Maximizing Manitoba’s Potential: Manitoba Research Centre

The Conference Board of Canada, 42 pages, January 25, 2017
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Businesses and policy-makers should understand Manitoba’s unique demographic profile to make sound decisions. This report explores demographic research opportunities to support a prosperous Manitoba economy in the long term.

Document Highlights

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.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1–Introduction

Chapter 2–Demographic Change

Chapter 3–Immigration

Chapter 4–Urbanization

  • Historical Backdrop
  • Demographic Outlook, 2015–40

Chapter 5–Indigenous Population

  • Historical Demographic Context
  • Manitoba’s Indigenous Demographic Outlook, 2011–36

Chapter 6–Conclusion and Future Research Opportunities

  • Needs-Based Assessments of Key Public Services
  • Economic Impact of Enhanced Indigenous Labour Force Participation
  • Attracting Business Investment Through Regional Benchmarking

Appendix A–Bibliography

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