The loving heart of Canada
Winnipeg has a little bit of everything, for everyone. Looking for a job? You have your choice of industries. Love live theatre or music? The city has an array of festivals. Sports fan? There are Jets and Blue Bombers and Goldeyes games. Bookworm? Well, Winnipeg inspired Winnie-the-Pooh! Seriously, this place has everything. But it does come at a price. You’ve got to be willing to deal with the Winnipeg winters – and, believe us, they’re tough. In the most extreme cases, the temperature dips below -40. But that’s what a good jacket is for, right?
Last year, there was a housing boom in Winnipeg, with the number of condos exploding. Condos are quickly becoming a favourite amongst young professionals, who are flocking to the city. Similarly, older locals are taking advantage of the housing boom, selling their properties and downsizing to condos or apartments. At the same time, there’s a flood of people moving to the city, snapping up available units and keeping the housing supply and demand balanced.
Typical housing type:
Detached homes and low-rise apartment buildings, though condo buildings are on the rise.
While there’s a lot Winnipeg has going for it, it’s important to note that the city has the most violent crime in Canada per capita. The downtown core is particularly dangerous. Please take the time to look over the crime statistics before moving – and always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night.
Avg. rent by housing size:
Avg. rent compared to other Canadian cities
Winnipeg is on par with the Canadian average
Cheap housing tends to be a top priority for those apartment hunting in Winnipeg. Even with the high demand for them, there are both studios and 1-bedrooms for under $1,000.
If you want something more high-end – and with more amenities – go for one of the city’s new condos. You can find listings for condo buildings with pools, fitness centres, and laundry onsite on most rental websites. Just make you have utilities included, or you’ll be hit with huge heating bills when winter comes!
Over half of Manitoba’s population is centred in Winnipeg, so it’s seen as a large city, even if it’s smaller than a number of other urban centres in Canada. There are significant English and Scottish populations, as well as strong Filipino and Eastern European communities. Most notably, however, Winnipeg has the largest Indigenous population in any major Canadian city. The city is a bit of wrinklies’ community, with most residents falling between 40 and 64 years old. Religion is viewed as important to a lot of people, with the vast majority identifying as Christian.
Perfect for: Older couples and families.
Not-so-perfect for: Young singles.
Life & Style
Winnipeg offers everyone something, making the city feel accessible to all. Income levels are pretty high – and it’s common for locals to enjoy at least a taste of the highlife. Most important, however, is having good times with good food and great friends. There’s also a cultural side to Winnipeg, which plays host to 26 historic sites. With its large Indigenous community, Winnipeg is a hub for Indigenous artists and businesses.
Winnipeg has a strong food scene, which features Native restaurants and a number of food trucks. There is a wide variety of cultural offerings too, including the Manitoba Opera and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Looking for learning opportunities? Check out the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. There are a solid variety of schools, as well as the University of Winnipeg. For shopping, pop over to The Forks. The coolest green space in the area is Assiniboine Park, which hosts its own zoo. There are a number of sports venues throughout the city. Also make sure to check out a local Social!
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Assiniboine Park Zoo
Sir Hugh John Macdonald House
Old Market Square
Grant’s Old Mill
Manitoba Legislative Building
Royal Canadian Mint
Basilique-Cathedrale de Saint Boniface