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Film and Special Events

Resources for Production

  • If permits are submitted with less than 3 days’ notice, your request may be able to be accommodated. Less than 24 hours’ notice makes the permit unenforceable.
  • Parking downtown on streets with meters – parking fees are in effect from Monday thru Sunday.
  • Parking is reserved for large production vehicles only, not crew parking. You cannot leave your production vehicles parked in an area over the weekend.
  • A minimum of 2 hours is required for ticket and towing services. It can take longer during large events or emergencies. If it is necessary to tow a vehicle that is parked in a signed area, production must call Monique Perro at (204) 793-8430.
  • Complaints – please notify the film office ASAP. It is your responsibility to resolve the issue in a friendly and professional manner.
  • The City of Winnipeg does not issue permits for drones. You must get in touch with Transport Canada and NavCan for permissions.
  • Provincial property requests go through .

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Highway Traffic Act - Manitoba

Please note – While best efforts are made to ensure the most up to date information, the Highway Traffic Act supersedes any information contained below.

General information regarding camera vehicles and the HTA:

  • The Manitoba Highway Traffic Act does not apply if the road is closed
  • Most vehicle mounts (hood mount, side hostess tray) break the rules outlined by the HTA
  • Rigging details including a safety plan may be required by the Senior Key Grip for the permit to be approved
  • If the production wishes to use a rig that does not follow the rules of the HTA (minivan with side door open, pickup truck with operator) a police escort or road closure may be required.
  • All requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis (location, time of day, traffic flow, public safety)
  • Last minute requests on open roadways may not be approved. Depending on the complexity on the request - up to a week may be required for WPS, MPI and the Province to review.
  • Vehicle Weights and Dimensions on Classes of Highways Regulation #575/88.

Sections in the regulation that apply to maximum dimensions and projections from vehicles are sections 7, 8, 11, 13.1, and 15. A quick summary of max dimensions (without permit) for passenger vehicles is;

  • Max width – 2.10 meters
  • Max Height – 4.15 meters
  • Max front projection – 1.0 meter
  • Max rear projection – 1.0 meter (unless red flag (day), or red light (night) attached to the end of the projection)
  • Max side projection – Left side - not beyond edge of fender/splash guard
  • Right side – no more than 150 mm beyond edge of fender/splash guard
  • Max length – Single car or truck – 12.5 meters
  • Combination Truck/car and trailer – 21.5 meters

Regarding view obstructions, the HTA sections 57(3), 58, and 182 apply. Here are some excerpts;

  • Clear view for driver required
    57(3) Every vehicle driven upon a highway shall be so constructed and equipped that nothing in the construction or equipment thereof prevents the driver, while seated in the driver's seat thereof, from having a clear and unobstructed forward view through an arc of 180 degrees measured from the line of the back of the driver's seat.
  • Permit for certain obstructions of view
    58 Notwithstanding subsections 182(4) and 57(3), a motor vehicle may be equipped in a manner forbidden by either or both of those provisions if the owner thereof has, upon written application, obtained from the registrar a permit for the purpose, specifying the equipment authorized thereby; but the registrar may issue the permit only if, in his absolute discretion, he is satisfied
    1. that the circumstances in which the equipment for which a permit is applied for is required are of such a special and unusual character that it is not in the public interest to refuse to issue the permit; and
    2. that the owner of the vehicle will use the equipment, or cause it to be used, with due regard to the public safety.
  • Passengers not to block view of driver
    182(2) A passenger in a vehicle shall not occupy a position in it that interferes with the driver's view to the front or sides of the vehicle or with his control over the driving mechanism of the vehicle.

Obstruction of view

182(4) Subject to section 58, no person shall drive a motor vehicle upon a highway while anything other than a standard rear view mirror or sun visor

  1. obstructs the view from the front windshield; or
  2. obstructs the view from the side windows; or
  3. obstructs the view from the rear windows unless the motor vehicle is equipped on each side thereof with a mirror, securely attached thereto and placed in such a position as to afford the driver, while driving, a clear view of the roadway in the rear and on both sides of the motor vehicle and of any vehicle approaching from the rear.

Vehicle Inspection Manual

The vehicle inspection manual is available through any MPI Service Centre.

The manual states that the maximum height of any forward view obstruction is only 51 mm (2 inches) as measured from the rearmost part of the hood or the bottom edge of the windshield, whichever is highest. This makes the mounting of most any camera rig on the hood of a vehicle illegal.

Remember – if production closes the road the HTA rules do not apply.

If a production chooses to film on an open roadway the camera cannot be mounted on the hood or side of the vehicle (hostess tray).


Last update: December 19, 2018