Over the next 20 years, the City is expected to welcome nearly 200,000 new residents. These new Winnipeggers will not only need a place to live, but also jobs, and places to purchase goods and services. How do we know if we have enough land set aside to accommodate this growth? What if we have too much?

To answer these questions, the City of Winnipeg has hired Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. to carry out an Employment Lands Study. This study will review Winnipeg’s designated commercial and employment (or industrial) land needs, and make sure there is enough non-residential land to accommodate long-term demand. It will also assess the impacts of recent economic trends for the city and area, and show how these trends will affect employment over the medium- to long-term.

This study is happening in two parts. Part One includes an economic analysis to help figure out whether enough land is designated and available to accommodate the growth we expect. Part Two will look at the City’s existing policies and give recommendations based on the results of the Part One analysis, a review of what other cities are doing, and stakeholder feedback.

The final report will help inform the second phase of the OurWinnipeg process.

The Employment Lands Study is intended to be complete in winter 2018. Sign up for updates as the project unfolds.

July 2017 Update – On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, the City and the consulting team hosted the first of two project workshops. This workshop was attended by approximately 50 stakeholders representing brokers, property managers and developers, City institutions, key industry sectors, other levels of government, and government-affiliated organizations.

The consulting team shared some preliminary research results, but the main intent was to receive input from participants. After a presentation, participants gave input on recent and emerging trends, future opportunities, and land supply considerations by filling out a questionnaire and using this questionnaire as the basis for roundtable discussions. The feedback received will be integrated into a draft report, and will form the basis of the second stakeholder workshop this fall.

On Monday, November 27, 2017, the second and final stakeholder workshop was held featuring many of the same attendees from the first. In all, it was attended by 23 stakeholders.

The main intent of this workshop was to present findings of the draft report. It included development trends in the City of Winnipeg, the results of their employment forecast, identified employment land needs, and commercial development trends and demand analysis. Following the consultants’ presentation, roundtable discussions were held regarding the proposed policy recommendations grouped into four different theme areas: Enhancements to the Employment Lands Policy Framework, Protection of Employment Areas, Financing Approaches to Infrastructure Servicing in Employment Areas and Employment Intensification, and Enhancements to the Commercial Lands Policy Framework.