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Planning, Property and Development

Impact Fee

The City of Winnipeg has gone through a period of growth that has impacted the City’s operating and capital costs and revenues. This growth is placing pressure on public infrastructure and the need for City Council to invest in additional capacity to accommodate growth. At the same time, the condition of existing infrastructure is deteriorating.

The 2016 City of Winnipeg Population, Housing, and Economic Forecast indicates that Winnipeg’s average annual population growth over the next 25 years is estimated to increase by 8,200 people per year, and that the City of Winnipeg’s Census Metropolitan Area population will exceed 1 million people by 2034/2035 and is projected to surpass 1,055,000 by 2040.

The City of Winnipeg, itself, is expected to grow from a population of approximately 718,400 to 922,600 by 2040, an increase of over 200,000 people, representing a 28 per cent increase.

On October 26, 2016 Council passed the Impact Fee By-Law which allowed for the phased in implementation of the impact fee.

The impact fee is being phased-in over a period of three years. During the initial phase, the impact fee only applies to new residential developments in New Communities and Emerging Communities as set out in OurWinnipeg and captured within the areas outlined in this map.

A working group comprised of elected officials, city administrative staff, and industry and community stakeholders is being established to advise on the impact fee’s implementation over the three-year phase-in period. This working group will provide for ongoing industry and community participation and input into future impact fee rates and their manner of application, as well as input into projects funded from revenue generated from the impact fee.


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What is an impact fee?

An impact fee is one of several tools a city can use to fund the costs of a growing city. An impact fee can help ensure that growth does pay for growth. It recognizes that new or expanded infrastructure is required to accommodate growth throughout Winnipeg and imposes some of the costs of this infrastructure on the properties that benefit from the new or expanded infrastructure.

Will I have to pay the impact fee?

If you are not building a new residence or undertaking a new non-residential development, the impact fee does not apply to you. The impact fee only applies to new construction or existing buildings being converted to other uses, and the fee is being phased-in over a period of three years.

During the first phase, the impact fee applies only to residential development within the areas identified in this map. These areas are identified as New Communities and Emerging Communities as set out in OurWinnipeg and Complete Communities Direction Strategy.

It is important to remember that whoever applies for a building or development permit is the person responsible for paying the impact fee.

Are there any exemptions to the impact fee?

Yes. The Impact Fee Bylaw outlines certain exemptions. These exemptions include residential development on land where one or more existing dwelling units are being renovated, expanded or replaced, and where there is no increase in the total number of dwelling units on that land.

As well, the impact fee does not apply to affordable housing provided by:

  1. Winnipeg Housing Rehabilitation Corporation;
  2. The Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation;
  3. The Government of Canada or the Province of Manitoba; or
  4. any organization that has been approved to receive funding from the Government of Canada or the Province of Manitoba under an affordable housing program, as determined by that government.

What does the impact fee apply to?

The impact fee applies to new construction or existing buildings being converted to other uses, and it is being phased-in over a period of three years. Existing homeowners, developers, and businesses not planning to construct new developments will not be subject to the impact fee. In the initial phase-in period, the impact fee applies only to new residential builds within these areas of Winnipeg.

I am planning to renovate my unfinished basement in my existing home, do I have to pay the impact fee?

No. But other permit requirements and fees may apply.

If I am planning to add a sunroom to the back of my existing house, do I have to pay the impact fee?

No. But other permit requirements and fees may apply.

I am adding a deck to the side of my existing house. Do I have to pay the impact fee?

No. But other permit requirements and fees may apply.

If I am planning to build a detached garage on my existing property, do I have to pay the impact fee?

No. But other permit requirements and fees may apply.

Is affordable housing also subject to an impact fee?

No, the By-law provides that affordable housing provided by the following organizations will be exempt so long as the organization has signed an agreement with the City to provide affordable housing at that location for at least 10 years:

  1. Winnipeg Housing Rehabilitation Corporation;
  2. The Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation;
  3. The Government of Canada or the Province of Manitoba; or
  4. any organization that has been approved to receive funding from the Government of Canada or the Province of Manitoba under an affordable housing program, as determined by that government.

When do I have to pay the fee?

The impact fee is being phased in over period of three years. During the initial phase, the impact fee comes into effect on May 1, 2017,and is paid at the time a building or development permit is issued. Whoever applies for the building permit is the person responsible for paying the fee.

You will not need to pay the impact fee if you apply for your residential building permit prior to May 1, 2017. However, the permit needs to be issued within six months of your application, and construction must begin prior to November 1, 2017. If those conditions are not met, you may still be subject to the fee.

How much is the fee?

The impact fee is being phased in over a period of three years. Effective May 1, 2017, only new residential developments in New Communities and Emerging Communities as set out in OurWinnipeg and identified within the areas outlined in this map will be charged $54.73 per m2.

Over what period of time is the impact fee being phased-in?

The impact fee is being phased-in over a period of three years. During the initial phase, the impact fee only applies to new residential developments in New Communities and Emerging Communities as set out in OurWinnipeg and captured within the areas outlined in this map. A working group comprised of elected officials, city administrative staff, and industry and community stakeholders is being established to advise on the impact fee’s implementation over the three-year phase-in period. This working group will provide for ongoing industry and community participation and input into future impact fee rates and their manner of application, as well as input into projects funded from revenue generated from the impact fee.

How did we get here?
I still have questions about the impact fee. Is there someone I can contact to help answer my questions?

You can call 311 with any further questions you may have.

Last update: February 10, 2017