1. Collaborative Regional Development

Development decisions by individual communities sometimes have regional implications and should be guided by broad and long-range views about the way the region’s communities inter-relate.

2. Transportation & Shared Services

If the capital region is to function effectively as more than the sum of its parts, it will be largely due to the manner in which the provision of services and infrastructure are addressed on a regional scale.

3. Environment & Water Quality

Our future is defined by the quality of the environment. We understand the need to connect decision making to the environment and to link individual, regional and global actions.

4. Economic Development, Marketing & Tourism

The Capital Region is the population centre and the economic engine of the Province. The strength of the region, as it moves into the future, will depend on the ability of its members to find advantage in cooperative, coordinated decision-making, particularly as it relates to the pursuit of economic opportunities.

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Priority One


Information Sharing

The cornerstone of collaboration is information sharing. In support of informed decision-making, development-related research and data should be collected by and made available to all Capital Region members and stakeholders.

Regional Consistency

Regulations and procedures that govern development in the region should, to the greatest degree, be consistent from municipality to municipality in the Capital Region.


Development services and resources should be concentrated (virtually, if not physically) in order to promote efficiency and strengthen consistency while projecting the image of 'thinking and acting as a region'.

Sound Planning

Growth in the Capital Region should be managed through planning decisions that direct new development to existing settlement centres, protect agricultural lands and encourage mixed land use allowing residents the opportunity to live, work and play in their community with minimal travel.

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Priority Two



Interconnectedness is a given in today’s technology age, a concept that applies in a like manner to the physical environment whereby a variety of transportation options is supportive of a mix of land uses which in turn is supported by requisite hard and soft infrastructure and other public services.

Balanced Mobility Options

While road systems for the effective movement of people and goods remains a high priority, this must be balanced with alternative transportation options like public transit, car pooling, cycling, and walking that can benefit the region through healthier lifestyle choices, the reduced traffic congestion, and improvements in air quality.

Regional Cooperation

Developing a regional perspective towards services requires that we have good information regarding current trends and issues and that we keep all stakeholders informed about the benefits of regional cooperation towards service delivery.

Equity in Service Provision

While it is understood that not every resident and business can have 'equal' access to all public services, a commitment to ‘equity’ implies a desire to ensure fairness in service provision, balancing expectations with cost and practicality.

Effective and Efficient Use of Resources

Driven by the reasonable public expectation for the wise use of public dollars and for transparent and accountable decision-making, resources need to be used in a manner that maximizes public benefit with measurable results.

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Priority Three

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Managing Our Water Resources

Clean, safe and reliable drinking water should be available to every resident of the Capital Region. We also need to protect our ground water and surface water resources. Understanding and acknowledging the importance of water protection will ensure we have clean, fresh water for everyday usages as well as for business and industry.

Protecting Our Natural Lands

Protecting natural and agriculture lands is key to the sustainable development of Manitoba’s Capital Region. Natural areas should be identified and protected to ensure the continued ecological benefits are available for future generations.

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Local decisions have a direct and indirect impact on the region’s ecological footprint. Decisions about new development, alternate transportation options and the way we use existing settlement areas can help reduce greenhouse gases thereby having a long-term positive impact on global warming. Adaptive measures such as flood protection and planning for updated unforeseen events must be taken into account in the development of updated emergency planning.

Encouraging Sustainability and Local Action

'Thinking globally and acting locally' requires plans to address local and regional environmental issues. When the environment becomes a priority in sustainable decision-making there can be positive short and long-term benefits. The Partnership of the Manitoba Capital Region will encourage education on sustainability for decision makers and promote broader public engagement strategies toward local action.

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Priority Four



For the region to grow economically, it must be able to establish a level playing field with other economic regions and must be well positioned to compete effectively thereafter.


Effective communication and stakeholder engagement can lead to significant opportunities that would otherwise be unachievable.


Alliances with government, arms-length governmental agencies, the private sector and the not-for-profit sector can build on collective strengths leading to a situation where the total is indeed greater than the sum of its parts.

Shared Prosperity

For individual partners to 'think and act as a region' requires a non-competitive environment where the benefits of regional successes are enjoyed by all, where 'a rising tide raises all boats'.

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