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The Municipal Cemeteries Branch

Transcona Cemetery Improvement Strategy

Update October 2018 - A draft improvement strategy has been developed to ensure the cemetery continues to meet the needs of the community. Thank you to all who provided feedback. The public engagement summary is now available and provides an overview of the feedback collected for the project.

Background

The Transcona Cemetery is an important part of Winnipeg's history and continues to serve the community. The cemetery grounds have land drainage issues in the early interment sections and the chapel requires extensive renovation to return it to use.

A draft improvement strategy has been developed to ensure the cemetery continues to meet the needs of the community. The improvement strategy addresses:

  • Land drainage issues in the early interment sections;
  • Renovation of the chapel to return it to use; and,
  • Plans for future cemetery expansion.

Documents

Document Name Date Type
Phase 2 Public Engagement Summary 2018-10-23 Report
Phase 2 Presentation Boards 2018-09-13 Open House Material
Phase 2 Poster 2018-09-13 Open House Material
Phase 1 Public Engagement Summary 2017-08-01 Report

Engage

Thank you to all who attended an open house on September 26, 2018 or completed an online survey. Online surveys were accepted until October 3, 2018. Your input is critical to the process of developing an inclusive community Improvement Strategy for the cemetery. The public engagement summary is now available and provides an overview of the feedback collected for the project.

Phase 1 of public engagement wrapped up in spring 2017 and gathered input on the community's top priorities for development and renovation of the cemetery. The Phase 1 Public Engagement Summary is now available and provides an overview of the input collected that helped inform the proposed improvement strategy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How old is the Transcona Cemetery?

The Transcona Cemetery was opened in 1914 by the municipality of Transcona and is now the final resting place of approximately 5,000 deceased persons.

Date added: February 1, 2017

Will the proposed redevelopment of the site require the relocation of remains?

No remains will need to be moved and no graves will be disturbed to complete the redevelopment.

Date added: February 1, 2017

What will be the cost for the proposed renovations and improvements and who is responsible for paying for them?

The costs for grounds renovation and redevelopment are still unknown at this time. Once we have a clear plan of the work involved, we will be able to discuss the costs involved. It is important to note that not all renovation costs are covered by perpetual care, and interment property owners may have some liability. All grounds development costs are funded by the City.

The cost of renovating the chapel will be better known once its future use has been decided. The costs of renovating the chapel are not covered by perpetual care.

Date added: February 1, 2017

How many people are buried in the cemetery and what is its total capacity?

The cemetery is the final resting place of approximately 5,000 deceased persons. The remaining interment land is anticipated to continue to serve the community for 40+ years.

Date added: February 1, 2017

Has the City ever developed or renovated any of the cemeteries they manage?

Yes, the City has undertaken work in its cemeteries to ensure they continue to serve the needs of the community.

Date added: February 1, 2017

How many Cemeteries does the City manage and when did the City commence managing them?

The Cemeteries Branch manages three cemeteries and has provided interment services since 1878, beginning with the opening of Brookside Cemetery. The St. Vital and Transcona cemeteries were opened by their respective municipalities, and operation of the two cemeteries was transferred to the Cemeteries Branch with the unicity merger in 1978.

Date added: February 1, 2017

What is the chapel and how is it used?

The chapel is the original Transcona prayer chapel, relocated to the cemetery, where it was used for funeral services and as a winter mortuary. It is currently in need of renovation to enable its return to use.

Date added: February 1, 2017

Last update: September 18, 2019