Planning our future, together
The Winnipeg Metropolitan Region has been mandated by the Government of Manitoba to develop a 30-year draft regional plan. The board of the WMR, which represents our 18 municipalities, has agreed to move forward based on the following principles:
- We agree that is our primary responsibility to put the health and prosperity of future generations first, in the development of this plan.
- We strive to build and maintain reciprocal trust.
- We always seek positive sum solutions.
- We are equally accountable to one another and to our communities.
- We are genuine and thoughtful in our interactions.
- We value transparency, balanced with respect for individual privacy.
- We respect our own and others’ personal integrity to do what we feel is ethically right.
- We are loyal to achieving our defined, shared outcomes.
- We treat each other as equals.
- We make decisions based on evidence and best-practice.
About the Plan
Plan20-50 will be a blueprint for a resilient, sustainable and globally competitive Winnipeg Metro Region.
Within Plan20-50, municipalities harness the benefits of regional collaboration while maintaining the autonomy and local character that makes each of the 18 Metro Region communities distinct.
More jobs and investments.
Competing as a region means building a business-ready climate where potential investors find the real-time land, labour, resource and planning data that helps them choose to move here. Plan20-50 will give our member municipalities the tools they need to compete on the global stage and win. The prize? A future of prosperity and opportunity.
A healthy environment for future generations.
We are rich with precious water, air and soil and we must protect these resources over the long term. This requires nothing less than full collaboration. As the Metro Region continues to grow, collaborating together is critical to protecting our agricultural and sensitive lands, even as we welcome new development.
Cost efficiencies and improved quality of life.
We can save money and deliver better services when we explore shared approaches to service delivery and find the important economies of scale. As municipalities working together, we can create efficiencies and savings that can be reinvested locally.
Plan20-50 is also key to addressing future infrastructure needs such as next-generation internet, transportation corridors and other projects that don’t stop at municipal boundaries.
Starting from scratch is a low-value exercise. Because we understand what makes us truly unique, we can start with best-practices established in other regions and tailor them to our distinct needs and opportunities, building on the experiences of successful capital regions across Canada and the U.S.
The 20-50 Process
The Winnipeg Metro Region’s work is led by an 18-member board, with representation from all member municipalities.
In early 2019, the Province of Manitoba mandated the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region with the unique and important responsibility to coordinate the first draft of Plan20-50. The WMR was given this task on the basis of our extensive research, background material and work that has been done to date in the area of regionalism.
The Province provided funding for the development of the draft Plan20-50 and outlined requirements for the scope of the plan and the process for its development.
To this end, we have engaged a team of experts to lead the draft plan development and process and they have ensured transparency by providing continuous engagement with the WMR Board who represent our municipalities.
Consultation to date
Transparency and openness are core attributes of Plan20-50. The expert team charged with plan development has engaged in a robust set of strategies for sharing the plan in various stages of plan development and have ensured continuous engagement with the WMR Board.
To date, the WMR has engaged with a vast spectrum of over 400 governments, organizations and individuals, across more than 800 touch points to provide input to the plan. This includes all levels of government represented in the region, the business community, priority industry sectors, leaders in sustainability, community advocates and civil society. We have shared the results of this work through webinars and presentations.
We have engaged experts to gather and analyze regional data, and researched best practices from across Canada and the globe.
Policies are being developed based on:
- input through consultation;
- current reports and recommendations specific to our municipalities;
- best practice; and
- regional planning expertise.
Input on the Draft
The first draft of Plan20-50 is our collective best attempt at creating an unbiased, data-driven best-practice set of policies – in effect, the ideal scenario to lead us forward. This will provide one set of facts, one set of recommendations and shared language around which further discussion can take place.
This is the first time the municipalities of the WMR will have a common starting point.
Once the draft is assembled, it will be provided to WMR Board Members, WMR Councils and CAOs and the public via the Plan20-50 consultation website. All will be invited to submit their comments and responses.
Submission to the Province
Once these comments are received, the draft of Plan20-50 and the collection of responses from this process will be submitted to the Minister of Municipal Relations, fulfilling our mandate.
The draft of Plan20-50 and the responses will provided to the upcoming Capital Planning Region Board that will be established through a legislative process and detailed in the regulations for Bill 37. The regulations will also outline the ongoing consultation and ratification process of Plan20-50.
About the Region
The Winnipeg Metropolitan Region — which includes Winnipeg and 18 municipalities surrounding it — is the fastest-growing area of Manitoba and the province’s economic hub. Today, two-thirds of Manitobans call the Metro Region home, and the region accounts for 70% of provincial GDP.
Modeled on successful capital regions throughout North America, Winnipeg Metro Region municipalities work together to realize the benefits of collaboration while preserving local autonomy.
The Winnipeg Metro Region is a partnership. It allows municipalities to address common opportunities and challenges – job creation, future infrastructure needs, long-term environmental protection and resilience to threats like climate change – in a coordinated way that amplifies the benefits to member municipalities.
Originally formed in 1998, the Winnipeg Metro Region is today working on a long-term regional growth plan that will strengthen the region’s economic competitiveness, facilitate sustainable future growth, create opportunities for more efficient service delivery, and enhance protections against flooding and other severe weather events.