Fueling Manitoba’s Economy

As Canada's second-largest exporter, Manitoba produces world-class pork while creating thousands of local jobs. Together, large and small hog farmers are helping rural and urban communities thrive.

Our sector contributes over $2.3 billion to the provincial GDP annually, helping to fund education, health care and road maintenance. Over the next decade, about $2 billion will be invested by hog farmers and meat processing companies, creating more jobs and economic growth. New and rebuilt operations will incorporate emerging technologies to improve animal care, cost competitiveness and further reduce the sector’s environmental footprint.

Quote Chuck

"Manitoba's pork sector contributes $2.3 billion to the provincial GDP annually. The sustainable growth of this valuable sector creates opportunity and stability for all Manitobans."

Chuck Davidson
President and CEO, The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce

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The hog sector is one of few that continues to create new jobs in rural Manitoba. Over 22,000 Manitobans rely on this sector for jobs, including:

  • construction workers
  • electricians
  • veterinarians
  • environmental scientists
  • food production workers
  • feed mill operators
  • transport drivers
  • animal nutritionists

To view current hog sector job postings, click here.

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Farm Jobs Attract New Canadians

Kenn studied veterinary medicine and worked in pork production in the Philippines, but both he and his wife had to work away from home separated from their family for months at a time. In 2009 Kenn had the opportunity to come to Canada as an agricultural worker. He was welcomed with open arms into the tiny Westman village that he still calls home today. His wife, Rowena, and other family members were able to join him over the next few years. Kenn's a proud Filipino Canadian and credits his first job as a swine technician as "the opportunity of a lifetime". Now that they are both in management roles at the farm, Kenn and Rowena have made it their mission to help other immigrant workers transition to life in Canada.

Manitoba Pork represents 624 Manitoba hog farms