Location

Manitoba is the sunniest province in Canada, with a huge number of lakes and rivers on its territory. It was because of its huge ponds that the province gained such name. There are several theories concerning the origin of the name, but all of them, more or less, are related to lakes.

The province of Manitoba is neighboring with Nunavut and the Northwest Territories and the provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan, and also borders Minnesota and North Dakota - the northern American states. The access to the sea through the Hudson Bay played a huge role in the history and economy of the province. The seaport in Churchill provides the shortest route for cargo tankers from Europe, Russia and Asia. This contributed to the development of railroads and highways connecting Canada with the United States.

It should also be noted that Manitoba is almost the only territory in Canada with a huge number of indigenous reservations. Many of them are involved in the political life of the country. And, of course, they serve as a center for preserving the culture and traditions of the ancient tribes. It is in this province that one can find a peculiar symbiosis of two cultures: Indian and European.

Economy and Employment

Transport occupies an important role in the economy of the province, but it is far from dominating. Manitoba is considered an agricultural province, providing Canada with grain and meat (pork and beef). The lack of large production facilities has a positive impact on the province's ecology, but it also results in low economic growth rates as well as the level of incomes of its population, which is about 1,200 million inhabitants.

Manitoba is one of the few provinces where a large part of the population lives in the same city (and its suburbs). Winnipeg is the economic, political and cultural center of this agricultural province. The other largest city of Manitoba - Brandon - is young, but rapidly developing.

In addition to agriculture in Manitoba, the most promising fields of the economy are forestry, mining industry represented by nickel mines, power stations. Tourism plays an important role in the economy, natural resources, abundance of ocean species with colorful national parks attracting a lot of people. But the main landmark that tourists are interested in is the world observation center for polar animals - beluga and polar bears.

Education

There are more than a dozen universities and colleges, where you can find a suitable program, starting, from a mechanic, nurse or administrator to an engineer, a doctor, an international business specialist. The cost of training and the cost of living is lower than, for example, in Toronto. There’s flexible immigration policy and need for new migrants, especially, young professionals. But Manitoba is also one of the provinces famous for its provincial immigration program, which continues to operate successfully along with the federal program Express Entry. The province is waiting for new residents and there are many employment possibilities for future agrarians, engineers, doctors, nurses, teachers, kindergarten teachers and mechanics. And this list is far from complete.

There are many French-speaking Canadians in Manitoba. There is a French-speaking university, French cultural centers, many good schools under the French Immersion program.

Culture
 

Do you know that Winnie the Pooh was born here? During the First World War, Lieutenant Garry Coulbourne of the Canadian army bought a bear in Ontario near the White River and named it Winnie, so his hometown is Winnipeg. Vinnie was the favorite of the whole regiment, but when troops were camped in London, the authorities ordered to get rid of the bear, and he had to be moved to the London Zoo.

First Nations communities are best preserved beneath Manitoba’s prairies and wilderness and hide Canada’s richest art scenes, so it contains a variety of immigrant cultures. Manitoba’s Red River Jug brings together European reels, First Nations pow-wow music, and Metis fiddling.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet has the longest history, which has been existing for a longer time than the other Northern American company. Winnipeg’s Centennial Concert Hall hosts Manitoba Opera and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra performances. Canada’s oldest regional English theater, the Manitoba Theatre Center, and Canada’s oldest French-language theatre, Le Cercle Molière, both originated in Manitoba.

Cities

Winnipeg

Representatives of different nationalities live in the city, which defines the diversity of local culture and the friendliness of the indigenous people. There is "Chinatown" in Winnipeg and quarter called "Little Italy", and the French district - each of them has its own unique atmosphere. All travelers who have ever visited Winnipeg, note friendly spirit of local population. Literally, it is seen in everything, even car numbers have inscription "friendly Winnipeg", which makes newcomers smile and feel themselves as at home. The windiest point in the world is right in this city. It is located at the intersection of Portage and Main streets, the wind is always strong, even if the weather is calm and quiet. Winnipeg keeps amazing its visitors with unusual holidays and sights. The culture of this city is diverse and very interesting.

Thanks to the French heritage, there are rich wine traditions. Therefore, at the end of April, there is an interesting festival dedicated to the divine drink of Bacchus. It's about the Winnipeg Wine Festival. In addition, during this festival you can taste exquisite varieties of wine.

The aborigines are not forgotten. At the end of June, 339 Portage Avenue becomes the site for Aboriginal Day Live. Residents as well as visitors enjoy interesting and rich cultural program, including traditional music of Indian tribes, presentation of their diverse culture. Another festival is called Nuit Blanche, and during which (late September) museums and galleries - can be visited free of charge.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

Many immigrants are choosing to settle in Manitoba due to its low cost of living, good quality of life, and friendly community. One of the streams to immigrate to Canada is the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. Th e first nominee program for immigrants was created in Manitoba named the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program or MPNP. And last year the province celebrated the 20th anniversary of launching its provincial nominee stream. Since its evolvement, Manitoba has already embraced more than 130,00 immigrants. Other Canadian provinces took the same pattern and created their own provincial nominee program or PNP. Under the agreement with the federal government of Canada, Quebec is the only province that doesn’t have a PNP. As a matter of fact, it has a different immigration stream.

The following programs are available in Manitoba:

Skilled Workers in Manitoba - program for skilled workers who are already in Manitoba;
Skilled Workers Overseas - program for skilled workers from abroad;
Manitoba Business Investor Stream - a program for those who want to invest, set up or purchase a business in the province;
International Education Stream – for Manitoba graduates consists of three categories: Career Employment Pathway, Graduate Internship Pathway and International Student Entrepreneur Pilot.

Many immigrants are choosing to settle in Manitoba due to its low cost of living, good quality of life, and friendly community. One of the streams to immigrate to Canada is the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. The first nominee program for immigrants was created in Manitoba named the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program or MPNP. And last year the province celebrated the 20th anniversary of launching its provincial nominee stream. Since its evolvement, Manitoba has already embraced more than 130,00 immigrants. Other Canadian provinces took the same pattern and created their own provincial nominee program or PNP. Under the agreement with the federal government of Canada, Quebec is the only province that doesn’t have a PNP. As a matter of fact, it has a different immigration stream.