Ready to Work: Winnipeg’s Post-Secondary Environment
Winnipeg is home to many world-class post-secondary institutions. Collectively, more than 60,000 full-time students are currently enrolled at the city’s post-secondary learning institutions, which offer a variety of education and training programs across multiple industry sectors and ensure a steady supply of highly skilled workers.
Below is a brief summary of Winnipeg’s post-secondary institutions and programs, as well as some of the nationally recognized faculties, departments and/or programs at those facilities.
University of Manitoba
8,700Faculty & Staff
The University of Manitoba is the province’s largest university, with more than 90 degrees offered across all faculties. The university, located in the south end of the city, is home to Manitoba’s only law school, accredited MBA program, and engineering faculty, and more. There are a number of research laboratories active on campus, from mechanical to electrical and computer engineering. A full list of faculties for the University of Manitoba can be found here. Notable initiatives are listed below:
Smartpark Research and Technology Park
Smartpark Research and Technology Park is a 100-acre site comprised of research and technology companies and organizations involved in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Engineering and Advanced Materials, Health and Biotechnology and Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences and coincides with research expertise at the University.
Smartpark Innovation Hub
Completed in June 2019, Smartpark Innovation Hub is a central gathering place for the Smartpark community, for province-wide university researchers, and for the local technology industry. The facility supports commercialization and professional services, encouraging partnerships to form that will drive the creation of new technologies, ultimately growing the number of local start-up companies.
The University of Winnipeg
1,187Faculty & Staff
The University of Winnipeg, located on a sprawling campus downtown, offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a Masters in Management program with focus on technology, innovation and operations. Other notable degrees include the Master in Applied Computer Science, and BA/BSc in Information Systems.
In the last ten years, the university has invested over $200-million in new developments like Richardson College for the Environment & Science Complex, Axworthy Health and RecPlex, McFeetors Hall: Great-West Life Student Residence and Buhler Centre, home to the Faculty of Business and Economics.
The University of Winnipeg has a full list of its academic programs here.
Red River College
2,300+Faculty & Staff
Red River College (RRC) is the largest and most comprehensive applied learning institute in the province. With a commitment to staying current and responsive to the demands of the marketplace, RRC graduates have achieved a 95 per cent employment rate post-graduation. RRC offers a full program catalogue list here. Notable initiatives are listed below:
Exchange District Innovation Centre (fall 2020)
In April 2017, the college announced the construction of a new $95-million,100,000-sq. ft. facility Innovation Centre at its Exchange District campus. The development, expected to be completed by fall of 2020, will bring together students, instructors, researchers, industry and community members to work on commercialization projects for startups and SMEs.
Centre for Aerospace Technology and Training (CATT)
The Centre for Aerospace Technology and Training (CATT) is an applied research venue where students encounter real-world aerospace industry problems that are explored and solved. The centre is a public-private partnership in which Red River College provides access to academic resources (including the training of operators, technicians and engineering technologists) and StandardAero provides the facility, equipment maintenance, shop access and supplies (as well as trained operators and on-the-job trainers for project support).
Red River College Stevenson Campus (Winnipeg)
Since 2002, the Stevenson Aviation and Aerospace Training Centre has been uniquely equipping students to enter the aerospace labour force in Winnipeg. Programs include aerospace manufacturing technician, aircraft maintenance, gas turbine engine repair and overhaul, aircraft structural repair technician, aircraft maintenance engineer diploma program, AME “M” apprenticeship and non-destructive testing.
Centre for Non-Destructive Inspection
With a $4.4 million investment in 2011, the Centre for Non-Destructive Inspection (CNDI) at Red River College provides specialized inspection equipment and a network of portable ‘non-destructive’ imaging equipment that can be used by industry in their facilities. This equipment allows companies to detect hidden flaws in materials more efficiently and with greater confidence without damaging the materials.
Creative Arts Department
The creative arts department at RRC offers programs in creative communications, graphic design, digital media design, 3D computer graphics, deaf studies, library and information technology, and technical communication.
Université de Saint-Boniface
Faculties & Programs
382Faculty & Staff
Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) is the only French-language university in Manitoba and the first post-secondary educational institution to be established in Western Canada. Located in the community of St. Boniface in the heart of Winnipeg, it offers degree programs as well as graduate programs in education and Canadian studies. USB is affiliated with the University of Manitoba and offers University of Manitoba degrees.
An overview of USB’s undergraduate programs can be found here.
Canadian Mennonite University
90Faculty & Staff
Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), founded in 2000, offers accredited 3- and 4-year Bachelor and Graduate degrees in a variety of fields, as well as pre-professional programs for further studies. Formally supported by Mennonite Church Canada and the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba, the university welcomes students from many backgrounds and denominations. The 44 acre campus in southwest Winnipeg is the former home of the Manitoba School for the Deaf, built in 1921. The University also owns and operates Menno Simons College on the campus of the University of Winnipeg.
Manitoba Institute for Trades and Technology
000+Faculty & Staff
The Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology provides secondary and post-secondary students with applied skills training. MITT’s mandate includes responding directly to Manitoba’s labour market needs.
MITT’s full program listing can be found here.
1,000+Grads / year
150Faculty & Staff
Robertson College offers career-focused post-secondary education programs including specialization in the business and information technology fields.
Robertson College’s program listing can be found here.
Manitoba Tourism Education Council
The Manitoba Tourism Education Council was established to meet current and long-term employer needs by preparing future employees for positions in the tourism, hospitality and retail industries in Manitoba. The council provides training programs in safety, responsible service certification, business workshops and more. The organization also runs the Manitoba Tourism Education College with programs including Food and Beverage Server, Front Desk Clerk, Line Cook, Housekeeping Room Attendant and Retail Sales Associate which delivers six to eight week training plus a 30 hour practicum.
Workforce Training Programs
Industries in Winnipeg constantly adapt to changing markets and adjust to new technologies, applications and consumer trends. With a knowledgeable workforce, changes are viewed as opportunities. Winnipeg’s training infrastructure ensures companies are poised to excel in these changing environments.
Workforce Training Programs
- Training and Employment Services - Helps Manitobans prepare for, find and keep employment, including support for training to meet labour market needs.
- Apprenticeship Manitoba - Coordinates the training and qualifications system for apprentices leading to a journeyperson certification.
- Red River College Corporate Solutions - Meets the needs of businesses with innovative education and training solutions through industry-accredited courses and certificate programs.
- Asper School of Business Education Centre – Developing leaders and executives at all career stages and functional areas to include personal and professional performance.
Industry Associations and Sector Councils
- Creative Manitoba
- Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
- Film Training Manitoba Inc.
- Food and Beverage Manitoba
- Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba
- Biosciences Association of Manitoba
- Manitoba Aerospace
- Manitoba Music
- Manitoba Aviation Council
- Manitoba Construction Sector Council
- Manitoba Customer Contact Association
- Manitoba Environmental Industries Association
- Northern Manitoba Sector Council
- Manitoba Print Industry Association
- Manitoba Tourism Education Council
- New Media Manitoba