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  • Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba, and the largest city in the province.
  • Winnipeg is named after Lake Winnipeg, and located at the convergence of the Red river and Assiniboine rivers.
  • Often referrred to as the “ Gateway to the West”, Winnipeg is a railway and transportation hub, and has a highly specialized economy.
  • The nearest city to Winnipeg is located over 700 kms away in Mineapolis, Minnesota.
  • Winnipeg developed 911 as the emergency number, widely used by many coutnries as the emergency number across the globe today.
  • Each year the city hosts several events from the Festival du Voyageur, Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Jazz Winnipeg Festival, The Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, to the Folklorama. The biggest winter festival in Canada; Festival du Voyageur, is a celebration of the country;s fur trading past and french heritage, celebrated each year in Winnipeg over a 10-day period in February.
  • The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is the Canada's oldest dance company and one of the biggest in North America.
  • Winnipeg has four major river systems; The Red river, Assiniboine, La Salle, and Seine.
  • The biggest collection of First Nations art is found at the Winnepeg Art Gallery
  • Winnipeg is the curling capital of Canada
  • The grain industry in Canada is headquarted in Winnipeg


The population of Winning is 808,419, with the largest percentage of aboriginals of any major Canadian city. Winnipeg gets over 10,000 immigrants from different parts of the world each year, with a majority of them being Europeans and Filippinos. The ethnic breakdown of Winnipeg is as follows:

The ethnic breakdown of the city is as follows:

  • English: 21.1%
  • Scottish: 16.4%
  • Canadian: 16.8%
  • German: 16.2%
  • Ukranian: 15.2%
  • Irish: 13.2%
  • French: 13.1%
  • Aboriginal: 11.7%
  • Filipino: 9.0%
  • Polish: 7.8%
  • The religious affiliations in Winnipeg includes 64% Christianm 1.7% Muslim, 1.6% Jewish, 1.5% Sikh, 1% Hindu, 1% Buddhist, and 29% have no religious affiliations.
  • 48.3% of the Winnipeg residents are male, while 51.7% of residents are female.
  • Althought English and French are the dominant languages in Winnipeg, more than 100 different languages are spoken including French, Tagalog, German, Punjabi, Ukranian, and several aboriginal languages.


  • Winnipeg is situated in the Prairies and is mostly flat. The Red River which measures over 800 kms running through most of the city, which is both advantageous and causes issues such as draining issues, resulting in flooding, marshes, and ponds.
  • The total area of the city is 464.08 square kilometres.
  • Winnipeg is known as the Railway Hub of Canada, with widespread railway networks with the Canadian Pacific Railroad, spanning across most of the country.
  • The soil in Winnipeg is rich due to the many river systems that flow through it, but downtown Winnipeg is mostly made up of concrete buildings, roads, and skyscrapers.
  • Commonly referred to as “Gateway to the West”, Winnipeg is bordered by Aspen parkland to the north, and tallgrass prairie to the West and South
  • Winnipeg is situated close to many large Canadian Shield Lakes and parks, and Lake Winnipeg, the 11th largest freshwater lake in the world.
  • The largest surviving mature urban elm forest is located in Winnipeg.
  • Due to the flat landscape and poor river drainage, the clay-based soil of the Red river means that during extremely wet years, the city experiences a huge number of mosquitoes


  • Known as the ‘Cultural Cradle of Canada,' Winnipeg's creative industries sector is well-established and world class
  • Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre have all earned international reputations, with more than 4,600 groups and businesses involved in music, performing and visual arts, and more than 400 in film and video production.
  • There are over 900 architectural, engineering specialized design firms, more than 300 advertising and marketing businesses, and 100 are engaged in writing and published works.
  • As of 2012, there are 26 National Historic Sites of Canada in Winnipeg. One of these, The Forks, attracts four million visitors a year. It is home to the City television studio, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, the Winnipeg International Children's Festival, and the Manitoba Children's Museum.
  • The Winnipeg Art Gallery is Western Canada's oldest public art gallery, founded in 1912. It is the sixth-largest in the country and includes the world's largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art. The WAG is home to over 25,000 works, spanning the late Gothic period to the present in a variety of mediums.
  • Centennial Concert Hall is a performing arts centre and is home to the Manitoba Opera, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
  • Winnipeg's three largest performing arts venues, the Centennial Concert Hall, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Pantages Playhouse Theatre, are downtown.
  • Winnipeg has been home to several professional hockey teams.


  • The climate in Winnipeg can be described as Humid Continental, due to its location in the Canadian Prairies, and is defined by four distinct seasons: Summer, Winter, Spring, and Fall.
  • The city experiences hot, humid summers and long, cold winters.
  • Each year residents experience 2,300 hours of sunshine, and upto 16 hours of sunshine per day during the summertime.
  • During summer the average temperatures are between 19-26 degrees Celsius, while in winter the temperature ranges between -12 to – 16 degrees Celsius.
  • Winter is the coldest and driest time of the year in Winnipeg
  • Winnipeg gets covered in snow for 132 days of the year
  • Annual precipitation levels in Winnipeg is 51.4 inches, including both rain and snow
  • Thunderstorms are common during summer and can on occasion even lead to formation of tornadoes. In an average year, Winnipeg experiences 27 thunderstorms.
  • Wind chills are common in Winnipeg and can happen around 12 times a year, dropping the temperature below -40 degrees Celsius.

University Education

  • The University of Manitoba is the biggest University in the city, founded in 1877, and was the first University in Western Canada. Each year, the university enrols close to 25,000 undergraduate students and 4,000 graduate students.
  • The city's only French language University is Université de Saint-Boniface
  • Winnipeg has a Mennonite undergraduate University founded in 1999
  • Winnipeg also houses two private colleges; Red River College, and Booth University College. Red River College offers diploma, certificate, degrees, and apprenticeship programs. Booth University College is a private Christian Salvation Army University college and offers courses in arts and seminary training.

Key Industries

  • Winnipeg has one of the most diversified economies in Canada, with large-scale employment in sectors such as Trade (15.2%), Manufacturing (9.8%), Education (7.7%), and Healthcare and social assistance (15.2%).
  • In 2013, Winnipeg's economy was rated as 4th in the national survey of the CIBC Metropolitan Economic Activity Index of 25 city economies. It was only behind to Toronot, Calgary, and Regina.
  • The average household income in Winnipeg is $72,050 per annum.
  • About 54,000 people (14%) of the total workforce is employed in the public sector.
  • Some of the biggest employers in Winnipeg is government and government funded institutions, like the city of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, Manitoba Hydro, and the Health and Sciences centre.
  • KPMG ranked Winnipeg as the least expensive location to conduct business in Western Canada.
  • Winnipeg has low housing costs, and a low overall cost of living