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Things You Need To Know Before Moving To Manitoba Canada

Manitoba is one of Canada’s most immigration-friendly provinces – one of the first to introduce its own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Often known for its low cost of living, warm locals and affordable housing; Manitoba has a dry climate that can experience significant weather fluctuations depending on the season. Most people who immigrate to Manitoba move to one of the province’s two major cities: Winnipeg (Manitoba’s capital) or Brandon.

Read on for important information you need to know before moving to Manitoba.

Housing

Manitoba offers some of the most affordable housing options in the country, both for sale and for rent. Additionally, the province’s two largest cities offer a variety of housing options, including condos, duplexes, single-family homes and more.

This affordability is due not only to lower municipal property taxes and operating costs, but also to Manitoba’s extensive housing programs. These programs provide eligible residents with a variety of subsidized housing options. To qualify for these programs, in addition to a complete application, residents must:

  • You must have a total adjusted household income at or below the rental program income limits (GDP).
  • Be in conditions of fundamental housing need;
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Provide a rental history. 
  • Pay off all outstanding debts to the program or enter into an approved payment plan.

It is important to note that this residential program is not available to international students or permanent residents who have obtained their status through family class sponsorship. More information about Manitoba’s housing programs can be found here.

In July 2023, the Manitoba government committed to investing C$67 million to support 89 large-scale housing projects across the province.

Commuting

Much of Manitoba’s public transportation system is located in the provincial capital, Winnipeg. City residents have access to two main forms of public transportation: the city metro and public buses.

The subway system, called the BLUE Rapid Transit Line, provides routes between downtown Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba and St. Norbert, with several stations in between.

Winnipeg’s public bus system also offers scheduled bus routes that operate year-round and late into the night. Additionally, some buses provide limited service from Winnipeg to other cities in Manitoba.

Both systems work with a ticket called “Peggo”, which commuters can use to pay for their journey.

Employment

There has always been a strong need for skilled workers in Manitoba. The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), one of the first PNPs in Canada, was created to meet this demand by selecting skilled workers from around the world and nominating them for permanent residency (PR) in Canada.

Manitoba has traditionally had a low unemployment rate and a high labor force participation rate. The province’s largest employment sectors are wholesale and retail trade, health and social care, and manufacturing. The minimum wage in Manitoba (as of October 1) is C$15.30 per hour.

Major employers in Manitoba include Manitoba Health Services Insurance Plan, Canada Life Assurance Company, Bell MTS, University of Manitoba, IGM Financial and Manitoba Hydro.

Education

Manitoba offers a wide range of educational opportunities for K-12 students. There are both public and private schools in the province, particularly in Winnipeg. Typically, students begin kindergarten at age five and complete high school at age seventeen or eighteen.

Manitoba’s education system covers a wide range of subjects, including English and/or French education, arts, health, science and social studies. Programs and resources are also available to support students with diverse learning needs. Manitoba’s education system emphasizes active learning experiences, including field trips and outdoor activities. Indigenous perspectives and traditions are also integrated into the curriculum.

Parents, teachers and students can find detailed information about the curriculum and guidelines on the government’s education website. Resources are also available to help students learn what to expect from school and how to transition smoothly between different grade levels.

Post-secondary education in Manitoba is offered by universities and colleges, offering a range of programs from practical training to theoretical degrees. These institutions offer certificate and diploma courses as well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees (including master’s and doctoral degrees). In addition, vocational preparation and vocational qualification courses in various disciplines are available.

International students wishing to study in Canada must enroll in a school that is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) – the only schools in Canada that can accept international students. .

Taxation

In Manitoba, income tax rates can vary between 10.8% and 17.4%. Combined with federal tax, the total tax burden can range from 25.8% to 50.4%.

Instead of a single harmonized consumption tax on goods and services, Manitoba has separate taxes on goods and services. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is 7% nationally, while the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) specific to Manitoba is also 7%. It is important to note that PST is applied to the original price of the product before GST is additionally charged.

Newcomer Services

Newcomer settlement services are services provided at the federal, provincial and municipal levels for newcomers to Canada. Please note that you may or may not be eligible for these services depending on your legal status in Canada and where you live. While most services are available to permanent residents and some temporary residents, it is recommended that you contact the specific service provider you wish to see to clarify eligibility.

The Government of Manitoba categorizes its settlement services into the following categories:

  • New Arrival Arrival and Settlement Services;
  • Neighborhood Immigrant Settlement Workers (NISW);
  • health and family support;
  • employment support;
  • language training programs for adults;
  • Services de soutien francophone (French support services);
  • colleges and universities;
  • hospitals;
  • libraries;
  • Other Government Services.

The provincial government of Manitoba has compiled a list of service providers on an online map tool, which can be accessed here.

For more information on free newcomer settlement services in Canada, you can visit our dedicated webpage here.

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