Manitoba's Strategic Advantages

Winnipeg, Manitoba evening skyline scene with new bridgeLocated in the heart of North America is a land of economic and cultural diversity, a place where natural resources are plentiful and the people have created a rich and vibrant society.

The place is Manitoba – a province of inland seas and waves of grain, advanced research and enchanting historic sites, and home to innovators in business, science and the arts. Manitoba is a place that offers the advantages of big-city life, without the disadvantages. With low costs for land and power and some of the most affordable housing in Canada, Manitoba is a place where a dollar goes far.

Manitoba has great strength in its wealth of hydroelectric power, diverse manufacturing base, rich mineral resources and fertile soil. However, the greatest strength resides in the people of Manitoba, people who retain the values of community and responsibility that built our province, while shaping a future through innovation, productivity and risk-taking.

Whether by fibre-optic cable, air, rail, road or sea, Manitoba is connected to markets around the world. Yet a secluded retreat is never more than an hour’s drive away.


Learn more about Manitoba's strategic advantages by topic:

The Land
People and the Workforce
Business and the Economy
Market Access, Transportation and Infrastructure
Research and Development
Quality of Life
Economic Development Partners


Economic Development Office (EDO)

The goal of the EDO is to lead major economic development initiatives and investment projects on behalf of the government, and coordinate efforts across departments, agencies and organizations to ensure program delivery alignment. Working in collaboration with our partners, the EDO aims to meet the needs and advance the interests of business, industry and communities.

EDO contact information:
Phone: 204-945-1055


Manitoba Quick Facts

Manitoba became Canada's fifth province in 1870, three years after Canadian Confederation. Manitoba means “where the spirit lives” in the languages of the province’s Indigenous people.

Head of State Queen Elizabeth II, represented by the Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Janice C. Filmon
Legislative Assembly Comprised of 57 Members elected to represent the people of Manitoba
Political Leader The Honourable Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba
Area 649,947 square kilometers (250,946 square miles); larger than Japan and twice the size of the United Kingdom
Land surface area: 548,356 km2 / 211,721 miles2
Water surface area: 101,591 km2 / 39,225 miles2
Coastline: 645 km / 400 miles
Total Population (January, 2019) 1,360,396
Capital City Winnipeg, population 832,200 (2018)
Mayor: His Worship Brian Bowman
Time Zone Manitoba is located in the central time zone. Daylight Saving Time is in effect through the province from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November. During the rest of the year, the province is on Central Standard Time.
Unemployment Rate (2018) 6.0% (Manitoba), 5.8% (Canada)
Major Industries Manufacturing, agriculture, mining, electric power, and other.
Major Manufacturing Sectors Primary metals, food and beverages, transportation equipment, machinery, chemicals, plastics/rubber, wood/paper, furniture, fabricated metal products, electrical and electronics, printing and related, petroleum/coal, non-metallic mineral products.
Real GDP, chained 2012 dollars (2018; at market prices) CAD $67.2 billion, 1.0% growth
Nominal GDP, current dollars (2018; at market prices) CAD $72.6 billion, 2.3% growth
Exports (2018) CAD $15.5 billion, 12.3% increase
Natural Resources Abundant fresh water, hydroelectricity, base metals (nickel, copper, zinc), fishing, forestry, gold, oil, other minerals.
Agricultural Products Canola, wheat, hogs, cattle, dairy products, oats, poultry, eggs, barley, and flaxseed

Canada Quick Facts

Canada is a confederation of 10 provinces and 3 territories. The national capital is Ottawa, Ontario, with provincial/territorial capitals designated in each province/territory. The national legislature is a bicameral federal parliament, consisting of an appointed Senate (105 members) and elected House of Commons (338 members). Elections to the House of Commons are held on the third Monday of October in the fourth calendar year following the previous general election (subject to earlier confidence votes), with the last election having been held in October 2015. Canadian citizens aged 18 and older are eligible to vote.

Form of State Constitutional monarchy
Head of State Queen Elizabeth II,  represented by the Governor General
Head of Government Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Average value of Canadian dollar against major currencies (2018) US dollar = $1.30 CAD 
Euro = $1.53 CAD 
Mexican Peso = $0.07 CAD 
Chinese renminbi = $0.20 CAD


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