Shining a light on three major Winnipeg industries

Here’s a snapshot of three major industries in Winnipeg that Nancy’s Economic Growth & Vitality Plan seeks to bolster even further through innovation, commercialization, and partnerships between public and private sectors. (All statistics courtesy of Economic Development Winnipeg.)


The first is the aerospace industry, which has already taken off in the city.

Did you know?

The aerospace industry has been flying high for nearly a decade now — revenue has increased by 15 per cent since 2010, double the average of the rest of the Canadian market.

There are more than 30 aerospace businesses operating in Winnipeg, including Boeing Company, Standard Aero, and Magellan Aerospace. These companies produce $1.7 billion of goods and services annually and employ more than 4,400 skilled workers.

Arts and Culture 

The second Nancy wants to shine the spotlight on is the arts and culture industry.

Winnipeg is a hotbed for the arts and creative works, ranging from films and television to creative writing and graphic design.

Did you know?

There are more than 1,200 businesses involved in music, performance art, and visual arts, and more than 400 involved in media production, such as films, TV, and animation, in the city. These industries employ more than 25,000 Winnipeggers and 2,000 new grads enter the workforce every year.

Manitoba offers a robust tax credit for those who want to come to the province to film productions such as movies and television shows — a credit which started in 1997 and was extended in 2017. As a result, many films have been shot in and around the city, including The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2006), Goon (2011), Heaven is for Real (2014), A Dog’s Purpose (2017), and How It Ends (2018.)

Trade and Transportation

The third industry is the trade and transportation industry.

Winnipeg isn’t called the “Heart of the Continent” for nothing. Our position in the geographical centre of North America gives us a leg up and the unique ability to transport goods in all directions — a lot of goods flow through our city’s veins and arteries to North America and beyond, by road, rail, and air.

Did you know?

There are more than 6,2000 transportation-based businesses employing nearly 50,000 people in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg is one of only two Canadian cities to have three “Class 1” railways — Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

CentrePort Canada, the country’s only inland port, was created in 2008 and allows qualifying distributors to import goods for processing then re-export them outside the country duty and GST-free. This makes Winnipeg an attractive and viable place for shippers to operate.

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