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Manitoba Big Loser In Provincial Migration Rates

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Manitoba big migration loser, bank reports

By: Murray McNeill
MANITOBA is attracting a record number of immigrants but
is still losing people to other provinces at a faster pace than almost
every other jurisdiction in Canada, according to a new report from the
TD Bank.
In an interprovincial migration report issued Thursday,
the bank says Manitoba posted a net loss of 2,902 people in 2010 and it
predicts that will grow to 3,372 this year and to 3,788 in 2012.

The TD said higher incomes and better employment prospects are
the two main drivers of interprovincial migration, not low unemployment
"Even though Manitoba's unemployment rate has been
consistently lower than that of the rest of the nation since the 1990s,
this has not proven sufficient to offset the structural pull from higher
incomes in neighbouring provinces," the report says.
It predicts Manitoba and Prince Edward Island will be the
only two provinces that will still be shedding a sizable share of their
residents during the next two years.
It says the other three western provinces will continue
to gain more people than they lose, the other Atlantic provinces will
hover at a near-balanced position and Ontario and Quebec will continue
to lose more than they gain, but at a reduced pace.
Wilf Falk, Manitoba's chief statistician, agreed Thursday
that Manitoba continues to experience a net loss in interprovincial
migration, but he disputed the TD's claim that net losses are mounting.
Falk said the Manitoba Bureau of Statistics estimates
last year's net loss was only 2,400, the lowest annual net loss since
The bureau predicts the average annual net migration loss
for the next 10 years will drop to 1,500 from 4,300 in the 2001 to 2010
period and 4,700 in the decade of the 1990s.
Falk said part of the problem is that Manitoba doesn't
have as many auto manufacturing or oil and gas industry jobs, which tend
to be higher-paying.
And with a considerably smaller population, there aren't as many jobs here as in B.C. or Alberta, he said.
The TD report said more Canadians were on the move last
year as a percentage of the population than in any year since 1998 and
most were headed west to take advantage of better job prospects and
higher living standards.
The analysis shows 337,000 Canadians migrated within the
country's borders last year, 45,000 more than in 2009. The level
represents about one per cent of the total population, the highest since
Except for New Brunswick, only Saskatchewan, Alberta and
British Columbia experienced a net inflow of people last year. The
report predicts that westward migration will continue in the next two
years, although not at the levels of the resource boom prior to the

-- with files from The Canadian PressSource:
So, who is to blame for this? Can the Socialist provincial government continue to sweep this FACT under the rug? Does it care that Manitoba still continues to lose thousands of educated, talented citizens to other provinces? Can anything be done to be able to attract immigration AND other Canadian citizens to live, work and play in Manitoba?


I need immigrants to make my staffing quotas. Keep coming, immigrants. Keep coming.



Can anything be done to be able to attract immigration AND other Canadian citizens to live, work and play in Manitoba?

Yup. Change the government and the weather.


So we are left with lower income earning people! No wonder price becomes so important in purchasing. Cheap, cheap for lower quality, and a hard time to find anything made to last? Oh well, nothing changes!
Still friendly Manitoba works for me! Except no one around to get a lift to lunch! lol

They cut my back open ! Help!


JTF wrote:

Can anything be done to be able to attract immigration AND other Canadian citizens to live, work and play in Manitoba?

Yup. Change the government and the weather.

You are half right. Weather is trivial at worst. Other Canadian cities with just as harsh winters as Winnipeg are doing more that alright with attracting Canadian citizens to live in their cites, despite frigid winters.
So what does it boil down to? ECONOMY. That is the biggest factor for attracting other Canadians to want to live in Manitoba. And before people start shouting "BUT WE DON'T HAVE OIL, POTASH, NATURAL GAS, etc." at me, in actually yes, Manitoba does have all that, and can build on it if they so choose to. There is a huge potash reserve in Manitoba near the Russel/St. Lazare area, but the gov't has not been interested enough in pursuing the possibility of mining it yet. Oil reserves, while apparently much smaller than out west, are happening and being expanded when possible. So what else can be done? Build on the manufacturing economy. It has always been a positive for Manitoba when it comes to economic benefits. Boeing and other large outfits have a huge presence in Manitoba and are siginficant contributors to the economy.

Manitoba's economy is diverse, and I believe this is key to making Manitoba more competitive. But what is standing in the way? Well, the people that run the province, that is who. They are truly the ones that can set standards for attracting business here through incentives and aggressive marketing. That is if they are truly interested in making Manitoba more competitive.
So the bottom line is that your government is the biggest factor in making and breaking Manitoba. So when it comes time to choose at the next election.........choose who you think will be a true leader for Manitoba. Choose wisely and with intelligence and don't dismiss this opportunity to have your say about where you live and it's future.
In other words, vote.

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