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Our Vision

Inspired people delivering healthy and productive solutions for all.

Our History

Now led by the third generation of our founding family, we are Canada’s largest independent producer and supplier of industrial gases.

In 1936, Wilf Cockshott started selling acetylene gas to welders at Garry Battery and Radiator Company in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Welders Supplies came into being ten years later, starting with three people and a truck. 

A new branch opened in Brandon in 1956, and another in Thompson in 1970. Medigas Manitoba, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Innovair Group, was established in 1976 to serve hospitals, clinics and respiratory patients in Manitoba. In 1984, a 30,000 square-foot facility was built as the new home for Welders Supplies and Medigas. In 2005, we became the first independent distributor of industrial gases to offer Microbulk Gas Delivery in Western Canada. We started using the name Innovair in 2014, a name that embodies our innovative approach to supplying and distributing industrial and medical gases.

Today, Innovair Group is comprised of four businesses: Innovair Industrial (formerly Welders Supplies), Innovair Automation, Medigas Manitoba and Innovair Medical. With nearly 100 employees, thousands of compressed gas cylinders in circulation and a fleet of specialized delivery equipment, we are able to supply industrial and medical gases and related equipment to industrial and healthcare facilities, municipalities and patients across Canada.  

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Why Choose Innovair?


Responsive Service

We’re large enough to offer reliable supply and deep expertise, yet small enough to respond flexibly to new technologies, modes of delivery and specific requirements.


Full-Service Supply

As Canada’s largest independent provider of industrial gas products, we offer supply, delivery and support for a wide range of industrial and medical gases, equipment and technologies.


Solutions You Can See

We can help you identify and solve business challenges through solutions that use gas products for a wide range of industrial, municipal and emerging technologies and applications.


Safety First

Our comprehensive safety protocols protect the public, our customers and ourselves. All of our safety systems adhere to global standards and provide sound guidelines for the use, storage and transportation of industrial gas products.


People Before Products

Customers and solutions always come before products and prices, so you’ll get the best result, whether it’s for an application solution, piece of equipment, technology or delivery system. 


Consistent Fulfillment

Enjoy uninterrupted supply and on-time delivery of industrial and medical gases, backed by conscientious customer service and advanced tracking technology.

Our Commercial Solutions use traditional methods and cutting-edge technology to help businesses improve their production, processes and quality.

Commercial Solutions

Our industry-leading Healthcare Solutions deliver peace of mind to respiratory patients, medical practitioners and hospitals across Canada.

Healthcare Solutions