Advocacy at a Glance

Advocacy at a Glance - Q2 2023 Update

Quarterly, UDI will be providing members with an update on our advocacy initiatives. Our “Advocacy at a Glance” update will provide members with a snapshot on the UDI’s top advocacy files and initiatives. 

Renewed Development Agreement Parameters approved by City of Winnipeg

On May 30, 2023, Winnipeg City Council adopted the renewed Development Agreement Parameters (DAPs). The renewed DAPs were a result of 15 month process involving over 60 facilitated meetings between UDI members and City of Winnipeg administration from multiple city departments. The goals of this successful process were to update and simplify the Development Agreement Parameters, create a clearer distinction between the DAPs and Standards, and better align the DAPs with OurWinnipeg and Complete Communities 2.0. The adoption by council also included adopting an annual review of the DAPs so that both industry and the City can review and address any items within the DAPs on an ongoing basis.

Regional Planning for the Winnipeg Metro Region

UDI continues to be an active stakeholder with the province regarding moving forward on implementing a new Capital Planning Region for the WMR. Former Manitoba Home Builders’ Association President Michael Moore has been appointed chair of the new Capital Planning Region board by the Manitoba government. 

City of Winnipeg’s Land Development Industry Advisory Group

UDI and senior city administration continue to meet regularly as the Land Development Industry Advisory Group to discuss issues impacting Winnipeg’s land development industry.

City of Winnipeg Development Permits

UDI and MHBA representatives continue to meet with City of Winnipeg officials to improve both intake and approval timeframes for development permits. Since November 2022, we have worked closely the public administration to identify and help resolve development permit application issues to help improve timelines for approvals and to clarify and streamline the application process.

City of Winnipeg Land Monitoring

UDI continues to meet with city planners to review and monitor Winnipeg’s commercial and residential land supply. 

Provincial Election Outreach

On June 20th, UDI and MHBA’s boards of directors hosted a meeting with Premier Heather Stefanson to discuss issues important to our industries in advance of the upcoming 2023 provincial election. UDI and MHBA directors also met with Opposition Leader Wab Kinew on June 12th. Growing Manitoba’s economy, improving the affordability of housing, improving service levels at Manitoba Hydro, increasing immigration, addressing crime, and making Manitoba’s tax regime more competitive were just a few of the topics discussed during our meetings with the two party leaders.  

Industry News

Province Establishes Strategic Corridors Advisory Council

To advance Manitoba’s economic growth, the Manitoba government has established the Manitoba Strategic Corridors Advisory Council. The new Council will provide strategic advice to enhance the performance and resiliency of Manitoba’s transportation network, strengthen the transportation sector’s contributions to the regional economy, and improve provincial supply chain fluidity.


Individuals appointed to the new council are:

  • Barry Rempel (vice-chairperson), former president and CEO, Winnipeg Airports Authority;
  • Dennis Cruise, president and CEO, Bituminex Paving and board chair of the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association;
  • Christian Sinclair, First Nation economic strategic planner and former Onekanew (chief) of Opaskwayak Cree Nation;
  • Rob Penner, president and CEO, Bison Transport and board member of the Winnipeg Airports Authority;
  • Grant Lazaruk, president and CEO, HyLife;
  • Jeannette Montufar, founding partner and CEO, MORR Transportation Consulting;
  • Joan Hardy, former senior executive, railway and grain sectors;
  • Al Babiuk, former CEO, Loewen Windows.

The new advisory council will work with and complement the department’s strategic infrastructure programs including the Trade and Commerce Grid Initiative, the Winnipeg One Million Perimeter Freeway Initiative, and the National Trade Corridor Strategy.


To view the government’s media release, click here.

New Manitoba Hydro Land Management Site and Subdivision Status Dashboard

Manitoba Hydro’s Property Department has launched a Land Management Site. This is a new platform that offers resources and services related to land management dealings with Manitoba Hydro.

One particularly helpful feature of the site is the new Subdivision Status Dashboard, which allows you to check the status of your subdivision within Manitoba Hydro's easement obtaining process. The dashboard is best viewed on a desktop computer and offers a convenient way to stay informed about the progress of your subdivision.

The Manitoba Hydro Land Management Site currently offers a variety of helpful resources related to the subdivision process, including guides, links to service application forms, FAQ’s and will continue to expand and offer more resources over time.

A potential future development is the use of digital, online applications for Easement Encroachment.

We invite you to visit the site today to learn more about the resources and services available here.

Feedback and suggestions regarding the site and dashboard are gladly welcome by Manitoba Hydro and can be shared at the next meet up between Manitoba Hydro and the Urban Development Institute. 

MB Hydro - Residential Development

Manitoba Hydro has updated its website to allow developers to apply online for pre-serving of both residential and commercial developments. You can find more details from Manitoba Hydro via the links below:

Residential Developments

Commercial Developments

City making pitch for federal housing funds

The City of Brandon is trying to get in on a federal housing program that could provide more than $7 million in funding through 2027.

New-home construction in Manitoba slowed in April

Manitoba saw 343 shovels hit the dirt last month, down 37 per cent from the 543 that broke ground in April 2022: CMHC

The model city for transforming downtowns? It's in Canada

The downtown transformation that so many other cities are desperate for is underway in Calgary

City proposes massive changes in downtown redevelopment

CentrePlan 2050 would set annual targets for new residential units, reimagine Graham Avenue without buses, create new bike and pedestrian paths, slow traffic

Study finds search for women’s remains at landfill could take years, cost up to $184M

A search for the remains of two First Nations women at a Winnipeg-area landfill could take up to three years and cost $184 million, says a study examining whether a successful search is possible.

Winnipeg’s Portage Place set for massive $500m revitalization

After years of debate over the beleaguered downtown Winnipeg mall’s future, Portage Place got a massive shot in the arm Friday with a joint announcement from the province,

City to consider tax incentives to help transform vacant heritage building into 148 apartments

Winnipeg's Keewayden Block, scorched by fire in 2019, poised to become East Block Lofts

Pedestrian scramble at River and Osborne part of neighbourhood blueprint

Plan from Osborne Village BIZ also calls for allowing on-street parking on both sides, widening sidewalks

Competing motions on Portage and Main coming to Winnipeg city council

Winnipeg city councillors are veering off in opposite directions over the question of whether to reopen Portage and Main to pedestrians.

New site for Transit garage elusive: city report

The City of Winnipeg is still searching for a site to replace Transit’s north garage, years after it began looking for one.