Institute of Urban Studies


        • Indigenizing Housing First

Distasio, J., Zell, S., McCullough, S., Edel, B.
This project is guided by three research objectives. The first objective is to document and analyze emergent practices in Localizing Housing First, both across Canada and internationally. The second objective is to build on case studies and an environmental scan of HF program adaptations to develop a coherent strategy for locally adapting HF, specifically for Indigenous populations. The third objective is to develop Guidelines for Localizing Housing First for use in other jurisdictions, providing guidelines and clear examples.
Final Report (PDF)


        • CMHC Country Profiles

McCullough, S., Hinds, A., Shirtliffe, R.
The objective of the CMHC Country Profiles was to refresh and redraft the CMHC’s Country Profiles, create a Comparative Summary Table, and provide a database of sources and documentation. Each profiles included summary information on housing, national policies and strategies, legislative and institutional frameworks, and provide information on housing related programing. Thirteen country profiles were created, and included countries such as Australia, England, France, and Germany.
This project is propriety and no publication is available.



        • Indigenizing Housing First – UAKN

Distasio, J., Zell, S., Snyder, M.
This research examines urban Aboriginal homelessness and its effect on the overall wellbeing and social cohesiveness of peoples living in Winnipeg. Using a community-centered approach, we seek to document and analyze how Winnipeg adapted the mainstream Housing First model to reflect the local Indigenous context.
Final Report (PDF)


        • End of Operating Agreements Phase II

McCullough, S., Zell, S.
The goal of the End Operating Agreements Phase II was to assist social housing providers in Manitoba plan and prepare for the end of their individual agreements, to strengthen each provider’s capacity, and to increase their sustainability. This guide provides resources for non-profit housing providers as they transition to their end of their operating agreements, and provides a practical step-by-step guidance for planning for the expiry of agreements.
Final Report (PDF)


        • 2018 Winnipeg Street Census

The 2018 Winnipeg Street Census was a continuation from the work completed in the 2015 Winnipeg Street Census. Over twenty Partners and Organizations coordinated with the Winnipeg Street Census, including the City of Winnipeg, the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, and the IUS which provided Mapping, and Routeing support. The survey was conducted on April 17 th & 18 th 2018, and preliminary findings showed approximately 1,500 people were experiencing homelessness at that time in Winnipeg.
Preliminary Findings (PDF)
Final Report (PDF)


        • Winnipeg Downtown Market Study

McCullough, S., Distasio, J., Shirtliffe, R.
This study was commissioned by UWCRC 2.0 Inc. as a supplement to available CMHC Rental Market information and as an analysis of demographic and housing market factors in the downtown Winnipeg housing market. This project is proprietary and no publication is available.


        • Downtown Profile – CentreVenture

McCullough, S., Distasio, J., Shirtliffe, R.
The  Winnipeg Downtown Profile carries out an analysis of demographic and housing market factors that may influence the need for incentives in the downtown Winnipeg housing market. This report informs CentreVenture’s proposed “ 10 Year Housing Evaluation” and helps to address the proposed question, “ What price do new downtown housing projects need to achieve to encourage more people to move downtown?”
Report (PDF)


        • MHCC - At Home Fact Sheets

The  At Home/Chez Soi Fact Sheets comprises a series of brief reports highlighting key features and themes of the At Home/Chez Soi Housing First demonstration project in Winnipeg. As a collection, the fact sheets provide a broad overview of the project’s structure, scope, methods, and outcomes to inform public understanding of the project.
Reports (PDF)


        • Vital Signs - Wpg Foundation

The Institute of Urban Studies, the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, and the IISD have formed a Consortium to provide data for the  Vital Signs project of the Winnipeg Foundation (TWF).

        • Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba

The Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba collaborated with the IUS to complete a density study of Liquor Outlets, Property crime, and Violent crime. This project is proprietary and no publication is available.


