Winnipeg The Facts
Manitoba is home to over 1.3 million people, with over 807,000 living in the Winnipeg Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). Winnipeg's population grew by an average of 1.7% each year from 2013 to 2016. Winnipeg is the model of multiculturalism with more than 180 ethnic groups speaking over 90 languages.
Thanks to a rebound in transportation and warehousing employment, as well as public administration employment, Winnipeg is projected to generate employment growth of 2.1% in 2017. This pickup in employment will contribute to a decrease in the province’s unemployment rate which is projected to average 5.8% in 2017, down from 6.1% in 2016.
Single-detached starts are projected to increase between 2,500 and 2,700 units in 2016 and continue to edge higher in 2017 and 2018. MLS® sales in Manitoba are projected to rise and range from 14,500 to 14,900 transactions in 2016 and gradually increase in 2017 and 2018.
Winnipeg’s economy expanded by 2.3% in 2016 and is expected to expand by a further 2.4% in 2017. Spending on Manitoba Hydro’s legacy projects in the north is now expected to top $12 billion by the time work is completed in 2021, while the City of Winnipeg will keep workers busy on $1.5-billion worth of construction projects of its own. The upcoming merger of MTS and Bell Canada has the potential to send the forecast even higher, as Bell has promised $1 billion in upgrades to the province’s telecom infrastructure over five years.
Bus-maker New Flyer Industries won an order to supply the London (Ontario) Transit Commission with 28 buses, signed a contract to supply 23 buses to the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority in Columbia, South Carolina, and agreed to supply up to 47 buses to Transdev, a private public transport operator. Positive news also comes from Winnipeg’s key agri-food sector, as Maple Leaf Foods is investing $35 million to upgrade its Winnipeg plant. Elsewhere, Peerless Garments was awarded an $11.2-million contract to restock uniforms for the Canadian army and air force.
- Conference Board of Canada, Metropolitan Outlook 1, Winter 2017
- Statistics Canada. Table 051-0056 - Estimates of population by census metropolitan area, sex and age group for July 1, based on the Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 2011, annual (persons), CANSIM (database).
- Statistics Canada. 2013. Winnipeg, CMA, Manitoba (Code 602) (table). National Household Survey (NHS) Profile. 2011 National Household Survey. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 99-004-XWE. Ottawa. Released September 11, 2013.
- CMHC, Housing Market Outlook: Canada Edition, Fourth Quarter 2016