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Winnipeg Commodity Exchange Inc.

Winnipeg Commodity Exchange Inc. fonds


11.9 m of textual records


The Winnipeg Commodity Exchange was founded in 1887, as the Winnipeg Grain and Produce Exchange, by a group of Winnipeg grain merchants. It served initially as a forum for cash trades in Canadian grains, but in 1904 introduced trading in wheat futures and subsequently added futures trading in barley, oats, flax and rye. In 1908 the Exchange was re-organized as a voluntary, unincorporated non-profit organization and its name was changed to the Winnipeg Grain Exchange.

The Grain Exchange grew in importance with the Canadian grain economy, and by 1929 played a major part in the establishment of world grain prices and the establishment in 1935 of the Canadian Wheat Board, which in 1943 was given a monopoly in the marketing of wheat. In 1949 this monopoly was extended to oats and barley.

The importance of the Exchange began to revive in 1963 with the establishment of a futures market in rapeseed. In 1972 a market in gold futures was opened, at which time the Exchange changed its name to the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange. In 1974 part of the trade in barley, oats and feed wheat was restored to the Exchange and a market in Eastern corn was opened.

Currently, Winnipeg Commodity Exchange Inc. (WCE or the "Exchange") is Canada's only agricultural futures and options exchange. Contracts traded on WCE include futures contracts for canola, flaxseed, domestic feed wheat, and domestic feed barley. Options on canola, flaxseed, feed wheat and feed barley are also traded.

The Winnipeg Commodity Exchange Inc. fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in 1997 by the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange.

The fonds consists of daily market records ledgers; futures record ledgers; option market record ledgers; a cash sales record ledger; Canadian Wheat Board prices log books; cross, spread, match and job log books; and a supplementary journal.

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The Winnipeg Commodity Exchange Inc. fonds includes a sous-fonds of a subordinate agency, the Winnipeg Commodity Clearing Ltd.