Population growth influences demand for goods and services, and increases economic activity. Population growth can also reflect optimism and attractiveness of economic conditions and renewal of the labour force.
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 had passed the national average in 2008. In 2010, Winnipeg’s population (CMA) was estimated at 754,000 and according to the Conference Board of Canada’s latest projections; Winnipeg is poised to grow by over 10,000 or 1.4% in 2011.
The Province of Manitoba has made it a priority to increase the size of the provincial labour force through increased immigration, and have achieved strong results. Immigration in the last five years has been at the highest levels in decades. Manitoba’s 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 Region Population - Census 2011
Conference Board Population Forecast
International Migration, Canada & CMAs
To discuss Economic Development in Winnipeg, please contact:
Senior Manager, Strategic Research
E: Edward Suzuki