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Planning, Property and Development

Universal Design

Universal Design is the practice of designing environments, information, communications and transportation that can be efficiently used by people with a wide range of abilities operating in a wide range of situations. It is about putting people first, providing the same opportunity for accessing services, landscapes, buildings and information to young and old, with or without disabilities regardless of life circumstances to the greatest extent possible.

Universal Design Policy
The Universal Design Policy report passed by the Executive Policy Committee December, 2001

The Accessibility Design Standards
The City of Winnipeg Accessibility Design Standards for the built environment is a set of requirements under the Universal Design Policy and are applied to City-owned, occupied, funded or leased buildings and exterior environments. These standards do not negate the regulatory requirements of the Manitoba Building Code.

Universal Design Guiding Principles for Developers
Principles to consider when designing environments that can be efficiently used by people with a wide range of abilities operating in a wide range of situations.

Building a Visitable Home in Winnipeg
Basic information for those interested in the design features of a visitable home.

Please visit our brochures page for regulatory documents which must be applied to private buildings.

Documents identified with are available for download in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format and require an Adobe Acrobat Reader. The Acrobat Reader is a free download from Adobe

Housing Programs
Financial assistance available for the development, repair, and improvement of residential property.

For more information please email: or contact 311.

Last update: September 8, 2016