        • At Home/Chez Soi Project Sustainability 

McCullough, S., Zell, S.
The At Home/Chez Soi Project  Sustainability Report is the last Winnipeg Site Report of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s At Home/Chez Soi project. It covers the final period of the project when Sustainability of the project was being planned and implemented, and tells the sustainability story of the project—what happened and why” (Taken from Executive Summary)
Report (PDF)


        • Advancing Coordination Wpg Homeless Sector

Institute of Urban Studies, Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, AMR Associates, End Homelessness Winnipeg
This is the Final Report of the project,  ‘Advancing Coordination of the Winnipeg Homeless Sector’. Over the last year, there have been efforts in the homeless serving community to map out service gaps and needs, and to discuss HPS funding and how it aligns with community priorities. The current project advances these efforts to integrate more community knowledge, planning, and engagement into the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) funding process.
Report (PDF)



        • End Operating Agreements Phase I

McCullough, S., Zell, S.
The Manitoba Non-Profit Housing Association (MNPHA) contracted the Institute of Urban Studies (IUS) at The University of Winnipeg to undertake research on the End of Operating Agreements (EOA) in Manitoba. The ultimate goals of the project are to assist social housing providers in Manitoba plan and prepare for the end of their individual agreements, to strengthen each provider’s capacity, and to increase their sustainability. The primary intended outcome is the development of a comprehensive ‘training’ program or tool that can be used to assist individual providers with the creation of individualized plans for EOA.
Report (PDF)


        • Where's Downtown? Varying Geographic Definitions of Winnipeg's Downtown and Inner City 1947-2004

Werner, A., McCullough, S.
This series of maps was created to provide a basic overview of how downtown Winnipeg has been defined over time and by different organizations.
Maps (PDF)


        • IUS Archive Project

Coutts, S., Werner, A., McCullough, S., Galston, R.
Over the past three years the IUS has undertaken a massive archival project to make all of its work since 1969 publically available. Phase one involved the restoration and reorganization of the IUS digital archives which resulted in the recovery of dozens of projects that were thought to have been lost. Phase two entailed the complete reconstruction of the IUS website and the uploading of all of the Institute’s reports from 1999 to 2015. The third phase involved digitizing and uploading material written between 1969 and 1999 as well as creating ‘special collections’ of reports such as The Axworthy Papers, and The Unicity Papers. In total, more than 450 documents were uploaded. This collection of material can be downloaded free of charge from the IUS website or by visiting the IUS winnspace repository.
IUS winnspace repository.


        • Confronting the Illusion: Developing a Method to Identify Food Mirages and Food Deserts in Winnipeg

Wiebe, K., Distasio, J., Shirtliffe, R.
IUS In-Brief Series
This In-Brief develops a new method to identify both food deserts and food mirages to broaden the understanding of barriers individuals face in accessing food. We find that while food deserts exist in Winnipeg, food mirages are even more prevalent - where affordability is a more common barrier to consuming healthy food than distance is. These results emphasize the need for future policy to target the incomes of individuals and food affordability rather than store locations.
Report (PDF)
ICA Conference Poster (2017) (PDF)


        • Eviction Prevention: Toolkit of Promising Practices

Distasio, J., McCullough, S.
This toolkit and resource guide is intended to be a short and accessible guide for organizations wanting to help their tenants build long-term, stable tenancies. The toolkit provides a scan of tools used by organizations undertaking eviction prevention work — also known as housing retention or housing stabilization.
Toolkit (PDF)


        • Winnipeg's Chinatowns: A Summary

Galston, R.
A summary of the City of Winnipeg's Chinatown in the downtown area. Describing the history, similarities, and future of Winnipeg's Chinatown.
Report (PDF)


        • 2015 Winnipeg Street Census

Maes-Nino, C., Godoy, M., McCullough, S., Retzlaff, B., Wiebe, A., Wurcherer, L.
Twenty community-based agencies partnered to complete the Street Census Project. The IUS was one of these organizations, providing training and research support. On October 25-26 over 300 volunteers took part in Winnipeg's first street census. In total 1400 individuals were without homes on that night. This research provides numbers and statistics that are important to Winnipeg policymakers. 
Final Report (PDF)
Recommendations (PDF)
Summary of Findings (PDF)




