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Planning, Property & Development

Neighbourhood Programs

Building Communities Initiative (2002-2008) - COMPLETED

Building Communities LogoThe Building Communities Initiative is a five-year, 50-50 cost-shared capital initiative developed by the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg. The Initiative is designed to address the physical needs of older residential neighbourhoods beginning to experience early symptoms of decline.

The neighbourhood(s) clusters identified under the Building Communities Initiative are:

(The boundaries of the neighbourhoods are shown on the attached maps as are the strategic plans for each area.)

Burrows Central Neighbourhood

Luxton, Seven Oaks, St. John's Neighbourhood

Sargent Park and Minto Neighbourhood

Central and North St. Boniface, Tissot and Dufresne Neighbourhood

St. George and Worthington Neighbourhood

Wolseley Neighbourhood

The Building Communities Initiative:

  • is administered by the City of Winnipeg, Planning, Property and Development Department under the Building Communities Agreement
  • has an allocated budget of $14 million for the six neighbourhoods identified.
There are two components to the Building Communities Initiative

Community Improvement Program (C.I.P.)

Of the $14 million jointly funded Initiative, $11.1 million has been dedicated for this component to undertake capital improvements in the designated neighbourhoods such as:

  • renovation and/or expansion of public community facilities
  • construction, replacement, renovation and/or removal of the municipal infrastructure
  • land acquisition for housing, community facilities, etc.
  • urban safety initiatives.

A Neighbourhood Advisory Committee comprised of local residents, business owners and other key stakeholders was established in each neighbourhood to advise on local improvement issues and priorities.

Through the Building Communities Initiative, consultant teams were hired to facilitate a community consultation process to develop a strategic plan in each neighbourhood.  This strategic plan identified key needs and issues for the neighbourhood, and resulted in a prioritized list of capital projects that addressed the needs (as stated in the strategic plan).  Each of the communities has endorsed their project list and the Building Communities' Policy Committee (comprised of the Provincial Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs & Trade and the Mayor of Winnipeg or their designates) has approved each of the strategic plans.

The planning process took approximately four months to complete, and the resulting capital projects, as noted in the strategic plans are now being implemented. 

Community Home Renovation Program (C.H.R.P.) - NOW COMPLETE

$1.5 million was allocated for the C.H.R.P. in the designated neighbourhoods.

The objective of this one time only program was to kick start the Building Communities neighbourhoods by providing a limited number of homeowners with a grant to undertake eligible renovations to their homes, thereby contributing to the revitalization of their neighbourhood.  680 homes were renovated utilizing funds from this program and homeowners invested approximately $4 million.

 


Last update: March 31, 2011

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