Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is located less than 10km west of downtown Winnipeg, as shown in Figure 1-4. YWG services one of Canada’s most populous metropolitan areas, as well as most air travellers in the province.
Figure 1‑4: Map of Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport and Surrounding Area
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Manitoba serves as a major economic hub within the Canadian Prairies, boasting a population of approximately 1.3 million (832,200 in Winnipeg CMA) and a real GDP of over $63 billion in 2018. An educated labour force, competitive business costs and taxes, and well-developed infrastructure contribute to Manitoba’s ongoing economic success. The provincial labour force has continued its growth over the last five years and has grown approximately 1.4% between 2017 and 2018. Manitoba records an unemployment rate of 5%, which is lower than Canada’s 5.6% unemployment rate for December 2019.