Moving to Winnipeg, Manitoba

Geography

Located in the geographic centre of North America, Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of Manitoba, Canada. The name Winnipeg comes from the Cree word for "muddy waters", reflecting the city's position between the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. The current population is just over 730,000.

Climate

Winnipeg experiences a continental climate characterized by four distinct seasons. Average temperatures range between -12° Celsius in the winter months to 26° Celsius in the summer. Due to its northern location, Winnipeg residents enjoy 2.300 hours of sunlight annually and up to 16 hours of sunlight daily during the summer months. Winnipeg averages around 51 centimetres of precipitation each year.

Cost of Living

Winnipeg enjoys a low cost of living, providing its residents affordable access to homes, auto insurance, electricity and tuition.  For further information on Winnipeg's cost of living, please click here.

Language

English and French are Canada's two official languages. English is the predominant language spoken in Winnipeg. Old St. Boniface - Winnipeg's French Quarter, is largely French-speaking.

Time Zone

Winnipeg is located in the Central Standard Time Zone (CST).

Moving to Canada

For information on moving to Canada please refer to the links below.

Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC)

CIC Offices

Social Insurance Number (SIN)

Manitoba Health Care Coverage

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) Instructions

Immigration Forms