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There were 705,244 people living in Winnipeg in 2016 which makes it Manitoba’s largest urban center and Canada’s seventh largest city. Known as the “Gateway to the West”, Winnipeg is a railway and transportation hub with a diversified economy. The city represents 54.9% of the population of the province. Winnipeg is a multicultural city which hosts numerous annual festivals, including, most notably Festival du Voyageur, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and the Jazz Winnipeg Festival. It is home to several professional sports franchises. More than a hundred languages are spoken in Winnipeg. The city is a single-tier municipality, governed by a mayor-council system. Winnipeg has 15 city councillors and a mayor, both elected every four years. The structure of the municipal government is set by the provincial legislature in the City of Winnipeg Charter Act. The mayor is elected by direct popular vote to serve as the chief executive of the city. The City Council is a unicameral legislative body, representing fifteen geographical wards throughout the city; at Council meetings, the mayor has one of 16 votes.