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Zachariah Liu was Regina's first baby of 2013

According to new figures from Statistics Canada Saskatchewan's population increased by more than 20,000 people in 2013. 

The current population stands at about 1,117,503 people, a rise which Premier Brad Wall said shows the province is on the right track. 

“We have put the boom and bust cycle behind us and today, Saskatchewan’s growth is strong and steady,” Wall said in a press release.  “Later today, our government will release another balanced budget that will keep us on the path of steady growth.”

Saskatchewan had the second highest growth rate out of the 10 Canadian provinces, with Alberta topping the list. 

Saskatchewan and Alberta were also the only two provinces to have more people moving into the province than out in 2013, with every other province having the opposite. 

More than 13,000 of the new Saskatchewan residents were people who moved here from other countries. Almost 1,400 people moved here from other provinces. There was a natural increase of 5,580 people which is the total of births minus deaths in the province in 2013.