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Manitoba: Quick Facts

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  • Capital - Winnipeg
  • Motto - Glorious Et Liber (Glorious and Free)
  • Flower - Prairie Crocus
  • Entered Confederation - 15 July 1870
  • Members of the Legislative Assembly - 57
  • Members of Parliament- 14
  • Senators - 6
  • Population, 1998 - 1,140,964
  • Average annual family income, 1996 - $52,132
  • Employment rate, 1997 - 62.5%
  • Per capita health expenditures, 1995 - $2,638
  • Inflation as measured by the CPI, 1997 - 2.2%
  • Average weekly earnings, 1997 - $524.37
  • Housing starts, 1997 - 2,612
  • Provincial sales tax, 1998 - 7.0%
  • Urban population, 1996 - 71.8%
  • GDP per capita, 1995 - $23,140
  • Land area out of Canada's total area - 6.5%

Sources: Statistics Canada, 1999 Canadian Encyclopedia


Winnipeg, 683,000 population, is the capital of Manitoba The second-largest city is Brandon, in southwestern Manitoba. Flin Flon in the north is a mining centre.

Time Zone

Manitoba is in the Central Standard time zone and lies six hours behind Greenwich Mean Time.


Warm, sunny summers and cold bright winters characterize Manitoba's climate. It has a continental climate, with great temperatures extremes. The mean January temperature in Winnipeg is about -20oC; the July average is about 19oC. Wide variations from average values are common in all seasons. More than half of the annual precipitation falls in the summer months in the form of brief heavy showers. Most of southern Manitoba receives 110-140 cm of snow annually with the heaviest snow falls occurring in the northeast, in the Duck and Riding Mountains (160 cm).

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