Here are 10 interesting facts about immigration in Manitoba that may be helpful to know:
- In 2014, Manitoba was 5th top destination for new permanent residents after Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia
A total of 16,222 permanent residents chose Manitoba as their immigration destination, an increase of 23.8% from 2013. This represents 6.2 % of Canada’s total immigration. Of these immigrants, a big bulk came under economic class followed by family class.
- Manitoba welcomed the highest number of refugees per capita in Canada in 2014
Six percent of Canada’s government-assisted refugees (435) and 22% of privately sponsored refugees (1,004) settled here last year. Most of them came from Somalia, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, and Ethiopia.
- MB received the second-highest number of Provincial Nominees and Family Class immigrants on record
A total of 12,187 provincial nominees and 1,831 permanent residents under the family class settled in the province.
- Winnipeg is still the top destination but 14.8% of newcomers to MB in 2014 chose to live outside of Winnipeg
More than 85% of immigrants destined for Manitoba settled in Winnipeg. Meanwhile, those who chose to live outside of Winnipeg settled in Brandon, Neepawa, and Winkler.
- Top source countries are the Philippines, India and China
Manitoba’s newest immigrants came from over 150 countries with around 60% coming from these top countries (and the US).
- Immigrant median age is 28 years old; Male and female numbers are almost equal
Newcomers’ median age was at 28 years while the median age of Manitobans was 38.
- Most common mother tongues are Tagalog and Punjabi
Tagalog and Punjabi represented 42.4 percent of the total. Other languages in the top five are English, Russian, and Chinese.
- Number of immigrants with a bachelor’s degree, MA, and PhD growing
In 2014, 42.4% of immigrants had bachelor’s degrees while 12.6% had master’s degrees.
- Top occupations: registered nurses, secondary school teachers, industrial butchers, and cooks
A big bulk of immigrants to Manitoba had work experience representing about 400 occupations. In terms of skill type and based on the National Occupation Classification, 70.6% of principal applicants had previous occupations in sales and service; business, finance and administration; management; health; and natural and applied sciences. Also, 74% of Manitoba’s economic immigrants are considered highly skilled.
- Manitoba received more than 5,000 temporary workers
In 2014, Manitoba received 4,898 temporary workers through the federal International Mobility Program and 1,102 through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
Source: 2014 Manitoba Facts: Annual Statistics Report
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