Industries and resources in Manitoba

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Manitoba is an agricultural province. Farming is the top industry. Aside from agriculture, it also has other industries. Advanced manufacturing, aerospace, IT and digital media are also thriving in the province.

Agriculture and agribusiness

  1. Manitoba’s main crops are:
    • wheat
    • canola
    • flaxseed
    • barley
    • oats
    • rye
  2. The province leads in the production of:
    • sunflower seeds
    • buckwheat
    • field peas
  3. Agriculture supplied 62,000 jobs to Manitoba’s economy.
  4. The agriculture sector employed 30,000 workers in 2011.
  5. Food processing is Manitoba’s largest manufacturing sector.
    • It is composed of over 250 companies.
    • It earned $4 billion in 2013.
    • Manitoba is known worldwide for the quality of its pork.
    • It has Canadian Inovatech Inc., the largest egg processing plant in Canada.
    • Burnbrae Farms, Ltd., and Maple Leaf Foods are also in Manitoba.


  1. There are many goods manufactured in Manitoba.
  2. Manitoba fulfills demand from all over Western Canada for:
    • food
    • clothing
    • machinery
    • transportation equipment
    • primary metal
    • metal fabricating operations
  3. The food processing industry is its largest manufacturing sector.
  4. The second largest is heavy vehicle manufacturing. It is a $1.9 billion industry.
  5. Manitoba has more than 1500 manufacturing companies.
  6. Manufacturing provides jobs to more than 60,000 people.
  7. Winnipeg is North America’s largest centre for bus manufacturing.
  8. Manufacturers build:
    • motor homes
    • fire engines
    • semi-trailers
    • storage tanks for agriculture, and oil and gas
  9. The biggest companies in the industry are:
    • Motor Coach Industries
    • New Flyer Industries
    • Fort Garry Fire Trucks
    • Buhler Industries

Transportation and logistics

  1. Manitoba is a centre for transportation and logistics.
  2. Winnipeg is in the center of global transportation routes.
  3. It is the home of CentrePort Canada.
    • It is a 20,000 acre port that offers Free Trade Zone advantages.
    • It makes the transfer of goods faster around the world.
    • It is next to the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.
  4. There are more than 1,000 for-hire trucking companies Manitoba.
  5. There are 5,800 businesses involved in:
    • warehousing and distribution
    • logistics
    • air, road and rail transportation
    • local transit distribution
  6. This sector employs over 40,000 workers.


  1. Manitoba has an advanced aerospace industry.
  2. It is the largest in Western Canada.
  3. The province is home to three world-class firms:
    • Boeing Technology Canada
    • StandardAero
    • Magellan Aerospace Limited
    • and 23 other regional and national firms
  4. The industry earned more than $1.6 billion in 2015.
    • 80 per cent came from aerospace manufacturing, and repair and overhaul
    • 20 per cent from aerospace training and services
  5. The industry is export oriented. It has hundreds of companies worldwide for clients.
  6. The outlook for this industry is excellent.

Electricity and environmental industries

  1. Manitoba Hydro is the province’s only provider of electricity.
  2. Its head office is in downtown Winnipeg.
  3. Manitoba Hydro makes electricity through water power.
  4. It has 15 stations on the Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Burntwood and Nelson rivers.
  5. It is one of the lowest cost providers of electricity in Canada.
  6. It is the country’s leader in renewable energy production.
  7. Winnipeg is also home to the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) and digital media

  1. Manitoba has over 1500 ICT companies. Over 80 per cent are in Winnipeg.
  2. This sector is composed of:
    • telecommunications firms
    • film and animation studios
    • computer system designers
    • electronic component manufacturers
    • computer equipment providers
    • wire and cable suppliers
  3. Major ICT firms in Winnipeg are:
    • IBM
    • HP Enterprise
    • Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS). MTS is one of Canada’s largest telecommunications network providers.
  4. Manitoba has about 125 digital media and gaming companies.
  5. ICT sector in Winnipeg employs 13,800 people.

Sources: Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade, Manitoba Business Facts, Manitoba Trade and Investment, Economic Development Winnipeg, and Travel Manitoba.

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