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, 2016, Winnipeg’s population has increased by 1.4 per cent per year on average over the last five years to 811,874 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 2012 to 2016

Census Metropolitan Area Percentage Change (2012 to 2016)
Edmonton 2.5%
Calgary 2.5%
Saskatoon 2.4%
Regina 2.0%
Winnipeg 1.4%
Toronto 1.3%
Vancouver 1.1%
Ottawa-Gatineau 1.0%
Halifax 0.9%
Montreal 0.8%
Hamilton 0.7%
Quebec City 0.6%

Source: Statistics Canada

On July 1, 2016, Winnipeg’s median age was the fifth-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, 2016

Census Metropolitan Area Median Age
Quebec City 42.3
Hamilton 41.2
Canada 40.6
Vancouver 40.1
Montreal 39.9
Halifax 39.8
Ottawa-Gatineau 39.1
Toronto 38.8
Winnipeg 38.1
Calgary 36.4
Regina 36.2
Edmonton 36.0
Saskatoon 34.8

Source: Statistics Canada

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