        • Rooming Houses Community Update

Institute of Urban Studies 
This an update to the May 2014 Institute of Urban Studies In-Brief: Winnipeg's Vanishing Rooming Houses. The update was launched at an event held on December 3rd 2015. This report was created in partnership with four other concerned organizations to raise awareness about the state of Rooming Houses in Winnipeg's Inner-City. This event also included the launch of the OHQS tool for assessing rooming house and SRO quality.
Summary (PDF)


        • Observer-Rated Housing Quality Scale (OHQS): Rooming House and Single Room Occupancy Edition

Institute of Urban Studies
In partnership with the West Broadway Community Organization, the Institute of Urban Studies is proud to launch the Observer-Rated Housing Quality Scale (OHQS) - Rooming house and Single Room Occupancy Hotel Edition. This is a survey tool for tenants, case managers, community-based organizations, and property owners to assess the quality of a rooming house.
Summary (PDF)


        • Downtown Winnipeg Developments 2005-2015  UPDATE 

Distasio, J., McCullough, S., Werner, A.
This update revisits the IUS In-Brief: Downtown Winnipeg Developments and Investments 2005-2013, bringing the analysis to 2015. We have re-catalogued and mapped developments with improved information, taking note of new development planned while removing a few tentative or stalled projects. It also refocuses the emphasis of the analysis, to the Drivers of Change in the downtown, bringing light to one additional driver —the impact of the provincial government spending in downtown Winnipeg.
Report (PDF)


        • The Importance of Rural Manitoba: A Discussion Paper

Ashton, W., McCullough, S.
The Rural Development Institute (RDI) commissioned eleven factsheets in celebration of its 25th anniversary. They detail ongoing changes to Manitoba’s rural demographics and economy. The intent of the factsheets is to compile and make information about rural Manitoba that is currently difficult to access more widely available. The factsheets were supported by two workshops where representatives of a dozen organizations working in rural areas or on rural development commented on the utility of the factsheets and how they could be used to guide policy.
Paper (PDF)


        • The Divided Prairie City: Income Inequality Among Winnipeg's Neighbourhoods, 1970-2010

Distasio, J., Kaufman, A. (ed).
Both income inequality and polarization are intensifying within Canadian cities. This growing wealth gap creates new socio-economic, ethno-cultural, and spatial divisions in the urban environment. While social division and inequality are hardly new issues in Winnipeg, recent media attention has highlighted significant divides in the city. This edited collection adds another voice to these conversations by exploring how income inequality and polarization impact people and spaces in an increasingly divided prairie city.
Book (PDF)


        • Shopping for a Change: Using GIS to Measure the Food Security Impact of a New Downtown Grocery Store

Werner, A.
This presentation was given at the Association of Assessing Officers of Manitoba: Sympo15 on Thursday May 13 2015. The overall purpose was to illustrate how GIS can be used to measure the food security impact of a proposed downtown grocery store.
Presentation (PDF)


        • Housing and Affordability:   A  Snapshot of the challenges and successes for Winnipeg's African Community

Ervick-knote, H., Garang, R., Distasio, J.
Many African immigrants and refugees face significant barriers to integration upon arrival in Canada. Securing affordable and adequate housing is crucial in providing the stability needed to begin to tackle the barriers and integrate into Canadian society. The purpose of this study was to examine the housing experiences and related challenges of settlement of African immigrants and refugees in Winnipeg .
Report (PDF)


        • Living in the Red: Exploring Winnipeg's  Debtscape

Werner, A., Distasio, J., McCullough, S.
IUS In-Brief Series.

