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.

Release: Economic vitality and development week

Economic vitality and development week

Today. Tomorrow. Together. Nancy Cooke to focus her attention on her plans to foster economic development and growth during the week of July 23

From one form of vitality to another — Nancy Cooke will be shifting her focus from community vitality to economic vitality and development this week.

She is going to focus on how St. Norbert-Seine River and the city as a whole can bolster business development and growth and ensure Winnipeg’s economic landscape is viable for existing businesses and attractive and desirable to new ones.

Nancy will be highlighting her pro-growth Economic Vitality and Growth Policy plan, which outlines how she plans to foster a diverse and prosperous business community through innovation, commercialization, partnerships, and sensible barrier reduction.

She will also focus on idea creation, identify potential partners with whom to innovate, and survey how other cities have innovatively driven economic development.

For more info and to follow along with economic vitality and development week, be sure to follow us on social media. Please don’t hesitate to contact us via email, phone, or social media DM if you have any further questions or comments.

Release: Vitality week

Vitality week

Today. Tomorrow. Together. Nancy Cooke to focus her attention on neighbourhood vitality and core services during the week of July 16

Nancy Cooke will be shifting her focus from transit to neighbourhood vitality and livability this week.

She is going to focus on both the strengths and weaknesses of St. Norbert-Seine River’s key services — services that contribute to the overall attractiveness of a neighbourhood, such as indoor and outdoor recreation spaces, community centres, parks, active transportation, restaurants, grocery stores, and more. She wants to engage in discussion with residents on what makes a neighbourhood vital and livable.

She wants to know what you see when you walk out your door. What’s available? What’s good in the neighbourhood and where does it fall short? What improvements or additions to the area’s services would make your life better?

For more info and to follow along with Vitality week, be sure to follow us on social media. Please don’t hesitate to contact us via email, phone, or social media DM if you have any further questions or comments.

A survey of Nancy’s transit week findings

For the past two weeks, I’ve been meeting with St. Norbert-Seine River residents at bus stops, asking them about their experiences using Winnipeg Transit and what needs to be improved. Here’s three main things I’ve learned after speaking with many different people who use the bus for many different purposes at many different times of day.

The first thing many highlighted is the need for more service outside the morning and afternoon rush hours — they’ve told me they need the bus during evenings and on weekends, but they’re not always available.

The second thing citizens highlighted is the need for cohesive connectivity. Many I’ve spoken to report that if they miss their transfer, they have to wait a half an hour or more for the next bus, which makes them late.

The third thing people kept bringing up is the need for more direct routes to major hubs, such as the U of M and downtown. They don’t want to have to transfer three or four times. One student I met told me it can take her an hour and multiple buses just to get from St. Norbert to the U of M.

As a councillor, I will work with citizens, transit representatives, the city, and other stakeholders to ensure our transit system is accessible, reliable, and viable for all.


Release: Transit week

Transit week

Today. Tomorrow. Together. Nancy Cooke to focus her attention on transit during the week of July 9


Nancy Cooke will be focusing her attention on highlighting Winnipeg Transit this week and her goals for improving it.

Throughout the week, as she did last week, she will visit bus stops in the ward to chat to citizens during their morning commutes about the improvements they’d like to see made to transit.

“Safe, reliable public transit is integral to the quality of the lives of Winnipeggers, including those in St. Norbert-Seine River,” Nancy says. “Many depend on Winnipeg Transit as their primary source of transportation. A strong, well-integrated public transit system that’s reliable, safe, and accessible is key to Winnipeg’s vitality.”

Later in the week, Nancy will share the findings she’s gleaned from her bus stop visits and address some of the commons issues residents are seeing and telling her about.

She will also highlight her Transit Accessibility & Safety Plan, which outlines key areas Winnipeg Transit must address in order to improve viability and services.

This week is the just first of three theme weeks. During the week beginning July 16, Nancy will focus on highlighting her plans to bolster local businesses. During the week July 23, she will shift her focus to her plans for economic vitality and development.

For more info and to follow along with transit week, be sure to follow us on social media. Please don’t hesitate to contact us via email, phone, or social media DM if you have any further questions or comments.

Official Campaign Launch event!

Nancy’s been hitting the campaign trail every day since her registration a week ago, but she will be officially launching her quest for a Winnipeg City Council seat with a fabulous, free event later this month.

On July 19 between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m, join her at St. Norbert Hotel for Nancy’s official campaign launch. Hear from Nancy as she kicks off her journey to become the next city councillor representing the brand-new St. Norbert-Seine River ward. Oh, and did we mention there’s going to be free pizza?

For more information, see our event page on Facebook!

There’s no charge to attend and you don’t need a ticket. Donations to Nancy’s campaign and non-perishable canned food items for Winnipeg Harvest will be gratefully accepted.

Nancy has been a voice, champion and advocate for the St. Norbert-Seine River community for the past twenty years, and this fall, wants to continue to be just that in the role of your city councillor.

Talking transit!

We want to talk transit with you!

Mobility is the lifeblood of a city and a strong, well-integrated public transit system that’s reliable, safe, and accessible is an integral part of that mobility. 

For the next two weeks, we’ll be hitting up bus stops all around St. Norbert-Seine River to talk with you while you wait for your morning bus about the improvements you’d like to see made to transit — because improving our transit system will help us create an even better Winnipeg.

Here’s where we’ll be (we’ll be wearing placards for easy identification.) We hope to catch you on your commute!

Tuesday, July 3:  Westbound Des Trappistes @ Pembina W., stop #60783

Wednesday, July 4: Eastbound Southglen @ Sauve, stop #50782

Thursday, July 5:  Eastbound John Forsyth @ Everden, stop #50935

Friday, July 6: Northbound Dakota @ Hyatt, stop #50496

Monday, July 9: Westbound Ducharme @ LeMaire, stop #60758

 Tuesday, July 10: Westbound De L’Eglise @ Pembina East, stop #60756

Wednesday, July 11: Northbound Pembina @ Cloutier South, stop #60059

Thursday, July 12: Eastbound Grandmont @ Bellemer, stop #60100

Friday, July 13: Northbound St. Mary’s @ Warde, stop #50685