Fast Facts: Manitoba is located in central Canada just north of the U.S. states of North Dakota and Montana. The capital and largest city is Winnipeg, which is home to nearly half of the province’s population.
Manitoba Careers: The 2006 Canadian Census of Population estimated Manitoba’s population at over 1.1 million. The services sector offers the greatest proportion of jobs, led by wholesale and retail trade, healthcare services and the important finance, insurance and real estate industries.
Manitoba Economy: The unique arctic wildlife offered by the “polar bear capital of the world” attracts millions of tourists each year. In addition, agricultural production is based in the southern half of the province with Portage la Prairie serving as Canada’s potato producing center.
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Location, Location, Location: Manitoba is located in central Canada north of the U.S. states of Minnesota and North Dakota.
Cities: The capital and largest city is Winnipeg, which serves as home to over half of the province’s population.
Behind the Name: Derived from the region’s aboriginal language, Manitoba means “where the spirit lives.”
A Closer Look: Manitoba was established in the wake of the Red River Rebellion, an independence movement led by Métis leader Louis Riel.
Did You Know? Manitoba is best known by tourists for its glorious lakes. The province is known as the home of over 100,000 lakes of which the largest and most prominent is Lake Winnipeg.
Population: 1,133,510, as estimated by Canada Census of Population, 2006.
Business Environment: Canada was ranked 2nd of 181 countries in a 2009 “Best Country to Start a Business” by DoingBusiness.org.
Top Industries: In terms of paid employees, according to a Statistics Canada 2009 study: (1) trade; (2) health care and social assistance; (3) manufacturing; (4) educational services; and (5) finance, insurance, real estate and leasing.
Taxes: The Canada Revenue Agency reports: a Progressive Income Tax Rate; and a 12% Sales Tax.
Cost of Living: The Consumer Price Index had increased to 115.1 in June of 2009 (from 100.0 in the Year 2002), according to Statistics Canada, 2009.
Weather: Average Temperature (in °F.) – Jan: 20; Apr: 43; July: 69; Oct: 48, according to Weather.com.
K-12: Canada ranked 2nd of 17 peer countries in a 2008 Conference Board of Canada Ranking.
College Education: US News and World Report Canadian college rankings: University of Manitoba (#17).
In General: Manitoba’s economy is largely dependent on tourism, while also reliant on key agricultural production from the southern regions of the province and significant forestry and mining enterprises.
Service Industry: Employing the largest portion of Manitoba’s workforce, the service industry is led by wholesale and retail trade along with health care services and important finance, insurance and real estate industries.
Agriculture: Based primarily in the southern half of Manitoba, the agriculture industry consists primarily of cattle farming, grains and oilseeds. The province is Canada’s leading producer of sunflower seed and dried beans.
Manufacturing: Food processing is Manitoba’s leading manufacturing sector, followed closely by the manufacture of machinery, chemicals and fabricated metals.
Mining: Mineral extraction is another key aspect of Manitoba’s economy. The most significant mined products include oil, copper and quartz.
A Closer Look: Manitoba’s crucial tourism industry is driven by its arctic wildlife, playfully nicknamed the “polar bear capital of the world.”
Did You Know? Portage la Prairie is the potato producing capital of Canada, serving as home to McCain Foods and Simplot potato processing plants that supply potatoes to international commercial restaurants including Wendy’s and McDonald’s.
Sources: In addition to specific citations noted in this “Career Information” section, supplementary source materials include: Canada Statoids; Infoplease.com; and Wikipedia.com.