Access to Markets & Opportunities
The FDC Region is well served by an extensive network of major highways through Highway 10 (Manitoba) and Highway 106 (Saskatchewan) making it a strategic hub. PTH 10 and Highway 106 are the primary links to the greater metro areas for both Provinces. The Region is also a northern link in Canada’s mid-continent trade corridor that links both road and rail, creating a seamless supply chain to service Canada’s north and also to flow raw material to other manufacturing operations. It is here that opportunity lies in tapping into the region as a remote logistics and resupply hub.
PTH 10 begins at the International Peace Garden along the Canada–United States border near Boissevain and travels north through Brandon, Dauphin, Swan River, and The Pas upon reaching Flin Flon at the Saskatchewan.
A popular alternative route to access the FDC Region in Manitoba is through Grand Rapids (via PTH 6) and passing by Snow Lake (via PTH 39).
Traveling to the region from the southern part of Saskatchewan is accessed through Highway 106. This highway is considered a Secondary Weight Highway and is capable of transporting vehicles of up to 63,500 kilograms, similar to the RTAC restriction for Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 10 in Manitoba.
The FDC Region is connected to more than 800 miles of railway lines in northern Manitoba, which includes the 545 miles of railway from The Pas to Churchill, known as the “Bay Line” and operated by the Hudson Bay Railway.
Truck-rail interchanges are provided in Thompson and The Pas.
VIA Rail’s station in The Pas serves the FDC Region and the Winnipeg Metro Region.
The Flin Flon Airport provides a convenient gateway to regional, national and international markets. It’s less than a 60-minute direct flight to James A Richardson International Airport. There are daily flights.
Flin Flon Airport:
Located 20 kilometres southeast of Flin Flon.
Serves as a tanker base for Ministry of Sustainable Development water bombers.
One runway (5,004 x 150 feet) constructed of asphalt.
The Pas Airport:
Located 131 km from Flin Flon
One runway (5,901 x 150 ft) constructed with asphalt.
Grace Lake Airport:
Located 142 km from Flin Flon
Home to The Pas Flying Club hangers and clubhouse, and a local airplane mechanic.
Two runways, both constructed with gravel (3265 x 50 ft, 2853 x 50 ft).
Home to Missinnipi Airways.
Available Land & Infrastructure
The FDC Region currently has a number of development opportunities throughout the region. It is well-positioned with quality infrastructure and municipal services to support investment. This includes access to a planned and integrated network of roads, rails, airports, recreation facilities, water and wastewater facilities and piping. Flin Flon – Creighton – Denare Beach is the regional hub where these core services are abundantly available.
The region’s communities all have urban standard potable water and sanitary waste systems and treatment facilities with capacity to support all types of development. Industrial-based energy is also available to support new manufacturing opportunities in the FDC Region that are collaborative and tap into HudBay infrastructure. There is capacity for heavy, energy-intensive operations, manufacturing in addition to general business uses.
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The FDC Region is home to a highly experienced, committed workforce, often with learned generational thinking and skills that have been shaped over the last 100 years.
By occupation and industry, the region outperforms on both the Manitoba and the Saskatchewan workforce averages on mining, trades, transportation, forestry, and jobs unique to processing and manufacturing. Many of the region’s jobs are within these industries and provide a solid economic base (Metro Economics, 2020).
There are a number of jobs and opportunities in the retail trade, warehousing, education, health and wellness, and tourism and hospitality industries. These industries are the core employers in the FDC Region.
Perhaps the most critical opportunity for any investor is workforce resiliency. The FDC Region’s population is adaptable and resilient, most spending their entire lives working in a commodity-based economy.
The economy of the region is rooted in mining, resource extraction, tourism and serves as a regional hub for shopping, culture, commerce, health, industrial supplies and distribution for communities along Highway 106 in Saskatchewan and Highway 10 in Manitoba. The FDC Region is home to a highly experienced, committed workforce, often with learned generational thinking and skills that have been shaped over the last 100 years.
The Regional Economy
Throughout the last 100 years, one thing is certain, the communities continue to thrive offering rich amenities, community and culture, affordable housing and a sophisticated, well-positioned industrial base.