Winnipeg Fast Facts

Location

Winnipeg lies at the geographic centre of North America. Winnipeg is the capital city of Manitoba, a resource-rich province of 1.3 million people bordered by Ontario to the east, Saskatchewan to the west, and North Dakota and Minnesota to the south.

Winnipeg is just 100 kilometres (62 miles) from the United States border and is the major Canadian centre closest to Mexico.

Winnipeg’s history is the tale of a prime meeting place at the junction of two rivers – the north-flowing Red and the east-flowing Assiniboine.

Winnipeg is a welcoming gateway, a centre of commerce and trade, and a centre for arts and culture, with a rich history and growing economic opportunity.

Diversity

Winnipeg has one of the most diverse economies of any major city in Canada.

Key industries include advanced manufacturing, aerospace, agribusiness, creative industries, energy and environment, financial industries, information, communications and technology, life sciences, tourism, transportation and distribution.

Winnipeg is one of the most culturally diverse cities anywhere. More than 100 languages are represented, and Winnipeg is well known for its cultural achievements and flourishing arts scene.

Area: 462 square kilometres (178 sq. mi.)
Riverbank frontage: 178 km (111 mi.)
Population: 771,221
Population by age: Median: 38; 17 & under: 157,294; 18-24: 79,349; 25-64: 425,172; 65-74: 58,502; 75+: 50,904

Location

Road distance (from Winnipeg to, in km)
Toronto: 2,079
Ottawa: 2,171
Montreal: 2,291
Vancouver: 2,372
Calgary: 1,326
New York: 2,659
Los Angeles: 3,330
Minneapolis: 723
Kansas City: 1,315
Chicago: 1,361
Denver: 1,847
Dallas: 2,145
Grand Forks: 231
Regina: 576
Thunder Bay: 702
Brandon: 200
Kenora: 205

Climate

Summer temperature: 25.4ºC (77.7ºF) avg.
Winter temp: -12.9ºC (8.8ºF) avg.
Precipitation: 521.1 mm (20.5”) per year, includes rain: 418.9 mm; snow: 113.7 cm
Sunshine: Winnipeg has an average of 2,372 hours of sunshine per year, among the most of all major Canadian cities.

Housing

Price comparisons (average house price, and, avg. two-bedroom apartment rent)
Winnipeg: $268,382, $969
Calgary: $437,036, $1,224
Halifax: $274,880, $976
Ottawa: $358,876, $1,132
Toronto: $524,089, $1,213
Vancouver: $767,765, $1,281

Communications

Newspapers: 3 daily publications; community news: 6
Radio: 24 stations
Television: 6 local stations
Telephone: MTS, Shaw, AT&T, Primus, Sprint, Telus
Mail/courier: Canada Post, Purolator, Federal Express, UPS, Loomis, DHL

Recreation

Parks: 937 sites; 10,000 acres
Golf courses: 26
Indoor arenas: 30
Curling rinks: 20
Indoor swimming pools: 13
Recreation centres: 9
Libraries: 20

Sports and entertainment

National Hockey League Team (Winnipeg Jets)
Canadian Football League Team (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
American Association Baseball League Team (Winnipeg Goldeyes)
Racetrack, casinos, riverboat tours
Concert venue seats 15,000
Stadium seats 33,500
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg (160,000 sq. ft.)
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Performing arts organizations, museums, galleries, arts education facilities
Assiniboine Park Zoo
Amusement parks, waterslides, community centres

Medical care

Health centres: 6
Hospitals: 6
Seniors residences: 39
Medical doctors: 2,028
Dentists: 554

Post-secondary education

University of Manitoba: 28,430 students
University of Winnipeg: 9,771
Université de Saint-Boniface: 906
Red River College: 12,312
Canadian Mennonite University: 626

Economy

GDP: $33.8 billion
Unemployment rate: 5.9% (Canada: 7.1%)
Employment: 419,200, labour force, all industries
Retail sales: $10.7 billion
Median family income: $74,040 (Canada: $72,240)
Tourists: 4 million annually
Hotel/motel rooms: 7,600
Building permit value: $1.8 billion annually (residential & non-residential)

Corporations

Insurance: Great-West Lifeco, Wawanesa Mutual
Agribusiness: Cargill
Conglomerate: James Richardson & Sons
Finance: IGM Financial
Communications: MTS Allstream
Merchant: North West Company
Manufacturing: Boeing, Winpak, WGI Westman Group, New Flyer Industries, Ag Growth International, Exchange Income Corp., Palliser Furniture Holdings, Buhler Industries
Transportation: Bison Transport
Service: Boyd Group Income Fund, National Leasing
Printing: Pollard Banknote
Food processing: Granny’s Poultry

Industrial space

Industrial parks: 12 (over 2,000 acres of space)
Warehouse average net rent: $6.68/sq. ft.
Vacancy rate: 4.3%

Downtown Commercial/Office

Class A net average rent: $19.82/sq. ft; vacancy rate: 3.9%
Class B: $13.45; 8.7%
Class C: $10.66; 10.6%

Figures compiled by Economic Development Winnipeg