Manitoba is the most easterly of the Prairie Provinces and is 250,946
square miles in size. It is situated in central Canada, with Saskatchewan
to the West, Ontario to the East, Nunavut bordering the North and
the US states of North Dakota and Minnesota to the South.
The Province is in the Central Time Zone which is Greenwich Meantime
-6 hours. Between the months of April and October Daylight Saving
is in effect and the difference is GMT -5 hours.
The vast majority of Manitoba’s total population of 1,150,800 (2002)
live in the Southern part of the Province. The Provincial Capital
is Winnipeg which is located in the South of the Province along
with Manitoba’s second largest city Brandon and the main gateway
for goods shipping from the North the city of Selkirk The far North
of Manitoba is mainly wilderness but there are a few settlements
of note. The Mining Town of Flin Flon is on the Western border with
Saskatchewan. Probably a bit more famous is Churchill which is on
the Southern shore of Hudson Bay in the far North and has been the
subject of several documentaries about its regular visitors - polar
The Province is a flat, level land with most of it between 150
- 300 metres above sea level, the highest elevation being Baldy
Mountain at 831 metres. The province has over 100,000 lakes and
water makes up 16% of the land surface. Lake Winnipeg and Lake Winnipegosis
are the two largest of all the lakes. The far Northern part of the
Province is covered is forest and is glaciated. As with all of Canada,
there are fantastic Opportunities for Recreation that range from
the great outdoors to all manner of tourism and sports. There are
many Provincial and two National Parks in Manitoba where the wildlife
and landscapes are protected and made available for everyone to
The climate in Manitoba has great extremes of temperature, the
average January high in Winnipeg is -13 degrees centigrade and the
record low is -48 degrees centigrade. The South of the Province
usually receives over 100cm of snow annually. The summers by contrast
are usually sunny and warm, with precipitation in the form of brief
heavy showers. Winnipeg’s average high in July is 26 degrees centigrade.
The Provincial Government is led by Premier Gary Doer who is the
leader of the New Democratic Party. The Province is responsible
for administering the Healthcare System which provides a basic care
system for the Manitoba residents. The Education System and the
Driving Regulations are also regulated by the Province and have
differences from other parts of Canada.
The Provincial Retail Sales Tax (RST) is a 7 per cent tax applied
to the retail sale or rental of most goods and certain services
in Manitoba. The tax is calculated on the selling price, before
the Federal GST (Good and Services Tax) is applied. Residents of
Manitoba are subject to Provincial and Federal Taxation.
The Government is actively seeking new residents and has a dedicated
Provincial Nominee Program for both Business people and Skilled
workers with a profile of high demand jobs. The webpages for Immigration
are the best Provincial offering we have found and are crammed with
excellent information. The Newcomers section is second to none and
a must see if you are considering moving to Manitoba. Also, be sure
to acquaint yourself with the Emploment Standards which describes
your rights and obligations as an employee, the minimum wage system
and great links to the health and safety regulations.
About the Author:
Dave Lympany and his family emigrated to Canada in 2003 and have
produced a free information resource for Canada and Canadian Immigration
Read more articles by: Dave Lympany
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