“Get Away From It All” in Manitoba!
If you enjoy your independence, love nature and want to “get away from it all,” then Manitoba immigration may be a choice for you after being issued a Permanent Resident Visa for Canada! Manitoba is also one of the best places to find jobs in Canada, consistently boasting the third or fourth lowest unemployment rate of any Canadian province or territory.
Manitoba (population 1,208,268) is a province located on the Canadian prairie between the provinces of Saskatchewan (on the west) and Ontario (on the east); south of Northwest Territories and Nunavut Territory; and north of Minnesota and North Dakota in the United States. Manitoba is also bordered on the northeast by Hudson Bay.
With its location in the northern Great Plains region of North America, Manitoba basically has a flat, grassy terrain that is well-suited for agriculture (particularly in the southern section of the province). Manitoba also has beautiful pine forests and spectacular national parks. Like neighboring Ontario, Manitoba has thousands of lakes (over 100,000), providing endless opportunities for sailing, water skiing, fishing, camping, hiking and picnicking. Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg are two of the larger lakes in Manitoba. Lake Winnipeg has the distinction of being the 10th largest fresh-water lake in the world. Polar bears are common in the northern part of Manitoba, plus the province has large numbers of moose, wolves, deer, and more than 140 bird species. Thus, many nature lovers who treasure the tranquility of the “Great Outdoors” decide on Manitoba immigration over settling in other provinces after receiving their Permanent Resident Visa for Canada.
The provincial capital of Manitoba (and its largest city) is Winnipeg (population 783,700 as of 2013). The next largest cities have relatively low populations. For example, the second most populace city in Manitoba, Brandon, only has 46,061 residents; the third largest city, Steinbach, 13,524; and so forth. Thus, if you select Manitoba immigration after being granted a Permanent Resident Visa for Canada, you can choose between “life in the big city” (e.g., Winnipeg) and a more rural lifestyle in a small town or out in the country.
Winnipeg has a variety of things to do. There are several festivals held in the city, such as the Winnipeg Jazz Festival and Winnipeg Folk Festival. If you enjoy NHL hockey, you can cheer on the Winnipeg Jets. Cultural events include the symphony, ballet and opera. Winnipeg has several museums, including the Western Canada Aviation Museum, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg Planetarium, and the Manitoba Museum.
Manitoba has a healthy economy, with a low unemployment rate (5.0% as of October 2014). Winnipeg, the largest city and provincial capital of Manitoba, also boasted a low unemployment rate of just 6.0% in October 2014. The Conference Board of Canada (a Canadian think-tank based in Ottawa) forecast that in 2012 the province of Manitoba would have the second highest economic growth in Canada, after Alberta, and that its growth in real GDP would be 33% higher than the average for Canada. The Royal Bank of Canada predicted Manitoba would have Canada’s third strongest growth in GDP (3.3%) of any province or territory in 2012, with a forecast of 3.2% GDP growth in 2013. Those and other forecasts appear to have come true, as Manitoba has maintained one of the strongest economies in Canada over the past few years. Manufacturing is the biggest sector of the economy in Manitoba, while retail, aerospace, mining, agriculture and forestry are also key industries of the province.
These excellent economic figures are even more impressive when one considers the rural location of Manitoba! A major attraction, however, of this Canadian prairie province for many people who make Canadian immigration and are issued a Permanent Resident Visa for Canada is that there are economic opportunities in Manitoba without a lot of the big city hassle.