CentrePlan 2050

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Help us make a long-term plan to get more people living and visiting Downtown

We are making a long-term plan that will guide investment and development in Downtown Winnipeg for the next 30 years. CentrePlan 2050 will guide investment in Downtown parks, streets, and buildings. The plan will help transform:

  • What Downtown looks like
  • How we get around
  • How we experience Downtown

The goal of CentrePlan 2050 is to get more people living and visiting Downtown.

Key themes

To create CentrePlan 2050, we are asked for feedback on key themes. To learn more about each theme, click on the images below.

Living & visiting Downtown
Greening Downtown
Getting around Downtown
Building Downtown
Re-imagining Graham Avenue
Getting around Downtown - Bike routes


Help us make a long-term plan to get more people living and visiting Downtown

We are making a long-term plan that will guide investment and development in Downtown Winnipeg for the next 30 years. CentrePlan 2050 will guide investment in Downtown parks, streets, and buildings. The plan will help transform:

  • What Downtown looks like
  • How we get around
  • How we experience Downtown

The goal of CentrePlan 2050 is to get more people living and visiting Downtown.

Key themes

To create CentrePlan 2050, we are asked for feedback on key themes. To learn more about each theme, click on the images below.

Living & visiting Downtown
Greening Downtown
Getting around Downtown
Building Downtown
Re-imagining Graham Avenue
Getting around Downtown - Bike routes


Draft CentrePlan 2050

The draft CentrePlan 2050  includes five strategic moves designed to help Downtown grow and thrive:

  • Create great urban neighbourhoods 
  • Re-envision streets to foster urban life 
  • Grow a greener Downtown 
  • Create a lively Downtown 
  • Improve Downtown governance and implementation 

Each strategic move has a set of goals, policies, and actions. To learn more:

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Do you have any comments about the draft CentrePlan 2050? Share your thoughts.

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Phase 3 engagement has concluded.

If you want to see how your project will turn out, check the bus shelters in downtown. Filthy, broken, smell of urine, garbage and homeless people occupying them. And everyone else is outside in freezing temperatures or rain waiting for their buses.
Your green area will become a campsite and drug den.
People are not going to get into downtown to bike for 6 streets, yet you are making bike lanes and removing cars.
How will vehicles get to their streets? More congestion during rush hour
Where is transit moving? Will you make another street dedicated to public transit only?
Noone is going to go there in winter
You want to completely remove traffic from the current Canada life centre. So, how will people get taxis and pick up/drop off for the event? On Portage? Making it impossible to pass?

VT 6 days ago

When we allow anti-capitalist, anti-car extremists and the hysterical climate cult to capture our public service, this kind of failed public consultation is the result. Total failure. You should be ashamed but I stead you’ll float.

Tamerr 6 days ago

The only way to revitalize downtown is to increase police funding to secure public venues like arenas, parks, and schools. However, presence alone is not enough to deter aggression and protect at risk youth, which is why school-based police can develop actionable plans to prevent sexual assault through restorative justice pathways and by conditioning individuals through sensitization.

"We have to cross several hurdles of evidence and sometimes that's not there," said Det. Chad Black. In such cases, police might "caution" a suspect, "saying this has come up, there's smoke here, basically we are aware of this,"

Since paranoid ideations can lead to violence, DSM-5 psychiatric disorders ensure predators will be considered harmful to others in the interim, without harming reputations or police undercover operations.

In the case of a downtown staple, UW, the child abuse unit on campus + Safety and Health policy 3.0 protecting students off campus + WRHA officer in administration + forensic psychiatrist who specializes in sexual aggression and domestic violence, and who lectured at St. Mary's Academy + increased cameras and guards = safest school in Winnipeg.

Zersetzung 7 days ago

Make downtown safer 1st, just because you build it doesn't make it safe. Drug den and encampment is all it will be

Debora 7 days ago

This is such a bad idea. It's going to be over run with aggressive pan handlers, theft and assaults. Will become a tent city and crime will sky rocket causing nobody to even use it. Waste of money. Nobody wants to go downtown because it's dangerous, dirty and drug den-ish.

WinnipegSucks 8 days ago

Not a fan of the idea - expand the Forks area where there is vehicle parking if you want folks to come from the suburbs to the downtown area - maybe with a more permanent food truck outside area that could switch up given the particular season. Many folks, families, young and old or with disabilities do not ride bicycles so please stop the emphasis on bike lanes. Folks who live downtown generally walk to local events. Downtown residents are changing - lots more families and children now - what are the data projections on who will live downtown???

Jade Rose 8 days ago

It's a bad idea, invest money into downtown surveillance to help with crime within the area, also pushing small sketchy hotel bars that attract a bad crowd make them update their establishment and start pushing for a nicer downtown. Also there needs to be grocerie stores down town as well.

