Ground will be broken Dec. 3 for the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple. While it will be the first temple in province of Manitoba, it will be the ninth temple in Canada. The other temples are located in Calgary, Cardston, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Regina, Toronto and Vancouver. With the dedication on Nov. 20 of the Hartford Connecticut Temple, there will be 155 operating temples worldwide.
President Thomas S. Monson announced during the April 2011 general conference plans to build a temple in Winnipeg.
Some 4,500 Latter-day Saints live in Manitoba. Church members now travel to temples in Regina, about a five-hour drive from Winnipeg, or Minneapolis, Minnesota, a drive of about eight hours.
The noon-time groundbreaking ceremony at 2 Center Street in Winnipeg will be directed by Elder Ulisses Soares of the Presidency of the Seventy and Elder Larry Y. Wilson, General Authority Seventy and executive director of the Church’s Temple Department. Community, government and interfaith leaders will also be in attendance. Due to limited space, attendance at the event is by invitation, with the general public invited to view the proceedings live from local LDS meetinghouses.