force (Census 2016)
- Population – 62,900
- Labour Force – 41, 500
- Unemployment Rate – 4.3%