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Winnipeg is home to 60 per cent of Manitoba’s residents (CMA 2005 population estimate 706,854). Overall, Winnipeg enjoys a stable population growth. A recent study by the Conference Board of Canada predicts the population of Winnipeg will reach 730,000 by the year 2010.

Winnipeg is a cosmopolitan city with a rich history. The people of Winnipeg are diverse, creative and confident. Winnipeg possesses a relatively young population. Well over one-half of residents in the area are less than 40 years of age, and more than one-quarter are under 20.

Winnipeg is a model of multiculturalism. This multicultural heritage reflects the important role immigration has played in the history of the city’s development. Over 100 ethnic groups speaking over 80 languages are represented in the city. Winnipeg’s level of cultural achievement and flourishing arts scene is largely attributed to this vibrant mixture of ethnic populations. Historic St. Boniface, a city within a city, boasts the largest French-speaking community in Western Canada and is known as Winnipeg’s French Quarter.

Manitoba is interested in attracting qualified newcomers from around the world, and a comprehensive network of service providers and support systems are in place to coordinate immigrant recruitment and admission strategies and assist with the economic and social integration of newcomers to the province.

International immigration to Manitoba has been on an upward trend since 1999, and in 2006 Manitoba received 8,884 newcomers to the province.