MANITOBA'S POPULATION CONTINUES TO EXPERIENCE STRONG GROWTH: BJORNSON
More people are calling Manitoba home than ever before, with the provincial population estimated at 1,267,003, according to new Statistics Canada figures released this morning, news that was welcomed by Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade Minister Peter Bjornson.
“The provincial government has worked hard to keep Manitoba moving forward through uncertainty in the global economy and to make Manitoba an even better place for families to put down roots and build a life,” said Bjornson. “I’m thrilled to see so many more people choosing to call Manitoba home.”
The new statistics show continued growth in the province with an increase in population of over 47,000 in the last three years. This is over 26 per cent higher than the previous best three-year period in the early 1980s. Manitoba’s annual growth continues to outpace the national average, with more than 15,000 new people calling the province home in the last 12 months.
Over the last three years, nearly 30,000 more individuals came to Manitoba than left for other provinces or countries, beating the last record by 50 per cent. Immigration continues to be a large factor in the population gain.
“Within Canada and around the world, Manitoba continues to be a top destination to build a business, raise a family and make a life,” said Bjornson. “It’s no secret to Manitobans that this is a great place to live and this continued growth in population just confirms that more and more people are finding out why.”
The minister noted the Manitoba population has increased by more than 110,000 over the last 10 years. This trend has been driven by a net inflow to the province of over 55,000 people.