Capital/Largest city: Winnipeg
Located in central Canada, Manitoba is one of Canada’s three Prairie Provinces. Manitoba is home to over 1,272,000 people. The largest city in the province is the capital, Winnipeg, with a population exceeding 780,000. The second largest city is Brandon, with a population of around 53,000. Manitoba has received increasing numbers of immigrants in recent years. Currently, there are over 13,000 immigrants choosing to settle within its borders annually. Manufacturing is mainly dominated by food, machinery, transportation equipment, clothing and mining which are key sectors for employment in the region. Besides being one of the more affordable provinces to live in, Manitoba is rich in local attractions and also offers many employment opportunities and entertainment options to its residents.
The education system in the province of Manitoba consists of public schools, independent schools that receive provincial funding, non-funded independent schools and home schooled students. Public Education In Manitoba is provided free to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents aged under 21 years. There is a good variety of Post Secondary Education in Manitoba with plenty of high quality institutes to choose from including three Universities, College Universitaire de Saint-Boniface (CUSB), University of Manitoba and The University of Winnipeg. The Manitoba Student Aid program is a scheme that provides supplemental financial assistance to eligible post secondary students with limited finances. The amount of assistance you receive is based on financial need. There is a maximum amount available to each student and not everyone will receive the maximum.
From an agricultural base a considerable food processing industry has emerged in Manitoba. In addition, Manitoba is home to considerable manufacturing, aerospace and transportation industries. The Aerospace industry is one of the best and biggest industries to be supported by Manitoba. It employs over 5,300 experts in aerodynamic fields and exporting goods across the globe. Because most of eastern central Manitoba is so fertile, it should come as no surprise that the agricultural sector is blooming in the province. Manitoba has more than 250 companies dedicated to food industries ranging from crop to equipment production. The rate of unemployment in Manitoba currently stands at 5.6%, well below the Canadian average of 6.8%. The Government of Manitoba also provides programs to help immigrants settle and find jobs in the province. Among these are free English as an Additional Language (EAL) classes, job preparation programs, and mentoring with Canadians in your profession.
The province is also one of the contenders to be the cheapest and most affordable in terms of cost of living. Housing, energy, insurance and post-secondary education in Manitoba are all among the least expensive in Canada. With the average home going for a low of $222,000, Manitoba also offers flexibility for homeowners thanks to low mortgage rates and home loans offered to first-time home buyers. Manitoba has a mandatory minimum wage in Canada at $10.70. Manitoba also has the fourth-lowest marginal personal income tax rate in the country. The friendly and accepting attitude of the people of Manitoba also plays an important role and adds to the quality of life in the province. The overall generous spirit helps to create supportive communities that can help new Canadians get off to a good start in the province.