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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.
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.
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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).