Some Projects Require Integrated Planning

and some don’t.

Across our growing region, municipalities are planning for the future through their local planning processes. A regional plan does not take away from the local processes, or the need to plan locally. A regional plan ensures that local plans can be coordinated where one municipality supports and enhances its neighbours’ plans. This is detailed in Plan20-50’s Integrated Communities and Infrastructure Policy Area.

A regional approach can identify and plan for the infrastructure we need to support our economy and way of life. It allows us to take a bird’s eye view of what’s happening on the ground today and what’s anticipated for the future.

Strong communities offer housing choices, local employment opportunities, regional transportation networks, recreation and leisure activities, while protecting and preserving valuable resources—like agricultural lands and water—for future generations.

We’re building a plan to improve quality of life in our communities.

Important economies of scale can be reached when municipalities explore shared approaches to service delivery—creating efficiencies and savings that can be locally reinvested. A regional plan is key to addressing future infrastructure needs that aren’t limited by municipal borders—such as next-generation Internet, transportation corridors, and sustainable sewer and water.

These infrastructure needs require regional collaboration. Draft Plan20-50 will support integrated planning and infrastructure investment to increase our economic competitiveness and create connected, safe, and vibrant communities.

That’s why Draft Plan20-50 is so important.

Tell us what’s most important to you.

About the Plan:

The Winnipeg Metropolitan Region’s 18 municipalities account for over two-thirds of Manitoba’s population and about 70 per cent of its provincial GDP. The Winnipeg Metro Region is the fastest-growing area of the province—expected to reach 1.1 million residents by 2050.

To accommodate this growth and ensure we have what it takes to meet the needs of our growing communities, businesses, and industries, the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region (WMR)—through its mandate by the Province of Manitoba—took on the challenge of developing a first draft of a long-term land use and servicing plan: Plan20-50.

There are two things that are essential to the success of Draft Plan20-50: The first is ongoing collaboration, so that the finished plan reflects the input, needs, and realities of all WMR municipalities. The second is good data—so that, as we move forward, we can do so with an accurate understanding of how the population, housing, labour, and land needs in our region are likely to evolve over the next 30 years.

Draft Plan20-50 will allow us to balance the needs of today while planning for investments in infrastructure and servicing in the future—meeting all challenges head on and providing a quality of life that is second-to-none.

Building on the success and best practice from other regions across Canada and North America, the expert project team engaged over 400 stakeholders and organizations—including local, provincial, federal, and Indigenous governments; sector stakeholders; knowledge institutions; professional associations; the development community; planners; economic development professionals; and social and environmental non-government organizations—for input on the plan. Through a detailed research and analysis of our region, five key policy areas have been identified.

  • Integrated Communities & Infrastructure
  • One Environment
  • Investment & Employment
  • Resource Management
  • Collaborative Governance

The first draft of Plan20-50 is expected to be complete by spring 2021. Through the five integrated policy areas, Plan20-50 allows municipalities to harness the benefits of regional collaboration while maintaining local character—creating a globally competitive Winnipeg Metro Region.

Become part of the conversation and keep up to date with all the latest.

Who will win, the Superstar or the Team?

No matter how good they are, a superstar will never beat a team.

Regional planning creates opportunities for all municipalities and reduces the development of local economies in isolation—this improves the Winnipeg Metro Region’s position to participate in the global marketplace.

Across North America, successful regions have increased respect between individual municipalities while creating a clear, consistent framework to support all regional members. Good working relationships are the foundation to incorporate the needs of communities and build a prosperous Winnipeg Metro Region for all. Good governance and sound decision-making require access to shared data, an environment of trust, and systems for collaboration across all levels of government.

We’re building a plan to benefit all municipalities.

Everyone knows the financial benefits of bulk purchasing. Regional collaboration means new opportunities to work together to improve the services citizens count on and bringing costs down for everyone.

Draft Plan20-50 will identify a framework to establish improved data sharing across the region, simplify the process of creating shared service agreements, improve collaboration between municipalities and Indigenous governments, manage common assets, and establish fair and consistent land use planning, servicing, and development processes.

That’s why Draft Plan20-50 is so important.

Tell us what’s most important to you.

