Full of potential… but still trying to realize it
Beautiful and affordable, Regina is an urban centre that feels accessible to all. It has a fascinating history and tons of support for young families. There’s a strong arts and culture scene, which includes local Indigenous artists and musicians. Does it feel like there’s a “but” coming?... Unfortunately, there is. Right now, Regina is dealing with some struggles. IV drug use and violent crime is high. There’s widespread poverty in some parts of the city, as well as gangs and child prostitution. This isn’t all that’s going on in the city, but it’s hard to ignore that there are people struggling in Regina, especially as the victims of violent crime and child prostitution are more often Indigenous Canadians. If you have a degree in areas like public policy, health, and sociology though, and want to make a true difference, put Regina on your radar.
A few years ago, the housing market in Regina was doing well, so a ton of new buildings went up. Now, the market has been flooded, leaving a glut of options with decreasing demand. That’s great news for you because you can get a place here at a steal! Just keep an eye on the neighbourhood you’d be living in. Some of the best prices are in places you may not feel comfortable in. With a bit of hunting around though, you can find yourself a real gem here!
Typical housing type:
Every city has something to offer – and Regina is no exception. Before moving there, though, it’s important to know what the landscape is. There’s a significant drug issue in the city, especially in the North Central neighbourhood. The HIV infection rate is double the national average. And violent crime is high, with the city leading the nation in aggravated assault cases. There are also concerns with gangs and child prostitution. This isn’t to say the city isn’t safe – all urban areas have their issues. We just advise reading up on Regina and the struggles here before planning a move.
Avg. rent by housing size:
Avg. rent compared to other Canadian cities
Regina is 19% lower than the Canadian average
Affordability is key for many Regina-ites. And that works out because there are a ton of low-cost rentals (under $1,000).
While the bargain bin pricing can draw you in, always, always, always make sure to check rentals’ locations out on a map and research the neighbourhoods they’re in. Why is this necessary? Because there are neighbourhoods in Regina – including downtown – that are very unsafe. It’s important to know the situation you would be getting yourself into before picking a rental, especially if you’re going to sign a six-month or one-year lease. If you can afford to pay a bit more, do it and live in a safer area.
In the past, Regina hasn’t been the most diverse place, with the vast majority of the population identifying as British, Canadian, or German. Now, though, that’s starting to change. There’s a significant Indigenous community in the area, and immigrants to Canada now make up 65% of the growth in the city. So is Regina diverse yet? No – but it’s on its way. Young families make up a large part of the city’s population, with most of the children under nine years of age. While most locals are health and focused on work and family life, there is a growing issue with IV drug use in the city, leading to a number of addiction and mental health initiatives.
Perfect for: Young families.
Not-so-perfect for: Those struggling with their sobriety as it’s easy for fall off the wagon here.
Life & Style
There a small-town feel in much of Regina, despite its size. That’s because most locals didn’t grow up in the city. They tend to be from rural areas – and are proud to stick to those roots, even in the big city. While people are friendly and will go out of their way to help one another, the growing crime and drug issues in the city leave folks avoiding downtown at night. Instead, they tuck up at home with their families or head to a local pub to chat with friends over a drink. In the summer, expect to see locals doing everything they can to soak in the good weather. As for when winter comes? Brace yourself and get a good Netflix subscription – because you’re never going outside by choice!
There are a number of private and public school options in Regina, as well as three libraries – one of which includes a children’s branch. Green spaces abound, offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. A local favourite is Wascana Centre Park, which offers picturesque views across the water. The city has opened a number of community and neighbourhood centres, many of which offer programs for the youngsters. There are also a number of health clinics throughout the city. Cornwall Centre is the major shopping mall, but there are also Victoria Square Shopping Centre and SmartCentres Regina. Pubs are big in the city – and make the perfect place to catch a hockey game. If you’re new to the area, don’t forget to check out Stone Hall Castle and take any little one’s to the Saskatchewan Science Centre!
Royal Saskatchewan Museum
Saskatchewan Legislative Building
Saskatchewan Science Centre
Stone Hall Castle
Conexus Arts Centre
Kings Park Speedway