Rural Municipality of Hanover

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Rural Municipality of Hanover
The Location of the RM of Hanover in southern Manitoba
The Location of the RM of Hanover in southern Manitoba
Coordinates: 49°26′36″N 96°50′57″W / 49.44333°N 96.84917°W / 49.44333; -96.84917Coordinates: 49°26′36″N 96°50′57″W / 49.44333°N 96.84917°W / 49.44333; -96.84917
Country Canada
Province Manitoba
Region Eastman
 • Reeve Stan Toews
 • Total 741.52 km2 (286.30 sq mi)
Elevation 268 m (879 ft)
Population (2016 Census[1])
 • Total 15,733
 • Metro density 21.2/km2 (55/sq mi)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)

Hanover is a rural municipality in southeastern Manitoba, Canada, southeast of Winnipeg. It is located in Division No. 2. The city of Steinbach and town of Niverville are adjacent to Hanover and operate as separate urban municipalities.


The area of Hanover was part of the traditional lands of the Anishinabe, Ojibway speaking natives of the area. In the summer of 1871 the federal government signed treaties with these people putting them on reserves like the Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation to the south and the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation to the north.[2]

From these lands the Manitoba government set aside the East Reserve of which was slightly smaller than what is now the RM of Hanover. The East Reserve was set aside for the new German speaking Mennonites immigrants from Russia coming to the province.[3] In 1880 the province created the RM of Hespeler in honour of William Hespeler, who had brought many of the Mennonite immigrants to the area. The RM of Hanover was created on May 25, 1881 during the same time when most of the province was reorganizing itself into new rural municipalities.[3] In 1881 the East Reserve was divided into 2 municipalities, Hespeler in the north and Hanover in the south. In 1890 the two municipalities merged in order to form the single municipality of Hanover.[3]

The primary settlers were as mentioned German speaking Mennonites from Russia, French, and Anglo Saxons.[3]


Hanover has seen steady population growth in recent years and is currently the most populated rural municipality in Manitoba, slightly ahead of Springfield.As of the Canada 2016 census, Hanover has a population of 15,733, which is a 12.2% increase from the 2011 census. The population density is 21.2 persons per square kilometer, up from 16.0 in 2006.[4][5]

Local Urban Districts[edit]

Steinbach (upper) and Blumenort (lower) as seen from the air.


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