CentrePort Canada Inc. – Business Plan 2012-2013

CentrePort Canada Inc. – Business Plan
Executive Summary
CentrePort Canada: A Unique Partnership
The CentrePort Advantage
Tri-Modal Transportation
Abundant Land and Opportunity
CentrePort: At the Hub of Global Trade
Milestones in 2011-12
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The Business Plan Overview
… 11
The Five-Year Outlook
Strategic Priorities 2012-13
Strategic Priority #1 – Land Development
Strategic Priority #2 – New Rail Services
Strategic Priority #3 – Business Development
Strategic Priority #4 – Cargo Security
Strategic Priority #5 – Targeted Marketing
Infrastructure Priorities
Financial Outlook 2012-13
Diane Gray, President and CEO
(204) 784-1303
[email protected]
Alberto Velasco, Executive Director Business Development
(204) 784-1305
[email protected]
Riva Harrison, Executive Director Marketing and Communications
(204) 784-1304
[email protected]
General Office Inquiries
(204) 784-1300
[email protected]
continued to prosper as a unique partnership
involving governments, business, labour and the
CentrePort Canada Inc. has worked with its key
partners on initiatives aimed at attracting new
business, increasing trade, and solidifying the inland
port as a key logistics hub. In particular, the
corporation has formed partnerships around
activities consistent with its mandate, including
attracting businesses from industries one would
expect to find in an inland port and focusing on
strategic markets linked to the Asia-Pacific Gateway
and Mid-Continent Trade and Transportation
Taxes, utility rates and business costs that are
the lowest in midwestern Canada and U.S.
(KPMG, 2012).
There are many significant initiatives currently
underway at the inland port, including:
CentrePort Canada Way;
1,100 acres of serviced land planned;
Single-window access to Foreign Trade Zone
CentrePort’s one-stop shop for business;
Brookside Business Park (CB Richard Ellis);
Brookside Industrial Park West (DTZ Barnicke);
For business locating in the footprint, CentrePort
Canada Inc. is a differentiator. By providing
excellent infrastructure and ease of access to
multiple modes of transportation, business can
ultimately manage their supply chains more
efficiently and ideally at a reduced cost, while
reaching global markets.
The strategic advantages of CentrePort Canada are
many-fold, including:
On-site access to tri-modal transportation (three
class one railways, international trucking firms
and multiple air cargo carriers);
A central North American location only one hour
north of the United States border and at the hub
of key trade gateways and corridors (extending
west, east, north and south);
Affordable and abundant skilled labour; and
An agricultural containerization project with
inland and western China;
A common-use rail facility; and
A Red River College Steering Committee aimed
at meeting increasing labour needs.
To ensure the momentum behind CentrePort
Canada continues into the future, the corporation
has decided to focus its efforts on five broad
strategic priorities for the 2012-13 fiscal year:
Preparing CentrePort Canada lands for
(ii) Increasing rail services with the development
of a common-use rail facility.
(iii) Working
companies on plans for new
and expanded operations.
(iv) Moving
measures to improve the
security and efficiency of crossborder cargo shipments.
(v) Developing targeted marketing
for investors, tenants and site
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
and CentrePort Canada Inc. President &
CEO Diane Gray at announcement marking
the arrival of inaugural shipment of Manitoba
pork in Chongqing (February 2012).
(photo: Office of the Prime Minister)
CENTREPORT CANADA is a tri-modal inland port and Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) located in Winnipeg,
Manitoba, Canada – the heart of North America. The CentrePort footprint is 20,000 acres of prime industrial
land, adjacent to a major urban centre and only one hour from the Canada-United States border, with on-site
access to a well-established transportation network of national and international rail, trucking and air cargo
Development on the footprint is facilitated by CentrePort Canada Inc., a private sector-led corporation that was
created in 2008 by provincial legislation, The CentrePort Canada Act. The corporation is entering its third full
year of operation with a mandate to: manage development of the inland port; market the inland port; and act as
a “one-stop shop” for investment activity (appendix A). The corporation works to facilitate and promote
business investment in Canada’s first inland port, as well as within the province, western Canada and the
country as a whole.
CentrePort Canada Inc. is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, which includes nominees from the
Business Council of Manitoba, Economic Development Winnipeg, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, the
Manitoba Federation of Labour, the Manitoba Trucking Association, the Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA), the
Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, the City of Winnipeg, the Rural Municipality of Rosser, the Province of
Manitoba, and the Government of Canada, as well as four Directors at large (appendix B).
CentrePort Canada Inc. continues to operate as a unique and dynamic partnership of the private and public
sector. This is a reflection of the organization’s community-based beginnings – as a shared vision of
government, business and labour leaders in the City of Winnipeg and
the RM of Rosser as well as within the Province of Manitoba and
Government of Canada.
The corporation and its partners have celebrated several important
benchmarks in the first two years of operations including opening the
“one-stop shop” for Foreign FTZ benefits, moving full-steam ahead on
the construction of the $212.4 million expressway, CentrePort
Canada Way, and the sale and development of more than 100 acres
to 21 new companies located within the CentrePort footprint.
one of the reasons CentrePort
Canada was ranked among
North America’s top 100
strategic infrastructure projects
in 2011 & 2010 by CG/ LA
Infrastructure; and as one of
Canada’s top projects by
ReNew Canada in 2012, 2011
& 2010.
(photos: John Woods, Globe & Mail)
LOCATING ON THE CENTREPORT FOOTPRINT provides many important strategic advantages:
Affordable, abundant land and space
Low business taxes
Tri-modal transportation– rail, road & air
Strategic central location
Major infrastructure in place
On major rail & road corridors
Labor force adjacent to development
Direct, easy & proximate access to U.S.