About the Plan:

The Winnipeg Metropolitan Region’s 18 municipalities account for over two-thirds of Manitoba’s population and about 70 per cent of its provincial GDP. The Winnipeg Metro Region is the fastest-growing area of the province—expected to reach 1.1 million residents by 2050.

To accommodate this growth and ensure we have what it takes to meet the needs of our growing communities, businesses, and industries, the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region (WMR)—through its mandate by the Province of Manitoba—took on the challenge of developing a first draft of a long-term land use and servicing plan: Plan20-50.

There are two things that are essential to the success of Draft Plan20-50: The first is ongoing collaboration, so that the finished plan reflects the input, needs, and realities of all WMR municipalities. The second is good data—so that, as we move forward, we can do so with an accurate understanding of how the population, housing, labour, and land needs in our region are likely to evolve over the next 30 years.

Draft Plan20-50 will allow us to balance the needs of today while planning for investments in infrastructure and servicing in the future—meeting all challenges head on and providing a quality of life that is second-to-none.

Building on the success and best practice from other regions across Canada and North America, the expert project team engaged over 400 stakeholders and organizations—including local, provincial, federal, and Indigenous governments; sector stakeholders; knowledge institutions; professional associations; the development community; planners; economic development professionals; and social and environmental non-government organizations—for input on the plan. Through a detailed research and analysis of our region, five key policy areas have been identified.

  • Integrated Communities & Infrastructure
  • One Environment
  • Investment & Employment
  • Resource Management
  • Collaborative Governance

The first draft of Plan20-50 is expected to be complete by spring 2021. Through the five integrated policy areas, Plan20-50 allows municipalities to harness the benefits of regional collaboration while maintaining local character—creating a globally competitive Winnipeg Metro Region.

Become part of the conversation and keep up to date with all the latest.

Farm Land or Neighborhood?

It’s a question of values.

Agriculture is one of the most important sectors for Manitoba’s economy, contributing almost $1.6 billion per year and representing 35 per cent of our labour force.

Resources, like agricultural lands, minerals and more, provide substantial economic opportunities for our region, generating income, employment, and export opportunities. A regional approach to resource management protects resource-related lands. It creates consistency and fairness, reduces friction between homeowners and agricultural/industrial operations, helps reduce fragmentation and conversion of prime agricultural lands, and supports economic growth and investment.

We’re building a plan to protect our resources.

With the Winnipeg Metro Region being the fastest-growing area of the province, we must work together to balance growth with the need to protect our air, water, and soil for the future. Not only do resource lands support economic prosperity, but they are also vital to environmental stewardship and can be an important component to building a climate-resilient region.

Draft Plan20-50 will advance efforts to preserve economic development resources, ensuring the agricultural industry supports the region’s food production, supply, and security in addition to being a strong and stable source of employment.

That’s why Draft Plan20-50 is so important.

Tell us what’s most important to you.

About the Plan:

The Winnipeg Metropolitan Region’s 18 municipalities account for over two-thirds of Manitoba’s population and about 70 per cent of its provincial GDP. The Winnipeg Metro Region is the fastest-growing area of the province—expected to reach 1.1 million residents by 2050.

To accommodate this growth and ensure we have what it takes to meet the needs of our growing communities, businesses, and industries, the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region (WMR)—through its mandate by the Province of Manitoba—took on the challenge of developing a first draft of a long-term land use and servicing plan: Plan20-50.

There are two things that are essential to the success of Draft Plan20-50: The first is ongoing collaboration, so that the finished plan reflects the input, needs, and realities of all WMR municipalities. The second is good data—so that, as we move forward, we can do so with an accurate understanding of how the population, housing, labour, and land needs in our region are likely to evolve over the next 30 years.

Draft Plan20-50 will allow us to balance the needs of today while planning for investments in infrastructure and servicing in the future—meeting all challenges head on and providing a quality of life that is second-to-none.

Building on the success and best practice from other regions across Canada and North America, the expert project team engaged over 400 stakeholders and organizations—including local, provincial, federal, and Indigenous governments; sector stakeholders; knowledge institutions; professional associations; the development community; planners; economic development professionals; and social and environmental non-government organizations—for input on the plan. Through a detailed research and analysis of our region, five key policy areas have been identified.

