Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Calls Winnipeg A Canada Immigration Success Story 

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called Winnipeg an “extraordinary example” of successful Canada immigration.

He said in an interview with Global News that the large metropolises of Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver are “the three places we think about automatically (about immigration) because they are the largest urban centres.”

“But the story of Winnipeg, which is not well enough known by Canadians, about how incredibly successful you’ve been at drawing people in from around the world and building this great, diverse city, that is really an example,” he said.

“They have so much of that kind of success, (it) is something that quite frankly, places across the country saying, oh, why would we even try to even think about comparing ourselves to Toronto, can learn so much about your success here, in Winnipeg.”

University of Winnipeg Economics Professor Manish Pandey said to CityNews in November 2023 that with the rising popularity of remote work, people are choosing to settle in more affordable cities like Winnipeg.

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With high housing costs in some Canadian cities, Winnipeg is an attractive alternative.

Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Loren Remillard said that Winnipeg allows people to save for their children’s future, make investments, and “build a life they want.”

However, Winnipeg’s success in specific – and Manitoba’s success in general – does not make the province immune from the problems plaguing Canada as a whole.

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Data from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation shows that by 2030, Manitoba will have a housing gap of 260,000 units. The province should make use of the stabilization of immigration rates by the federal government by building more houses to support future immigrants.

Manitoba immigration is run through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), which selects candidates based on the province’s specific economic needs.

The streams are:

  • Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream
  • Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
  • International Education Stream
  • Business Investor Stream

The program aims to be flexible to the province’s labour market and broader economic priorities.

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Colin Singer
Colin Singer is an international acclaimed Canadian immigration lawyer and founder of featured on Wikipedia. Colin Singer is also founding director of the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center (CCIRC) Inc. He served as an Associate Editor of ‘Immigration Law Reporter’, the pre-eminent immigration law publication in Canada. He previously served as an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec and National Immigration Law Sections and is currently a member of the Canadian Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Colin has twice appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He is frequently recognized as a recommended authority at national conferences sponsored by government and non-government organizations on matters affecting Canada’s immigration and human resource industries. Since 2009, Colin has been a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of the profession, and became a lifetime member in 2018.