Transport Logistics

Winnipeg: The Optimal Choice to Transport Goods Worldwide

Winnipeg has been a centre for transportation and logistics across North America for more than a century. With over 45,000 workers directly employed in the transportation and logistics sector at nearly 5,900 complementary businesses, Winnipeg offers transportation, distribution and logistics firms—or those needing to engage these firms—with compelling and unique advantages that set the city apart from competing jurisdictions.

A true trimodal city, Winnipeg offers competitive options within each of its three modes of transport: air, rail and road. Winnipeg also provides direct rail/road access to North America’s only Arctic seaport at the Port of Churchill in northern Manitoba as well as seaports connecting to Asia through Vancouver and Prince Rupert on Canada’s West Coast.


Richardson International Airport

Winnipeg's Richardson International Airport is one of the busiest 24-hour airports in Canada and offers flights to major cities across Canada, the U.S., the Caribbean and Mexico. As well, the airport is used as a gateway to smaller, more remote communities found within Manitoba and neighbouring provinces and territories (e.g., Saskatchewan, Northwestern Ontario and Nunavut). It’s one of Canada’s most important airports for air cargo activity and boasts reliable all-weather operations.


Canadian Pacific Railway

Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) is a Class 1 railway providing rail service in Canada and in northern and central U.S. states. CP serves nearly every industry sector and transports both bulk commodities and manufactured goods. The company offers a global reach by managing intermodal movements to and from North America. At its Winnipeg-based intermodal terminal, an average of 2,500 cars per day and about 105,000 lifts (the number of containers transferred between trucks and trains) per year are processed. The company’s major markets are Asia, the U.S., Central Canada and the Prairie provinces. Foreign customers are typically facilitated through the Port of Vancouver. CP employs almost 14,000 workers and boasts annual revenues of about $6.7 billion.

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Canadian National Railway

Canadian National Railway (CN) is a Class 1 railway and a leader in the North American rail industry. Following its acquisition of Illinois Central in 1999, WC in 2001 and GLT in 2004, as well as its partnership agreement with BC Rail in 2004, CN provides shippers with more options and greater reach in the rapidly expanding market for north-south trade. Winnipeg is home to one of CN’s 11 intermodal terminals. The terminal can handle over 3,000 cars per day and 100,000 lifts per year. The fully paved site, adjacent to CN’s main line and within the boundaries of CN’s Symington Yard, features two pad tracks totaling 9,400 feet for loading and unloading traffic, as well as four support tracks.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) rail lines— a Class 1 railway like CN and CP—offer a third access route to the U.S. Manitoba is one of two Canadian provinces served by BNSF, which services 28 states in the U.S. over a 32,000-mile network.


OmniTRAX is one of North America’s largest private railroads, offering rail service to northern Manitoba and the Port of Churchill (located on the west coast of Hudson Bay).


Trucking Capacity

Winnipeg offers a competitive advantage in trucking. The city is home to two of Canada’s top 10 trucking firms, TransX and Bison Transport. Together, these two operators employ 4,100 workers and operate about 2,900 tractors and 8,000 trailers. The Winnipeg Capital Region is also home to numerous other major trucking firms, including YRC Freight, Penner International, Paul’s Hauling Group, Arnold Bros. Transport, Payne Transportation, Kleysen Transport and Big Freight Systems. Collectively, over 1,000 for-hire rigs are based right here in Winnipeg, and that means aggressive pricing, great availibility and first-rate service.

Major Highways

The major east-west route crossing Winnipeg is the Trans-Canada Highway, which runs from Victoria, British Columbia, through Winnipeg and east to St. John’s, Newfoundland. It is the world’s longest national highway, with a length of 7,821 kilometres (4,860 miles). Provincial Trunk Highway 75 (PTH 75) is the main route south from Winnipeg to the U.S., where it joins Interstate 29 (I-29) in North Dakota. Winnipeg is located within a one-hour drive of the U.S. border.

Foreign Trade Zone

CentrePort Canada

CentrePort Canada is North America's largest inland port, offering 20,000 acres of top-quality, affordable industrial land. It’s also the only trimodal inland port in the country to provide businesses with single-window access to foreign trade zone (FTZ) benefits, and it serves as a gateway to key markets in North America, Latin America, Asia and Europe. CentrePort Canada offers investors a wide range of savings, including combined federal and provincial/state corporate income taxes that are about one-third lower than in the U.S.

CentrePort Canada Way

When opened to traffic by the Government of Manitoba at 1 p.m. on November 22, 2013, the $212-million CentrePort Canada Way began providing a four-lane divided expressway linking Winnipeg's Perimeter Highway to CentrePort Canada. This new corridor will eventually connect Inkster Boulevard (Provincial Road 221), the Richardson International Airport and the CP Weston rail intermodal facility to the Perimeter Highway near Saskatchewan Avenue.