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Life in Manitoba – Multi cultures in the heart of Canada

Life in Manitoba – Multi cultures in the heart of Canada

November 17, 2019

In the heart of Canada, the name “Manitoba” means the Great Spirit from the language of the indigenous people in the province. With 100,000 lakes and many splendid natural sceneries, Manitobans can effortlessly enjoy a wonderful retreat within nature. Beyond gorgeous landscapes, your life in Manitoba would be surrounded by a multicultural environment of indigenous people, locals and immigrants from all over the world who had chosen Manitoba as their home for a life in Canada. 

Community and lifestyle

1. The living standard

The stable economic growth in Manitoba provides incredibly low living expenses for families, moreover, low business costs. People in Manitoba enjoy an affordable life with housing, insurance, electricity and educational tuition at some of the lowest prices in Canada. Median two-floor house sale prices in the capital city of Manitoba, Winnipeg is approximately $337,579 CND. Though Winnipeg is the most expensive city (and the largest) in the province, the cost of living is still cheaper than most of Canada’s capital cities. 

On top of that, after paying basic costs and taxes, a family of five earning $75,000 CND per year can save more of up to $8,554 CND than the same Canadian family average. From those benefits, higher-income levels living in Manitoba can have executive homes, vacation homes and attend tournament-quality golf courses. The Manitobans have the highest rate of vacation home ownership in Canada.

A resident living in Manitoba would be charged with a 10,8% income tax on the first $31,000 CND and 17,4% on incomes exceeding $67,000 CND. The sales tax would be a 5% for Goods and Service Tax (GST) and 8% for Provincial Sales Tax (PST)

2. Lifestyle and cultural

Winnipeg is the capital and the largest city in Manitoba. In this cosmopolitan city, you will be offered urban amenities in a safe and welcoming environment. Famous for the tagline “Friendly Manitoba”, your life in Manitoba would be more satisfied with the supportive communities around you. Manitobans give the highest proportion of their incomes to charity and also participate in volunteer work more than any other place in Canada. 

With affordable house prices, you can find a good place to live not too far outside the cities. These advantages allow you to enjoy your peaceful life amongst small communities while can still accessible to vibrant urban life in major cultural and business hubs. With more than 100 festivals, Manitobans have Canada’s largest folk music festival, Western Canada’s largest winter carnival, and North America’s largest multicultural festival to keep them entertained. 

Since the 19th century, Manitoba had welcomed immigrants. Until now, If you are living in Manitoba, you would have the chance to interact with over 200 languages from all over the world. The most common language are English, German, French, Tagalog, Cree, Ukrainian, Chinese, Punjabi, Spanish, Ojibway. 

3. Settlement services

The friendly Manitoba will make sure that you have no trouble after you arrive to settle in Manitoba with their immigrant support services and assisting officers in the province. They will help you in the labor market and employment through activities like professional career planning and coaching, job matching and special network events to connect foreign workers with employers in their field. You can access to the pre-arrival services online to prepare for your immigration. Other services and information would be stated clearly in the province’s social service website.

Living utilities

1. Healthcare

Manitoba is known for the high quality of free public health care systems. No charge for Manitoba residents to have a physician and hospital care. The province also provides a basic deductible to eligible prescription drugs. There are 80 hospitals and health centers in the province.  A helpful guide to Manitoba for newcomers, permanent residents are covered for medically required physician’s services and hospitalization costs. This privilege applies to those who are Canadian citizens or have permanent residency and have stayed in Manitoba at least 6 months per year. 

For patients who live in northern and rural communities, Manitoba has a Telehealth Network to connect patients and doctors in Winnipeg through live video and audio feed. Under the Northern Patient Transportation Program, residents of designated areas of northern Manitoba may also be eligible for subsidization of transportation costs required to obtain medical or hospital care at the nearest available location.

2. Education

Excellent education systems in Manitoba are free-provided to children from elementary to secondary. For immigrants who are just arriving in Manitoba, you should provide the previous school records and transcripts, copies of course outlines and content. The school you apply to can use those to place the student in an appropriate grade.

There are 6 universities in Manitoba, one of them is French-only university, a university focuses on the northern area and there is a Christian university. Manitoba also has 3 colleges for students who want to pursue a high-quality post-secondary diploma, certificate, applied-skills training, and apprenticeship program.

3. Transportation

Between residential communities to working hubs, the Manitobans have a shorter commute time than average Canadians. This helps saving time, energy and costs and contribute more to their life quality in general. Public transportations in Manitoba, however, is not as readily available as other provinces. Besides personal transportation, you can use the train, bus or ridesharing applications but those would present mostly in Winnipeg. Municipalities operate their own localized bus system. Water taxis are provided in Northern Airports and Marine Operations’ ferry services can take you to small villages.

Manitoba has one international airport in Winnipeg and many small airports to serve its transportation demand in the province.

4. Community infrastructure

There are 38 public libraries in Manitoba, 21 of them are part of the Winnipeg Public Library system. In some libraries, you can access to French-language or other language collections. The province’s heritage from its cultural diversity is preserved in many museums and art galleries within Manitoba. 

Entertainment and recreation infrastructure is everywhere in Manitoba to serve its people. A signature of Manitoba is the culture so the province can offer you a wide range of art performances from traditional to modern art. The internationally renowned Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre showcase new works and classics in the performing arts. There is a lot of sports events take place in the stadium, golf courses for the sports fan. 

The Manitobans benefit from its great nature for outdoor activities in 2,5 million acres of parklands, 100,000 lakes and even an untamed land for adventurers in northlands. You can go camping, fishing, hiking or chasing the northern lights in your free time.

How to immigrate to Manitoba?

If you want to find a pathway to have a life in Manitoba, we can provide you more details on our website through Immilist. Then you can assure that you satisfy all of their requirements to be accepted by the government. Moreover, you should prepare what the immigration needs in order to complete your application.

 



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