This In-Brief highlights the TransUnion dataset available through Winnipeg’s Community Data Consortium. We examine the spatial patterns of non‑mortgage debt, bankruptcy risk, and the back-end debt ratio in Winnipeg.
Report (PDF)


        • Mixed-Income Housing Developments: Separating Myth from Reality 

Coutts, S.
IUS Student Paper Series
This student paper provides an overview of the concept of mixed-income housing in Canada and uses the example of Winnipeg's Lord Selkirk Park revitalization as an example of successful redevelopment.
Paper (PDF)


        • Site Analysis of 1270 Notre Dame Ave

Wiebe, K., Shirtliffe, R., McCullough, S. & Distasio, J.
The Institute of Urban Studies has prepared this site analysis to assess the advantages and challenges of developing 1270 Notre Dame Ave. into a multi-use facility for the Swampy Cree First Nations Tribal Council. The content of this analysis is thus intended to present the physical, geographical, social, economical, and cultural landscape of the property and its surrounding area to determine the site’s suitability for a multi-use development. This project is proprietary and no publication is available.




        • Winnipeg Final Report: At Home/Chez Soi Project

Distasio, J., Sareen, J., Isaak, C.
This report presents the results of a four-year study (2009-2014) examining the Housing First model of homelessness intervention. The project followed 513 participants for two years. The Winnipeg site explored how to implement the Housing First model in a culturally appropriate way by partnering with local indigenous and non-indigenous organizations, universities, and government departments.
Report (PDF)


        • The Lived Experience Circle: An Advisory Committee of the At Home/Chez Soi Project's Winnipeg Site

Hatch, J.
IUS In-Brief Series

This In-Brief highlights the activities of the Lived Experience Circle (LEC). This group was formed in 2010 as an advisory group to the Winnipeg site of the At Home/Chez Soi (AH/CS) study. The AH/CS study is the largest of its kind ever anywhere in the world.
Report (PDF)


        • Winnipeg's Vanishing Rooming Houses: Change in the West Broadway and Spence Neighbourhoods

Kaufman, A., Distasio, J.
IUS in-brief Series

This In-Brief documents the disappearance of rooming houses from two inner-city neighbourhoods. A community forum held on May 27th, 2014 will bring together more than 80 rooming house tenants, landlords, community members, government representatives, researchers, service agencies and students to discuss the state of rooming houses in Winnipeg. 
Report (PDF)


        • Downtown Trends: Downtown Winnipeg Market Research 2014

Syvixay, J., McCullough, S.
The IUS and the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, CentreVenture, The Forks North Portage Partnership, and Economic Development Winnipeg partnered to provide a snapshot of people who work, live, learn and experience downtown. The Downtown BIZ authored the final report and website. As the website is no longer active, a PDF version of the report is temporarily available here Report (PDF).


        • A Global Market in the Heart of Winnipeg: Measuring and Mapping the Social and Cultural Development of Food in the Central Market for Global Families

Wiseman, K., Distasio, J., Ngarboui, R.
This report examines local food options through a lens of social equity - closing the gap between inner-city newcomers and the high prices of the current food options available to them. The findings and discussion naturally led to possibilities for improving the health of the population, which lacks everyday access to fresh and culturally appropriate produce. The research for this project was conducted in 2009-2010. 
Report (PDF)


        • Holding On! Supporting Successful Tenancies for the Hard to  House

Distasio, J., McCullough, S., Havens, M., St.Aubin, Z.
This report is a review of housing retention practices across Canada with a model framework. Research included in-depth interviews with nearly 50 key informants, a focus group, and site visits; covering 7 cities and 28 organizations that house the homeless. 
Report (PDF)


        • Immigrant Settlement Services (Consultation Work with the Rural Development Institute, Brandon University)

Research for Labour and Immigration Manitoba on immigration, settlement, and integration programming across Manitoba. The goal of the project was to develop a framework to inform the transition to the new federal system.


