As Canada transitioned from a developing country into a developed country, Manitoba’s energy sector supported the pace of development through its innovations and installations. By developing its hydro potential among its many rivers, Manitoba powered its economic growth through street and structure lighting and through urban transportation such as electric railway in the City of Winnipeg. Rural and farm electrification programs drove economic productivity all over the province.
As its electricity system grew in scope and complexity, Manitoba’s leaders also advanced and consolidated its structure into the single world class utility it is today, with highly skilled and sought-after expertise in its consulting and educational sectors.
With its great hydro potential far in the north and its main population in the deep south, Manitoba developed its global expertise in high voltage transmission, and, along with its experience in generation, distribution, and organizational development, began exporting this expertise around world.
For more information on the history of electric power in Manitoba, view the Book (PDF).