POPULATION     EDUCATION     LEADING EMPLOYERS      HOUSING      BUSINESS LICENSING     CENSUS
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POPULATION
Portage la Prairie’s (City and Rural Municipality) population is approximately 20,000 according to the 2011 Census (Statistics Canada).
Below is a breakdown.
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EDUCATION

Portage la Prairie School Division

Portage’s local complement of schools includes six elementary / middle year schools and one high school. The Portage la Prairie School Division also offers the French Immersion Program from K – 9. High school students may choose between Business, University Entrance and Vocational Educational programs. All the public schools are administered by the Portage la Prairie School Division #24. For further information contact: Portage la Prairie School Division #24 Portage la Prairie, MB. R1N 2C4 Phone: 204-857-8756 Website:  www.plpsd.mb.ca

Westpark School – Portage’s 1 private school which educates students from Preschool to grade 12. www.westparkschool.com

Red River College – Portage Campus offers a broad range of continuing education courses and workshops, providing opportunities for personal and professional development for adults at various stages in their lives and careers. These courses can lead to an enriched lifestyle, a new job, or increased potential for career advancement. Many courses are credits in one or more certificate programs. The Regional Campus will also customize or create courses and workshops to meet specific needs of businesses and organizations. For more information contact the Red River College Portage Campus at 204-428-6322 or  www.rrc.mb.ca

Campus Manitoba – Southport Campus offers students from Portage la Prairie and the surrounding rural areas the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education without having to incur the high costs associated with relocating or commuting. Flexible and fully accredited course offerings combine live lectures, online and independent study courses allowing students to balance their studies with family, work and community commitments. Students have access to a wide range of support services including on-site academic and technical assistance, ample study space and computer and internet access. For more information contact the Campus Manitoba Southport Campus at 204-428-5371 or  www.campusmanitoba.com/sites/Southport

Portage Learning & Literacy Centre is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides academic, literacy and employment programs for the public, settlement services and English as an Additional Language classes for newcomers. For more information contact the Portage Learning & Literacy Centre at 204-857-6304 or  www.learningcentre.net

 LEADING EMPLOYERS  
PRIVATE NAME OF COMPANY       –        PRODUCT LINE

Portage la Prairie School Division – education services
Manitoba Developmental Centre – extended care hospital for the mentally challenged
McCain Foods Ltd. –  vegetable processing: French fried potatoes
Southern Health  –  healthcare
Simplot Portage la Prairie – vegetable processing – French fried potatoes
Lion’s Prairie Manor – extended geriatric care/personal care home
Wal-Mart Stores  –  general retail trade
Viterra Inc. –  industrial oat miller
City of Portage la Prairie  –  Municipal Government
Agassiz Centre for Youth  –  Youth Corrections
Portage la Prairie Co-op  –  retail/farm sales (food, lumber, hardware)
 HOUSING
 For further information on the housing market in the City of Portage la Prairie,
Contact the Portage la Prairie Real Estate Board at 204-857-4111.
DWELLING CHARACTERISTICS City & RM of Portage la Prairie Combined
By Type of Dwelling:
Total Private dwellings occupied by usual residents                                7,515
Single Detached House (as % of total occupied private dwellings)         76.4
Semi-Detached House (as % of total occupied private dwellings)          3.8
Apt. – Duplex (as % of total occupied private dwellings)                         0.5
Apt. – fewer than 5 storeys  (as % of total occupied private dwellings)  10.8
Apt with 5 or more storeys(as % of total occupied private dwellings)    1.8
Other Dwellings  (as % of total occupied private dwellings)                    3.2
Source: Statistics Canada 2006
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 CENSUS REPORT
 Visit www.statcan.gc.ca to see the most current information. Choose Community Profiles and search for Portage la Prairie.