On behalf of the 2019 International Wheat Congress, we would like to welcome you to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the heart of the Canadian Prairies! Surrounded by close to 25 million hectares of farm land in the Province of Saskatchewan, the agriculture and the agri-food sectors drive this economy.

Saskatoon’s agriculture technology cluster includes many research institutes like the University of Saskatchewan, National Research Council, Saskatchewan Research Council, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian Light Source (a 3rd generation Synchrotron) which are all either private industry stakeholders or government organizations.

Saskatoon is the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan in Canada and is one of the world’s leading food producing regions and a hub for agriculture related research:

  • Saskatchewan has more than 40 per cent of Canada’s agricultural land.
IWC2019, Saskatoon aerial photo
  • Saskatchewan is the world’s top exporter of lentils, dried peas, mustard and flax.
  • Saskatchewan supplies nearly a third of the world’s durum wheat.
  • Saskatchewan exports almost half of the world’s canola meal and one third of canola oil.
  • Saskatchewan supplies 40 per cent of world potash, mainly for crop nutrient use.

Saskatoon is the birth place of Canola which is grown over more than 21 million acres in Canada and many parts of the world.

The city of Saskatoon is favourably positioned with the South Saskatchewan River winding through it. Seven bridges span its gentle flow, linking east to west. An active city, residents and visitors alike flock to the Meewasin Valley trails, traversing sixty kilometres of pathways in all seasons.

The city’s youthful vitality and cultural richness are evident in every neighbourhood, thanks in part to the University of Saskatchewan, where leading-edge technology draws the best minds from around the world. A vibrant, sophisticated arts community is tangible at the assortment of events and festivals taking place throughout the year. Boutique shopping, challenging golf courses, and fresh local cuisine round out Saskatoon’s appeal.

Practical facts

* Weather

Saskatoon has a dry climate and sees 340.4 mm (13.40 in) of precipitation per year on average, with the summer being the wettest season. Saskatoon is also one of the sunniest places in Canada, averaging around 2381 hours of sunlight per year (that’s 6.5 hours, every day!).

* Currency

Canadian Dollar.

* Electrical appliances

The voltage, frequency, and plug type in Canada are exactly the same as in the United States, Mexico and Central America. People arriving in Canada from those countries don’t have to think about bringing plug adapters or voltage/electricity converters at all.

However, if you are coming from somewhere else in the world, chances are you will need a plug converter and maybe a power converter. A plug converter simply conforms your foreign plug so that it will insert properly into a type A or B outlet. A power converter, on the other hand, will actually convert the voltage—stepping it down or stepping it up – to conform to the 120 V Canada standard. 

IWC electric socket Canada
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