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
 • ReeveStan Toews
 • Total741.52 km2 (286.30 sq mi)
268 m (879 ft)
 • Total15,733
 • Density21.2/km2 (55/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)

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 Ojibway speaking natives. 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 which was slightly smaller than what is now the RM of Hanover. The East Reserve was set aside for the new Plautdietsch-speaking Mennonites immigrants from Russia coming to the province. In 1873, these Mennonites signed an agreement with the Canadian government known as the Privilegium guaranteeing land, freedom of religion, private schools, and military exemption.[3]. In 1880 the province created the Rural Municipality 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 Plautdietsch-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 the R.M. of Springfield. It has population of 15,733 as of the Canada 2016 census, which is a 12.2% increase from 2011. The population density of 21.2/km2 is up from 16.0 in 2006.[4][5]

Local Urban Districts[edit]

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


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Population data for Hanover". Statistics Canada. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  2. ^ "History and Heritage of Roseau River First Nation". Retrieved 2010-07-01.
  3. ^ a b c d "RM of Hanover History". RM of Hanover History. Archived from the original on May 30, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
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  5. ^ Canada 2006 Census