Accessible City: Winnipeg, MB

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The City of Winnipeg holds accessibility at the heart of everything it does and has been proactively incorporating accessibility into city planning for 20 years. For two decades, it has been a leader in creating a mindset of inclusivity through the implementation of accessibility committees, accessibility policies and standards, and creating exemplary examples of accessible design for others to follow. Mayor Brian Bowman and city council are open, committed, and accountable to creating a vibrant and inclusive community for everyone.

History, vision & strategy
  • Passed a Universal Design Policy in 2001
  • Created Winnipeg Accessibility Design Standards in 2006
  • Continually develops and implements National and Manitoba building code amendments
  • Commits over $425,000/year to improve accessibility
  • Established an Access Advisory Committee in 1997 (with eight of the 13 members having a disability)
  • Houses the first Universal Design Institute at the University of Manitoba since the late 1990’s
What are they doing?

The City of Winnipeg has created and maintains a number of accessibility-related programs, projects and initiatives, such as:

  • Passed a Universal Design Policy in 2001
  • Created Winnipeg Accessibility Design Standards in 2006
  • Continually develops and implements National and Manitoba building code amendments
  • Commits over $425,000/year to improve accessibility
  • Established an Access Advisory Committee in 1997 (with eight of the 13 members having a disability)
  • Houses the first Universal Design Institute at the University of Manitoba since the late 1990’s

 

Places of note
  • University of Winnipeg Environment & Science Complex
  • Forks Accessible Playground
  • Specialized Services for Children and Youth Building
Accessibility resources