A Young and Growing Population

Population growth influences demand for goods and services—and increases economic activity. Population growth can also reflect optimism and attractiveness of economic conditions, as well as renewal of the labour force.

As of July 1, 2015, Winnipeg’s population has increased by 1.6 per cent per year on average over the last five years to 793,507 residents (source: The Conference Board of Canada), the fifth-best growth rate among major census metropolitan areas across Canada. This ranking is an improvement over Winnipeg’s seventh-place standing last year.

Annual Per Cent Change in Population by Census Metropolitan Area from 2010 to 2015

Source: Statistics Canada


On July 1, 2015, Winnipeg’s median age was the fifth-youngest among major census metropolitan areas in Canada at 38.4 years. For comparison, this is two years younger than the median age for Canada (40.5 years). Overall, the census metropolitan areas with the youngest populations are located in Western Canada.

Median Age by Census Metropolitan Area and Canada on July 1, 2015

Source:  Statistics Canada