Key Industries

Energy & Environment

This should spark your interest: Winnipeg has among the lowest rates for hydroelectricity in North America as well as one of the most reliable electrical grids. Manitoba Hydro—a huge exporter of electricity to the United States—generates approximately 96 per cent of its electricity from self-renewing water power, so its carbon footprint is minimal. We’re also a significant centre of natural gas distribution and alternative energy development.

Winnipeg’s environmental firms have substantial capabilities in waste management systems, water and wastewater treatment, and environmental impact assessments. In fact, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, with offices in Ottawa, New York and Geneva, is headquartered here.

If your company is in one of these industries or could simply benefit from low energy costs and ample resources, businesses grow greener in Winnipeg.

Vital Stats

More than 2,000 businesses in the Winnipeg CMA are actively engaged in the energy and environment sector. Emerging subsectors such as bioproducts, freshwater lake management, electric vehicles and eco-tourism are creating new opportunities for Manitoba businesses to become worldwide leaders.

Manitoba Hydro is one of Canada’s most active leaders in the energy and environment sector, with funding programs for renewable energy production, energy efficiency, eco-innovation, bioproducts, climate change mitigation and related environmental sectors.

With assets of more than $22.3 billion and annual revenues in excess of $1.9 billion, Manitoba Hydro is one of Canada’s most active leaders in the energy and environment sector. Since 2006, this provincial Crown corporation’s export sales have totalled $4.2 billion.

Myriad opportunities exist to develop bioproducts from the abundant biomass available in the province.  A variety of renewable bioproducts can be produced, including biodiesel, biofibre, ethanol, biocomposites and biogas. Manitoba’s Bioproducts Strategy envisions that bioproducts produced in Manitoba could generate revenues of $2 billion by 2020.  To achieve this vision, the province government has made commitments to assist businesses through research and development funding and tax credits.

Fact Facts

  • 2.3%

    Winnipeg workforce employed in energy and environment sector (Winnipeg CMA)

  • 4.9B

    Contribution to GDP, 2017 (Manitoba)

  • 9,900

    Energy & Environment sector employment (Winnipeg CMA)

  • 96%

    Manitoba electricity generated from renewable hydropower

Sources: Statistics Canada, Manitoba Hydro

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