Winnipeg is one of the largest centres for transportation manufacturing in North America and is home to market leaders in aircraft and space components, transit electrification, coach bus, fire truck, mining and agricultural equipment manufacturing. Many are recognized as trail blazers when it comes to developing technologies to cut greenhouse gas emissions – both in the products they produce and their operations. In 2021, Winnipeg manufacturing companies employed more than 35,000 people. All Manitoba companies enjoy the lowest energy costs in North America and the benefits of clean, renewable hydroelectric power.
NFI Group, Boeing Canada, Price Industries, Precision ADM and Canada Goose are just a few of the internationally successful companies in thriving in Winnipeg because of our:
- Highly skilled labour force
- Low-cost renewable electricity
- Manufacturing tax credits
- Agile transportation and logistics infrastructure
Companies can innovate and grow here because of strong partnerships between industry, private sector, educational institutions and the government. We set the stage for growth through:
- The largest research and development (R&D) tax credit in Canada, the Manitoba Research and Development Tax Credit, which is administered through the Province of Manitoba.
- Cutting-edge training for students and industry research with Red River College’s Centre of Aerospace Technology & Training facility. More information on how we prepare the next generation for this fast-paced industry can be found here.
Winnipeg Success Stories
NFI Group Inc.
Founded in Winnipeg, NFI is the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America. NFI recently purchased Alexander Dennis, a market-leading bus and coach manufacturer.
$546,000,000 / 2019
Canada Goose opened its third clothing factory in Winnipeg in the fall of 2018. This new factory measures 128,000 square-feet and is creating 700 new jobs.
$18,500,000 / 2018
Precision ADM is a global engineering and additive manufacturing (AM) solutions provider. In 2018, the company announced an investment in three metal additive manufacturing machines made by EOS. The acquisition increases Precision ADM’s additive manufacturing capacity and capability, making it the largest direct metal laser sintering additive manufacturer in Canada with ISO 13485:2016 Quality Management System certification.
Pollard Banknote produces high quality instant ticket product and licensed games. With its purchase of Schafer Systems, Pollard Banknote has expanded their capacity and market share in the industry.
$30,600,000 / 2018
Winpak manufactures and distributes high-quality packaging materials and related packaging machines. The company expanded its nylon film facility of subsidiary American Biaxis Inc. to increase annual production to 31 million pounds (14 million kilograms) of biaxially oriented polyamide.
$40,000,000 / 2017
Fast FactsSource: Conference Board of Canada (2017), Statistics Canada (2017)
Total Business Establishments
(Winnipeg CMA, 2022)
Four Largest Sub-sector RevenuesSource: Statistics Canada (2021)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
Agricultural, Construction and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
The vision of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is to address all current and future needs of manufacturers through a range of both existing and new resources. As a network hub, CME works as a catalyst, promoter and facilitator of these connections, making Manitoba a leading manufacturing and exporting location. CME helps companies find new efficiencies in their work place and provides lean training through kaizen events.
Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing
Formed in 2017, The Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) is dedicated to advanced digital manufacturing research and development, as well as competency and infrastructure growth for industry 4.0 in Manitoba. Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and Economic Development Winnipeg lead CAM which is also supported by WestCaRD.