Low electricity & utility rates
Near key international cities
Strong business-government relations
Foreign trade zone benefits (one-stop shop)
Tax increment financing zone
Rapid land-development approvals
24/7 international cargo airport
Rail links to North American seaports
CENTREPORT CANADA’S footprint is uniquely served by three Class One railways – Canadian Pacific Railway,
Canadian National Railway and Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Plans are already underway to enhance rail
access through the development of a common-use rail facility on site.
In addition, the CentrePort footprint includes several existing rail-served facilities such as the cross-dock
warehouse operated by Bison Transport and the NutraGro Foods loop track and facility operated by Paterson
CentrePort is already a significant trucking hub within Canada and the construction of CentrePort Canada Way
(CCW) is expected to make it easier for transportation-related operations to conduct business on the footprint.
A cost-benefit analysis of the new expressway estimates that efficiencies created by CCW could save truckers
and motorists at least $220 million and as much as $450 million over the next 25 years by reducing fuel costs,
cutting time lost due to congestion and other issues, and decreasing traffic accidents.
CentrePort is also located adjacent to Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, which
offers 24/7 operations, worldwide freight forwarding and is ranked number one in Canada for dedicated
freighter aircraft movements. The airport is operated by the Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA), which
successfully opened its new LEED-certified passenger terminal in 2011. The WAA also manages the
development of airport campus lands, which are home to several major cargo carriers including Canada Post,
Fed Ex, Purolator, UPS, Air Canada Cargo and Cargo Jet Canada.
To date, more than 150 businesses have been identified as operating within the CentrePort footprint, including
more than 20 companies that have invested since CentrePort Canada Inc. opened its doors in November 2009.
Many of the businesses are in the transportation, logistics, warehousing and manufacturing sectors. To
complement existing development, the corporation is focused on attracting business in the areas of
manufacturing and assembly, distribution and warehousing, food processing and commodities, and
transportation servicing.
350,000 sq ft of industrial
space available now for
sale or lease
More than 2,000 acres
available for initial
Easy access to James
Armstrong Richardson
International Airport;
TransCanada and
international highways;
and 3 Class One railways
(BNSF, CN and CP)
One-hour from CanadaU.S. border
Global Air Cargo
Major Trucking Hub
3 Class One Rail Carriers
CENTREPORT CANADA INC. provides access to high-quality industrial land at competitive prices. Winnipeg has
some of the lowest taxes, utility rates and business costs, including affordable land and space, in midwestern
North America (KPMG 2012). New infrastructure, including water and wastewater servicing and a 10-kilometre
expressway, CentrePort Canada Way, will further open up lands for development. Industrial development is
now underway at Brookside Business Park, Brookside Industrial Park West and on the WAA’s campus
(pictured below).
1,100 acres
– first phase
Potential site
of commonuse rail facility
New expressway
now under
Industrial Park
Red River
College training
Winnipeg’s 24-hour
international airport,
cargo hub & campus
Asia-Pacific Gateway
Port Metro Vancouver
& Port of Prince
Access to China &
Pacific Rim
Mid-Continent Trade &
Transportation Corridor
Access to United States
& Mexico
Ports of Houston & New
Ports of Manzanillo &
Lazaro Cardenas
Via Port of Churchill
Staging area for
northern Canada
Future Arctic Gateway
to Asia, Europe & India
Ports of Thunder Bay,
Montreal & Halifax
Atlantic Gateway
Access to Europe, the
Middle East & Asia
CENTREPORT CANADA INC. provides investors with a unique opportunity to access Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)
benefits such as custom bonded warehouse facilities and duty and sales tax relief. CentrePort Canada is the
first and only inland port in the country to offer single-window access
to federal FTZ benefits, which can help companies better manage
imported inventories by providing cash-flow benefits.
Duty deferral – duties are waived
up front or rebated later.
The advantage of CentrePort Canada Inc.’s “one-stop shop” for
investment decisions is the corporation can help companies
Sales tax relief – exemption from
determine how FTZ benefits would work for them. The corporation is
federal and provincial sales tax.
supported by a dedicated task force of federal, provincial and
Customs bonded warehouse –
municipal officials. The one-stop shop has been processing FTZ
designated sales tax and duty-free
inquires since 2010, resulting in the successful establishment of a
storage/ distribution facilities.
new custom-bonded warehouse in 2011.
NEW CARGO SECURITY SYSTEM launched at CentrePort Canada using Radio Frequency
Identification Technology (RFID) to ensure the quality, integrity, origin and safety of Manitoba and
Canadian agriculture products being exported from central Canada to consumer markets in inland
and western China.
MORE THAN 100 ACRES SOLD to 21 new companies that are in various stages of development in
Brookside Business Park (CBRE) and Brookside Industrial Park West (DTZ Barnicke), both
located within the CentrePort footprint. CentrePort Canada Inc. is
working with CBRE and DTZ to jointly market the two parks to
Fort Garry Fire Trucks
Rosedale Transport
servicing to 1,100 acres within the CentrePort footprint. The
Kaycan Ltd.
funding agreement was reached by the Province of Manitoba,
City of Winnipeg and RM of Rosser, and is for the first phase of
Trailer Wizards
servicing for CentrePort lands (in-service estimated for late 2013).
Oil Mart
Meyers Bros. Trucking
with the development of a business case that includes traffic flow
Sheller Metal Fabricators
and market analysis. The proposed facility will enhance
CentrePort’s tri-modal transportation advantage of on-site access
JEH Windows and Doors
to rail, trucking and air cargo carriers.