        • By Any Other Name: The Street Sex Workers of  Winnipeg

Ward, R. 
IUS Student Paper Series

This student paper discusses the factors contributing to the disproportionate representation of Indigenous women and girls among street sex workers and reviews current legislation and suggests methods to shift the societal approach to sex trade workers.
Paper (PDF)




        • Revitalization in Downtown Winnipeg

Distasio, J., McCullough, S.
Article published in Plan Canada, November 2013.

        • Downtown Grocery Stores: Mapping of Existing Against Demographics

Werner, A., McCullllough, S.
The IUS produced a briefing map for the Downtown BIZ. It was also used by the Downtown Grocery Store Feasibility Analysis by CBRE. July 2013.
Map (PDF)


        • Environmental Scan of Crime Prevention Programs: for the Winnipeg Committee for Safety

Environmental scan and database compilation of crime prevention programs operating in Winnipeg. Seventy-six programs were identified and categorized; and policy recommendations were offered. 


        • The Migration of Indigenous Peoples in the Canadian Prairie Context: Exploring Policy and Program Implications to Support Urban Movers

Distasio, J., Sylvestre, G., Wall-Wieler, E .
Paper published in Geography Research Forum.


        • Downtown Winnipeg: Developments and Investments, 2005-2013

Distasio, J., McCullough, S., Werner, A.
IUS In-brief Series
This IUS In-Brief explores the rapid upswing in investment in Winnipeg's downtown over the last eight years by collecting and mapping the changes that have taken place during this frenzied period of development. 
Report (PDF)


        • City of God and  Elite Squad: From Fatalistic Violence to Agency

Nunes, V.
IUS Student Paper Series
This student paper analyzes how Brazilian favelas are depicted in two internationally known films: City of God (2002) and Elite Squad (2007). 
Paper (PDF)




        • Needs Assessment for Affordable Family Housing: Morden, MB

McCullough, S., Lorch, B., Distasio, J.
An assessment of current and future affordable housing needs in Morden, Manitoba. Used as part of their application with Manitoba Housing for funding the construction of new affordable housing. This project is proprietary and no publication is available.


        • Going Old School

Maunder, M., Distasio, J., Werner, A., McCullough, S.
IUS In-brief Series
In our first In-Brief discussion, the IUS and Mike Maunder team up to explore a longstanding issue facing a local Winnipeg high school trying to secure much needed greenspace. What emerges is a story about how ordinary citizens and others working collectively to make a difference in the community.
Report (PDF)


        • At Home/Chez Soi Winnipeg Site: Later Implementation Evaluation Report

McCullough, S., Havens, M., Isaak, C., Deboer, T.
This report is the second documenting the implementation of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s At Home/Chez Soi project in Winnipeg, covering the late 2010 to late 2011 period.
Report (PDF)


        • Panhandlers and Winnipeg's By-Law: Perceptions and Realities

MacDonald, D.
IUS Student Paper Series
This student paper examines the impact of panhandling by-laws on panhandlers in downtown Winnipeg.
Paper (PDF) 


        • Peguis First Nation TLE Selection, Acquisition and Development: Background Report & Strategic Framework

Distasio J., Dudley, M., McCullough, S.
Initial background research and strategic economic planning for Peguis First Nation building on their 2007 Treaty Land Entitlement and Surrender Trust.
Report (PDF)



        • City Planning as Ideology and Practice: Selected Speeches by Dr.Earl A. Levin

Levin, Earl A., Dudley, M.
As both a consultant and a public sector planner Earl Levin was involved in some of Winnipeg's most important planning processes, including Neeginan and the Core Area Initiative. City Planning as Ideology and Practice is a collection of his speeches with an introduction by Michael Dudley. Published 2011.
Book (PDF)
Hard copies are available to borrow or purchase at the IUS library.

