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Travel and Relocation in Western Canada: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Updated on March 12, 2015
Mural in Winnipeg.
Mural in Winnipeg. | Source

Official Growth In Canada

National statistics show that the population of the nation as well as of Winnipeg and other major cities of Canada is growing at a small rate of 0.4% annually through its current residents (births); and another 0.6% annually via immigration from international countries to total a 1.0% total annual growth. It seems that immigration is bringing more new residents to Canada than parenthood among the current populace during 2000 - 2010.

It is not a wonder that people want to move to Canada, given its beauty, attractions, natural resources, sustainable energy dedication, high quality educational programs, and job opportunities. This is all according to the Canada home page Predictions from the federal government put the total population of Canada at 60 million in the reachable future, approximately double the number in 2010.

City skyline snapped on Waterfront Drive in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
City skyline snapped on Waterfront Drive in Winnipeg, Manitoba. | Source
The Provencher Bridge
The Provencher Bridge | Source

Canadian Business and Populations are Growing

Canada is attractive to new residential and business populations for reasons that are clear: open spaces and natural beauty, abundance of activities and attractions, progressive international trade, growing and exciting populations and multicultural centers; superior highway, rail, ship, and air transportation alternatives; a large number of holidays (larger than USA).

And what Trekkie or Trekker can resist the all-Trek® and space related City of Vulcan in Alberta, west of Winnipeg, Manitoba?

In order to access Canadian immigration information for individuals, families, and businesses, please see the following links for an introduction:

Esplanade Riel and Downtown Winnipeg from St. Boniface.
Esplanade Riel and Downtown Winnipeg from St. Boniface. | Source


Tower of the Market at The Forks
Tower of the Market at The Forks | Source

Winnipeg Capital Region

Manitoba Capital Winnipeg is the anchor city of this region and sits at the joining of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers at the historic site called The Forks (see below). This region was designed purposefully for economic development by cooperation of Winnipeg with the other communities in the region.


The bridges in this region are beautiful and some are unique. The Esplanade Riel is a pedestrian-only bridge crossing the Red River in Downtown Winnipeg that held the Salisbury House restaurant with gorgeous views of the river and the vehicle bridge joining the Esplanade Riel.

Few bridges in the world are equipped with a restaurant and this one employees over 500 people. It became a Chez Sophie Sur Le Pont restaurant in 2013, with a 5-year contract for the space until 2018.


Winnipeg is home to a number of Canada's First, Oldest, and Longest Running attractions and historical places.

Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge on Route 57

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This bridge houses a restaurant at The Forks.
This bridge houses a restaurant at The Forks.
This bridge houses a restaurant at The Forks. | Source

The Forks National Historic Site

A markerThe Forks -
The Forks, 1 Forks Market Rd, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4L8, Canada
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Mennonite Heritage Village
Mennonite Heritage Village | Source

The Forks: Travel and Jobs 2010 - 2020

Numerous large North American cities that are successful in growing larger economies and creating higher standards of living for their residents do so, partially, by rebuilding decaying inner city sectors into combination business, entertainment, and living centers. This is true of Winnipeg and the scheme has been successful for the city, following the long history of a natural gathering place and building upon its foundations. This gather place spring up naturally at the fork of two important rivers in what is now Winnipeg.

The Forks National Historic Site along the river in Downtown Winnipeg began as a gathering place among First Nations centuries ago and subsequently, among European settlers. From that iteration, it evolved further into a modern, urban community hub. It has developed similarly to manner in which the great highways have been built along First Nations trails. The Forks area is important for trade and transport historically, because it is located at the junction at which the Assiniboine River adds its waters to the Red River, an officially designated Canadian Heritage River.


Employment Trends

Job openings have increased for the local market area just over the summer of 2010. During Canada Day Weekend through the end of July 2010, Winnipeg job vacancies included over 2,900 listings on top job search engines Indeed Canada and SimplyHired Canada. At the end of August, just under 5,000 jobs were listed (more on Indeed than SimplyHired at the time) .

These listings were collected from all Internet sources of job postings. There may be other Winnipeg job openings not listed on the Internet at all, but only within local companies, through recruiters that have no Internet pages or do not post specific openings on them, or perhaps local newspaper classified ads.

