Winnipeg struggles to satisfy immigrant housing demand

Land prices, rent control shift developers' priorities away from affordable homes

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One of the most destructive and contentious issues in the United States over the past couple of years has been the question of immigration and how to limit or control it. To some, it’s a mindset of "We’re here, you’re not, let’s keep it that way."

It’s a weird argument considering immigration has been the backbone of growth for many North American cities from New York to Los Angeles and Toronto to Vancouver. The value of immigration and the effect on real estate can best be seen in one of the most unlikely of cities, Winnipeg, in the Canadian prairie province of Manitoba.