Cassidy Manufacturing
CROSS-BORDER SECURITY STUDY by Civitas Group to examine
how to implement new technologies at Canada’s inland port to increase the efficiency and security
of cargo shipments moving across international borders and provide business with a new incentive
to invest in the province.
that will better connect businesses within the inland port to national and international highways.
The $212.4-million project, funded by the governments of Canada and Manitoba, is the largest
highway capital project in Manitoba history and is now more than 60 per cent complete.
Construction on the expressway is expected to be complete in 2013.
Shipment of Manitoba pork arrives in
Chongqing (February 2012) using
CentrePort’s new RFID tracking
system, developed in partnership with
Invent IOT Technology.
CENTREPORT CANADA INC. is a private-sector led corporation that is working to attract new business
investment and implement the legislative mandate set out in The CentrePort Canada Act (Appendix A).
To facilitate long-term development and operation of the inland port;
To facilitate and encourage investment in the inland port; and,
To promote the inland port.
These objectives are reflected in the corporation’s mission statement: CentrePort Canada Inc. is a trade-related
business, logistics and development facilitator, and an investment promotion and marketing agency. Now
entering its third full year of operations, CentrePort Canada Inc.’s 2012-13 business plan builds on the
strategies outlined and implemented in its 2010-11 and 2011-12 business plans and provides a blueprint for
moving forward with the corporation’s strategic priorities.
As previously outlined, CentrePort Canada Inc. is laying the foundation for growth. Establishing a strong
foundation is essential to the success of CentrePort Canada as the development of inland ports tends to be
measured in decades and on a long-term basis. Activities include:
Increasing access to tri-modal transportation;
Working with land developers and owners;
Refining and promoting the business case required to generate investment; and
Ensuring the continuation of strong community relations and political support.
CENTREPORT CANADA INC. is continuing to work to attract trade-oriented businesses in the areas of
manufacturing and assembly, distribution and warehousing, food processing and agricultural commodities, and
related service industries. This includes developing plans to:
Maximize the use of back-haul shipments to Asia and Mexico to take advantage of empty
Increase the import of manufacturing inputs for finishing, assembly and export to western
Canada or the midwestern United States;
Enhance the distribution of fresh and frozen food and other agricultural products on a
regional basis;
Provide a staging area for goods and equipment moving to northern Canada and its
growing economies; and
Create new opportunities by using CentrePort Canada Inc.’s Foreign Trade Zone status
and links to multiple transportation partners.
CentrePort Canada Inc. is working with
other stakeholders to develop new business
opportunities for the Port of Churchill. The
northern Manitoba port is the only deep sea
port in central Canada.
CentrePort Canada Inc. supports the
development of an Arctic Gateway that
would increase cargo exports by marine, rail
and air to markets in Russia, Asia, India,
and Europe. The Port of Churchill has the
potential to generate new trade
opportunities and be an important
differentiator for Canada.
CENTREPORT CANADA INC’S 2012-13 business plan outlines the corporation’s activities for the fiscal year,
including further steps towards achieving its five-year goals, first established in 2010.
The five-year goals are consistent with the corporation’s vision statement: CentrePort Canada is recognized
within North America and globally as an inland logistics hub offering businesses a competitive cost model for
implementing global supply chain activities and an integrated, one-stop shop for investment decisions. The
corporation’s five-year goals have been updated to reflect recent growth, emerging opportunities and changing
CentrePort Canada Inc. is striving to integrate leading-edge transportation, trade and logistics services for the
benefit of our tenants and the region. CentrePort Canada Inc. will have:
Aggressive marketing to ensure a strong presence and profile within key global trade, transportation
and logistics communities, including recognition as a one-stop shop for business investment decisions;
Comprehensive business processes and marketing plans in place to attract investment by companies
whose business activities are served by tri-modal transportation of rail, trucking and air cargo;
A minimum of five anchor tenants that will have invested in CentrePort
Canada lands or have made a commitment to invest, and a total of 250
acres of land development following the implementation of water and
wastewater servicing. Anchor tenants are transportation, warehousing,
manufacturing and distribution companies typically located at inland ports;
Expanded access to multi-modal transportation available on the footprint,
including rail activity, air cargo and trucking operations;
Serviced and zoned land available for development within an industrial
park adjacent to rail activity; as well as partnerships with private sector
land-owners, developers and industrial brokers for investment in other
areas of serviced lands within CentrePort’s footprint;
A plan to be financially self-sustaining within five years;
Strategic relationships with key partners in logistics development including
the WAA, CN, CP and BNSF, trucking companies, and all levels of
Bristol Aerospace
Canada Safeway
Paterson GlobalFoods
Peak of the Market
North West Company
Payne Transportation
Bison Transport
Gardewine North
Partnerships with landowners, industrial real estate brokers, site selectors
and related transportation industry players; and agreements with key FTZs / inland ports / port
authorities in Asia, Europe and North America for the purposes of facilitating business opportunities;
Processes to support the ongoing engagement of stakeholders to add value to the business and
strategic plans of CentrePort Canada Inc., to test assumptions, and to be ambassadors for the project;
Relationships with post-secondary institutions to ensure there is an educated and skilled workforce to
meet employment opportunities generated within CentrePort Canada;
Unique soft infrastructure offerings that link the global supply chain to specific intermodal activities,
including working with partners on measures to enhance the safe and secure flow of goods across
borders; and
Specific strategies for helping companies meet their business and environmental objectives by locating
within CentrePort Canada’s footprint.
CENTREPORT CANADA INC.’S 2012-13 business plan builds on work that is well underway while moving
forward with specific strategic priorities that have come to the forefront during the past two years.
