Key Industries

Energy & Environment

Winnipeg has a thriving energy and environment sector with more than 2,200 businesses engaged in environmental consulting, remediation, recycling, waste, water/wastewater management and energy production. Winnipeg is a leader in renewable energy and is home to the International Institute for Sustainable Development, which has its headquarters here.

Winnipeg offers companies numerous competitive advantages including:

  • icon - Hydro PowerOne of the lowest electricity rates in North America for businesses. Example: large power users in MB have the lowest cost / kWh of electricity, with average price of $0.0447 / kWh*.
  • icon - Incentives/ProgramsIncentives/programs to help companies meet greenhouse gas reduction targets and reduce their carbon footprint.
  • icon - Emerging SectorsEmerging sectors such as bio-products, freshwater lake management, electric vehicles, and eco-tourism mean new opportunities for business.

* For consumption between 5MW and 30.6 MW, a voltage of 120kV and a load factor of 85%.

98.5% of electricity generated in our province comes from reliable, clean renewable resources including wind farms, solar panels, and hydroelectric dams. The majority of Manitoba’s electricity production comes from several hydroelectric dams located throughout the province.

Winnipeg Success Stories

Manitoba Hydro

A 500kV transmission line from Manitoba to Minnesota to improve reliability of Manitoba’s electricity and to meet demands for export sale agreements.

$453,000,000 / 2019

Canadian Mennonite University

CMU unveiled the Centre for Environmental and Economic Resilience thanks to investments by the Federal government and the Province of Manitoba.

$1,700,000 / 2018

Manitoba Hydro

Keeyask Generation Station: A new hydroelectric dam that will increase generating capacity in Manitoba by 695 MW - expected completion date October 2020

$8,700,000,000 / 2014

Manitoba Hydro

Bipole III: 1388 km of a high voltage direct current transmission line that will increase Manitoba’s electricity reliability. Completed in July 2018

$5,000,400,000 / 2012

Fast Facts

  • $640M

    Total Manufacturing Revenue in Energy & Environment
    (Manitoba, 2017)

  • $5.9B

    Total GDP
    (Manitoba, 2018)

  • 10,400

    Estimated Total Employment
    (Winnipeg, 2018)

  • 6,139MW

    Hydro Generation Capacity
    (Primarily Hydroelectric)

Key Network

International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD)

The IISD is an independent think tank promoting sustainable solutions globally. Their mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability. Through research, analysis and knowledge sharing, IISD identifies and champions sustainable solutions to environmental issues.

Manitoba Environmental Industries Association

MEIA works to advance environmental and clean technology opportunities in Manitoba through networking, education and support. In 2019 MEIA was approved under Manitoba’s Sector Council Program and now has a broader mandate to develop and deliver workforce training and support to Manitoba’s natural resources, energy and environment industries.

Key Companies

Economic Development Winnipeg

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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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