Portage la Prairie and area is a progressive community with an area population of approximately 20,000 inhabitants. Located in south central Manitoba on the picturesque Assiniboine River, Portage la Prairie is, and has always been an important transportation centre, dating back to its inception as a fur trading post. Today it is connected to the rest of Canada via the Trans-Canada Highway and Yellowhead Highway, with service from both major railroads, a trans-continental bus service, and via air through Southport Aerospace.

Strategically situated in the centre of the continent astride major east-west transportation routes, (only forty-five minutes west of Winnipeg, one hour north of the international border, and one hour busine1east of Brandon) Portage la Prairie is in an ideal position to accommodate additional industries. Residents of Portage la Prairie utilize the Assiniboine River as their water source. A flood control dam provides an ideal reservoir which ensures more than adequate water supply for all the community’s need.

The quality of the treated water is extremely high and there is ample capacity for additional water production. The distribution system provides a reliable system of conveying treated water to all the users. Agriculture and agri-food related processing and services, remains the major industrial focus of our area. The affordable land prices, good drainage and excellent soil conditions have been conducive to the high agricultural output of our region.The farming community of the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie produces many speciality crops such as carrots, onions, asparagus, parsnips, beans, rutabagas, cauliflower, broccoli, peas, potatoes, various grains and oil seeds, strawberries, saskatoon berries, raspberries, and much, much more. Much of the R.M. of Portage la Prairie is under irrigation, and additional acreage can be incorporated into the existing irrigation system. The diverse agricultural production of the Portage la Prairie area has drawn many food processing plants to the area.  These include McCain Foods Ltd., Nutri-Pea Ltd, Richardson Milling, Best Cooking Pulses Ltd., Simplot and the recently announced plans of Roquette to build a new, $400-million pea-processing facility near Portage la Prairie.

An ideal home for all new businesses, Portage la Prairie has approximately 300 acres designated for industrial and industrial reserve use city wide. Some “infill” industrial development could occur inbusine2 the Western and Railway Industrial areas. Of the 300 acres of industrially designated land, the City has approximately 200 available acres which is principally located in the McMillan Industrial Park.

The City has been very successful in its attempts to attract industry to date. The most important attributes from a business opportunity standpoint are our central North American location, our diverse agricultural production capabilities, our wide array of food processing options, and our progressive business attitude and our ability to provide quality water and wastewater services. Portage la Prairie residents are also extremely proud of their education system, health care services, multitude of recreational facilities, arts and culture opportunities, housing selection, service clubs, religious services and the range of media services. Wildlife also abounds in the area as it is home to one of the nation’s largest flocks of Canada Geese.


The attached downloadable “Region of Portage la Prairie Community Profile” is available to help you become familiar with what Portage la Prairie has to offer.


The following are various links and resources that may be helpful to you in your business development research:

Local Links:

  • BizPal – BizPaL Online Business Permits & Licences is an innovative online service that provides simplified access to information on the permits, licenses, approvals, certifications, registrations and other requirements needed to establish and run a business.
  • Portage Regional Economic Development – PRED seeks to foster economic growth through the diversification of small to medium sized enterprises and community capacity building.
  • Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation – Provides a variety of business and community development services to the region.
  • White Horse Plains Community Futures Development Corporation – A non-profit, community-based economic development agency.
  • Portage la Prairie Planning District – The primary purpose of the Portage la Prairie Planning District is to manage a planning program for the City and RM of Portage la Prairie. One of the goals is to provide standardized planning requirements through an updated development plan and zoning by-law for the district.
  • Portage la Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce – To foster a dynamic economy and vibrant community, Making Portage la Prairie & District the best place to live, work, invest and raise a family.
  • Food Development Centre – The Food Development Centre (FDC) is a Special Operating Agency of Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI). Its mandate is to assist the agri-food industry in the development and commercialization of conventional and functional foods and natural health products.
  • Southern Health-Sante Sud is responsible for developing and managing an integrated approach to a regional healthcare system. A network of facilities, programs, services and staff work in partnership with communities to provide quality health care in the region.
  • Portage Daily Graphic – Local news, weather, sports.
  • – Local news, weather, sports, classifieds, business listing and radio stations CFRY Radio Mix 96.5 FM Radio
  • Portage la Prairie School Division

Federal Links:

Provincial Links:

Labour Links:

  • Vern May, Executive Director, Portage Regional Economic Development
    800 Saskatchewan Avenue West
    Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 0M8
    Phone: 204-856-5000

The City Manager, on behalf of the City of Portage la Prairie, subject to approval of the Council, negotiates all purchases of city-owned commercial land in the City of Portage la Prairie.

The City of Portage la Prairie has several commercial lots available for sale located near and around the Portage la Prairie Mall. (subject to change)
Please call us at 204-239-8334 or email for more information.

Roll No. Legal Description Acreage Zoning Designation
370 Lot 1, Block 1, Plan 1810 2.88 C3
380 Lot 2, Block 1, Plan 1810 2.14 C3
650 Lot 2, Block 4, Plan 1810 1.72 C3
670 Lot 1, Block 5, Plan 1810 2.49 C3
680 Lot 2, Block 5, Plan 1810 2.12 C3
690 Lot 3, Block 5, Plan 1810 2.10 C3
710 Lot 4, Block 5, Plan 1810 2.13 C3
860 Lot 18, Block 5, Plan 1810 1.93 C3
870 Lot 19, Block 5, Plan 1810 1.70 C3
880 Lot 20, Block 5, Plan 1810 1.14 C3
910 Lot 22, Block 5, Plan 1810 2.81 C3

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