City of Winnipeg

We’re focused on the things that matter most to families, including repairing local roads and making sure every household has clean water.

We’re building our province for the future and creating good jobs that will keep young people in Manitoba.

  • Our New Partnership with the City of Winnipeg, announced in the 2015 Speech from the Throne, will allocate $1 billion over five years for Winnipeg roads, public transit, wastewater treatment plants and recreation centres.

  • Brian Pallister’s Conservatives would put jobs at risk by demanding $550 million in reckless cuts, which would mean less for Winnipeg. Instead, we’re investing to fix roads, build community centres, hire police, fire and ambulance workers and renew Winnipeg’s downtown.

  • We have committed $250 million over five years to build and repair Winnipeg roads—the largest-ever provincial investment to fix potholes, back lanes and crumbling sidewalks and curbs. This year alone, we are helping fund the renewal of more than 160 roads across Winnipeg.

We’re building roads, investing in neighbourhood renewal and protecting our water supply. We’re putting you and your family first.

City of Winnipeg Stats & Facts

Brian Pallister called on us to halt construction of the Floodway, a critical piece of infrastructure that has protected thousands of Winnipeg homes and businesses from floods.

Today, he is pushing for $550 million in across-the-board cuts. That would mean less funding for Winnipeg and all our municipalities.

Brian Pallister’s reckless plan would destroy our economic growth and throw thousands of Manitobans out of work.

Winnipeg is approaching a population of 1 million. Our NDP government is committed to forward-looking investments in our capital city to make Winnipeg an attractive and affordable place to raise our families.

New Partnership with the City of Winnipeg

Our New Partnership with the City of Winnipeg, announced in the 2015 Speech from the Throne, will allocate a record $1 billion over five years for critical infrastructure, including roads, public transit, wastewater treatment plants and recreation centres.

The New Partnership will renew roads in every neighbourhood in Winnipeg, including:

  • Building the Waverley Underpass

  • Eliminating traffic jams and delays on Marion Street

  • Moving on priority projects, such as replacing the Louise Bridge

  • Extending the Chief Peguis Trail westward

  • Upgrading Kenaston Boulevard

  • Modernizing public transit by completing the southwest leg of Rapid Transit, which connects the University of Manitoba to downtown, and committing to partner in future phases of Rapid Transit.

We will move also rail lines out of Winnipeg. This will help address aging infrastructure, make neighbourhoods safer, help families save time on their daily commute and reimagine urban renewal in Manitoba’s capital city.

Minto MLA Andrew Swan proudly shows off the new-and-improved Dominion Street. This street was repaired in 2014 as part of our government’s initial $5.5-billion infrastructure plan.

Investing in downtown renewal

Since we came into government, we have invested $2 billion to support more than 100 major downtown renewal projects, including:

  • The MTS Centre and development in the Sport, Hospitality and Entertainment District (SHED) including Centrepoint Hotel and Met Theatre

  • The new Manitoba Hydro Place tower

  • University of Winnipeg and Red River College campus expansion

  • New Housing development in the Exchange and around downtown

  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights

  • $180 million expansion of RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre

One of our most exciting new commitments is happening at the WAG: in partnership with Nunavut, Manitoba will showcase Inuit art to the world. Our government will support the building of the Winnipeg Art Galleryʼs new Inuit Art Centre, which will house the worldʼs largest collection of Inuit art.

We are still discussing more ideas for downtown renewal, including True North Square, three new towers which will feature residential housing, office space, hotel rooms, retail stores, and a public plaza, with skywalk connections to Cityplace mall and the RBC Convention Centre.

We’re also excited to see that the relocation of the publicly owned Liquor and Lotteries headquarters will be the latest major investment as we continue to reshape and revitalize our downtown.

Hundreds of projects are changing the face of Winnipeg

Major provincial infrastructure investments are benefitting Winnipeggers—like the floodway, CentrePort, Assiniboine Park Polar Bear and Arctic Exhibit, and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

We’re improving one of the busiest bus routes in the city. We have committed $225 million to match the City’s contribution to build the next phase of Rapid Transit, from Jubilee Avenue to the University of Manitoba. Transit operating grants have more than doubled, to over $40 million in 2015.

We helped build the Kenaston Underpass and upgrade Gunn Road, and we’re helping fund the new Waverley Underpass and the expansion of the Pembina-Jubilee underpass.

We have funded 130 new police officers since 2005.

We are helping fund the Build Winnipeg Partnership with Mayor Bowman.

We’re building new indoor rinks at the Garden City and East End Community Centres, and expanding the Dakota Community Centre.

We will not sacrifice clean, safe water for families. We are committing a full one-third of the current cost to upgrade Winnipegʼs wastewater treatment plants. Our share will increase by nearly $100 million.

Creating a competitive business climate

The Financial Times said Winnipeg is “one of the best places to do business in Canada” because of our affordable cost of living, vibrant arts scene and steady economic growth (July 18, 2014).

We will work with our partners in Winnipeg’s business community to develop a Strategic Innovation Plan to grow clusters like Innovation Alley.

By making strong investments in our roads, clean water, and essential services, we’re building the foundation for a vibrant Winnipeg.

November 2015