Action items that were initiated in 2010-11 and 2011-12 are either complete or continuing as part of ongoing
Internal processes have been established and are regularly reviewed and refined to ensure the successful
continuation of those initiatives that are part of the corporation’s daily operations. Ongoing activities include:
Implementing an investment attraction strategy and building and refining the business case for
commercial activities.
Enhancing the “one-stop shop” to provide business with single-window access to Foreign Trade
Zone (FTZ) savings and other cost-saving benefits such as
streamlined land-development approvals.
Working with land developers to attract new industrial
development and maintain/ update an inventory of
available land and space within the CentrePort footprint.
Continuing with activities that build and maintain customer
and investor relations and local stakeholder support;
continuing strategic partnerships with business, industry,
government and other key participants; and establishing
and maintaining national and international networks.
Working with all levels of government on: a CentrePort
Canada land-use plan; a phased-in provision of water and
wastewater servicing and the development of a municipal
services agreement; and the creation of a streamlined landdevelopment approvals process.
Implementing a marketing and communications strategy
that is updated annually and includes developing new marketing materials in multiple languages,
engaging in joint promotions with strategic partners and improving the internet presence.
Working with private sector and government partners on new technologies and efficiency
measures that support better supply chain integration and ensure the safe, secure and effective
movement of cargo across international borders.
Supporting the inclusion of active transportation within the CentrePort footprint wherever feasible
and consistent with the corporation’s legislative mandate which includes promoting “inland port
policies and operations that are environmentally sustainable.”
one-stop shop for Foreign Trade
Zone benefits is open for
business. A new customs
bonded warehouse is now
available on the footprint.
CENTREPORT CANADA INC. is continuing to work on these core functions while also focusing on five key
strategic priorities for 2012-13.
Preparing CentrePort Canada lands for development, investment and revenue generation;
Increasing rail services with the development – with government and private sector partners –
of a common-use rail facility;
Working directly with companies on plans for new and expanded operations;
Moving forward on new measures to improve the security and efficiency of cross-border cargo
shipments; and,
Developing targeted marketing for investors, tenants and site selectors.
Preparing CentrePort Canada lands for development, investment and revenue
Work with partners to move Phase 1, Stage 1A of water and wastewater servicing to tender.
Launch a new streamlined land-development approvals process.
Move forward with own-source revenue generation plans.
INCREASING THE AVAILABILITY of serviced land within the CentrePort Canada footprint has been a top priority
of the corporation since its inception. In June 2011, the City of Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba and RM of
Rosser announced a $17-million funding
agreement to extend water and wastewater
servicing to 1,100 acres within the footprint
(pictured right).
The area, known as Phase 1, Stage 1A, is
experiencing early industrial growth, with more
than 100 acres sold to date and under
development within the two industrial parks
located west of Brookside Boulevard and
north and south of Inkster Boulevard.
Despite this growth, serviced land is required
for CentrePort Canada Inc. to reach its full
potential in attracting major anchor tenants.
Investors require serviced land when making
business location and expansion decisions.
Furthermore, building on un-serviced land
restricts the size and scope of new and
expanded operations.
A delay in servicing would result in lost and/ or
deferred municipal and school tax revenues of
approximately $15 million over 10 years. This
projection is based on a development rate of
50 acres/ year for the first five years following
servicing, rising to 75 acres/ year for the next
five years (using rates for vacant serviced
industrial land for the 2011 tax roll year).
SERVICING plans for 1,100-acres (in red) which includes
CBRE’s Brookside Business Park and DTZ Barnicke’s
Brookside Industrial Park West.
CentrePort Canada Inc. is supporting the completion of a municipal services agreement between the City of
Winnipeg and the RM of Rosser, which would allow the water and wastewater servicing of Phase 1, Stage 1A
to move to tender for an in-service date in late 2013.
CentrePort Canada Inc. is also working with governments to finalize the land-use plan for the 20,000-acre
footprint. A draft land use plan has been developed with extensive public input. The plan is in its later stages of
refinement with consideration underway on the final routing of CentrePort Canada Way, as well as on the
accommodation of new residential and mixed-use development into the footprint.
CentrePort Canada Inc. supports the inclusion of residential and mixed-use development and active
transportation where it does not impede the 24/7 operations of the James Armstrong Richardson International
Airport; trade transportation, logistics, industrial, and related activities in support of CentrePort’s operations; or
the further development of rail services, including a common-use rail facility.
A drainage study is also underway for the City of Winnipeg lands west of the airport campus.
ANOTHER KEY PRIORITY is the establishment of a Special Planning Area to create a streamlined process for
land-development approvals. The Special Planning Area is currently under development by a steering
committee and working group that includes municipal and provincial officials as well as representatives from
CentrePort Canada Inc. and the WAA. Recommendations around governance, implementation, approvals
process and financing are now under review, with the goal of launching the Special Planning Area in 2012.
The Special Planning Area would be the first of its kind in Canada and would strengthen the platform of “onestop shop” services that CentrePort Canada Inc. is providing investors. The ability to offer streamlined
development approvals will give the corporation a competitive edge in attracting new and early investment
decisions, will allow for quicker investment and development on site, will provide business with better planning
certainty, and will provide an accountable and transparent planning process. The Special Planning Area is also
expected to provide CentrePort Canada Inc. with a vehicle for generating own-source revenues.
Increasing rail services with the development of a common-use rail facility
Develop the business case for the establishment of a common-use rail facility.
Work with the rail industry and other partners on a comprehensive plan to support a
common-use rail facility.
Complete the transfer of provincial lands purchased to support CentrePort Canada’s trimodal and industrial development.
