$50M invested in new Winnipeg data centre

Manitoba’s information tech sector is getting a $50-million upgrade in the form of a new data centre.

The investment will create up to 30 local tech jobs with MTS, Economy Minister Theresa Oswald says

A new data centre to be built in Winnipeg will get a $50-million investment and create up to 30 jobs with MTS.

Manitoba’s information tech sector is getting a $50-million upgrade in the form of a new data centre.

Theresa Oswald, Jobs and Economy Minister for the province, announced Tuesday the data centre will have $50-million invested into it and be built in Winnipeg by MTSAllstream and EPIC Information Solutions, which was purchased by MTS last year.

"Manitoba is attracting private investment that's driving our steady economic growth despite continued global uncertainty," Minister Oswald said. "This facility will create good jobs for young Manitobans to build their futures right here at home. These are the jobs of tomorrow that we hear so much about and they are now being created here in Manitoba."

The construction of the Winnipeg-based centre will create up to 30 additional jobs with MTS.

The data centre will also be eligible for the province’s Data Processing Tax Credit.

The eight per cent data-processing credit and associated 4.5 per cent tax break for supporting building costs is meant to help offset data-processing equipment costs and related investments.

Minister Oswald said Manitoba is in a good position to take advantage of the data centre investments

"We continue to hear that Manitoba's supply of low-cost, reliable and renewable hydroelectric power is a major incentive for energy-intensive projects like the MTS Data Centre," Minister Oswald said. "Our government is committed to developing and maintaining that hydro advantage now and into the future."