The Town of Carman and RM of Dufferin is the agricultural hub of Manitoba. Every major crop grown in Western Canada is represented here, and a variety of agricultural services – including soil fertility, implement dealerships, chemical dealers, veterinarians, grain marketing services, aerial chemical applicators, a feed mill, a transportation equipment manufacturer, among many others – support them. Numerous livestock operations, a greenhouse and commercial tree nursery are also nearby.
The area’s unique geographic advantages have also prompted several large agricultural chemical and seed companies to set up bases in Carman, as well as several research farms – including the Soil & Crops branch of Manitoba Agriculture, and the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Agriculture & Food Science – putting our community on the map as a Canadian agricultural powerhouse.
The Town of Carman and RM of Dufferin’s industrial and business base is growing steadily, aided by low overhead, low taxes, affordable services and an eager labour force. Many businesses benefit from proximity to Winnipeg and the U.S. border, connectivity with major transportation networks, and location in the heart of a progressive farming region.
Carman and Dufferin actively assist new businesses in every way we can to help make the move as smooth as possible.
“I feel very supported by the local council. They are easy to get along with, and make sure I have everything I need to run my business. They don’t place a lot of red tape in the way. They’re definitely supporters of business.”
– Kelvin Vanderveen, President, Vanderveens Greenhouses Ltd.
“I feel very supported by the local council. They are easy to get along with, and make sure I have everything I need to run my business. They don’t place a lot of red tape in the way. They’re definitely supporters of business.” – Kelvin Vanderveen, President, Vanderveens Greenhouses Ltd.
Carman’s ideal size means healthcare and education professionals can offer the personal touch that’s often sought after in larger communities. The 25-bed Carman Memorial Hospital, located on the south edge of town, is served by five doctors and a staff of 65. The community also includes: two medical clinics, three dental clinics, an optometrist, two chiropractic services, a denturist, physiotherapists, massage therapists and a foot care service.
Carman is home to the Prairie Rose School Division, which administers kindergarten-to-grade 12 public schools, while the Dufferin Christian School administers private kindergarten-to-grade 12 schooling affiliated with the Canadian Reformed Church. They offer an outstanding nursery school program, various childcare centres, and licensed home-based daycares. The Midland Adult Education Centre is located in Carman and runs educational programming for adults in the community.
“The very first week we moved here, we were recognized in the community and warmly welcomed.”
– Cor Lodder, Director, Walinga
From stately character homes and modern bungalows, to elegant split-levels, apartments and seniors’ complexes, we offer a full spectrum of housing choices and low-cost rental options. Whatever your family’s size and style, there’s a home in our community for you.
Carman is a regional centre for consumer goods, supplies and professional services. Everything– including clothing, hardware, groceries, automotive and hunting & fishing supplies – is here.
Carman also has three car dealerships, a liquor store, drug stores, gas stations, department store, travel agents and many specialty shops. Services available include hairstyling, insurance, dry cleaning, funeral services, photography, plumbing, electrical repairs, and a car wash– in addition to numerous specialty services. Service is always personal, friendly, and generally offered on a first-name basis.
Do you need help finding financing for your small business? Entrepreneurship Manitoba and Community Futures Heartland offers information about financial programs available to business owners and entrepreneurs. These Financial Programs are in the form of loans and guarantees, grants, tax credits, wage subsidies and equity contributions. This information can help you determine what financial programs may be available to help you start or grow your business.
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Community Futures Heartland
Carman’s economic development office (EDO) seeks to improve the economic wellbeing and quality of life for residents and businesses by creating and retaining jobs, and supporting and growing incomes and the tax base. The Development Officer is very willing to help your business in whatever capacity possible. The local businesses are what keep the Town and the Municipality active and thriving. Please don’t hesitate to call or drop by our office in the Memorial Hall.
Tyler King, Economic Development Officer