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The Institute focuses on inner-city, housing, Indigenous, and urban development issues and frequently partners with government, the private sector, and community-based organizations and acts in partnership with these organizations to effect positive urban change. Over the last half-century the Institute has partnered with hundreds of Community Organizations, Service Providers, Academics, Consultants, and Governments in pursuing our research. We would like to dedicate this space to these ongoing collaborations and partnerships that have resulted in a rich reserve of knowledge.

Two organizations with whom we have worked with on multiple projects recently are highlighted below: the Rural Development Institute at Brandon University, and the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg.

Social Planning Council of Winnipeg logo

Social Planning Council of Winnipeg

Recent Collaborations:

  • Winnipeg Street Census (2018)
  • Vital Signs (2017)
  • Advancing Coordination of the Winnipeg Homeless Sector (2016-17)
  • Preliminary Scan of Main Street Project  Data, and Potential for Outcome Analysis (2016)
  • HPS Community Plan Update (2016)
  • Winnipeg Street Census (2015)
  • HPS Community Plan (2014-2019)

 Rural Development Institute

Rural Development Institute

RDI functions as a not-for-profit research and development organization designed to promote, facilitate, coordinate, initiate and conduct multi-disciplinary academic and applied research on rural issues. Fosters community development and resiliency through research and information sharing on issues and opportunities unique to rural, remote and northern communities.

Recent Collaborations:

  • A Call to Digital Action in Rural Manitoba (2016)
  • The Importance of Rural Manitoba: A Discussion Paper (2015)
  • Rural Factsheets: Workshop (2014)
  • A Framework for Determining Settlement and Language Training Needs and Priorities in Manitoba (2014)

Additional Partners

Organizations and Governments

Winnipeg Downtown Biz

Steinbach Transportation (Marlin Roth)

Spence Neighbourhood Association

United Way of Winnipeg

Western Economic Diversification

Lions Place

St. James-Assiniboia School Division

Good Neighbours Seniors' Centre (Winnipeg)

Town of Churchill

Lakehead University

Canadian Institute of Planners

Canadian Centre on Disability Studies

Canadian Mental Health Commission of Canada (CMHC)

Social Planning Council of Winnipeg

Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA)

Fort Garry Community Network

University of Manitoba

National Association of Friendship Centres

Art City (Winnipeg)

Royal LePage Advisors

SCYAP (in Saskatchewan)


Heritage Canada

Community Features East Interlake Inc.


Aboriginal Centre of Winnipeg

Manitoba Urban Native Housing Association Inc.

Winnipeg Habitat for Humanity

Rural Development Institute at Brandon University

Winnipeg Real Estate Board

Westminster Housing Association

West Broadway Development Corp.

City of Winnipeg

Manitoba Home Builders' Association

City of Portage La Prairie

ND Lea Engineers and Planners

Mount Allison University

Manitoba Family Services and Housing

City of Winnipeg Police

Saskatoon Affordable New Home Development Association

Main Street Project

Home Opportunities Partnership

Siloam Mission

Paragon Building Systems


Manitoba Hydro

Manitoba Professional Planners Institute

Manitoba Green Retrofit

Intergovernmental Affairs and Trade

Winnipeg Harvest

Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corp

Turtle Island Recreation Centre

Pan Am Games Society

Town of Steinbach

Peguis First Nation

Manitoba Library Consortium Inc.

Vincent Massey School

Manitoba Safety Council

Gordon Bell High School

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Portage Community Network

Centre for Sustainable Transportation

Town of Preeceville, SK

Town of Morden


Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Centred Prairie Community Series

The Forks North Portage Partnership

University of Alberta (Faculty of Extension)

Hart Mallin

North End Community Renewal Corp.

Town of Russell, MB

Manitoba Urban Native Association

Town of Coral Harbour, Nunavut

North Battleford Native Housing Association

Town of Brooks, AB

Alberta Housing coalition

Rural Secretariat, Manitoba

Saskatchewan Housing Coalition

Seniors Transportaion Working Group

Mama Wii Itichata Centre

Manitoba Eco-Network

City of Winnipeg, PP&D

Manitoba Urban Native Housing Association

City of Winnipeg, Taxation & Assessment


Mike Maunder

Urban Aspects Consulting Group Ltd.

Joe Hatch

Brian Henderson and Associates

Lynn Skotnitsky

Romeo Crowchief

Daniele Davis

George Gaba

Brian Lorch

Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corp.

Marjolaine Hebert

Jennifer Chevrier

Spurr Research Associates

Keewaytinook Okimakanak / Public Works (Jerry Pokrupa)

Joseph Warbanski

Lori Rice

Luba Serge

Madeline Paul

Janet McClain

Michelle Meeches

Ed Starr

Natalie Ballantyne

Daniel Lambert

Rod Garrick

Walter Krawec

Susan Beaudin

Lorne Hanks

Wigwamen Non-Profit Residential Corp

Kelly Saunders

Independent First Nations Alliance (Al Coleman)

Karen Hill

Brian Brown

Velma Orvis

Darlene Marshall

Thelma Meade

Darren Guiboche

Kelly Grover

Grace Martineau

Stevenson Advisors Ltd.

Izhaa Consulting Inc.

Aylee Consulting

Richard Rounds and Associates

Chris Munikah

Andrew Charles

Gerald Levin

Gerard Allard

Anne Thompson

Tom Carter

Susan Mulligan


Service Providers

St. Regis Hotel

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Marlborough Hotel

Thunderbird House

Delta Hotel

Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre

Holiday Inn

Aboriginal Printing Services

Norwood Hotel

Air Canada

Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre


Ellice Café

Calm Air

West End Central Women's Resource Centre

Winnipeg Free Press

Food For Thought



Canad Inn


Kendrick Printing


Hamiota Community Centre

Enterprise Rent a Car

Canada Post

Out N About Travel


Royal Canadian Legion (in Manitou)

Indian & Métis Friendship Centre

Ukrainian Hall (Minnedosa)

AVW-TelAv Audio Visual Solutions

Veterans Affairs Canada

White Buffalo Restaurant and Catering

Telegram Communications

Place Louis Riel hotel

Denise Green

Anishinabek Consultants Inc.

The Native Women’s Transition Centre

Feast Café Bistro

McNally Robinson Booksellers

The Alt Hotel

Neechi Foods

Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

American Association of Geographers

Canadian Association of Geographers

University of Winnipeg Bookstore

University of Winnipeg Faculty Club

Panago Pizza

Sorrento’s Pizza

X-Cues Billiards and Café

Riley's Reproductions and Printing