Population data refers to the total number of people who live within a defined area.
Why This Matters
Knowing how many people live in Winnipeg is important for ensuring that everyone counts. Knowing the population of an area helps governments budget for and provide essential services to citizens. Steady population growth is also a signpost of a healthy economy (Berry, 2014). Determining whether the population increases through births in the city, in-migration (Canadians living in other parts of the province or country) or the arrival of new immigrants, also helps us understand how Winnipeg is growing and changing as new populations bring new voices, ideas, opportunities and culture to Winnipeg.
Population is also important for calculating indicators on a per capita basis. Some indicators tell a different story when tracked at the individual level. Water use and Residential Waste Going to the Landfill are two examples of this type of indicator. Knowing how much waste we produce on an individual basis can motivate us to reduce this amount by recycling and composting more and consuming less products with packaging.
Measurements and Limitations
Some indicators use differently defined areas or boundaries. This is why different population and population estimates are available. The population numbers presented in this indicator are based on the City of Winnipeg’s Population of Winnipeg report.
The population of Winnipeg is sourced from the City of Winnipeg’s Open Data Portal data and is updated as it becomes available each year.
The 2018 population source data can be found on the City of Winnipeg’s Open Data Portal.
Berry, C. (2014). The Relationship Between Economic Growth and Population Growth. The University of Sheffield. Retrieved from: http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Brief7-the-relationships-between-economic-growth-and-population-growth.pdf
City of Winnipeg. (2018). Population of Winnipeg. Retrieved from: https://winnipeg.ca/cao/pdfs/population.pdf
City of Winnipeg. (2018). City of Winnipeg Populatio. Retrieved from: https://data.winnipeg.ca/City-Planning/City-Of-Winnipeg-Population/mhuw-u7yg
Statistics Canada. (2015). CMA and CA: Detailed information. Retrieved from: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/92-195-x/2011001/geo/cma-rmr/def-eng.htm