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Welcome to the Town of Ste. Anne's new website, where you will find useful information pertaining to our town. We hope you find what you are looking for, and any feedback is appreciated! Please contact us with any questions or requests that you may have.
With a population of 1626 people, the Town of Sainte-Anne is a friendly rural community with a warm, close feeling among residents. The Town is proud of its bilingual heritage, and its rich history that dates back almost two centuries.
The Town of Sainte-Anne is covered by prairie land to the west and the beginning of the wooded Canadian Shield to the east. The picturesque Seine River runs through the municipality and the Town of Sainte-Anne. The municipality is known as Dawson Trail Country because the historical trail ran through the town of Sainte-Anne on its way to Winnipeg. Sainte-Anne is largely a service-based community, which offers goods and services to the area at large rather than being a major agriculture centre. The economy is rooted in health care, education and tourism.
The Sainte-Anne Hospital is a designated bilingual hospital offering a wide range of healthcare services, including obstetrics, surgery and acute in-patient care, 24 hour emergency services, palliative care and a full range of laboratory and radiological services. There is a cooperative community approach to health by combining the many resources in Sainte-Anne. The education sector is a major employer since the Seine River School Division office and four schools are all found in Sainte-Anne. The tourism industry also thrives in the area with the Quarry Oaks Golf & Country Club, Cottonwood Golf and Country Club and Oakwood Golf & Country Club drawing golf enthusiasts to the area. The Lilac Resort is another tourist destination in addition to the local campgrounds.
Today, the Town of Sainte-Anne continues to serve the surrounding region with its recreational facilities, municipal and health services, and schools. The education and health sectors are the largest employers in the town. The Town is also a bedroom community for those commuting to nearby Winnipeg for employment.
Residents enjoy the safe and comfortable country lifestyle afforded in the Town of Sainte-Anne and its excellent access to more urban amenities in Steinbach and Winnipeg. When discussing their community, many residents describe it as a good place to raise a family, noting that it has the lowest crime rate in Manitoba and excellent regional medical and educational services.
The Town of Sainte-Anne is one of five communities outside of Winnipeg and Brandon that has an independent police force. The Sainte-Anne Police Department practices a visible, holistic approach to community policing, seeking to integrate with the neighborhoods, residents and community rather than focus solely on crime suppression.
The Town of Sainte-Anne is a regional hub for many health services provided by Southern Health-Santé Sud. The Southern Health region encompasses over 27,025 km2 and approximately 183,000 residents. In addition there are several private practice clinics: Seine River Medical Clinic; Seine River Dental Service; Seine Pharmacy; Ste. Anne Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic, and Ste. Anne Chiropractic Clinic. In total, the medical sector is the largest employer in the Town of Sainte-Anne. This concentration of regional medical services makes it an attractive community to seniors for the services themselves and to families for the employment opportunities.
The Town of Ste. Anne has seen steady growth since 1981. As of the 2011 census the population grew to 1626, a 6% increase from the previous census in 2006 of 1534. This growth is higher than both the Rural Municipality of Ste. Anne and the Province of Manitoba, coming in at 3.9% and 5.2% respectively.
Urban areas develop and grow because of advantages afforded their residents. This is measured either in terms of employment and/or quality of life. A municipality grows either because it creates employment opportunities that retain and attract young people to the community or it offers a pleasant living environment in the community, which has good access to an exterior source of employment. This living environment refers not only to pleasant residential areas but also, to the provision of other amenities that enhance one’s quality of life. This includes shopping, educational, recreational, cultural, medical and protective services as well as a clean and attractive natural environment.