CENTREPORT CANADA INC. is the only tri-modal inland port in Canada with on-site access to air, truck and rail
services. The corporation will continue to promote Manitoba’s successful air cargo, trucking and rail industries
and explore ways to leverage this unique collection of transportation assets into new business opportunities.
This includes working with the Port of Churchill and its partners on identifying and developing new opportunities
for the northern Manitoba deep-sea port.
The corporation is leading initiatives that expand all transportation options for businesses located within its
footprint. Increasing rail services is one action item that has been prioritized by the corporation as crucial
component in building a competitive, fully-functional inland port. Enhanced rail services would complement the
high-level of trucking activity already occurring on and around CentrePort Canada lands and the global air
cargo services available at Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.
Winnipeg is the only major city on the Prairies that is served by three Class One rail carriers – CN, CP and
BNSF. To capitalize and build on this existing rail advantage, CentrePort Canada Inc. is advancing its plans to
develop a common-use rail facility on its footprint. The facility will be accessible by all three Class One carriers
– providing CentrePort Canada Inc. with a unique advantage among North American inland ports.
The corporation is also working with the Province of Manitoba to finalize the transfer of lands purchased for the
inland port. This land transfer poses an excellent opportunity for CentrePort Canada Inc. to partner with the
private sector in a development that will provide revenue potential to help sustain the corporation in the future.
One potential site for the rail facility will be a location within these lands.
The next steps in developing a common-use rail facility include reviewing the results of work commissioned by
CentrePort Canada Inc. on a business plan and traffic flow study with rail carriers, governments and private
sector stakeholders. In addition to identifying potential users for a new facility, this work will also confirm the
best location for a new facility that will offer a platform of access to all three Class One rail carriers.
In addition, the corporation is implementing cargo security and efficiency measures that have the potential to
increase rail and container activity in and out of Manitoba.
Working directly with companies on plans for new and expanded operations
Work one-on-one with 30-35 businesses on new and expanded operations and in partnership
with other economic development organizations.
Continue to develop, refine and promote the business case for commercial activities on the
CentrePort footprint.
Build the “one-stop shop” to provide business with more advantages and incentives.
A MAIN FOCUS FOR CENTREPORT CANADA INC. is business development. It is one of the core activities of the
corporation’s legislative mandate and is at the foundation of all priorities and initiatives.
Ongoing business development efforts include setting specific targets with respect to the number of new
companies approached about the advantages of locating within the CentrePort footprint. In 2011-12, the
corporation surpassed its target of pitching to 25-30 companies and is working towards achieving a greater rate
of contact in 2012-13. This initiative includes providing investment location data that is tailored to industries and
sectors that would realize the greatest benefits of being located within Manitoba’s inland port.
Manitoba and its capital city Winnipeg are known for their competitive business costs including affordable land
and building space, and low taxation, fuel costs and utility rates. In 2011-12, CentrePort Canada Inc. and Yes!
Winnipeg (a private-sector based business development team)
conducted a detailed cost-comparison analysis that concluded
Winnipeg is the most cost-effective location to establish and operate
a distribution centre of the major cities in Canada using three critical
Land costs
criteria – land costs, operating costs and labour rates. Continuing to
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build, refine and promote this business case is an essential part of
the corporation’s investment attraction and marketing strategies.
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Many of CentrePort Canada Inc.’s business attraction and marketing activities are done in partnership with
others including Yes! Winnipeg, Economic Development Winnipeg, Manitoba Trade and Investment, ANIM
(Manitoba’s bilingual trade agency) and Western Economic Diversification as well as with the private sector,
most notably global real estate firms such as DTZ Barnicke, CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, and Colliers
International. The corporation is also working with international partners including inland ports and seaports in
China, the United States and Mexico and members of North America’s Corridor Coalition, Inc. (NASCO).
CentrePort Canada Inc. is committed to continuing this approach as partnerships allow the corporation to reach
new clients and markets and take a coordinated approach to business development.
encompasses a wide range of “one-stop shop” activities including connecting investors, landowners and real
estate brokers to one another; connecting business to global market
opportunities; assisting businesses in finding transportation and
logistics solutions; helping companies access FTZ benefits;
Foreign Trade Zone benefits
increasing access to and usage of tri-modal transportation; working
Land & space inventory
toward expedited land-development approvals; providing marketing
Business-to-business connections
support and joint promotional opportunities for partner companies
and organizations; and working with all governments to identify
RFID tracking for cargo
opportunities for strategic infrastructure investments.
Marketing support
Liaison with governments
Logistics, transportation & global
trade referrals
Links to international markets
CentrePort Canada Inc. will continue to build the one-stop shop with
new offerings such as expedited land-development approvals, new
measures to improve cargo security and efficiency, and other
incentives to make the inland port a unique, attractive and
competitive business investment destination.
CENTREPORT CANADA INC. is also continuing to work to expand multi-modal transportation options. As noted,
work is underway on the development of a common-use rail facility within the CentrePort footprint and the
construction of CentrePort Canada Way will provide business with improved truck transportation options.
The corporation also actively promotes the country-leading cargo operations at the James Armstrong
Richardson International Airport and is committed to working with Winnipeg Airports Authority on new
opportunities to increase cargo shipments.
CentrePort Canada Inc. is active in a number of initiatives aimed at increasing trade to and from Manitoba and
western Canada by improving existing transportation networks and gateways. Some of these initiatives include
the development of a new trade and logistics platform connecting China to Canada’s heartland, the ManitobaKrasnoyarsk Cross Polar Initiative, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce’s Trade and Transportation
Committee, the Manitoba Council on International Trade, Red River College’s Transportation/ Distribution
Steering Committee, as well as several activities relating to the establishment of a northern, Arctic Gateway via
the Port of Churchill.
