MANITOBA’S TECH SECTOR IS THRIVING
CBRE Research credits the province’s low business costs and high rates of post-secondary education completion as big factors for Manitoba's appeal to tech companies. In fact, 30 percent of people in the province between the age of 25-60 has earned a Bachelor's degree or higher.
Wally Trenholm is one of the many people who has benefitted from Manitoba's perks. As the CEO of construction sector Sightline Innovation, he relocated his company to Winnipeg after noticing so many University of Manitoba graduates moving to Toronto.
He compares operating in Winnipeg to Toronto as "300 percent more productivity, 80 percent cost, and 10 percent of the hassle," in the TechCrunch article "How Winnipeg focused on local strengths to create a tech hub in central Canada."
Exports are another important piece of Manitoba's tech sector. It exported $183 million in ICT goods in 2016, which is 13 percent above the national rate. Between 2011 and 2016, Winnipeg saw a nine percent growth in its ICT sector, and design and computer systems celebrated a 71 percent increase. There are over 1,100 businesses in Winnipeg that employ the ICT workforce.
Manitoba's strong educational institutions, deep support systems for the tech sector, and motivation for inclusion are just some of the province's strengths.
“Winnipeg has a growing technical scene led by some very talented and passionate developers. The environment has forged Winnipeg into an inspiring city to hone your skills as a developer or establish a tech-based business. Founded here in Manitoba, Bold has focused on innovation and continued learning to produce advanced eCommerce technology solutions for our end consumers. A large part of Bold’s success is due to the passion, diversity, and drive of the technical community here in Manitoba. Between the quality of talent and the governmental support we have received, Winnipeg has been a tremendous place to develop a competitive technology company,” Chantal Grindle, Chief Human Resource Officer of Bold Commerce.
ICTAM (Information and Communications Technologies Association of Manitoba) is one example of the many excellent resources that Manitoba's tech sector can look to for support. With over 130 corporate members, ICTAM represents over 10,000 employees and is the primary industry association.
"People looking to move will find that Manitoba is very immigration friendly, our tech sector is booming, and our career and professional development opportunities are growing every day," Kathy Knight, CEO of ICTAM.
"People looking to move will find that Manitoba is very immigration friendly, our tech sector is booming, and our career and professional development opportunities are growing every day,"
- Kathy Knight, CEO of ICTAM.