Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Get connected to a dynamic and growing cluster of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) innovators that include telecommunications firms, film and animation studios, computer system designers, electronic component manufacturers, computer equipment providers and wire/cable suppliers.
Advanced Tier 1 fibre optics and digital switching platforms support geographic information systems, health informatics, consulting services and software development. Winnipeg is also an ideal location for application development, global data centres and cloud computing operations.
Innovation and creativity are plugged into every area, supported by the city’s economic advantages, talented professionals and telecommunications infrastructure.
Imaginative innovators keep growing smarter in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg’s large and small ICT firms contribute to a vibrant, entrepreneurial and diverse sector serving growth markets throughout the world. The city’s low business costs help ICT companies competing in these global markets achieve better profit margins, prompting many to reinvest more of their earnings toward developing new intellectual property assets or other growth strategies.
Major ICT firms—including IBM and HP Enterprise—have operational hubs in Winnipeg. The city is also the headquarters of Bell MTS, one of Canada’s largest telecommunications network providers.
A highly innovative and entrepreneurial developer community exists here as well, with many high-tech start-ups recognized for providing world-class products and quality of service. The small-town friendliness of Winnipeggers offers ICT developers an opportunity to gain access to major decision-makers in a variety of industry verticals. The head offices of more than 30 of Canada’s largest companies and public-sector institutions are based in Winnipeg, giving developers opportunities to serve a diverse client base with worldwide networks.
- Employment in the ICT sector increased 15 per cent from 2009 to 2014.
- ICT companies in Winnipeg earn revenues in excess of $500 million per year.
- Winnipeg’s ICT sector is highly export-focused, with exports of about $360 million in ICT goods per year (and additional exports of ICT services).
- Approximately 1,290 ICT businesses in Winnipeg employ a workforce of 13,800 people.
- Winnipeg’s digital interactive companies produced an average of 23.6 new media projects per company and generated $38.8 million in revenue in 2011.
- Over the last few years, significant private-sector investments have energized the ICT sector, including the $50-million Bell MTS Data Centre, the $50-million Canadian Tire Cloud Nine Digital Innovation Centre, the $11-million FlexITy Solutions Inc. cloud-based data computing centre and the $10-million Great-West Lifeco data processing centre.
- The Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba (ICTAM) is the primary industry association and has over 130 corporate members representing approximately 10,000 employees.