  • Integrated Communities & Infrastructure
  • One Environment
  • Investment & Employment
  • Resource Management
  • Collaborative Governance

The first draft of Plan20-50 is expected to be complete by spring 2021. Through the five integrated policy areas, Plan20-50 allows municipalities to harness the benefits of regional collaboration while maintaining local character—creating a globally competitive Winnipeg Metro Region.

Become part of the conversation and keep up to date with all the latest.

Collaborative Governance—Five Policy Areas of Plan20-50

The Winnipeg Metropolitan Region’s 18 municipalities account for over two-thirds of Manitoba’s population and about 70 per cent of its provincial GDP. The Winnipeg Metro Region is the fastest-growing area of the province—expected to reach 1.1 million residents by 2050.

To accommodate this growth and ensure we have what it takes to meet the needs of our growing communities, businesses, and industries, the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region (WMR)—through its mandate by the Province of Manitoba—took on the challenge of developing a first draft of a long-term land use and servicing plan: Plan20-50.

Draft Plan20-50 will allow us to balance the needs of today while planning for investments in infrastructure and servicing in the future—meeting all challenges head on and providing a quality of life that is second-to-none.

Building on the success and best practice from other regions across Canada and North America, the expert project team engaged over 400 stakeholders and organizations—including local, provincial, federal, and Indigenous governments; sector stakeholders; knowledge institutions; professional associations; the development community; planners; economic development professionals; and social and environmental non-government organizations—for input on the plan. Through a detailed research and analysis of our region, five key policy areas have been identified.

 

  • Integrated Communities & Infrastructure
  • One Environment
  • Investment & Employment
  • Resource Management
  • Collaborative Governance

The first draft of Plan20-50 is expected to be complete by spring 2021. Through the five integrated policy areas, Plan20-50 allows municipalities to harness the benefits of regional collaboration while maintaining local character—creating a globally competitive Winnipeg Metro Region.

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There are two things that are essential to the success of Draft Plan20-50: The first is ongoing collaboration, so that the finished plan reflects the input, needs, and realities of all WMR municipalities. The second is good data—so that, as we move forward, we can do so with an accurate understanding of how the population, housing, labour, and land needs in our region are likely to evolve over the next 30 years.

Winnipeg Metro Region Plan20-50: Collaborative Governance

 

Collaborative Governance

Regional planning creates opportunities for all municipalities and reduces the development of local economies in isolation—this improves the Winnipeg Metro Region’s position to participate in the global marketplace.

Across North America, successful regions have increased respect between individual municipalities while creating a clear, consistent framework to support all regional members. Good working relationships are the foundation to incorporate the needs of communities and build a prosperous Winnipeg Metro Region for all. Good governance and sound decision-making require access to shared data, an environment of trust, and systems for collaboration across all levels of government.

We’re building a plan to benefit all municipalities. Everyone knows the financial benefits of bulk purchasing. Regional collaboration means new opportunities to work together to improve the services citizens count on and bringing costs down for everyone.

Draft Plan20-50 will identify a framework to establish improved data sharing across the region, simplify the process of creating shared service agreements, improve collaboration between municipalities and Indigenous governments, manage common assets, and establish fair and consistent land use planning, servicing, and development processes.

That’s why Draft Plan20-50 is so important.

Become part of the conversation and keep up to date with all the latest.

Planning Together to Protect Our Environment

Because water crosses all boundaries.

Five watershed districts and 18 sub-districts were developed within the Winnipeg Metro Region in January 2020, in an effort to best manage water, land, and biodiversity resources in Manitoba.

A watershed is a defined geographic area where all surface water drains into a common point.This means that everyone across the region has a direct impact on—and is directly impacted by—the quality of our freshwater resources, even if you don’t live near a shoreline.

It is clear that we must plan for climate change and build resiliency in our region. Municipalities must work together to respond to floods, droughts, and the effects of extreme weather events. To be wise environmental stewards we have to support healthy ecosystems, biodiversity, and watersheds and ensure optimal water quality and quantity, while balancing the needs of the natural environment, the needs of communities, and the needs of a growing economy.

We’re building a plan to protect our environment.

Collaboration is vital to the long-term protection of the natural resources that we all share. As the Winnipeg Metro Region continues to grow, a collaborative approach is critical to preserving agricultural and sensitive lands while facilitating new development.

