Information and 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, SkipThe Dishes, Bold Commerce, Sightline Innovations, to name a few.
- The ICT sector in Manitoba generated $1.7 billion in GDP in 2017.
- Approximately 1,300 ICT businesses operate in Winnipeg’s CMA, directly creating 10,800 jobs.
- Winnipeg's CMA employs approximately 21,000 ICT-related positions.
- Total revenues for the ICT sector in Manitoba exceeded $821 million in 2016, with an annual compound growth rate of 1.5 per cent over the last three years.
- Over the past three years, ICT trade exports increased from $141 million to $166 million.
- At a citywide average $100,000 annual salary, Winnipeg has the third lowest labour costs among all the major Canadian metropolitan areas.
- 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 building located in the Exchange District campus in downtown Winnipeg. This building will house the Business Information Technology and Business Technology Management programs.
- Bell MTS had signed on for a 3-year sponsorship that made Innovation Alley the launch point for the deployment of Gigabit Fibe Internet and LTE-Advanced wireless. Those network enhancements were part of the company’s plan to invest $1 billion in the province over five years to accelerate broadband communications services throughout Manitoba.
- 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.
Businesses in Winnipeg (CMA) that employ the ICT workforce
ICT sector exports in 2016 (MB)
Increase in ICT exports since 2011 (MB)
Growth in ICT sector employment, 2011 - 2016
Source: Statistics Canada (2016)