Area Development
{{RELATEDLINKS}}Of all urban municipalities analyzed in KPMG’s Competitive Alternatives (2014) report, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, boasts the lowest business costs of any city in Western Canada — and it’s also lower than every U.S. city examined. One of Canada’s most diversified and stable economies, Winnipeg’s central North American location offers significant business advantages and investment opportunities.

One hour from the U.S. border, Winnipeg is situated at the hub of four key trade gateways reaching across Canada, into the U.S. and Mexico, and to Europe and Asia. Within a 24-hour drive, Winnipeg-based businesses can access a population exceeding 100 million.

Some of Canada’s largest transport companies are headquartered here, collectively providing over 1,000 local for-hire rigs. Winnipeg is also one of only two Canadian cities served by three Class 1 rail carriers and boasts an award-winning and world-class airport, which processes among the highest percentage of dedicated air cargo flights of any Canadian airport.

The Intelligent Community Forum named Winnipeg among the world’s “Top7 Intelligent Communities” in 2014, MoneySense magazine considers Winnipeg the second-best place to live among Western Canada’s large cities, and KPMG reports that Winnipeg is the No. 1 most cost-effective locale for aerospace manufacturing in western U.S. and Canadian cities. And in its biennial “American Cities of the Future” 2015/16 rankings, fDi Magazine ranks Winnipeg the leader in business friendliness among midsized cities in the North American Midwest.