Draft Plan20-50 will provide effective and consistent approaches to protect, restore, and enhance our ecosystems, watersheds, and environmentally sensitive areas across the region. It will also recognize the social and economic importance of traditional lifestyles, recreation, and tourism for future generations. We are all connected by water and we will benefit by working together to protect it.

That’s why Draft Plan20-50 is so important.

Tell us what’s most important to you.

About the Plan:

The Winnipeg Metropolitan Region’s 18 municipalities account for over two-thirds of Manitoba’s population and about 70 per cent of its provincial GDP. The Winnipeg Metro Region is the fastest-growing area of the province—expected to reach 1.1 million residents by 2050.

To accommodate this growth and ensure we have what it takes to meet the needs of our growing communities, businesses, and industries, the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region (WMR)—through its mandate by the Province of Manitoba—took on the challenge of developing a first draft of a long-term land use and servicing plan: Plan20-50.

There are two things that are essential to the success of Draft Plan20-50: The first is ongoing collaboration, so that the finished plan reflects the input, needs, and realities of all WMR municipalities. The second is good data—so that, as we move forward, we can do so with an accurate understanding of how the population, housing, labour, and land needs in our region are likely to evolve over the next 30 years.

Draft Plan20-50 will allow us to balance the needs of today while planning for investments in infrastructure and servicing in the future—meeting all challenges head on and providing a quality of life that is second-to-none.

Building on the success and best practice from other regions across Canada and North America, the expert project team engaged over 400 stakeholders and organizations—including local, provincial, federal, and Indigenous governments; sector stakeholders; knowledge institutions; professional associations; the development community; planners; economic development professionals; and social and environmental non-government organizations—for input on the plan. Through a detailed research and analysis of our region, five key policy areas have been identified.

  • Integrated Communities & Infrastructure
  • One Environment
  • Investment & Employment
  • Resource Management
  • Collaborative Governance

The first draft of Plan20-50 is expected to be complete by spring 2021. Through the five integrated policy areas, Plan20-50 allows municipalities to harness the benefits of regional collaboration while maintaining local character—creating a globally competitive Winnipeg Metro Region.

Become part of the conversation and keep up to date with all the latest.

Resource Management—Five Policy Areas of Plan20-50

The Winnipeg Metropolitan Region’s 18 municipalities account for over two-thirds of Manitoba’s population and about 70 per cent of its provincial GDP. The Winnipeg Metro Region is the fastest-growing area of the province—expected to reach 1.1 million residents by 2050.

To accommodate this growth and ensure we have what it takes to meet the needs of our growing communities, businesses, and industries, the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region (WMR)—through its mandate by the Province of Manitoba—took on the challenge of developing a first draft of a long-term land use and servicing plan: Plan20-50.

Draft Plan20-50 will allow us to balance the needs of today while planning for investments in infrastructure and servicing in the future—meeting all challenges head on and providing a quality of life that is second-to-none.

Building on the success and best practice from other regions across Canada and North America, the expert project team engaged over 400 stakeholders and organizations—including local, provincial, federal, and Indigenous governments; sector stakeholders; knowledge institutions; professional associations; the development community; planners; economic development professionals; and social and environmental non-government organizations—for input on the plan. Through a detailed research and analysis of our region, five key policy areas have been identified.

 

  • Integrated Communities & Infrastructure
  • One Environment
  • Investment & Employment
  • Resource Management
  • Collaborative Governance

The first draft of Plan20-50 is expected to be complete by spring 2021. Through the five integrated policy areas, Plan20-50 allows municipalities to harness the benefits of regional collaboration while maintaining local character—creating a globally competitive Winnipeg Metro Region.

***

There are two things that are essential to the success of Draft Plan20-50: The first is ongoing collaboration, so that the finished plan reflects the input, needs, and realities of all WMR municipalities. The second is good data—so that, as we move forward, we can do so with an accurate understanding of how the population, housing, labour, and land needs in our region are likely to evolve over the next 30 years.

Winnipeg Metro Region Plan20-50: Resource Management

 

Resource Management

Agriculture is one of the most important sectors for Manitoba’s economy, contributing approximately $1.6 billion annually and representing 35 per cent of the provincial labour force.

