Population up in Manitoba: StatsCan
As population growth continues in Manitoba, the Portage Literacy and Learning Centre is seeing healthy number of immigrants accessing programs and services this year. (File photo)
Population numbers are up in Manitoba according the Statistics Canada at the number of people in the province total at 1,267,003 people.
Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade Minister Peter Bjornson welcomed the announcement, adding it shows that the provincial government is committed to growth.
“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 in a statement. “I’m thrilled to see so many more people choosing to call Manitoba home.”
The new stats demonstrate a continued growth in the province with a 47,000 increase over the last three years. According to the StatsCan, this is more than 26 per cent higher than in the 1980s.
What's more, over the last three years nearly 30,000 more individuals came to live in Manitoba as opposed to moving elsewhere.
“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."
Still, a large reason for the population boost is a result of immigration.
Here in Portage, the Literacy and Learning Centre continues to see a steady flow of immigrants accessing their programs and services.
Luis Luna, co-ordinator of settlement services at the Portage Learning and Literacy Centre, said that these people coming from other countries help to bolster the local community in many different ways.
"In Portage, people are very familiar with the seasonal agricultural worker program. People come from Mexico, Jamaica and others to work throughout the harvest. The temporary foreign worker's program gives people the chance to stay here permanently through the provincial nominee program," said Luna.
"The majority of people we get that stay comes through the provincial nominee program. They all certainly help the economy in this area because they need to work, raise a family, get jobs, spend money in the community and buy homes," he said.
So far this year, the Learning Centre has had appointments with immigrants from India, Pakistan, France, Columbia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Belgium.
Overall, the Manitoba population has increased by more than 110,000 over the last 10 years.