Institute of Urban Studies

The Institute of Urban Studies is an independent research arm of the University of Winnipeg. Since 1969 IUS has been both an academic and an applied research centre, committed to examining urban development issues in a broad, non-partisan manner. 

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Recently Completed Projects

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Gain, Loss, and Change: The Impact of Condos on Winnipeg Neighbourhoods

With a new dataset we bring a nuanced understanding to the impact of condominiums on Winnipeg Neighbourhoods. Key themes emerging from this study are the loss of affordable rental housing, but a concurrent gain in affordable homeownership options. Additionally, the impacts of condos show very strong differences amongst neighbourhoods – in market effects, on rentals, and on demographics.


Seniors and Evictions in Canada: A Life Course Perspective

This study focuses on the eviction experiences of seniors. It applies a life-course perspective that takes a holistic and longitudinal view to understanding housing histories, and the experiences and impacts of evictions for seniors.

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From Controversy to Celebration: How the 1995 Relocation of Marcien Lemay's Riel from the Manitoba Legislature to Saint Boniface Impacted Its Public Reception

In 1970, when the Manitoba government commissioned a statue of Louis Riel, the public expected a certain level of controversy. Few anticipated intense debate for the next 25 years. Yet, when the statue was moved from the Manitoba legislative grounds to Saint Boniface, the controversy all but disappeared. Why was the statue seen as objectionable in its first location, but as a successful commemorative project in its second?

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Evictions and Eviction Prevention in Canada

This study examines evictions in Canada through interviews and the compilation of an inventory of eviction prevention measures across Canada. We develop a new typology for understanding evictions and their causes. We find that the drivers, types, frequency, and scale of evictions have changed over the past 15 years, with a marked rise in development-related evictions in the context of tight housing markets and a lack of affordable housing.

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Divided Prairie Neighbourhood: West Broadway’s Story of Hope, Challenge, and Resiliency

To tell the story of West Broadway, we augment interview narratives, with data and other writings, using the framework of Neighbourhood Collective Agency. We share a 50-year history of neighbourhood change marked by periods of hope, struggle, and uncertainty. Together, these sources reveal the reality of neighbourhood change in a diverse community located in the heart of Winnipeg’s inner city.

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Indigenizing Housing First

This report serves as a general guide for implementing and delivering Housing First in Indigenous community contexts. The objective is to offer a framework that places community localizing efforts at the forefront to help ensure the best fit is achieved for launching Housing First initiatives.

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The City of Winnipeg Comprehensive Housing Needs Assessment

Commissioned by the City of Winnipeg with the purpose of identifying the housing requirements of Winnipeg’s current and future population. The Assessment identifies gaps along the housing continuum, identifies where and for whom housing needs are most significant, evaluates government policy affecting housing, establishes the baseline data needed for housing interventions, and provides recommendations and targets for addressing housing needs across the city

Available from the City of Winnipeg

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People, Policies, and Place: Indigenous and Immigrant Population Shifts in Winnipeg’s Inner-City Neighbourhoods

Jino Distasio and Sarah Zell contributed this chapter to the book Changing Neighbourhoods: Social and Spatial Polarization in Canadian Cities. The book analyzes and reflects on income inequality and polarization in major cities across Canada. Their chapter focuses on the spatialization of Winnipeg’s growing income inequality, highlighting demographic shifts in Indigenous and recent immigrant populations in the inner city.

Book Available at UBC Press

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Metis Kids: Starting Behind

Metis Kids: Starting Behind

Using the Early Development Instrument (EDI) that assesses readiness for school across five domains, Dr. Jino Distasio and Dr. Aynslie Hinds review how Metis children fare compared to children who are not Metis. As well, we examined performance by EDI domain, sex, and region. The domains are physical health and well-being, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive development, and communication skills and general knowledge. Children are assessed as “ready” or “not ready” for school based on scoring above or below the 10th percentile using Canadian norms as a cut-off.

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