        • Churchill Sustainability Planning Framework

Distasio, J., Dudley, M., Moradzadeh, F.
The CSPF sets out the Vision, Values, and Priorities for making Churchill a more sustainable community, and provides a toolkit for moving priorities into action. It addresses the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability, and makes specific recommendations for the updated community plans and urban design document.
Report (PDF)


        • Passing the Buck? Examining Canadian Banks Approaches to Financial Exclusion

Buckland, J.
This report examines what Canadian banks say they are doing to address financial exclusion by identifying what banks understand about its causes, consequences, and solutions.
Report (PDF)


        • Preventing Eviction and Managing for Successful Tenancies

McCullough, S., Distasio, J., Dudley, M.
On Nov.10 2011, the Institute of Urban Studies conducted a workshop on managing for successful tenancies. The goal of this workshop was to develop an eviction prevention strategy for the Mental Health Commission of Canada's At Home / Chez Soi Winnipeg Site.
Report (PDF)


        • Winnipeg Site Implementation Final Report

Dudley, M., Havens, M.
This report documents the implementation of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s At Home/Chez Soi project in Winnipeg. It reports on the viewpoints and perspectives of the site’s stakeholders concerning the fidelity of the Site to its original plans; formative issues related to successes and challenges; stakeholder relationships; the involvement of participants; issues related to Site resources; and the influences and consequences of the local Site context in terms of adaptations made to Winnipeg Site and the resources upon which it has drawn.
Report (PDF)


        • Development of a Winter Sidewalk Condition Bulletin: Report to Safe Communities Winnipeg

Capelle, D., Wiebe, A., Sylvestre, G.


        • West Broadway Community Plan 2011-2016

Sylvestre, G., Powell D.
Research only


        • New Uses for Old Buildings: Organic Renewal in the West Exchange District, 1975 - 2010

Galston, R.
IUS Student Paper Series
This student paper examines the slow revitalization process that has occurred in the West Exchange, arguing that the lack of a major urban renewal programs and the abundance of cheap, reusable space has facilitated this revitalization.
Paper (PDF)




        • Sustaining a Living, Inclusive and Creative City

Distasio, J.
This project linked the Institute of Urban Studies with the broader community in Winnipeg and Saskatoon for the purpose of participating in the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the theme of which is "Better City, Better Life."
Report (PDF)

        • The Downtown Resident Survey Report

Institute of Urban Studies.
The Downtown Residents Survey was intended to gather information regarding the habits and perceptions of downtown residents.
Report (PDF)


        • Sustainable Churchill Interim Report

Institute of Urban Studies. 
This interim report reports on a series of public consultations with residents in the community of Churchill as a part of the Sustainable Churchill initiative, which is a partnership between the Town of Churchill and the University of Winnipeg, and administered by the Institute of Urban Studies.
Report (PDF)


        • Resource Toolkit for Supporting Older Drivers in the Community: Promoting Safety, Independence and Well-Being

Cardona, K., Wiebe, A., Sylvestre, G.
This toolkit is a comprehensive document that will open readers up to the wealth of resources and opportunities available to mature drivers, their families/loved ones, health professionals, and community members.
Report (PDF)


        • Report on Proposal Development at the Winnipeg Site of the At Home/Chez Soi Project

Dudley, M.
This document reports on the efforts of the Winnipeg Site in developing its proposal and coming together as a Site. It is based on a series of interviews and focus groups utilizing a common research protocol developed by the National Team. 
Report (PDF)


        • Saint-Boniface: The Roman Catholic Values that Shape its Landscape. 

Thiessen, R.
IUS Student Paper Series.
This student paper analyses different divisions in the Saint-Boniface district.  Three integral institutions, the cathedral, the college and the hospital, are used as case studies, exemplifying the church’s role in shaping Saint-Boniface’s townscape throughout history.
Paper (PDF)


        • A Preliminary Analysis of a Pedestrian Walkway Connection between the University of Winnipeg and the Downtown. 

Institute of Urban Studies.
This report focuses attention on the potential of connecting the University of Winnipeg into the downtown skywalk system through 491 Portage Avenue (the Rice Building), which has been named the AnX1. The main purpose is to highlight preliminary strengths and weakness of this connection and detail critical next steps to fully understand the impact and feasibility of undertaking such an initiative.
Report (PDF)