Invest Manitoba: Open for BusinessTransportation and Distribution


We'll go far together

A central shipping hub with highly competitive cost advantages

Manitoba's transportation when combined with warehousing and related industries contributes $6.8 billion to our GDP and is becoming one of the fastest-growing industries in Canada. Our province is located at the geographic centre of North America and is home to CentrePort Canada, the continent's largest trimodal port. CentrePort combines one of the largest trucking hubs in North America, rail access to all four North American gateways and one of the busiest air cargo facilities in Canada. Additionally, it's Canada's only inland trimodal port to provide foreign trade zone advantages.

Manitoba transportation and distribution companies have access to affordable warehouse space, providing significant cost advantages. With Manitoba's wealth of clean energy, transportation companies are well positioned for the shift to zero-emission vehicles. This includes 99 per cent renewable energy at some of the lowest published electricity rates in North America.


Manitoba transportation and distribution at a glance
  • A 24/7 international, all-weather airport offers the second most freighter flights in Canada.
  • Winnipeg is one of only two western Canadian cities with access to three Class 1 rail carriers.
  • Manitoba is one hour from the fourth largest U.S./Canada border crossing in export value.
  • The transportation and distribution industry's contribution to Manitoba's GDP is the highest contribution to a province's GDP in Canada.
  • Manitoba workers have the third highest productivity among all provinces, 2.7 per cent higher than the national average.
  • 2 top 10 for-hire carriers in Canada headquartered in Manitoba.

$3.7 billion

total GDP



transportation and distribution employment



Manitoba's Transportation Ecosystem

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