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GROW IN WINNIPEG
Are you looking to relocate or expand to a place where opportunities for growth are limited only by imagination and where imagination is unlimited? A place where you can grow faster, stronger and better? A place that is intelligent, creative and culturally diverse? A place where the infrastructure, supplier base and—most importantly—the people are ready to help you get growing?
Winnipeg has always been economically strong. Stable. Self-contained. Self-reliant. The depth of our culture has nurtured a robust workforce. Skilled. Talented. Passionate. Inventive.
In Winnipeg, you’ll find experience and innovation, a history to build on and fresh ground to break. We’ve uncovered scientific breakthroughs, invented exciting new products and launched global companies. We’ve made business our culture, culture our business and lifestyle a priority.
Not only is there room to grow in Winnipeg, there’s a strong will and more ways to succeed than you can imagine. Flourishing business sectors. Geographic and time zone advantages. A rich natural resource base with abundant clean water and air. Among the lowest hydroelectricity rates on the continent.
Our highly skilled, hardworking and growing labour force is slightly younger than the national average and can speak nearly 120 languages. Our economy is one of the most diverse of all major Canadian cities. And then there’s the enormous advantage of being a centrally located North American transportation hub.
We invite you to discover just how much you can grow in Winnipeg.
LOCAL FOCUS, GLOBAL REACH
Winnipeggers believe in the city they live, work and play in. They also invest and learn here. People choose cities for many different reasons, and conversations through SpeakUpWinnipeg have revealed some consistent priorities necessary for creating a city people will choose to move to and stay in. Our quality of life relies on creating wealth through economic activity that provides jobs, income and investment that creates and sustains prosperity for its citizens.
As the lead economic development agency for the city of Winnipeg, Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. (EDW) facilitates investment promotion and attraction, capacity building, tourism development, marketing and the management of market information for Winnipeg. Through the use of competitive intelligence, and by forging relationships with industry leaders, high potential opportunities and innovation drivers are evaluated in order to develop key industries and future economic growth. EDW facilitates targeted sector development, and promotes Winnipeg’s diverse economy and high quality of life.
Through its Yes! Winnipeg business development team, EDW leads global investment attraction, and local business retention and expansion. Yes! Winnipeg assists in the creation of jobs, proactively identifies opportunities that attract new business investment and helps local entrepreneurs launch new commercial ventures.
A division of EDW, Tourism Winnipeg is the city’s official destination marketing organization tasked with increasing visitation and delivering the best possible visitor experience. Tourism Winnipeg facilitates a healthy, prosperous, responsible and fully integrated tourism industry that enhances Winnipeg’s economic growth through the acquisition of meetings, conventions, sports and events, group travel and leisure tourism.
The City of Winnipeg’s primary municipal planning document, OurWinnipeg, optimizes our community’s future growth and prosperity. Thanks to unprecedented stakeholder engagement, it features a provocative 25-year forecast of the ideas, hopes and dreams of our citizens. Through the efforts of EDW, a subset strategy of OurWinnipeg was developed—called the City of Winnipeg Economic Development Strategy 2013 – 2017. The strategy is a collaborative effort that highlights multiple ways to enrich our city though an enduring vision.
This city is gaining confidence, and there are continued signs of opportunity everywhere. Through the five-year economic development strategy, we are planning a prosperous future by thinking long-term, being proactive and accelerating efforts wherever possible.
Winnipeggers want a competitive city that addresses the basics of urban infrastructure and services, generates opportunities for businesses and residents, and provides a clean, safe environment for its citizens and visitors. They also want a city that encourages innovation and supports sustainability, leads the way in strategic business and education fields, and offers a range of lifestyle options for all ages and abilities—and one that celebrates its unique status as a centre of arts and culture.
Excellence in Education and Training
Winnipeg is home to four universities (University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Canadian Mennonite University, and Université de Saint-Boniface), two colleges (Red River College and Winnipeg Technical College) and many private vocational institutions.
Competitive Real Estate
Real estate, both commercial and residential, is affordable compared to most major cities. Winnipeg has fully serviced industrial land available as well as commercial and office space.
Research and Development Hub
Economic innovation and R&D are occurring citywide:
• Health research at the major hospitals (Health Sciences Centre and St. Boniface General Hospital) as well as at CancerCare Manitoba
• Smartpark Research and Technology Park on the University of Manitoba campus and the John Buhler Research Centre at the University of Winnipeg
• About 30 additional R&D facilities are also operational
Award-Winning Arts and Sports
For culture buffs, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Opera, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Le Cercle Molière and many other arts groups take centre stage. And for sports fans, there’s the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club. Also on the roster: Winnipeg Blue Bombers football, Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball and scores of amateur teams.
WHY WINNIPEG FOR BUSINESS?
Local and global economies are transitioning at a rapid pace. By anticipating and responding to these changes, Winnipeg will emerge as a leader in providing new possibilities for economic development. And by generating prosperity and reinvesting in a high quality of life, Winnipeg will secure its place as a resilient, sustainable and competitive city of tomorrow.
Opportunities for success—in both business and lifestyle—are unlimited here. Find out how you and your company can benefit from a move to Winnipeg, no matter what sector you’re in. We’ll get you the answers you need as fast as you need them. We’re here to show you why our city is the perfect place to live, work and invest.