Winnipeg: The World Is Taking Notice 

Key Advantages

It would be impossible to find a more central location for North American investment than Winnipeg, which lies at the geographic heart of the continent. Winnipeg is a hub for transportation and commerce, with one of the most balanced, diverse and stable economies in Canada.

  • KPMG Competitive Alternatives 2014 reports that Winnipeg has the lowest business costs in Western Canada, and these expenses are also lower when compared to every U.S. city (among municipalities surveyed).
  • Winnipeg is No. 1 in FDI strategy and business friendliness among midsized cities in the North American midwest, as ranked by fDi Magazine in its American Cities of the Future 2015/16 report.
  • Winnipeg has the lowest published electricity rates in North America for midsized and large consumers.
  • Winnipeg is home to CentrePort Canada, the only trimodal inland port in the country to offer foreign trade zone advantages.
  • Winnipeg is one of only two Canadian cities with three Class 1 railways: CN, CP and BNSF.
  • Winnipeg is at the hub of four major continental and global transportation routes, and it’s situated within a 24-hour drive to a population of 100 million.


782,640 (CMA)

Capital city of Manitoba

Key Sectors


Advanced ManufacturingWinnipeg is one of North America’s most cost-competitive locations for manufacturing, supported by a highly skilled and hardworking labour force, among the lowest published electricity rates in North America, competitive manufacturing tax credits, the elimination of tariffs on the import of manufacturing inputs, and a robust and cost-competitive transportation and logistics infrastructure. MORE...


Aerospace -  The home of Western Canada’s largest Aerospace hub, Winnipeg is the most cost-effective city for aerospace manufacturing among Western U.S. and Canadian cities. The city has experienced more than $900 million in aerospace- and aviation-related investment in recent years, with strong growth expected to continue into the future.  MORE...


Agribusiness - Agriculture nourished Winnipeg’s initial growth and continues to feed its success. James Richardson & Sons, the Canadian Grain Commission and ICE Futures Canada (Canada’s leading agricultural exchange) are rooted in the city. Prairie headquarters and thriving agribusinesses—including farm equipment manufacturers, transportation and logistics firms, food processing companies and agri-marketing organizations—make Winnipeg a global agricultural powerhouse. MORE....



Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) - Winnipeg’s large and small ICT firms contribute to a vibrant, entrepreneurial and diverse sector serving growth markets throughout the world. The city’s low business costs help ICT companies competing in these global markets achieve better profit margins. Major ICT firms—including IBM and HP Enterprise Services—have operational hubs in Winnipeg. The city is also the headquarters of MTS Allstream, one of Canada’s largest telecommunications providers. MORE....


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Transportation & Distribution - Parked at the intersection of key trade and transportation corridors heading in all directions, Winnipeg is home to CentrePort Canada. The largest and only trimodal (road, rail, air) inland port in the country to provide foreign trade zone advantages, this 20,000-acre initiative expedites the movement of goods economically and efficiently to North American, Asian and European markets. MORE....

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For more information, please contact: 


Economic Development Winnipeg

Phone: 1.204.954.1997
Suite 300 - 259 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2A9