Winnipeg’s Population Grows Slower Than National Average

Winnipeg's growth rate was lower than the Canadian average in the 2011 census, but still grew by 4.8 percent. (MARC EVANS / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Winnipeg’s population grew by 4.8 percent between 2006 and 2011, according to new data released by Statistics Canada on Wednesday.

The 2011 census showed that while the city’s population increased to 663,617, its growth is still considered to be lower than the national growth rate of 5.9 percent over the past five years. Manitoba’s population grew by 5.2 percent to 1,208,268 residents in 2011.

The biggest increase in the country came in the western provinces, with Alberta’s growth accounting for a 10.8 percent population increase, followed by British Columbia at 7.0 percent and Saskatchewan at 6.7 percent. Calgary saw the largest growth by 12.6 percent, followed by Edmonton at 12.1 percent.

Thompson, Manitoba had its population decrease by 4.5 percent between 2006 and 2011, going from 13,446 to 12,839.

Overall, Canada grew by 5.9 percent to 33.5 million people.

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