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Winnipeg is the capital and largest city in the Canadian province of Manitoba with a population of 705,244 and a metro population of 778,489 based on the 2016 Canadian census. Its city and metro land areas are respectively 464.09 and 5,306.79 square kilometers. Thus, the city and metro population densities are respectively 1,430 and 146.70 per square kilometers.

Winnipeg is a confluence of the Assiniboine and Red rivers. The city got its name from the nearby Lake Winnipeg, which means muddy water in Western Cree. It is a popular trading center, even before the arrival of Europeans to the region. The city has a diversified economy (one of the most diversified in Canada) and it is a hub for railway and transportation – this earned it the name “the Gateway to the West”.

15.2% of Winnipeg residents are employed in the trade industry, 9.8% are employed in manufacturing, 7.7% in education, while 15.2% are employed in the health care and social assistance sector. As of 2012, the city has about 21,000 employers with the government and government-funded institutions being the largest employer in the city. About 54,000 residents are employed in the public sector as of 2008.

Some of the major employers in the private sector include Manitoba Telecom Services, Motor Coach Industries, Shaw Communications, Magella Aerospace, Boeing Canada Technology, StandardAero, and so forth. Furthermore, KPMG ranked the city of Winnipeg as the least expensive place to do business in Canada.

Winnipeg is one of the most notable places in Canada in terms of culture. Canadian Heritage named it the Cultural Capital of Canada in 2010. It has several cultural assets, parks, museums, and festivals.

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Best Walk-in Eye Clinics in Winnipeg

According to Yelp, the best walk-in eye clinics in Winnipeg are:

  • LensCrafters - 1225 St Mary's Road Winnipeg, MB R2M 5E5 - (204) 255-0660
  • Blink Eye Care - 24 Lakewood Boulevard Winnipeg, MB R2J 2M6 - (204) 257-3112
  • Westwood Optical - 3210 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3K 0Y6 - (204) 837-2020
  • Langan John T, OD - 225 Vaughan Street Winnipeg, MB R3C 1T7 - (204) 943-7969
  • Armstrong & Small Eye Care Centre - 1140 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3G 0S7 - (204) 786-8991

Best Pharmacies in Winnipeg

The following is a list of the lowest dispensing fees/ or best pharmacies in Winnipeg:

  • Gateway Pharmacy - 4-1115 Gateway Road Winnipeg, MB R2G 0A5
  • Grand Medicine Health Sciences Pharmacy - 700 William Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3E 1B2
  • Rx Pharmacy Solutions - 228F Waterfront Drive Winnipeg, MB R3B 0C5
  • LifeSmart Pharmacy - 1840 Main Street Winnipeg, MB R2V 3H2
  • Exchange District Pharmacy - 286 McDermot Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3B 0T2

Best Dental Clinics in Winnipeg

The following is a list of the best dental clinics in Winnipeg area:

  • Kimelman P Dr Dentist - 807 Henderson Highway Winnipeg, MB R2K 2K9
  • Resendes Manuel, DDS - 500 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3C 3X1
  • Stafford Dental Group - 300 Stafford St Winnipeg, MB R3M 2W3
  • Tuxedo Dental Group - 213-2025 Corydon Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3P 0N5
  • Shine Dental - 146 Provencher Boulevard Winnipeg, MB R2H 0G3

Hospitals in Winnipeg

There are over 9 hospitals in Winnipeg. The following are the hospitals in the city.

  • Victoria General Hospital - 2340 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2E8, Canada
  • Health Sciences Centre - 820 Sherbrook St, Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9, Canada
  • Grace Hospital - 300 Booth Drive; Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; R3J 3M7
  • Deer Lodge Centre - 2109 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3J 0L3, Canada
  • Concordia Hospital - 1095 Concordia Ave, Winnipeg, MB R2K 3S8, Canada
  • Misericordia Health Centre - 99 Cornish Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3C 1A2, Canada
  • Riverview Health Centre - One Morley Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3L 2P4, Canada
  • Saint Boniface General Hospital - 409 Tache Ave, Winnipeg, MB R2H 2A6, Canada
  • Seven Oaks General Hospital - 2300 McPhillips St, Winnipeg, MB R2V 3M3, Canada

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Winnipeg Health News

According to the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), it has made some significant improvements in the system over the past year. The changes reflect the first phase in overhauling the health care system in the province of Manitoba. Among the improvements made was the closure of the Misericordia’s Urgent Care Center and changing the ER at Victoria Hospital to an Urgent Care Center.

The acting Chief Operating Officer at the WHRA, Lori Lamont, pointed out that the improvements made impacted positively on the local health care. Furthermore, Lamont said that the changes involved reinvesting in some of the services and strengthening the services in order to provide an improved quality and timely care to people.

Positive impact of the changes reflected in the reduction in the hospital wait times, even though they fluctuate month to month. There have been record low numbers of people in hospital beds who wait for long-term care and also empty capacity in personal care home system.

One of the additional changes to be made is the closure of emergency departments which include emergency departments at Concordia Hospital. Changes will also be made as to where certain surgeries will be provided and the mental health services will be moved from Seven Oaks and the Grace Hospital to a newly renovated unit at Victoria Hospital before the end of 2018.

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