Immigration ups Manitoba’s population

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Manitoba has seen its second biggest increase in population since records began, at least in part due to immigration. Its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)is the main driver of immigrants to the province, accounting for a full two-thirds of new Canadian permanent residents arriving in Manitoba.

Canada’s various PNP programs, available in all provinces and territories except Quebec (which has a sort of equivalent in its Quebec Skilled Worker program), matches up skilled immigrants to the skills that are most needed in each province as determined by the provinces themselves.

The Winnipeg Free Press cites the many infrastructure improvements as one of the reasons more people are finding their way to Manitoba. One of the draws mentionned is the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights, to be completed in 2012, and, according to its mission statement, is to be “a national and international destination – a centre of learning where Canadians and people from around the world can engage in discussion and commit to taking action against hate and oppression.”

Moreover, The Immigrant Center in Winnipeg, being the largest settlement agency in Manitoba, is also a draw. Its executive director, Linda Lalande, describes it as a place that helps immigrants find employment and get educated, including taking citizenship classes.

Lalande mentions that in particular, she has seen an increase in the Filipino immigrant population of late, contributing to the established Filipino community in Winnipeg that spawned eleven year old singing sensation Maria Aragon (Covered in the CIC Newsletter story Singing an Immigrant’s Tune to Success).

The overall population boom in Manitoba meant 10,000 additional people living there over the past year.

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