Manitoba's Strategic Advantages:
Economic Development Partners

The recommendations of the Growing Manitoba's Economy report paid considerable attention to issues of governance and alignment of economic development efforts. Structuring how economic development programs are conceived and delivered is critical and is the logical first step in establishing the Economic Growth Action Plan for Manitoba. Getting the structures right sets the foundation for the future success of the plan.

The Manitoba government, through the Economic Development Office, is working collaboratively with partners in the province to simplify program delivery to be more responsive to the needs of Manitobans.

We see opportunities in all regions of our province. Recognizing Manitoba's regional diversity and the distinct needs they represent, mandates have been set for seven regional and strategic partnerships in both rural and northern Manitoba through mandate letters from Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen. Four regional partner organizations will deliver programs and services in northern Manitoba, rural Manitoba, the Winnipeg capital region and the city of Winnipeg. These partners are:

  • Northern Manitoba – The Communities Economic Development Fund (CEDF), a Manitoba Crown corporation, is the regional partner mandated to coordinate economic development programming in northern Manitoba. CEDF will function as the lead entity for Look North to coordinate implementation of the Look North strategy.

  • Rural Manitoba – The Rural Manitoba Economic Development Corporation (RMED) has been established to deliver economic development programming in rural Manitoba. RMED will focus its attention on its core functions which include partnerships, capacity building, communication and promotion – while supporting municipalities to be investment ready. RMED will be operational by Spring 2021.

  • Winnipeg Capital Region – The Winnipeg Metropolitan Region (WMR) is mandated by The Capital Region Partnership Act to promote tourism and sustainable economic development in the capital region. A partnership agreement is being developed with WMR functioning as the regional entity that will deliver funding and programming to the municipalities that surround Winnipeg. 

  • Economic Development Winnipeg – Economic Development Winnipeg (EDW) is the key economic development organization for the city of Winnipeg. With key framework mandates that include Tourism Winnipeg and YES! Winnipeg, EDW provides market data, assistance and support to grow Winnipeg's economy by helping to make business success in Winnipeg easier and more attractive, and encouraging more people to come and see what Winnipeg has to offer.

We are also leveraging the capabilities of three strategic partner organizations to deliver programming related to innovation, trade and investment, and tourism.

  • Innovation – North Forge Technology Exchange is an innovation-based economic development agency that provides mentorship, training and support for entrepreneurs across Manitoba. It is a collaborative network conceived by the teams behind The Eureka Project, AssentWorks, Ramp Up Manitoba and the Startup Winnipeg program. It operates Canada's largest non-profit fabrication lab in Winnipeg.

  • Trade – World Trade Centre (WTC) Winnipeg provides information and support to Manitoba companies looking to grow their business beyond Manitoba and provides services to international companies interested in doing business with Manitoba companies. It is a member of the World Trade Centers Association, the leading international trade network, representing more than 300 World Trade Centres in nearly 100 countries. WTC allows Manitoba companies to lever this global network to grow and diversify in international markets.

  • Tourism – Travel Manitoba is a Crown corporation under The Travel Manitoba Act that fosters development, growth and diversity in Manitoba's tourism industry. It promotes Manitoba as a desirable tourist destination, provides visitor information services, and works to stimulate competitiveness and public awareness of the industry in the province and around the world.

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