Manitoba's Strategic Advantages: Quality of Life

A couple sitting on a dock next to a lake and canoe, enjoying the warm Manitoba summer.The Good Life – at an affordable price


The secret of Manitoba’s low business costs is a cost of living that allows Manitobans to live better for less.

Homes, auto insurance, electricity, university or college tuition – all are available in Manitoba at some of the lowest prices in Canada.

In fact, a family of five earning $75,000 per year is left with about $12,000 per year more, after paying the basic personal costs of taxes, housing, child care, insurance and utilities, than the same family in Ontario.

Those benefits are felt just as strongly at higher income levels in a province that boasts some of the least expensive executive homes, hobby farms, vacation homes and green fees at tournament-quality golf courses.

With 100,000 lakes and over 1.2 million people, Manitoba is one place where the dream of owning your own lakeside retreat is a realistic one for the average citizen.   Manitobans also camp, canoe, hike or just bask in 2.5 million acres of national and provincial parkland.

Manitobans spend their disposable income on a rich array of entertainment and recreation choices.

Manitobans spend their disposable income on a rich array of entertainment and recreation choices. More than 100 festivals – including Canada’s largest folk music festival, Western Canada’s largest winter carnival, and North America’s largest multicultural festival – keep Manitobans entertained. The internationally renowned Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre showcase new works and classics in the performing arts. The local music scene has spawned gold- and platinum-selling acts from The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive in the 1960s and 1970s to the Crash Test Dummies, Loreena McKennitt, Chantal Kreviazuk, Tara Lyn Hart and Amanda Stott.

The National Hockey League (NHL) Winnipeg Jets, Canadian Football League (CFL) Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Northern Baseball League Winnipeg Goldeyes and college, university and other athletes bring out thousands of supporters to root for the home team. Manitoba has hosted national and international sporting events such as the CFL championship Grey Cup, the Pan Am Games, the World Junior Hockey Championships and World Curling Championships.

Blue Skies – Clean Water – Green Province

Clean air and water are no longer something to be taken for granted, even in Canada.

But in Manitoba, smog is virtually non-existent and clean, clear water is readily available.

Winnipeg, Manitoba’s largest city, obtains its drinking water from Shoal Lake, a huge, undeveloped lake on the Manitoba-Ontario border, which provides the city with safe and clean drinking water year-round.

Manitoba is also a magnet for anglers from across North America, attracted by the possibility of catching trophy walleye and catfish.

Manitoba’s clear skies are another benefit of the province’s clean source of electricity, almost entirely produced by water-powered non-greenhouse gas producing hydraulic generating stations.


Learn more:

Cost of Living (house costs, commuting)

Weather and Climate

Health Care Overview (Coverage, Facilities, Regional Health Authorities)

Education (Universities, Colleges)

Leisure Activities



Parks and Fields - City of Winnipeg

Parks and Protected Spaces - Province of Manitoba



Assiniboine Park

Assiniboia Downs (live horse racing)

Canadian Museum of Human Rights

Winnipeg Goldeyes (Baseball)

Explore the Historical Exchange District

The Winnipeg Jets (NHL hockey)

Manitoba Moose (AHL hockey)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL football)

Red River Co-op Speedway (Car racing)

Winnipeg Art Gallery

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