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Planning, Property & Development

Downtown Planning

Downtown Winnipeg is the entertainment, cultural and economic heart of our city and our window to the world. Downtown fulfills many functions for our growing city. It has the largest employment concentration with the City's highest density office development, complemented by a strong service and retail component. It offers the broadest range of unique arts, entertainment, tourism, and cultural opportunities and the City's most significant heritage amenities. It is emerging as an important high-density, mixed-use residential community with both long-standing and emerging neighbourhoods. Downtown is also the focal point for the city's multi-modal transportation network.

from Complete Communities, an OurWinnipeg Direction Strategy


Downtown Winnipeg Zoning By-law No. 100/2004

A By-law of the City of Winnipeg to control and regulate the use of real property and development in Downtown Winnipeg



Downtown Winnipeg Urban Design Guidelines
Principles outlined in this document should be taken as the minimum standards to enhance the livability of Downtown Winnipeg's urban environment and create high quality and innovative design that does credit to Winnipeg. June 2005

Universal Design Guiding Principles
Principles to consider when designing environments that can be efficiently used by people with a wide range of abilities operating in a wide range of situations.

Waterfront Drive Expectations for New Development
Development criteria that the City of Winnipeg anticipates for the west side of Waterfront Drive, from Lombard Avenue to Higgins Avenue. February 2004


Policy Framework

Complete Communities Direction Strategy
Complete Communities is one of four Direction Strategies supporting OurWinnipeg. It represents more than two years of research and analysis about what should be part of a 'state of the art' land use and development plan. Section 03-1 identifies strategies for Downtown intensification and redevelopment.

Downtown Residential Development Strategy & Action Plan
The Strategy represents the vision, goals, measures of success and six specific strategies for continued downtown renewal and increased residential population.
Downtown Residential Development Strategy
Downtown Residential Development Action Plan

Downtown Parking Strategy
The Downtown Parking Strategy provides direction, enabling strategies and actions related to Winnipeg's Downtown on-street and off-street parking system based on a 10-year planning horizon.



Portage & Main
Portage & Main is home to more than 10,000 office workers and accommodates movement in many directions on two levels: above and below ground. The City of Winnipeg is responsible for the upkeep and renewal of the infrastructure at-grade (sidewalks, stairwells and planters at the four corners), plus the underground concourse infrastructure (ventilation and plumbing, foundation drainage systems, lighting and power systems, life safety systems, wayfinding and signage, accessibility, elevators and lifts, and tenant spaces.)

The City is reinvesting in its 40-year-old assets and is seeking to address accessibility challenges as part of our continued commitment to downtown Winnipeg. As well, private property owners in the area are adapting their properties and upgrading their public spaces.

The Portage Avenue and Main Street Intersection Revitalization study and Concourse Facility Condition Assessment will provide a clearer understanding of the options and costs as we plan for the next 40 years.

Learn more about Portage & Main


Last update: September 10, 2018