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.
Statistics Canada estimates the July 1, 2013, population for Winnipeg’s census metropolitan area (CMA) to reach 771,221 residents. An estimated inflow of 11,715 immigrants will be the main driver of Winnipeg’s annual growth of 11,910 individuals.
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. Immigration in the last five years experienced 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 2013
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 2010. Winnipeg’s population increased by 1.3 per cent annually on average from 2008 to 2013.
Population Change: Winnipeg and Canada (2001 to 2013)
In comparison to other major metropolitan areas across Canada, Winnipeg’s population growth was moderate.
Major Metropolitan Areas Average Annual Population Per Cent Change (2008 to 2013)