Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)
Today, rapidly changing technology is shifting our world and the way we interact. Business systems and entertainment, environmental protection, artificial intelligence, cyber security, and virtual worlds—these domains continue to advance, empower and transform every aspect of our lives. Winnipeg’s information and communication technologies (ICT) sector is advancing right alongside.
Winnipeg has a thriving and growing community of small and medium sized ICT companies with diverse skills and expertise in systems design, health informatics, e-learning, master data management, financial software, security, wired and wireless communications, mobile, web and cloud applications, visual and motion graphics, and video gaming.
Winnipeg also has a multitalented, innovative and entrepreneurial developer community with many high-tech start-ups. These developers benefit from Winnipeg’s competitive business costs and its cooperative business environment, combining to create access to private and public sector organizations with international clients and global reach, while still offering a collaborative environment in which to partner, innovate and grow.
Notable firms - including Microsoft, Bell MTS, Canadian Tire Cloud Computing Centre, Imaginet, Online Business Systems - have operational hubs in Winnipeg. Rising stars include Farmers Edge, Librestream, RAPID RTC, SkipTheDishes, Bold Commerce, Sightline Innovation, to name a few.
- Multitalented, innovative and entrepreneurial developer community
- Competitive business costs
- Connected, collaborative industry
- Low-cost renewable energy
- According to a recent Canadian Tech Talent Report, Winnipeg (CMA) is the least expensive city to operate a tech company and a more affordable place for potential employees to call home.
- To bolster the ICT entrepreneurial community, Red River College has recently broke ground on their new $95 million innovation centre located in the Exchange District campus in downtown Winnipeg. This building will house the Business Information Technology and Business Technology Management programs.
- As part of its $1 billion capital investment plan for Manitoba, Bell MTS announced in March 2020 it is investing $400 million to bring all-fibre network connections to 275,000 residences and business in Winnipeg. The investment is expected to create more than 1,100 new jobs and $900 million in economic activity.
- Tech Manitoba is the primary industry association and has over 130 corporate members representing over 10,000 employees.
Winnipeg Success Stories
Bold Commerce is best known for building Shopify’s powerful, flexible and customizable eCommerce apps.
Food delivery service company, headquartered and expanding in Winnipeg, has a technologically-advanced backend that was ranked in the top 5 of Deloitte’s, Technology Fast 50 for 2018.
Rapid RTC and its parent company create market-leading software solutions for automotive, agriculture and other verticals in over 30 countries.
They are the people and technology behind the world’s biggest brands. They deliver innovative, value-driven customer service solution across their global contact centres.
Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services is a subsidiary of Amazon.com and provides on-demand cloud computing platforms. The company acquired Winnipeg's Thinkbox Software in 2017 which became known as AWS Thinkbox and is leading developer of production-proven tools for entertainment, architecture and design industries.
Canada’s longest standing AI company known for creating the first Full-Stack Enterprise infrastructure with headquarters in Winnipeg.
The world’s leading provider of environmental solutions for energy, water, and waste with a strong AI utilization.
Fast FactsSource: Statistics Canada (2017)
ICT trade exports increased
(over 3 years)
Average ICT Salary
3rd Lowest Labour Costs in Canada
Businesses that employ ICT workforce
(Winnipeg CMA, 2017)
ICT Sector GDP
(Winnipeg CMA, 2017)
Growth in Tech Jobs in past 5 years
(Winnipeg CMA, 2017)