Building modern, efficient transportation infrastructure can also provide environmental benefits.
Enhanced Rail – Increasing rail transportation has spin-off benefits as rail is considered the “greenest” form of
ground transportation. On average, freight trains are four times more fuel efficient than trucks and each ton-mile of
freight moved by rail rather than highway reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 75 per cent, according to the
Association of American Railroads.
Effective Roadways – Improving Manitoba’s highway network can also help make transportation more
sustainable. CentrePort Canada Way (CCW), now under construction, will move truck traffic more effectively in and
out of Winnipeg. CCW is expected to reduce GHGs by 582,000 tonnes and carbon monoxide by 1.5 million tonnes
over 25 years due to greater efficiencies such as reduced idling, better traffic flows and reduced fuel consumption
(provincial cost-benefit analysis).
Efficient Airport – Winnipeg Airports Authority opened its new terminal in 2011 at the James Armstrong
Richardson International Airport. The new terminal has been publicly recognized as one of the most energy efficient
airports in North America and is a recipient of a 2011 Airports Going Green Award for its LEED building standards.
Moving forward on new measures to improve the security and efficiency of crossborder cargo shipments
Ramp up secure and verified export shipments to China using new RFID technology
implemented by CentrePort Canada Inc.
Explore opportunities to increase exports using the new trade and logistics platform that
connects Canada’s heartland to China via CentrePort Canada Inc.
Develop a pilot project to improve the security and efficiency of cargo shipments travelling
across the Canada-United States border.
CENTREPORT CANADA INC. is moving forward on several initiatives to improve the security and efficiency of
cargo shipments. The projects are part of the corporation’s “one-stop shop” offerings – a differentiator for
CentrePort Canada Inc. that provides business with a unique incentive and cost advantage when considering
investment in the CentrePort footprint.
The first project is underway, launched in early 2012 by CentrePort Canada Inc. and its partner, Invent IOT
Technology, and involves the utilization of Radio Frequency Identification technology (RFID) to safeguard and
track cargo being shipped from Manitoba and central Canada to growing consumer markets in inland and
western China, including the Chongqing region. The project required the corporation to build a new supply
platform for exporting goods to inland and western China and install an efficient, cost-effective RFID system to
ensure the quality, integrity, origin and safety of agricultural exports. Food safety and security is a serious issue
in China, and CentrePort Canada Inc.’s new system will help address these concerns by providing assurances
that the products are high-quality, authentically Canadian and safe.
The new tracking system uses RFID tags and labels, developed by Invent IOT Technology, that are placed on
a container and/ or the product to ensure the integrity of the cargo as it travels along the supply chain. The
RFID tags and labels, which contain essential information about
the cargo, are read at origin with the captured information sent
to a back-office system. The tag is read again at the final
destination, and the data retrieved must match the originating
information in order to be verified. The RFID tracking system
can be accessed by users and consumers through a new portal
on CentrePort Canada Inc.’s website,
The system was successfully demonstrated with Canadian
Prime Minister Stephen Harper in China in February 2012 using
a shipment of Manitoba pork by HyLife to Chongqing. In March
2012, CentrePort Canada Inc. launched a successful pilot
project to export 250 tonnes of soybeans from Manitoba to
China by container utilizing the new RFID security system and
trading platform. The soybeans were provided by Delmar
Commodities and shipped from CN’s Symington Yards.
New RFID tag (pictured above) being
used by CentrePort Canada Inc. to
increase the security of cargo shipments
to China from Canada.
Now that the supply chain platform and RFID-tracking system have been established, tested and implemented,
CentrePort Canada Inc. is ramping up its work with Manitoba and Canadian agricultural producers to identify
additional food products that can be exported to China using the new export tracking system. In addition, the
corporation is also exploring the possibilities of shipping other products from Manitoba, western and central
Canada, and the surrounding region to China using the new platform and RFID security system. The
corporation will work with exporters to show how the various RFID technologies can be use to protect their
supply chains and brand integrity in an efficient, cost-effective manner.
CENTREPORT CANADA INC.’S work on the RFID project and trading platform to Chongqing began in early
2010 with the signing of a Collaboration Agreement with the Chongqing-Lianglu Free Trade Zone Area
(Chongqing's inland port). The agreement led to a formal partnership in May 2011 between CentrePort Canada
Inc., Minsheng
International Freight Co.,
Ltd., a branch of
Minsheng Shipping Co.,
Ltd. (the largest private
shipping and logistics
company in China),
Invent IOT Technology
(formerly Shanghai
Invent Logistic &
Technology), CN
Worldwide, and
Canadian Pacific
Logistics Solutions. The
partnership led directly to
the soybeans export
initiative and is
Media announcement at CN Rail’s Symington Yard for the launch of a new pilot
continuing to explore
project to export 250 tonnes of soybeans from Manitoba to China by container
other export
using RFID technology. (March 2012)
As part of CentrePort Canada Inc.’s efforts to increase shipping options for Manitoba and Canadian exporters,
the corporation has also signed an agreement with Qingdao Port in China to install overhead RFID readers to
track Canadian cargo as it enters the country.
Cargo security and efficiency is also the focus of a second project that is in the early stages of development by
CentrePort Canada Inc. This project involves using new technology to improve the movement of cargo across
the Canada-United States border, specifically the border crossing at Emerson-Pembina which is one of the
busiest on the prairies and a key port of entry along the Mid-Continent Trade and Transportation Corridor that
stretches from northern Manitoba into the United States and Mexico.
