By Industry

Employment by Industry Sector

In 2012, total employment in Winnipeg’s 10 key industry sectors comprised 184,875 people and represented 44 per cent of all industries employed. The advanced manufacturing, transportation and distribution, and tourism sectors held the largest shares of employment at 10 per cent each.

Winnipeg’s Employment Distribution by Industry Sector in 2012

Industry Sector Employment  % Total
Advanced Manufacturing 42,213 10.11
Aerospace 4,942 1.18
Agribusiness 13,691 3.38
Creative Industries 24,119 5.78
Energy & Environment 8,474 2.03
Financial Services 21,616 5.18
ICT 18,195 4.36
Life Sciences 3,121 0.75
Tourism  39,760 9.53
Transportation & Distribution 43,317 10.38
All Industries 417,000 100

​Source: RDA Global

The most evident growth from 2007 to 2012 among the 10 sectors occurred in the energy and environment sector; on average, its employment rate grew by five per cent each year. The creative sector followed, with an average growth rate of three per cent.  The life sciences sector suffered the largest decline at 5.7 per cent each year on average, with a total loss of 1,264 jobs over the five-year period.

Winnipeg’s Employment Growth by Industry Sector (2007 to 2012)

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by Industry Sector

The impact of growth was measured through 10 key industry sectors in Winnipeg. They were seen as critical to the region’s economy and linked uniquely to the innovation process. Overall, the 10 sectors generated $13 billion or 47 per cent of the total GDP of all industries in 2012. Transportation and distribution posted the largest contribution at $3.8 billion (13.8 per cent), followed by the advanced manufacturing sector at $3.3 billion (11.8 per cent).

Winnipeg’s GDP Distribution by Industry Sector 2012

Industry Sector GDP ($ millions) % Total
Advanced Manufacturing $3,285 11.8
Aerospace $375 1.3
Agribusiness $1,289 4.6
Creative Industries $1,101 3.9
Energy & Environment  $1,486 5.3
Financial Services $2,293 8.2
ICT $1,282 4.6
Life Sciences $427 1.5
Tourism $2,410 8.6
Transportation & Distribution $3,840 13.8
All Industries  $27,887 100

Source: RDA Global

Winnipeg’s GDP by Industry Sector: Annual Per Cent Change from 2007 to 2012

From 2007 to 2012, the most evident GDP growth among the 10 sectors was experienced in the ICT, creative industries and tourism sectors, all hovering around 2.8 per cent per year on average.  On a declining scale, the life sciences GDP contracted by 4.8 per cent per year on average.