Industry and Economy of Manitoba

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is located less than 10km west of downtown Winnipeg, as shown in Figure 1-4. YWG services one of Canada’s most populous metropolitan areas, as well as most air travellers in the province.

Figure 1‑4: Map of Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport and Surrounding Area

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Manitoba serves as a major economic hub within the Canadian Prairies, boasting a population of approximately 1.3 million (832,200 in Winnipeg CMA)[1] and a real GDP of over $63 billion[2] in 2018. An educated labour force, competitive business costs and taxes, and well-developed infrastructure contribute to Manitoba’s ongoing economic success. The provincial labour force has continued its growth over the last five years and has grown approximately 1.4% between 2017 and 2018.[3] Manitoba records an unemployment rate of 5%, which is lower than Canada’s 5.6% unemployment rate for December 2019.[4]

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  • 2 Statistics Canada. “Real gross domestic product, expenditure-based, by province and territory”, 2018 (
  • 3 Statistics Canada, “Employment, payroll employment, by province and territory”, 2015 (
  • 4 Statistics Canada, “Labour force characteristics, seasonally adjusted, by province (monthly)”, November 2016. (