In 2011, CentrePort Canada Inc. contracted Civitas Group, a Washington-based firm that specializes in matters
of homeland security, to conduct a study with recommendations on how to move cargo faster without
compromising security. Part of the study, funded by the Province of Manitoba, Government of Canada and
CentrePort Canada Inc., is a review of available technologies that could be employed to create a best-in-class
inland port. Next steps include a review of the recommendations and moving forward with a proposal to
governments to create a CentrePort-based pilot project aimed at improving cargo movements and reducing
border congestion.
Developing targeted marketing for investors, tenants and site selectors
Continue to increase awareness of CentrePort Canada locally, nationally and internationally
via updated marketing materials, pitches, joint initiatives and website revisions.
Prepare and update targeted marketing materials that support specific pitches to companies.
Build and enhance relationships with site selectors and other senior executives making
investment location decisions.
CENTREPORT CANADA INC. is continuing to follow through on its legislated mandate to promote the inland
port through domestic and international marketing efforts and “by participating in organizations formed to
develop or promote inland ports, transportation gateways and trade corridors with links to the inland port area.”
The corporation produces an annual marketing and communications strategy that identifies activities in each of
these areas, and an updated strategy will be produced and implemented in 2012-13.
The corporation is undertaking specific marketing and communications activities that complement business
attraction efforts. These include creating and refining marketing materials that support specific pitches to
individual companies; participating in national and international partnerships and networks that increase
awareness of Manitoba’s inland port; promoting the “one-stop shop” to investors; participating in broader
advocacy to ensure CentrePort Canada Inc.’s competitive edge is maintained and enhanced; and engaging in
public and media events that promote business investment and continue to build momentum for the ongoing
development of the inland port.
The corporation is also planning to continue its outreach to site selectors and senior executives making
investment location decisions. In 2011, CentrePort Canada Inc. joined forces with Initiatives Prince George
(IPG) and undertook a successful joint marketing mission to three U.S.-based conferences that are considered
key events for American site selectors. The goal of the mission was to raise awareness about the cost benefits
and strategic advantages of doing business in Canada, along Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway, and at
CentrePort Canada and Prince George specifically. Targeted
marketing materials were produced (some of which are
pictured right) and outcomes included building a data base of
executives, gaining new insight into the criteria used in the site
selection process, and engaging in one-on-one discussions
with individual site selectors on the merits of doing business at
CentrePort Canada.
The corporation is also working with Yes! Winnipeg on an
outreach campaign targeting site selectors and global real
estate executives. This project began in 2011 and is designed
to bolster related activities such as the mission with IPG by
establishing a process for deeper relationship building and
information sharing. Data and intelligence gathered in this process, which is ongoing, is being used to refine the
marketing and promotional materials that are being prepared in support of business attraction efforts.
Additionally, CentrePort Canada Inc. is continuing to work closely with municipal governments and its global
real estate partners – DTZ Barnicke, CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, Colliers International, and the Winnipeg
Airports Authority – to jointly market land that is available for development, as well as the 350,000 square feet
of industrial space available for sale or lease. It is expected that these marketing efforts will increase as
serviced land becomes available.
In 2011, CentrePort Canada Inc. launched its redesigned website and added a new “one-stop shop” feature –
the RFID cargo-tracking system that can be accessed from the home page. Updating and revising the website
to support business development and marketing activities is an ongoing, continuious priority for the corporation.
Building New Competitive Advantages
TO ENSURE CENTREPORT CANADA Inc. maintains its competitive edge, it will be imperative for the corporation
to work with its partners to build on existing and create new competitive advantages. A key component of this
will involve working with governments and other key stakeholders to identify the next major infrastructure
project connected to CentrePort Canada. Potential projects include: flood-proofing Highway 75; a Headingley
By-pass; a St. Norbert By-pass; and completing the north Winnipeg inner ring road (Chief Peguis extension).
CentrePort Canada Inc. Budget
CENTREPORT CANADA INC. is continuing to work on initiatives that provide opportunities for own-source
revenue generation, as mandated by The CentrePort Canada Act. Some of these initiatives include the
establishment of an expedited land-development approvals process for companies locating within CentrePort
Canada’s footprint; the development of a common-use rail facility; the development of lands acquired for
CentrePort Canada Inc. by the Province of Manitoba in partnership with the private sector; and the increased
utilization of the new RFID cargo-security system implemented by CentrePort Canada Inc. and Invent IOT
Technology. The corporation is planning to be self sufficient within five years.
Salaries and Benefits
Total Salaries, Benefits, Director Fees
Business Investment
Advertising and Marketing
Total Operating
Economic Partnership Agreement Funding
Other Government Support
Land Development Fees
Deferred Revenue
Total Revenue
Rail Development Project
Total Rail Development Project
Total Expenditures
Excess Revenue over Expenditure
Projected as at January 31, 2012
* Based on March 31 year end; CentrePort Canada Inc. has applied for renewed operational
funding including an increase for 2012/13. This request is under review by governments.
The corporation’s financial outlook is generally positive. However, there are continuing concerns about global
economic uncertainty and the slow recovery in the United States, Canada’s largest trading partner. Diminished
economic activity across the globe and among key trading partners means both the private and public sectors
have fewer resources available for investment and expansion. CentrePort Canada Inc.’s plan to increase
export trade with China will help increase market diversity for producers of Manitoba and Canadian goods.
As noted in CentrePort Canada Inc.’s 2011-12 business plan, governments at all levels have returned to
running budget deficits and these deficits are continuing into 2012-13 and beyond. There continues to be a risk
that governments will attempt to manage these economic pressures by reducing capital expenditures in
transportation gateways and corridors, and by implementing measures such as tax increases that diminish
Canada’s competitive standing.
