About Manitoba

Inspiring Innovation

Our economy is one of the most stable and diverse in Canada. That foundation creates opportunity to sell millions in products, cultivate thousands of acres, or make that one incredible discovery that will change the world.

 

 

 

1. Take a ride with us!

Over one-third of all buses in Canada and the US are made in Manitoba, including the most energy efficient buses in the world. New Flyer Industries recently manufactured the entire fleet of zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell buses at the 2010 Winter Olympics. The advanced hydrogen-powered buses leave only water – not pollution – in their wake.

2. Tasteful discovery

Dr. Baldur Stefansson developed the world’s first edible form of canola in 1974. Canola has since grown to become the second largest oilseed crop in the world, contributing immensely to world food production. Dubbed the “Father of Canola,” Baldur received many awards including the Order of Canada and an induction into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame.

3. Life-changing research

The Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health garnered international attention as the first centre in the world with laboratories for both human and animal disease research at the highest biosafety level. It is Canada’s only level 4 facility and studies some of the most infectious diseases on earth.

The centre is also home to Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory (NML), which has been instrumental in advancing research on viruses such as SARS, H1N1 and Ebola.

4. We make lots of money

Every single coin in Canada is minted in Winnipeg at our Royal Canadian Mint, which can produce up 20 million coins per day. It has minted coins for 74 countries around the world since 1908. In 2007, it produced the world’s biggest gold coin valued at $1M CDN.

5. Powered by water and wind

Nearly 95 per cent of Manitoba’s electricity comes from clean, renewable water energy. Manitoba Hydro’s headquarters is heralded as one of the most energy efficient office towers in the world.

Manitoba is also positioned to become a world-class producer of wind power. An abundance of water and wide prairie fields offer the ideal conditions for these sustainable sources of energy.

6. A Centre to the world

Centreport Canada will become the nation’s first inland port, connecting businesses to world markets from the heart of North America. With 20,000 acres of development property, 24-hour access by road, rail and air, it’s a natural hub for exports from around the world to be distributed though the continent and beyond.

7. Growth of giants

In the manufacturing sector, Manitoba is home to the country’s largest aerospace composite manufacturer and largest furniture factory.

In the agriculture sector, we’re home to Canada’s grain industry headquarters and Canada’s only Commodity Exchange.

In the financial sector, we are the headquarters of Canada’s leading insurance company, and Canada’s largest mutual fund company.

James Richardson & Sons, established more than 150 years ago, is a family-owned company that grew from a one-man grain merchandising company to an international corporation with operations in agri-business, oil and gas, real estate and financial services.

8. Advanced thinking

Technology from Manitoba is changing the way healthcare operates around the world. For example, IMRIS designed and built the first MRI units that can be used during surgery. Surgeons can pinpoint tumors before incision, navigate to the tumor after the incision, and verify that it has been removed, all in real time.

9. A media edge

Manitoba’s media industries represent a diverse cluster of activity in television, film and publishing. For instance:

• Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), headquartered in Winnipeg, is the first national Aboriginal network in the world.

• Canada’s largest hardcover book publisher, Friesens Corporation, is located in the rural town of Altona, Manitoba.

• The Academy-Award winning film Capote, The Assassination of Jesse James and 10 other major studio films have been filmed here in the past few years.

• Harlequin, the company famous for its romance novels, started as a small publishing company in Winnipeg. Since 1957, Harlequin has sold more than 9 billion books in 12 languages.