Manitoba Immigration Program

Manitoba Immigration

Manitoba Immigration Program

Manitoba Immigration Program

The province, with an area of 649,950 square kilometres (250,900 sq mi), has a largely continental climate, with thousands of lakes and many rivers. Agriculture, mostly concentrated in the fertile southern and western parts of the province, is vital to the province’s economy; other major industries are transportation, manufacturing, mining, forestry, energy, and tourism.

Manitoba’s capital and largest city, Winnipeg, is Canada’s eighth-largest Census Metropolitan Area, and home to 60 percent of the population of the province. Winnipeg is the seat of government, home to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba and the highest court in the jurisdiction, the Manitoba Court of Appeal. Four of the province’s five universities,both of its professional sports teams, and most of its cultural activities are located in Winnipeg.

Fur traders first arrived during the late 17th century and Manitoba was the heart of Rupert’s Land, owned by theHudson’s Bay Company. Manitoba became a province of Canada in 1870 after the Red River Rebellion. A general strike took place in Winnipeg in 1919, and the province was hit hard by the Great Depression. This led to the creation of what would become the New Democratic Party of Manitoba, one of the province’s major political parties and currently in power, led by premier Greg Selinger.

Manitoba has a healthy economy, with a low unemployment rate (5.9% as of April 2014). Winnipeg, the largest city and provincial capital of Manitoba, also boasted a low unemployment rate of just 5.7% in April 2014. The Conference Board of Canada (a Canadian think-tank based in Ottawa) forecast that in 2012 the province of Manitoba would have the second highest economic growth in Canada, after Alberta, and that its growth in real GDP would be 33% higher than the average for Canada. The Royal Bank of Canada predicted Manitoba would have Canada’s third strongest growth in GDP (3.3%) of any province or territory in 2012, with a forecast of 3.2% GDP growth in 2013. Manufacturing is the biggest sector of the economy in Manitoba, while retail, aerospace, mining, agriculture and forestry are also key industries of the province.

These excellent economic figures are even more impressive when one considers the rural location of Manitoba! A major attraction, however, of this Canadian prairie province for many people who make Canadian immigration and are issued a Permanent Resident Visa for Canada is that there are economic opportunities in Manitoba without a lot of the big city hassle.

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