Video SpotlightWHY WINNIPEG for BUSINESS? Workforce
Dedicated, Talented, Affordable
Winnipeggers are hard-working, educated and ready to help local companies succeed. They have a proven track record of commitment to their city, and to its businesses and its economy. The reputation of any given company—and the quality of the products and/or services it offers—is only as good as the people standing behind it. And in Winnipeg, these people are of the highest calibre.
The city’s business leaders repeatedly applaud the skill and dedication of the local workforce in accounting for their collective achievements. Both in terms of quality and quantity, Winnipeg’s labour force is a key contributor to the success of local firms. Top-notch graduates from Winnipeg's colleges and universities—and government programs designed to attract skilled workers to the province—make Winnipeg an ideal place to locate or expand a business.
Winnipeg’s Workforce: Competitive and Committed
- Manitobans work an average tenure of 108.1 months, more than four months above the Canadian average.
- Across all industries, Winnipeg has the lowest average weekly earnings among Canada’s 12 largest cities.
- Manufacturing sector wages in Winnipeg are among the most competitive of any major city in Canada at $880 weekly, over eight per cent lower than the Canadian average of $952.
- In 2014, Manitoba’s percentage of unionized workers in the private sector decreased (to 18 per cent from 18.5 per cent).
- In 2015, Manitoba was the third-youngest province in Canada; as of July 1, 2015, Manitoba's median age was 37.7 years.
- In 2013, Manitoba's productivity showed well. Firms operating in Manitoba lost only six workdays for every 1,000 employees for all industries. This rate was significantly lower than the national rate of 100 days.
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program: A Model for North America
The Manitoba workforce continues to grow due in part to a best-in-class provincial nominee program, which targets immigrants with particular skills to meet the needs of Manitoba’s industries, including:
- Overseas recruitment matching business needs.
- Expedited process; Consistent 95 per cent retention rate in Manitoba.
- Post-arrival, intake and training services through Manitoba START program.
- Over 16,000 new workers arrived here via the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program in 2014.