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Within the boundaries of Winnipeg are 236 neighbourhoods, which have been geographically defined as the smallest unit of division.  Approximately 186 of these can be considered residential with the remainder classified as industrial neighbourhoods.  Many have natural boundaries such as roads, railroads, bridges and rivers.  The average population of each of Winnipeg’s residential neighbourhoods is approximately 4,000 people.

Physically, a neighbourhood is a residential area with an appropriate mix of housing types, convenience type commercial facilities, transportation choices and where appropriate, schools, recreation, library or park facilities.  However, Winnipeg’s neighbourhoods are much more than that.

Neighbourhoods are a large part of what makes up our “home” and provides us with a sense of belonging.  The opportunity to work together to identify local issues and develop successful solutions that sustain a healthy neighbourhood is a source of pride for many of our citizens.  In a large city, local neighbourhoods are a place to get to know other people, socialize and often to raise our children.

For many, choosing a neighbourhood to live in is based on identifying with the features that give the neighbourhood character.  Many of Winnipeg’s neighbourhoods have a unique heritage and historic identity.  Neighbourhoods throughout the city have significant heritage legacy resources that illustrate the broad range of Winnipeg’s historical development.

Winnipeg is a community of communities.  Before the City of Winnipeg amalgamation in 1972, Winnipeg was a series of municipalities, each with its own distinct character.  With Royal Assent given to The City of Winnipeg Act (Bill 36, Chapter 105 of the Statues of Manitoba) on July 27, 1971, Winnipeg again took the fore in North America urban history when its citizens embarked on a grand scheme to create a single civic administration out of 13 separately governed communities - the Rural Municipalities of Charleswood, Fort Garry, North Kildonan and Old Kildonan, the Town of Tuxedo and the cities of East Kildonan, West Kildonan, St. Vital, Transcona, St. Boniface, St. James-Assiniboine and Winnipeg and the Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg.  The result was a new City of Winnipeg known as Unicity. 

Most recently, OurWinnipeg, the official development plan guiding growth and change for the city took effect on August 17, 2011.  OurWinnipeg presents a 25-year vision for the entire city.  It positions Winnipeg for sustainable growth, which is key to our future competitiveness.  This foundation plan identifies vital and healthy neighbourhoods as one of the critical aspects that contribute to the overall well-being of our city and quality of life for our residents.  The unique character of each of our 236 neighbourhoods support different lifestyles, providing a range of options for living, working and playing.

During the development of OurWinnipeg, Winnipeggers were clear that they wanted healthy and sustainable communities – communities where people of every age and ability have the opportunity to live, work, shop, learn and play within their own neighbourhood.  This is supported by the Complete Communities Direction Strategy of OurWinnipeg, which introduces an urban structure that describes Winnipeg’s physical characteristics and lays out a framework for the city’s future physical growth and development.  It provides a vision for the arrangement of land uses within the City:

Transformative Areas:

·         DOWNTOWN

·         CENTRES & CORRIDORS

·         MAJOR REDEVELOPMENT SITES

·         NEW COMMUNITIES

Transformative Areas are those areas of the City that provide the best opportunity for growth and change.

Areas of Stability:

·         MATURE COMMUNITIES

·         RECENT COMMUNITIES

Areas of stability refer to areas that will accommodate moderate growth and change that fits with the existing form and character of its location.

Other:

·         EMPLOYMENT LANDS

·         COMMERCIAL LANDS

·         PARKS, PLACES AND OPEN SPACES

·         RURAL AND AGRICULTURAL

These areas can be found throughout the City in both transformative areas and areas of stability.

Special Districts:

·         AIRPORT AREA

·         ABORIGINAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ZONES

·         CAPITAL REGION

Special districts area areas where the city has limited or no jurisdiction, but is in a position to partner with stakeholders in the future development of these lands.

Urban structure supports:

·         URBAN DESIGN

·         HERITAGE CONSERVATION

These supports are not related to any one area or type of area of the city.  They are intended to be applied throughout the City based on where they are applicable to a particular neighbourhood, community, or component of the urban structure.

This vision of Complete Communities is a shift to accommodating growth and change in Winnipeg based on an urban structure.  This is the basis for future planning and development within Winnipeg’s neighbourhoods.

The NOW portal provides a means for the City of Winnipeg to communicate about our neighbourhoods with our residents, visitors, community groups, local and prospective businesses and the rest of the world.  The data that is made available through this site is intended to assist in the planning of services that are responsive to local community need.  “Knowing the neighbourhood” helps ensure equitable access to a base level of services, including municipal government services such as Library, Recreation, Culture and Leisure.  The portal profiles the rich legacy of Winnipeg’s heritage and provides information that supports our community efforts to work together collaboratively to continue to build sustainable neighbourhoods as part of our future legacy.

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