Sask. woos nurses from Alberta

Health minister wants to convince former residents to come back home

To meet its recruitment goal of hiring 800 new nurses in the next four years, Saskatchewan is turning to its western neighbour.

Don McMorris, the province's health minister, showed up at the Health Careers Interaction job fair in Calgary recently to woo future grads, especially former residents, to Saskatchewan.

After years of sitting back and watching residents leave the province for Alberta's booming economy, McMorris said it's time for Saskatchewan to start getting aggressive about selling the province to former and prospective residents.

The time is right for people to move back to Saskatchewan, he said. As the third-largest producer of oil and gas in Canada and with one-third of the world's uranium supply, people are looking at Saskatchewan as the next growth province, said McMorris.

The health minister and his staff will be targeting 20 job fairs across the country in an effort to convince people who may have left Saskatchewan when times were tougher that Saskatchewan now has a lot to offer.

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