Resources provide substantial economic opportunities for the region as they generate income, employment, and export opportunities. A regional approach to resource management protects resource-related lands. It creates consistency and fairness, reduces friction between homeowners and agricultural/industrial operations, helps reduce fragmentation and conversion of prime agricultural lands, and supports economic growth and investment.

We’re building a plan to protect our resources. With the Winnipeg Metro Region being the fastest-growing area of the province, we must work together to balance growth with the need to protect our air, water, and soil for the future. Not only do resource lands support economic prosperity, but they are also vital to environmental stewardship and can be an important component to building a climate-resilient Region.

Draft Plan20-50 will advance efforts to preserve economic development resources, ensuring the agricultural industry supports the region’s food production, supply, and security in addition to being a strong and stable source of employment.

That’s why Draft Plan20-50 is so important.

Become part of the conversation and keep up to date with all the latest.

Job Growth is Job 1

Manitoba’s economy is poised for growth. We can keep developing small local economies in isolation or we can plan and act regionally. As a region, we can identify, protect and create strategic trade-enabling infrastructure, positioning us all to participate in the global marketplace. Regional economic development helps us build a strong reputation and brand to attract industries and opportunities that provide jobs and bring investment.

The Metro Region provided about 375,000 jobs in 2020 and is forecasted to add 138,000 more as we move toward 2050.

We’re building a plan to attract investment and create jobs. 

Regional collaboration means being able to compete for new business in a way that municipalities could never do on their own. Draft Plan20-50 will support working together to plan for investment in critical infrastructure, strategic servicing, and human resources needed to be competitive.

Competing as a region means building a business-ready climate where investor expectations for real-time land, labour, resource, and planning data can consistently be met. Draft Plan20-50 will ensure the Winnipeg Metro Region has the tools to compete on the global stage.

That’s why Draft Plan20-50 is so important.

Tell us what’s most important to you.

About the Plan:

The Winnipeg Metropolitan Region’s 18 municipalities account for over two-thirds of Manitoba’s population and about 70 per cent of its provincial GDP. The Winnipeg Metro Region is the fastest-growing area of the province—expected to reach 1.1 million residents by 2050.

To accommodate this growth and ensure we have what it takes to meet the needs of our growing communities, businesses, and industries, the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region (WMR)—through its mandate by the Province of Manitoba—took on the challenge of developing a first draft of a long-term land use and servicing plan: Plan20-50.

There are two things that are essential to the success of Draft Plan20-50: The first is ongoing collaboration, so that the finished plan reflects the input, needs, and realities of all WMR municipalities. The second is good data—so that, as we move forward, we can do so with an accurate understanding of how the population, housing, labour, and land needs in our region are likely to evolve over the next 30 years.

Draft Plan20-50 will allow us to balance the needs of today while planning for investments in infrastructure and servicing in the future—meeting all challenges head on and providing a quality of life that is second-to-none.

Building on the success and best practice from other regions across Canada and North America, the expert project team engaged over 400 stakeholders and organizations—including local, provincial, federal, and Indigenous governments; sector stakeholders; knowledge institutions; professional associations; the development community; planners; economic development professionals; and social and environmental non-government organizations—for input on the plan. Through a detailed research and analysis of our region, five key policy areas have been identified.

  • Integrated Communities & Infrastructure
  • One Environment
  • Investment & Employment
  • Resource Management
  • Collaborative Governance

The first draft of Plan20-50 is expected to be complete by spring 2021. Through the five integrated policy areas, Plan20-50 allows municipalities to harness the benefits of regional collaboration while maintaining local character—creating a globally competitive Winnipeg Metro Region.

Become part of the conversation and keep up to date with all the latest.

Investment and Employment—Five Policy Areas of Plan20-50

The Winnipeg Metropolitan Region’s 18 municipalities account for over two-thirds of Manitoba’s population and about 70 per cent of its provincial GDP. The Winnipeg Metro Region is the fastest-growing area of the province—expected to reach 1.1 million residents by 2050.

To accommodate this growth and ensure we have what it takes to meet the needs of our growing communities, businesses, and industries, the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region (WMR)—through its mandate by the Province of Manitoba—took on the challenge of developing a first draft of a long-term land use and servicing plan: Plan20-50.

Draft Plan20-50 will allow us to balance the needs of today while planning for investments in infrastructure and servicing in the future—meeting all challenges head on and providing a quality of life that is second-to-none.