Toddl 8 days ago

Why would you simply not just go to the Forks or Broadway to sit and relax? Plenty of places for people to do that. We do not need to waste taxpayer money on more benches downtown and not to mention get rid of a bus corridor many people use.

veeve 8 days ago

Lovely idea and this draft picture looks great. Unfortunately all I envision is more drug dealers, homeless people moving in and more crime
Please put the $$ else where like our street repairs, helping homeless/ addicts get off the streets , and protecting the public by introducing harsher penalties to offenders. I never go downtown anymore unless absolutely necessary and never alone. Never went once in 2023. Improve other aspects of downtown before you start a new project.
FIX THE OTHER ISSUES FIRST !! This isn’t where I want my tax dollars going

MillieMatt 11 days ago

It makes no sense to do this kind of plan when you don't fix our crumbling infrastructure, allow sewage to be spewed into our rivers to the tune of millions of litres destroying ecosystems that live in the rivers, wont enforce bylaws in encampments so existing urban forest is being destroyed, do nothing to help our business owners that are trying to keep their businesses running in the midst of unprecedented crime and violence, etc etc etc. Why spend MILLIONS of taxpayer dollars when there are real existing problems TODAY that need to be solved? What are you going to do when Graham street 2050 becomes the place for the unhoused, addicted, mentally ill folks that will undoubtedly be there in droves (they are now)? Hide them away or move them somewhere else so they remain invisible? If it was your backyard or alleyway or garbage bin they were living in, I wonder how you would react to something as ridiculous as this plan? 68 dogs can be helped in a matter of days but the people who live in encampments in deplorable conditions remain in encampments and affect every taxpaying citizen around them by vandalizing their homes, spreading garbage around, and assaulting them. Why has the taxpayers become the second class citizens? Take a look at all the comments on the posts for your Centreplan 2050 on social media and while Winnipeggers are a cynical bunch at the best of times there is a ring of truth that you probably shouldn't ignore.

Centreplan 11 days ago

Lovely idea to revitalize downtown, but watchful presence in this area may be a good idea - the area is currently felt to be unsafe for many.

MM 11 days ago

Like so many downtown revitalization plans I have seen before, this one is great and I would love to see Graham Ave become a wonderful city attraction. However, its success is strongly dependent upon a safe, clean inviting downtown, which currently does not exist. The social issues of crime, homelessness, addiction must be honestly addressed in Winnipeg and fully resolved before any downtown revitalization can take place. Don't say "build it and they will come", because they won't come if Graham Ave is crime ridden and occupied by the homeless and addicted in our city. This has been said many times before but I'm saying it again in hopes the city will be listening this time, fixing social issues is the priority when deciding upon how to revitalize the downtown. Pretty streets , green spaces and businesses are secondary.

Krewkab 12 days ago

Perhaps this initiative should start with canvassing those who reside downtown, what do they want, hope to have or see as a need ? It should be implemented in phases, starting with outdoor summer cafes and bars, progressing to an interpretive area featuring statues or tablets describing historical figures who influenced Winnipeg development followed by more retail, services and entertainment spots along Graham.

Franz78 12 days ago

Removed by moderator.

hewill175 13 days ago

In the process of reading the full documents for the CentrePlan 2050 as well as OurWinnipeg 2045 and loving what I'm seeing so far. I especially love seeing focus being placed on implementing real urban principles in all parts of downtown, and ensuring that downtown is a destination, not a throughway. The Graham Avenue plan is a good start as well, and looking forward to seeing how the plan evolves along the way.

If there's something I can add to this forum, just from reading the comments posted here, is that I encourage the city to go full-out with the ideas and visions that they may come up with. No, Winnipeg being "too cold" is not a good enough excuse for mediocrity, and it's too often used as the go-to excuse to prevent any and all necessary change from happening in the city. If we let excuses like that run the mentality at City Hall, nothing will change, nothing will get done, and young people will continue leaving the city in droves, opportunities will continue passing us by, and we'll continue to fall behind comparable cities in various measures of attractiveness and quality of life. Someone here said Winnipeg will "never" be like Montreal and Ottawa, as if we are eternally doomed to wallow in our present state. We surely won't with that attitude, and that mentality is the perfect, no-fail way of driving more young, talented, educated people looking to live in thriving and vibrant urban places away from this city, having lost any hope whatsoever of seeing this city change for the better. Downtown and Winnipeg as a whole is in need of visionary transformation, and that change cannot pass us by any longer. If the idea is bold and grand, and it's going to change things for the better, please don't hold back. After all, I'm sure there were plenty of people who believed transforming The Forks into what it is today was a frivolous mistake.

So, in conclusion, whatever you guys are gonna be cooking, go ham.

hewill175 13 days ago

The pedestrian and bike friendly spaces look great. There's a lot of great potential and attractive designs here that have worked well in other winter cities. It's a good start!

MattK 13 days ago

Great seeing some forward-thinking movement for downtown. Graham avenue has tons of potential as a space for people to live, relax, shop - build community in general. Feels particularly strategic with the emphasis on housing that we've seen downtown. With so many new units going into the neighbourhood, this will be a great spot for folks to enjoy throughout the year. It's also nice to see the buses taken off the street and moved onto Portage, where they can play a more purposeful roll in moving people efficiently down main roads. Overall it feels like there's some good cohesion in planning for the city's future. It's great seeing plans that emphasize building communities for the people who live in an area - not capitulating and designing for people who drive through areas.

Christian 13 days ago

These plans are good for summer months but useless for half a year. This is not Vancouver or Toronto or NYC or LA and never will be.

Veeve 13 days ago

Maybe ask taxpayers what they want and stop making plans no one asked for. Our roads are still crumbling and you are doing nothing.

Veeve 13 days ago

So we can't fix portage and main concourse. Or replace the Louise or Arlington bridges. But can reimagine Graham avenue.
Wow great leadership in this town.

Can't see any future 14 days ago
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