Winnipeg – Manitoba’s population is growing and it’s going up more quickly than much of the rest of Canada.
New number from Statistics Canada show our population has surpassed the 1.3 million mark, as of July 1.
The number of people in our province jumped 1.7 per cent in the past year. That works out to just over 22,000 people.
That’s far better than the national average of 1.2 per cent population growth.
Canada’s overall population is now pegged at 36.2 million people.
One of the big reasons for the spike, it’s been a record year for immigration.
Manitoba had set a goal at the time of welcoming 2000 refugees, and five Syrian families, comprising 45 people, now call Altona home.
Altona-resident with Build A Village Ray Loewen says the families have already gotten used to their new surroundings.
“They’re working out very, very well. Our families are adapting to life in Canada quite well. Kids are in school, parents are taking English classes.”
Loewen says one of the reasons it’s been a smooth transition is thanks to an Iraqi refugee family that arrived six years ago.
“They spoke Arabic, they were familiar with Syria, so they’ve been able to help us get these new families settled into life here.”
320,000 immigrants have come to Canada since last November.