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, 2017, Winnipeg’s population has increased by 7.1 per cent per year on average over the last five years to 825,713 residents (source: Statistics Canada), the fifth-best growth rate among major census metropolitan areas across Canada.

Average Percent Change in Population by Census Metropolitan Area from 2013 to 2017

Census Metropolitan Area Percentage Change (2013 to 2017)
Edmonton 9.5%
Calgary 9.1%
Saskatoon 10.7%
Regina 9.1%
Winnipeg 7.1%
Toronto 6.5%
Vancouver 5.2%
Ottawa-Gatineau 5.5%
Halifax 5.6%
Montreal 3.9%
Hamilton 3.8%
Quebec City 2.6%

Source: Statistics Canada

On July 1, 2017, Winnipeg’s median age was the ninth-youngest among major census metropolitan areas in Canada at 38.1 years. For comparison, this is 2.5 years younger than the median age for Canada (40.6 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, 2017

Census Metropolitan Area Median Age
Saskatoon 34.9
Regina 36.2
Edmonton 36.3
Calgary 36.8
Winnipeg 38.1
Toronto 38.8
Ottawa-Gatineau 39.3
Halifax 39.6
Vancouver 40.0
Montreal 40.0
Canada 40.6
Hamilton 41.1
Quebec City 42.5

Source: Statistics Canada

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