Manitoba is growing and getting younger

Manitoba is growing and getting younger

Manitoba continues to show record population growth in 2011. Manitoba’s population reached 1,246,400 as of April 1 which increased by 16,121 people over the last 12 months.

Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade Minister, Peter Bjornson said, “In the last 24 months, our province has grown by over 21,100 people. We know this means more people are realizing that Manitoba is an attractive and affordable place to work, live and raise a family. We can also credit the Provincial Nominee Program for much of this success, as it continues to account for more than three-quarters of all immigration to Manitoba.”

At a recent Manitoba Immigration Summit, Jennifer Howard, Minister of Labour and Immigration also indicated that the Philippines continues to be the top source country for immigrants to Manitoba over India and China. In an effort to increase immigrant services to the community, Minister Howard indicated that a new satellite settlement office is expected to be announced and will be located in the northwest Winnipeg.

Manitoba’s Chief Statistician Wilf Falk also highlighted that Manitoba is getting younger. As of July 1, 2010 the median age of Manitobans was 37.7 years, slightly younger from a year ago. In contrast, Canada’s median age increased to 39.7 years. As Falk indicated, “immigration is slowing the aging process in Manitoba.”

Other statistics released showed during the last 12 months, there were 16,214 newborns in Manitoba. This is the highest number of births in the last 16 years and represents the sixth straight year of increasing births.