Top Companies Posting Jobs

  1. Pinnacle Staffing Solutions
  2. Drake International
  3. Canadian Forces
  4. The People Bank
  5. David Aplin Recruiting
  7. Loblaw Companies
  8. CxA Recruiting
  9. Robert Half Finance and Accounting
  10. Best Buy
  11. Sapphire Canada
  13. Deloitte
  14. Accountemps
  15. Spherion

Highest Demand Job Titles

  1. Project Managers
  2. Administrative Assistants, Executive Assistants
  3. Managers and Assistant Managers - Offices and retail stores
  4. Business Analysts
  5. Salespeople
  6. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  7. Accountants, Accounting Clerks, and Bookkeepers
  8. Manufacturing and Civil Engineers
  9. Controllers
  10. Journeyman Electricians

Additional High Demand Job Titles

  1. Cooks
  2. Compliance Analysts
  3. Sales Representatives
  4. Receptionists and Customer Service Reps
  5. Production Supervisors
  6. Legal Assistants
  7. Financial Analysts


Canada's Top 100 Employers

Along with the Top 100 Companies in Canada, Manitoba celebrates a yearly Provincial Top 25 Employers. All this recognition is not about largest employee pools or highest accumulated revenues for the year, but about value to the community, work values and standards, employee treatment, contribution to increased quality of life, and several other criteria important to people, environment, and total well being.

Canadian workers are proud to serve these top companies and most of the Top 25 Employers for Manitoba are located in Winnipeg. Specific criteria for selection to the list are found at:

Top Employers In Winnipeg

  • Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Inc.(APTN) 339 Portage Ave; Winnipeg, MB R3B 2C3.

This is lovely to see - a progressive company that recognizes Aboriginal Peoples of Canada as it benefits all peoples. The Four Host First Nations' equal partnership in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics is another reminder. APTN provides their newhires with 3 weeks vacation time the first year (as do many Canadaian companies) and helps all employees save with a matching-contribution retirement scheme. One staffer received a 9-month leave of absence to train and educate reporters about human rights and the media in Sierra Leone.

  • Boeing Canada Operations Ltd.
  • Canad Inns - The largest hotel purveyor in Manitoba at
  • Canadian Tool and Die Ltd.
  • Canadian Wheat Board
  • Cargill Limited
  • Ceridian Canada Ltd.
  • Emerging Information Systems, Inc.
  • Hayhurst Elias Dudek, Inc.
  • Manitoba Blue Cross
  • Manitoba Liquor Control Commission
  • Manitoba Lotteries Corporation
  • Monsanto Canada Inc.-- in 2010, this company was recognized a Top 100 Employers, a Manitoba Top 25 Employer, and a Canada Top Family-Friendly Employer. Abosolutely stupendous employee and family benefits. Visit
  • MTS Allstream Inc.
  • New Flyer Industries Canada ULC
  • SecuriCan General Insurance Co.
  • Seven Oaks General Hospital
  • St. John's-Ravenscourt School
  • STRATA Benefits Consulting Inc.
  • True North Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
  • Wardrop Engineering Inc.
  • Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc.
  • Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Colleges and Universities

Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club
Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club | Source

Winnipeg Sports

Regional Travel Interest

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Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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B markerVulcan Alberta -
Vulcan, AB T0L, Canada
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C markerVancouver BC -
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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D markerVictoria BC -
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    • LillyGrillzit profile image

      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Beautifully put together and super informative!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for the beautiful photo and all these helpful tips.

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      L M Reid 6 years ago from Ireland

      What a great country Cananda is. When I was in my teens my parents were all set to emmigrate to Cananda. We had just arrived back from Australia to Ireland. Unfortunatley my parents changed their mind and we went to England instead.

      Always had a fasination with this country. One day I will get to visit Cananda I hope.

      Thanks for a very interesting hub

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      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      These are great hubs for job hunters

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      Rand Zacharias 6 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      Vulcan is just south of Calgary...a few provinces away...just thought you might want to correct that. Oops.

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      Pro Design Source 6 years ago

      You make Winnipeg Manitoba look like a very interesting place to live. I've always wanted to visit Canada, but I didn't know much about Winnipeg.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      Thanks for all the comments!

      randslam - I can't find the error - and it shows up on the map OK. It's all regional - Western Canada, Northern US. :)

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      Skydweller 6 years ago from Kathmandu

      very informative hub. Manitoba looks like a very interesting place to live. Are immigrants allowed in that place?

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      edmondpogi 6 years ago

      great stuff.

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      Jane@CM 6 years ago

      Canada is a nice place to visit.

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      KatMalone 6 years ago

      I love Canada, enjoyed your hub.

    • edmondpogi profile image

      edmondpogi 6 years ago

      great hub!

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      CharterJetService 6 years ago

      Really interesting hub. I live in the U.S. and I can see why so many people would want to move to Canada, lol.

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