Why Winnipeg?

Manitoba is one of Canada’s most diverse provinces and has become a major hub for the integration and demonstration of advanced manufacturing technologies.

Winnipeg’s fabrication base employs over 45,000 workers and is comprised of over 1,400 businesses, with provincial revenues from major industries such as agribusiness, machinery, transportation, and chemical manufacturing exceeding $10 billion.

Manufacturing Industry

Winnipeg has manufactured a solid reputation for producing high-value, well-designed and engineering-intensive goods for customers around the world. Advanced manufacturing includes original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) both large and small, as well as suppliers of components and specialized services.

As the largest bus-manufacturing centre in North America, Winnipeg is also known for building motor homes, fire engines, finely crafted furniture, semitrailers and storage tanks for agriculture and oil and gas. Plastics, furniture, wood products, printing, paper, electrical and computer equipment, and medical devices are also manufactured in Winnipeg, all with industry revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Fast Facts

  • Advanced manufacturing is Winnipeg’s largest industrial sector
  • Almost 10% of GDP and all employment in Winnipeg
  • Over 1,400 manufacturing businesses
  • Highly skilled workforce of over 42,000
  • Nearly 60% of MB’s advanced manufacturing businesses located in the city
  • $17.4 billion in revenues, 67% of the provincial GDP


Winnipeg is the capital of the province of Manitoba and is accessible from almost anywhere in the world. Located in the geographic centre of Canada, Winnipeg is easily accessible by air, land or rail. Winnipeg is just 112 km (70 miles) from the U.S. border and is one of the closest major Canadian centres to Mexico.