Why Selkirk

Economic community

A hub city 140 years in the making.

Originally incorporated in 1882 Selkirk has always had a spirit of independence and entrepreneurialism. The City’s “hub city” roots were formed from the beginning when Selkirk emerged as an important port on the Red River along with a bustling shipbuilding sector, lumber and fish exports, and agriculture services. The steel rolling mill opened in 1913 and added to the momentum that carries through to today.

Selkirk is the hub of steel manufacturing across western Canada, which makes it ideally suited for steel industry production ventures that require manufacturing to be located close to the input resources. Gerdau, a global steel manufacturer, is the leading employer in Selkirk.

A significant real estate development has been built directly northwest of the city limits where several new and thriving businesses and professionals call home! Big-box stores alongside small retailers, a major regional general hospital complimented by a modern multi-service medical clinic, and a cluster of interdependent manufacturing firms collectively portray Selkirk’s strength.

To ensure long-term sustainability of both the environment and economy, Selkirk aims to attract operations that are complementary to the area and environmentally responsible.

Selkirk’s population has grown steadily over the past decade, and this trend continues as new residents, service providers and businesses choose to set up in the city. The city population for 2020 is estimated at 11,303, a nine percent increase from 2015. Over the next five years, this population is expected to increase by six percent, reaching 12,015 (Environics Analytics, Demostats, 2020).

Manitoba’s Economic Growth Action Plan identifies the importance of international immigration as a successful tool in bridging labour gaps in Manitoba. Over the last five years, immigration to Selkirk grew by a healthy nine percent to 477 people, 37 percent of those are from the ages of 25-44 years. This adult population growth is contributing to Selkirk becoming a popular destination for young families.

Based on the Environics Analytics’ lifestyle segmentation data, 38 percent of Selkirk’s household population are described as Suburban Recliners, Silver Flats, and Happy Campers. These groups represent people in their senior years and households with mixed middle incomes with young families (Environics Analytics Prizm, 2020).

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