Manitoba International Gateway Strategy (MIGS)

The Manitoba International Gateway Strategy (MIGS) is an approach Manitoba uses to build upon the province’s strengths in multi-modal transportation assets and services.  MIGS benefits from Manitoba’s central location in North America to take advantage of the available trading opportunities with markets from around the world.

Globe Map of Manitoba  International Gateway Strategy (MIGS)


To build a stronger province by further developing key gateways and corridors, Manitoba is making a total investment of $5.5 billion over five years in core infrastructure, including roads and bridges, flood protection and municipal infrastructure.

Infrastructure investments enhance trade flows as well as stimulate business development and regional economic growth in the province.  Manitoba has a strong transportation and warehousing sector, tops among Canadian provinces as it comprises nearly 7% of Manitoba’s economy. Manitoba is looking to build upon its transportation strengths, largely due to a strong cluster of trucking firms headquartered in Manitoba and a strong rail network served by three of North America’s largest mainline rail carriers.

Transportation investments also help generate economic activity in local communities in Manitoba.  As the province invests to improve its infrastructure, this generates greater business for construction firms, suppliers of materials and equipment, and engineering services.  In turn, this increases sales at local restaurants, household goods at grocery and clothing stores, and recreation services.  All in all, this activity leads to more jobs and increases economic output in the province, adding to Manitoba’s prosperity.

Transportation Gateway and Corridor Initiatives

MIGS is comprised of the following key transportation gateway and corridor initiatives:

What are the main features of Manitoba’s transport network that gives its advantage?

Manitoba has built a proud history on transportation and trade, moving our goods and connecting our people with others across the globe.  Manitoba has a multimodal transportation system that includes:

  • A 19,000 kilometre road network that motor carriers use to move freight quickly to markets across North America;
  • Access to a rail network that moves bulk freight all over the continent, including the Canadian National Railway (CNR), Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad;
  • James Armstrong Richardson (JAR) International Airport, the busiest in Canada for time-sensitive, all-cargo flights that can easily access markets all over the world;
  • CentrePort Canada, a 20,000 acre multimodal inland port with connections to markets in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia;
  • Port of Churchill, the most direct ocean link to Atlantic markets for much of the Canadian Prairies; and
  • Pembina-Emerson border crossing, the busiest in Western Canada and Manitoba’s key trade route to North American markets.

Route Map of North America for Manitoba International Gateway Strategy (MIGS)