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City of Steinbach
The Steinbach Millennium Clock Tower in downtown Steinbach
City of Steinbach is located in Manitoba
City of Steinbach
Location of Steinbach in Manitoba
Coordinates: 49°31′N 96°41′W / 49.517°N 96.683°W / 49.517; -96.683Coordinates: 49°31′N 96°41′W / 49.517°N 96.683°W / 49.517; -96.683
Country Canada
Province Manitoba
Region Eastman
Established 1874
 - City Mayor Chris Goertzen
 - Governing Body Steinbach City Council
 - MP (Provencher) Vic Toews
 - MLA (Steinbach) Kelvin Goertzen
 - Total 25.57 km2 (9.9 sq mi)
Elevation 268 m (879 ft)
Population (2006)
 - Total 11,066
 - Density 432.8/km2 (1,120.9/sq mi)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Website City of Steinbach

Steinbach is a city of approx. 13,000 people (2009 est.) in the province of Manitoba, Canada, a short distance from the capital Winnipeg. As the regional economic hub of southeastern Manitoba, Steinbach has a trading area population of about 50,000 people.[1] It is the fastest-growing city in Manitoba, with a population growth of 19.9% between the 2001 and the 2006 census periods, which places it as the fifth largest community in Manitoba.[2][3] Sandilands Provincial Forest is a short distance east of the city.



Steinbach (meaning "Stony Brook" in German)[4] was founded in 1874 by German-speaking Mennonite settlers from Russia. The Mennonite Heritage Village museum, located in the city, provides a glimpse at the life of these settlers through a reconstructed village and interpretive displays. Its Dutch windmill, which was rebuilt (with help from Dutch millwrights) after the 1972 replica was destroyed by arson in 2001, is a recognized symbol of the city. Steinbach is known as "The Automobile City"; in 1914 the first Ford automobile dealer in Western Canada was established here.

In 2003 Steinbach residents narrowly voted in a local referendum to end liquor prohibition. Steinbach made the news again in 2004 when Miriam Toews published her best-selling novel A Complicated Kindness, which satirized the city under an alternate name.


As the economic centre of Southeastern Manitoba, service/retail industries employ the majority of the working population. Large manufacturing plants, especially those operated by Biovail and Loewen Windows (which is also based in Steinbach) also create a significant number of jobs. Agriculture, the traditional industry in the region, continues to dominate the economy as well.



Steinbach is unique in that there are no railways to the town, so the majority of the transportation is made via highways. Steinbach is located approx. 50 kilometres to the southeast of Winnipeg, in a direct line. Two-thirds of the distance by road from Winnipeg is covered by Highway #1 east—part of the Trans-Canada Highway[5]—(40 km.), the other one-third by Highway #12 south (20 km.), both stretches consisting of a four-lane divided highway. Highway 12 south from Steinbach is single-lane and connects to the United States border at Sprague, Manitoba. Steinbach is also served by Grey Goose Bus Lines. Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is close to a one-hour drive from Steinbach.


The City Of Steinbach owns and maintains a federally licensed airport (Steinbach Airport). The main runway is 914 m in length by 23 m in width (3000 ft x 75 ft) and has an asphalt surface. The runway is serviced with lighting and a beacon for night-time use. Fuel and servicing are available on site and are provided through the Steinbach Flying Club. The airport also features aircraft tie-downs, a heated lounge building and restroom facilities.

Additionally, Harv's Air Service operates a private airfield to the south of the city (Steinbach (South) Airport). The main runway is 945 m in length by 30 m in width (3100 ft x 100 ft) and has an asphalt and turf surface. An additional runway measuring 559 m in length by 30 m in width (1835 ft x 100 ft) intersects the main runway to the north.


Steinbach is part of the Hanover School Division. Three elementary schools Woodlawn, Southwood and Elmdale provide education from kindergarten through Grade 6. Grades 7 through 9 are currently provided by Steinbach Junior High School and Steinbach Christian High School. Hanover School Division plans to construct an additional middle school by Sept., 2011.[6] Steinbach Regional Secondary School provides Grades 10 through 12 for Steinbach and the surrounding region. Steinbach Christian High School, a private school, offers both Junior and Senior High (Grades 7–12), and shares a campus with a Christian college, Steinbach Bible College. Steinbach has a post-secondary learning campus called Eastman Education Centre, which is currently offering courses from Red River College, University of Winnipeg, Assiniboine Community College and Providence College.


Steinbach oldest media outlet is the Carillon News, an award-winning weekly newspaper that covers the news of Southeastern Manitoba. Steinbach is also home to two radio stations run by Golden West Broadcasting. AM 1250 is an easy listening station, while Mix 96.7 FM plays current and classic hits.


Steinbach had a population of 11,066 people in 2006, which was an increase of 19.9% from the 2001 census count. The median household income in 2005 for Steinbach was $44,486, which is below the Manitoba provincial average of $47,875.[7]


Statistics Canada[8][9]

Year Population Five Year
 % change
Ten Year
 % change
2006 11,066 19.93 30.5
2001 9,227 8.83 12.3
1996 8,478 3.23 13.4
1991 8,213 9.9 23.0
1986 7,473 11.94 n/a
1981 6,676 n/a n/a


Weather data for Steinbach
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 6.5
Average high °C (°F) -12
Average low °C (°F) -22.7
Record low °C (°F) -42.2
Precipitation mm (inches) 21.8
Source: Environment Canada[10] 2009-07-09


Steinbach is home to the Steinbach Pistons ice hockey team that plays in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. In the local hockey leagues the Junior Steinbach Huskies play in the Hanover Tache Junior Hockey League, and the Senior Steinbach Huskies play in the Carillon Senior Hockey League.

Another prevalent sport in Steinbach is soccer, with the construction of the new Steinbach Soccer Field in 2009. The men's Hanover Kickers play in the first division and the Hanover Strikers play in the fourth division of Manitoba Major Soccer League. In the Winnipeg Women's Soccer League, the Hanover Hype were promoted to the second division after having suffered only one loss in the last two years.[11] Soccer is becoming increasingly popular in the area, currently boasting more children in the soccer program than in any other sport.

Steinbach is also home to the Eastman Raiders football club of the Manitoba Minor Football Association. With the Eastman Raiders football club being formed in 1991, the club is now host to over 260 athletes ranging from 7 to 22 year olds. On October 30, 2009, the Eastman Raiders Midget Team became the first team outside of Winnipeg to win the Midget Football League of Manitoba (MFLM) championship.

The Steinbach Storm, a girls softball team, also plays out of Steinbach.

"The Links at Quarry Oaks" is a four-star golf course just a few miles northeast of Steinbach. The 27 hole course includes the Oak nine, Quarry nine, and most recently the Desert nine which opened in July 1998. "Steinbach Fly-in Golf Course" is a picturesque 18 hole course adjacent to the local airport.

Notable natives and residents


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