Building on the success and best practice from other regions across Canada and North America, the expert project team engaged over 400 stakeholders and organizations—including local, provincial, federal, and Indigenous governments; sector stakeholders; knowledge institutions; professional associations; the development community; planners; economic development professionals; and social and environmental non-government organizations—for input on the plan. Through a detailed research and analysis of our region, five key policy areas have been identified.

 

  • Integrated Communities & Infrastructure
  • One Environment
  • Investment & Employment
  • Resource Management
  • Collaborative Governance

The first draft of Plan20-50 is expected to be complete by spring 2021. Through the five integrated policy areas, Plan20-50 allows municipalities to harness the benefits of regional collaboration while maintaining local character—creating a globally competitive Winnipeg Metro Region.

***

There are two things that are essential to the success of Draft Plan20-50: The first is ongoing collaboration, so that the finished plan reflects the input, needs, and realities of all WMR municipalities. The second is good data—so that, as we move forward, we can do so with an accurate understanding of how the population, housing, labour, and land needs in our region are likely to evolve over the next 30 years.

Winnipeg Metro Region Plan20-50: Investment and Employment

 

Investment & Employment

Manitoba’s economy is poised for growth. By planning regionally, we reduce the development of local economies in isolation and identify, protect, and plan for strategic trade-enabling infrastructure, ensuring the region’s position to participate in the global marketplace. Regional economic development helps us build a strong reputation and brand to attract industries and opportunities that provide jobs and bring investment.

The Metro Region provided approximately 375,000 jobs in 2020 and is forecasted to add approximately 138,000 jobs as we move toward 2050.

We’re building a plan to attract investment and create jobs. Regional collaboration means being able to compete for new business in a way that municipalities could never do on their own. Draft Plan20-50 will support working together to plan for investment in critical infrastructure, strategic servicing, and human resources needed to be competitive.

Competing as a region means building a business-ready climate where investor expectations for real-time land, labour, resource, and planning data can consistently be met. Draft Plan20-50 will ensure the Winnipeg Metro Region has the tools to compete on the global stage.

 

That’s why Draft Plan20-50 is so important.

Become part of the conversation and keep up to date with all the latest.

One Environment—Five Policy Areas of Plan20-50

The Winnipeg Metropolitan Region’s 18 municipalities account for over two-thirds of Manitoba’s population and about 70 per cent of its provincial GDP. The Winnipeg Metro Region is the fastest-growing area of the province—expected to reach 1.1 million residents by 2050.

To accommodate this growth and ensure we have what it takes to meet the needs of our growing communities, businesses, and industries, the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region (WMR)—through its mandate by the Province of Manitoba—took on the challenge of developing a first draft of a long-term land use and servicing plan: Plan20-50.

Draft Plan20-50 will allow us to balance the needs of today while planning for investments in infrastructure and servicing in the future—meeting all challenges head on and providing a quality of life that is second-to-none.

Building on the success and best practice from other regions across Canada and North America, the expert project team engaged over 400 stakeholders and organizations—including local, provincial, federal, and Indigenous governments; sector stakeholders; knowledge institutions; professional associations; the development community; planners; economic development professionals; and social and environmental non-government organizations—for input on the plan. Through a detailed research and analysis of our region, five key policy areas have been identified.

 

  • Integrated Communities & Infrastructure
  • One Environment
  • Investment & Employment
  • Resource Management
  • Collaborative Governance

The first draft of Plan20-50 is expected to be complete by spring 2021. Through the five integrated policy areas, Plan20-50 allows municipalities to harness the benefits of regional collaboration while maintaining local character—creating a globally competitive Winnipeg Metro Region.

***

There are two things that are essential to the success of Draft Plan20-50: The first is ongoing collaboration, so that the finished plan reflects the input, needs, and realities of all WMR municipalities. The second is good data—so that, as we move forward, we can do so with an accurate understanding of how the population, housing, labour, and land needs in our region are likely to evolve over the next 30 years.

Winnipeg Metro Region Plan20-50: One Environment

 

One Environment

 

A watershed is a defined geographic area where all surface water drains into a common point. In efforts to best manage water, land, and biodiversity resources in Manitoba, watershed districts were developed in January 2020. There are five watershed districts and 18 sub-districts within the Winnipeg Metro Region. This means that all residents across the region have a direct impact on—and are directly impacted by—the quality of our freshwater resources, even those who do not live near a shoreline.

