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This is a five-year plan offering a series of objectives and associated actions built to further the principal municipal planning document (OurWinnipeg) through three primary themes: business and industrial opportunities, social and community development and emerging technologies.
A common theme for governments, businesses, and every reputable academic institution and industry association can be summed up in one word: accountability. Given the recent winds of change blowing south of the border, the short- and long-term consequences of which remain elusive but troubling, tackling the local and regional challenges we all face with rigour and resolve is perhaps more important today than ever before.
For over 140 years, Winnipeg, Manitoba, has served as the gateway to Western Canada and a hub for agricultural activities of all kinds. The centre of Canada is the world leader in commodities trading, food processing, health and functional food research, advanced crop research and precision agriculture. Winnipeg is a compelling choice for agricultural investment.
Winnipeg has one of the most diverse economies of any major city in Canada. Winnipeg’s aerospace, finance and insurance, transportation, agribusiness, information technology, furniture and apparel industries provide a solid economic base that serves the community well. Overall, Winnipeg’s diverse economy provides a stable workforce, low unemployment rate and a cushion against major fluctuations resulting from downturns in the economy.
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Winnipeg is one of only two Canadian cities with three Class 1 railways (CN, CP and BNSF).
Over 5,800 transportation and distribution establishments exist in Winnipeg, employing more than 45,000 people.
Winnipeg is the most cost-effective city for aerospace manufacturing in Western Canada and the U.S. Midwest (KPMG's Competitive Alternatives, 2016).