Winnipeg is the capital city of the province of Manitoba, Canada
- Good to grow: Winnipeg is stable, diverse and alive with big business opportunity
- From nearly 400 submissions worldwide, the Intelligent Community Forum has twice named Winnipeg a ‘Top 7 Intelligent Community’ (2014 and 2016)
- Winnipeg was recently ranked among the top five best places to live in Canada (large cities) by MoneySense
AgribusinessAgriculture 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.
While commodity markets like grain and livestock are substantially mature, extraordinary potential for growth exists with functional foods, biocomposites and biofuels. R&D efforts are fertilizing innovative new products for the agri-food and fibre industries, for value-added food processing firms, for manufacturing and technology companies, and for the life sciences and biotech industries.
Information and Communications 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, one of Canada’s largest telecommunications providers.
A highly innovative, entrepreneurial and expanding developer community exists here as well, with many high-tech start-ups recognized for providing world-class products and top-quality service. There are 90 head offices in Winnipeg, giving developers opportunities to serve a diverse client base boasting worldwide networks.
Transportation & DistributionParked at the intersection of key trade and transportation corridors heading in all directions, Winnipeg is home to CentrePort Canada. The only inland port in the country to provide foreign trade zone advantages-and North America’s largest this 20,000-acre initiative expedites the movement of goods economically and efficiently to North American, Asian and European markets.
More than 45,000 people are employed in Winnipeg’s transportation and distribution sector, which is comprised of 5,900 business establishments. Winnipeg is the only major city between Thunder Bay and Vancouver with direct rail connections to the United States, and it also features access via rail to the northern seaport of Churchill. The city also boasts a celebrated new airport that continues to win accolades, and some of Canada’s biggest trucking firms are headquartered here.