Understanding Planning

Winnipeg’s Vision

OurWinnipegTM is the city’s road map and vision for future growth, planning and development for the next 25 years. It sets out the goals, policies and guidelines intended to direct all physical, social, environmental, and economic development in the city, now and into the future3.

OurWinnipeg, Complete Communities, Sustainable Winnipeg, Sustainable Transportantion, Sustainable Water & Waste. Direction Strategies

Planning in Winnipeg

We are anticipating a significant increase in the number of people who will be calling Winnipeg home, with our population expecting to reach just shy of 1 million by 2049 1. In order to accommodate this anticipated growth, a plan that considers our communities, residents, market demand, environment and economy is necessary. Simply put, planning is key to developing a city where people are happy to live.

Understandably, Winnipeg has a legislative requirement to plan. Per the City of Winnipeg provincial legislation, Winnipeg has a requirement to adopt, by by-law, a development plan that establishes its long-term plans and polices with respect to its physical, social, environmental and economic goals, sustainable land use and development, with measures to specifically implement the plan2. A development plan can also be seen as a city’s vision, and for Winnipeg that vision is encapsulated in OurWinnipeg.

OurWinnipeg serves as the guide for the cities four direction strategies: Complete Communities, A Sustainable Winnipeg, Sustainable Transportation, and Sustainable Water and Waste.


Complete Communities is Winnipeg’s land use and development strategy serving as a practical guide for the city to use. Complete Communities is based upon two key pillars; the development of complete communities, and the articulation of an urban structure. Through this we determine the best areas to accommodate growth and development, which are call Transformative Areas, and areas that will see less change, called Areas of Stability. Learn more about Complete Communities.


A Sustainable Winnipeg understands Winnipeg as an interconnected community, both the economy and the society exist within our environment. For that reason, it looks at all three when developing plans and strategies for long term sustainability. Learn more about A Sustainable Winnipeg


The emphasis for this strategic direction is understanding how we move people and goods through the city in an efficient manner while addressing the social implications, environmental impacts and the potential economic benefits and deficits. The Master Transportation Plan for Winnipeg was developed from and has subsequently been adopted as the guide to follow, providing more details on specifics on sites and corridors in the city. Learn more about Winnipeg’s Master Transportation Plan


This directional strategy focuses on: water supply, treatment and distribution; wastewater collection and treatment; storm water management and flood protection; solid waste management; service sharing with the regional capital. This offers an approach the city can take but is not a detailed plan focusing on specific areas and infrastructure required. Learn more about Sustainable Water & Waste

Integrated Planning

Good planning doesn’t happen in a silo, but rather, it is when all the necessary factors are taken into consideration and the necessary representatives from the city, key industries and community are advised.
From these directional strategies, Secondary Plans are created and adopted. Specific to different areas on planning. When we talk about integrated planning what we mean to say is each area must not live in a silo, but rather, consider all these areas. For example, when looking at developing an Active Transportation Plan we must give consideration to Complete Communities, our Master Transportation Plan, how it will impact our water and waste infrastructure and the impact on the sustainability of Winnipeg.

Secondary Plans


    1. City of Winnipeg Population Forecast, March 2018
    2. City of Winnipeg Charter
    3. The City of Winnipeg: Planning at a Glance

Now that you’ve learned more about planning, learn about DEVELOPMENT.