Population growth influences demand for goods and services, and it also increases economic activity. Population growth can also reflect optimism and attractiveness of economic conditions and renewal of the labour force. Statistics Canada estimates the July 1, 2012, population for Winnipeg’s census metropolitan area (CMA) to reach 778,397 residents. An estimated inflow of 13,009 immigrants will be the main driver of Winnipeg’s annual growth of 12,627 individuals.
Of the CMA population, 49 per cent were male and 51 per cent were female. Winnipeg’s median age is 37.6, more than two years younger than the national average of 39.9.
The Manitoba government continues to make it a priority to increase the size of the provincial labour force through increased immigration; strong results have been achieved to date. Over the last five years, immigration has recorded the highest levels in decades. The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program played a significant role in this achievement, and it continues to be immensely successful in bringing skilled immigrants and entrepreneurs to Winnipeg.
Winnipeg’s Net International Migration from 2001 to 2014
Early in the decade, Winnipeg’s population growth was well below the national average and had a lower rate of growth than most of the major metropolitan areas in the country. Gains in growth began after 2006—primarily from international migration—and passed the national average in 2008. On average, Winnipeg’s population increased by 1.5 per cent annually from 2007 to 2012.
Population Change: Winnipeg and Canada (2001 to 2012)
In comparison to other major metropolitan areas across Canada, Winnipeg’s population growth was moderate.
Major Metropolitan Areas Average Annual Population Per Cent Change (2007 to 2012)
Future Forecasts (2013/2014)
The population within Winnipeg’s census metropolitan area (CMA) is poised to increase by 1.4 per cent to 789,000 in 2013 and by at least 1.1 per cent throughout the forecasted period.