Over the years, it has become increasing clear that we must plan for climate change and build resiliency in our region. Municipalities must work together to respond to floods, droughts, and the effects of extreme weather events. Wise environmental stewardship supports healthy ecosystems, biodiversity, and watersheds and ensures optimal water quality and quantity while balancing the needs of the natural environment, the needs of communities, and the needs of a growing economy.

We’re building a plan to protect our environment. Collaboration is vital to the long-term protection of the natural resources that we all share. As the Winnipeg Metro Region continues to grow, a collaborative approach is critical to preserving agricultural and sensitive lands while facilitating new development.

Draft Plan20-50 will provide effective and consistent approaches to protect, restore, and enhance our ecosystems, watersheds, and environmentally sensitive areas across the region. It will also recognize the social and economic importance of traditional lifestyles, recreation, and tourism for future generations. We are all connected by water and we will benefit by working together to protect it.

That’s why Draft Plan20-50 is so important.

Become part of the conversation and keep up to date with all the latest.

Integrated Communities & Infrastructure—Five Policy Areas of Plan20-50

The Winnipeg Metropolitan Region’s 18 municipalities account for over two-thirds of Manitoba’s population and about 70 per cent of its provincial GDP. The Winnipeg Metro Region is the fastest-growing area of the province—expected to reach 1.1 million residents by 2050.

To accommodate this growth and ensure we have what it takes to meet the needs of our growing communities, businesses, and industries, the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region (WMR)—through its mandate by the Province of Manitoba—took on the challenge of developing a first draft of a long-term land use and servicing plan: Plan20-50.

Draft Plan20-50 will allow us to balance the needs of today while planning for investments in infrastructure and servicing in the future—meeting all challenges head on and providing a quality of life that is second-to-none.

Building on the success and best practice from other regions across Canada and North America, the expert project team engaged over 400 stakeholders and organizations—including local, provincial, federal, and Indigenous governments; sector stakeholders; knowledge institutions; professional associations; the development community; planners; economic development professionals; and social and environmental non-government organizations—for input on the plan. Through a detailed research and analysis of our region, five key policy areas have been identified.

  • Integrated Communities & Infrastructure
  • One Environment
  • Investment & Employment
  • Resource Management
  • Collaborative Governance

The first draft of Plan20-50 is expected to be complete by spring 2021. Through the five integrated policy areas, Plan20-50 allows municipalities to harness the benefits of regional collaboration while maintaining local character—creating a globally competitive Winnipeg Metro Region.

***

There are two things that are essential to the success of Draft Plan20-50: The first is ongoing collaboration, so that the finished plan reflects the input, needs, and realities of all WMR municipalities. The second is good data—so that, as we move forward, we can do so with an accurate understanding of how the population, housing, labour, and land needs in our region are likely to evolve over the next 30 years.

Winnipeg Metro Region Plan20-50: Integrated Communities and Infrastructure

Integrated Communities & Infrastructure

 Across our growing region, municipalities are planning for the future through their local planning processes. A regional plan does not take away from the local processes, nor the need to plan locally. A regional plan ensures that local plans can be coordinated where one municipality supports and enhances its neighbours’ plans.

A regional approach can identify and plan for infrastructure that is necessary to support our economy and way of life. It allows us to take a bird’s eye view of what’s happening on the ground today as well as what’s anticipated in the future.

Strong communities provide residents with housing choices, local employment opportunities, regional transportation networks, recreation, and leisure activities while protecting and preserving valuable resources—like agricultural lands and water—for future generations.

We’re building a plan to improve quality of life in our communities. Important economies of scale can be reached when municipalities explore shared approaches to service delivery—creating efficiencies and savings that can be locally reinvested. A regional plan is key to addressing future infrastructure needs that aren’t limited by municipal borders—such as next-generation Internet, transportation corridors, and sustainable sewer and water.

These infrastructure needs require regional collaboration. Draft Plan20-50 will support integrated planning and infrastructure investment to increase our economic competitiveness and create connected, safe, and vibrant communities.

That’s why Draft Plan20-50 is so important.

Become part of the conversation and keep up to date with all the latest.