Manitoba Infrastructure

Building better infrastructure—including roads, highways and flood protection—pays off.

We’re building and expanding our infrastructure to create good jobs and grow the economy, but not at the expense of our schools and hospitals.

  • Brian Pallister’s plan to cut half a billion dollars from the budget would hurt families and hurt the economy—it’s what the Conservatives did in the 1990s and it took years to undo the damage. Instead, we’re investing a record $10 billion over eight years to build roads and highways, flood protection and municipal infrastructure.

  • We are not willing to hurt the economy and put families and businesses at risk by letting roads and bridges fall into disrepair. We are bringing Highway 75 up to interstate flood standards to ensure trade and tourism can continue uninterrupted in most flood situations and at the same time generate 2,450 good jobs.

  • We’re creating more good jobs for Manitobans right here at home. Our initial five-year infrastructure plan will create 58,900 jobs alone.

Extending our five-year plan beyond 2020 will invest in urgently needed infrastructure and, in the first five years, boost the economy by $6.3 billion.

We are working to grow the economy and give young people the opportunity to raise their family here at home.

Manitoba Infrastructure Stats & Facts

We have heard from Manitoba workers that they want us to invest to create good jobs; and we have heard from Manitoba businesses that they want us to invest in a way that creates opportunities for them to grow.

CentrePort Canada Way is now open. With the construction of a new Rail Park in 2016, we will be able to increase our trade with Saskatchewan and create new jobs as Manitoba transforms into a regional transportation hub.

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 $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

  • Eliminate 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.

St. Norbert MLA Dave Gaudreau and Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation Steve Ashton give the new Perimeter/Pembina Highway overpass two thumbs up!

Our $10-billion infrastructure plan will make record investments in provincial highways and bridges, including:

  • Protecting Highway 75, from Winnipeg to the United States border, up to interstate flood protection standards.

  • Majorly improving the TransCanada east and west of Winnipeg, including fully paved shoulders and new bridges.

  • Rebuilding the intersection of Lagimodiere and the Perimeter Highway into a state-of-the-art interchange with no traffic lights, including an active transportation corridor for pedestrians and cyclists.

  • Building a new bypass around Headingley near CentrePort.

  • Significantly upgrading Highway 10 and the Yellowhead, including repaving and adding more passing lanes.

  • Improving the Perimeter, including new interchanges at McGillivray in the southwest and Highway 59 in the northeast.

  • Replacing the traffic lights at Highway 3 with a new cloverleaf.

  • Building new interchanges at St. Mary's Road and St. Anne's Road and completing the Kenaston Boulevard‎-Waverley Street interchange.

  • Expanding the Daly Overpass in Brandon.

Infrastructure investments in rural Manitoba

When we talked to municipalities about the next round of infrastructure funding, they made it clear: they want to partner with us and take part in Manitoba’s growing economy.

For rural and northern families, we will launch a new Growing Communities Fund to build and renew roads, bridges, water and sewer infrastructure, and recreation centres.

Increasing provincial revenues to rural infrastructure allows us to continue to build and improve critical infrastructure, such as flood protection and water treatment plants to keep our drinking water clean.

We are also consulting with rural communities to create a Rural Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan, a roadmap to boost Manitoba’s rural economy and create good jobs. Other initiatives include:

  • the Urban Highway Fund, which allows municipalities to prioritize investments in provincial highways that affect them.

  • the Commercial Infrastructure Fund, which will help resource industries and municipalities with cost-shared improvements like increased loading for heavy truck traffic.

We will continue to give municipalities the resources they need to make urgently-needed infrastructure repairs and support the local economy. Our investments to municipalities have more than doubled— increasing from $184 million in 1999 to $458 million in 2015. That’s an increase of more than $13 million from last year.

Our investments in roads and bridges are creating good jobs and growing the economy. That’s giving young Manitobans the opportunity to stay here to work and raise their family.

November 2015