Manitoba’s demography will evolve significantly over the next few decades. Population growth is forecast to average 1 per cent per year from 2016 to 2040, lifting the province’s total population from 1.3 million to nearly 1.7 million by the end of the forecast period. The bulk of the growth will be sourced from Winnipeg.
As the initial foray into the study of Manitoba’s economic potential under the auspices of the Manitoba Research Centre, Maximizing Manitoba’s Potential: Manitoba Research Centre seeks to identify promising areas of future research that could provide the key to securing a prosperous economic future for Manitobans. It also discusses the role of immigration—both internal and international—in shaping Manitoba’s population and labour force and maps the path of rural–urban transition occurring in Manitoba. In addition, the report describes the footprint of Manitoba’s Indigenous population. It concludes with recommended next steps for research in support of Manitoba’s economic prosperity.