CANADA’S COMBINED CORPORATE TAX rate is currently 33 per cent lower than the United States, one factor
that prompted Forbes Magazine to choose Canada as the best country for business to invest in 2011. These
competitive advantages must be maintained and enhanced.
Global economic instability has also resulted in a move towards increasingly protectionist policies, most notably
in the United States, which has a serious impact on Manitoba and Canadian companies that rely on crossborder trade. CentrePort Canada Inc. is continuing to work with its partners to advocate for policies and
programs that promote trade growth and ease the movement of cargo across international borders.
CentrePort Canada Inc. is anxious to see water and wastewater servicing extended to CentrePort Canada
lands in 2012-13. These and other infrastructure investments are required to leverage increased industrial
development and ensure Manitoba’s inland port reaches its full potential.
The corporation remains committed to meeting its legislated requirements as set out in The CentrePort Canada
Act including developing an annual business plan, budget and annual report, and reporting publicly on each.
CENTREPORT CANADA is not a local initiative – CentrePort is Canada’s first inland port, focused on supporting
economic growth, enhancing trade flows, and providing value-added competitive advantages for the entire
CentrePort’s strategic location puts it at the heart of the Canadian and North American supply chain and at the
hub of key international gateways – north to Canada’s Arctic and over the pole to Europe, Russia, Asia and
India; south to the U.S., Mexico and Latin America; east to the U.S., Europe, Middle East and India; and west
to Asia and the Pacific Rim.
In addition to its strategic global location, CentrePort Canada also provides investors with other business and
cost advantages including on-site access to tri-modal transportation; an abundance of affordable industrial land
and space; overall low business costs, and “one-stop shop” benefits for investors including single-window
access to FTZ programs. Governments are also investing in new transportation and related infrastructure such
as CentrePort Canada Way to help support business expansion within the inland port area.
The development of an inland port by CentrePort
Canada Inc. is a tremendous opportunity for the
City of Winnipeg, RM of Rosser, Winnipeg Capital
Region, Province of Manitoba and Government of
CENTREPORT CANADA has been cited by the
Conference Board of Canada as a key driver of
Winnipeg’s economy.
“The transportation and warehousing sector is slated
Inland ports have grown in stature in recent years
to do particularly well, growing 2.6 per cent in 2012
as businesses look for new and more efficient
and even faster the following two years, partly thanks
ways to access global markets. The relative
to the new CentrePort Canada in Winnipeg… it is
economic strength of Manitoba and Canada has
poised to play a significant role in the distribution of
helped fuel strong, early economic growth within
goods across North America.”
the CentrePort footprint, both in terms of private
sector investment in new business operations and in public sector funding for additional infrastructure projects.
This foundation of regional economic strength and stability, combined with new infrastructure investments and
the business and cost advantages of locating with the CentrePort footprint is serving the corporation well as it
moves forward with its 2012-13 business plan. New opportunities are emerging in the global economy and the
corporation is in a prime position to harness these opportunities, leading to new business development and the
creation of jobs in Manitoba, western Canada and throughout the country.
Appendix A
The CentrePort Canada Act
The legislative mandate of the corporation is as follows:
to facilitate the long-term development and operation of the inland port as follows:
by participating in the transportation, infrastructure and land use planning process,
by coordinating land development and business investment in the inland port area to maximize
economic development in keeping with the transportation, infrastructure and land use plan,
by participating — in cooperation with governments and private sector trade corridor
organizations — in identifying and implementing security measures to maximize the safe flow of
goods in the inland port and to and from gateways, trade corridors and borders,
by promoting inland port policies and operations that are environmentally sustainable,
by consulting with community stakeholders and inland port users about development and
investment in the inland port area;
to facilitate and encourage investment in the inland port as follows:
by acting as the primary point of contact for potential investors in the inland port area, in order
to expedite their investment decisions,
by attracting new investment and economic development in the inland port area,
by collaborating with governments in the design of investment incentives;
to promote the inland port as follows:
by marketing the inland port domestically and internationally,
by participating in organizations formed to develop or promote inland ports, transportation
gateways and trade corridors with links to the inland port area.
Appendix B
CentrePort Canada Inc. Board of Directors
CentrePort Canada Inc. Board of Directors & Nominating Entities
Office Held
Nominating Organization
Don Streuber
(President & CEO, Bison Transport)
Manitoba Trucking Association
Joan Hardy
(Assistant VP-Transportation, Richardson International)
Vice Chair
CentrePort Board of Directors
Kerry Hawkins
(Corporate Director)
Business Council of Manitoba
Arthur Mauro
(Corporate Director; Chair Emeritus WAA)
City of Winnipeg
David Barnard
(President & Vice-Chancellor, University of Manitoba)
CentrePort Board of Directors
David Fung
(Chairman & CEO, ACDEG Group)
CentrePort Board of Directors
Eugene Kostyra
(Corporate Director)
Province of Manitoba
Chris Lorenc
(President, Manitoba Heavy Construction Association)
Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
Tom Payne Jr.
(President, Payne Transportation)
Rural Municipality of Rosser
Maureen Prendiville
(President & CEO, Prendiville Industries)
CentrePort Board of Directors
Barry Rempel
(President & CEO, Winnipeg Airports Authority)
Winnipeg Airports Authority
Bob Silver
(President & Partner, Western Glove Works)
Economic Development Winnipeg
Frank Sottana
(District Vice President, CIBC Manitoba)
Manitoba Chambers of Commerce
Gord Steeves
(Associate lawyer, D’Arcy & Deacon LLP)
Government of Canada
Robert Ziegler
(President, UFCW Local 832)
Manitoba Federation of Labour