Located 2,135 km or nearly a 23-hour non-stop drive from Parliament Hill, this riding is accessible via highways 59 and 101.
The riding stretches from the Red River in the west to Highway 101 in the east, Springfield Road in the north and St. Boniface road to the south.
Wildlife – including snapping turtles, coyotes and deer – has been known to show up in the suburbs. They are often caught and returned to the wild.
About 21% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in the Philippines and India.
Tagalog, German, and Punjabi are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Approximately 14% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $40,444.
“Chess on Ice” – or curling as it’s commonly called – is played in every corner of this riding, often outside.
There are also a few golf courses in this riding and residents can take advantage of the public amenities offered by the city of Winnipeg from access to athletic facilities and public libraries, to municipal parks like Horse Pond Park.
Lord Strathcona (Donald Smith) was a Scottish-born Canadian business owner, politician, and philanthropist. He was instrumental in the creation of the transcontinental train route within Canada, and drove in the last spike on the Canadian Pacific Railway in B.C. The name “Transcona” is a combination of “transcontinental” and “Strathcona”.
Rail transport has traditionally been an economic driver in the community. The North Transcona Yards opened in 1904 and The Canadian National Railway is still a major employer in the area.
Today the industries that employ the largest numbers of people include retail trade, health care and social assistance, manufacturing, and construction.
Around 44% of the workforce has a post-secondary education of some kind and in 2011 the unemployment rate was 5.2%.
Plans for light rail transit from downtown Winnipeg through this riding are under development. The goal is to reduce or eliminate buses from the Winnipeg’s downtown roads and growing suburbs.
This riding is also home to the Transcona Bioreserve which was a former industrial plant that was re-purposed as a natural park. It is now home to birds, butterflies, frogs and wildflowers and features a recreational multi-use pathway for residents to enjoy the outdoors.
To boost morale and fuel donations for the war effort during the Second World War, the people of Transcona entered a Royal Canadian Navy contest and donated money for cigarettes, food, and other supplies. They earned their name on the last Bangor-class minesweeper to join the RCN – the HMCS Transcona. After the war, she was moved to the marine section of the RCMP and eventually sold for scrap in 1961.