Manitoba's Strategic Advantages

People and the Workforce

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Manitoba’s diversity of skills and cultures is a business asset.


Manitobans are an educated and highly skilled people, even by the standard of a country that has the highest post-secondary education rate in the world. Four public universities—including Western Canada’s oldest—and three public colleges, plus a variety of vocational and technical learning centres, provide a wealth of learning opportunities for Manitobans.

Manitobans love their province and its unique mix of natural beauty, big city culture, small-town charm and the affordable good life. That translates to a stable and loyal workforce. Employers benefit from a low turnover rate and dedicated, hard-working employees who believe in doing a job right the first time.

This combination of lifelong learning and traditional values has helped a number of Manitoba firms to be listed in Canadian Business Magazine’s Canada's Best Managed Companies – Platinum Club: Bison Transport, Friesens Corporation, Paterson GlobalFoods, Richardson International and 15 other companies. To earn the Platinum distinction, these companies made the list of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for seven or more consecutive years.

As a culturally diverse province, Manitoba has been a magnet for people from around the world seeking a better life. As a result, over 26% of the population are immigrants and more than 100 languages are spoken in the province.  This diversity is an advantage for call centres and for businesses looking to make connections around the world.


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Tax Incentives:

  • For a list of programs and incentives related to workforce and training development, please visit our Programs and Incentives page.

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