By Sarah Klein
WINNIPEG — People are moving to Manitoba in droves, according to new numbers released by Statistics Canada.
The province added 22,147 to its population in the 12 months ending June 30. That’s a 1.71 percent increase, making it the largest annual growth period on record.
That puts Manitoba’s total population at 1.3 million.
Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen says Manitoba has exceeded Canada’s growth rate for the past six years.
The record-breaking 12-month growth rate was also the second highest of any province.
Other highlights include:
- Manitoba welcomed 17,238 immigrants over the 12 months ending June 30.
- Total net migration was a record-breaking inflow of 15,451 individuals from other jurisdictions. This net inflow marks the eighth consecutive 12-month period with a net inflow of more than 8,000 migrants, with four of those 12-month periods more than 10,500.
- Manitobans gave birth to 17,372 babies over this period. This is the highest number of births for a July to June period since 1989-90. Births have increased 3,626 or 26.4 percent, compared to a low of 13,746 in 2001-02.