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Housing and Rooming Houses

Recent Reports



SHUT OUT – Discrimination in the Rental Housing Market

An examination of the lived experience of tenants who have been discriminated against in their search for rental housing, as well as during active tenancy, and post-occupation. Using a broader scope than most Canadian work, we develop a new framework for understanding discrimination resulting in a more nuanced understanding and leading to strong findings with actionable recommendations.

Black text reading Staying on Board on white page

Staying on Board: Non-profit housing provider board capacity in a changing context

Cooper, S., Zell, S.
Cooper and Zell review the experiences of non-profit housing boards as these organizations reach the end of their operating agreements. These boards face significant challenges and some new opportunities as the context changes. Interviews with housing providers and policymakers reveal that while many boards are ready to transition into this new context, others are not, and may require additional supports if they are to continue to offer housing into the future.

Gain Loss and Change

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

Carter, T., McCullough, S., Shirtliffe, R., Northcote, C.
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.


Understanding Affordability Challenges for Homeowners in Core Housing Need

This project extends the understanding of homeowners in Core Housing Need by examining the intersection of housing affordability challenges with those of adequacy and suitability, as well as the barriers to homeowners accessing alternative affordable housing in their communities.

Research Insight

Full Report


City of Winnipeg Housing Assessment

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

The City of Winnipeg Housing Assessment is available from the City of Winnipeg.


  • CMHC Country Profiles,  Institute of Urban Studies. (2019).  This project is proprietary and no publication is available.
  • End of Operating Agreements Phase II,  Institute of Urban Studies. (2018). Full Report (PDF)
  • End of Operating Agreements Phase I,  Institute of Urban Studies. (2016). Full Report (PDF), Report (PDF), Presentation (PDF)
  • Rooming Houses Community Update.  Institute of Urban Studies. (2015).   Summary (PDF)
  • Observer-Rated Housing Quality Scale (OHQS): Rooming House and Single Room Occupancy Edition.  Institute of Urban Studies. (2015).   Summary (PDF)Survey Instrument (PDF)
  • Housing and Affordability: A Snapshot of the Challenges and Successes for Winnipeg's African Community. Ervick-Knote, H., Garang, R., Distasio, J. (2015).  Report (PDF)
  • Winnipeg's Vanishing Rooming Houses: Change in the West Broadway and Spence Neighbourhoods. Kaufman, A., Distasio, J. (2014).  IUS In-Brief Series.   Report (PDF)
  • Needs Assessment for Affordable Family Housing: Morden, MB. McCullough, S., Lorch, B., Distasio, J. (2012). This project is proprietary and no publication is available.
  • Housing in the East Interlake: A Regional Perspective. Besnar, B., Wiseman, K., Powell, D., Distasio, J. (2009).  Report (PDF)
  • Living on Furby: Narratives of Home, Winnipeg, MB, 1880-2005. Burley, D., Maunder, M., Chorney, P. (2008).  Book (PDF)
  • The Rooming Houses of Furby Street. Maunder, M., Burley, D. (2008).  Report (PDF)
  • Exploring Housing-Induced Poverty Among Middle-Income Canadian Households. Distasio, J., Dudley, M. (2007).   Report (PDF)
  • Aboriginal Housing Plan: Manitoba Urban Native Housing Association, 2007. Distasio, J., Mulligan, S. (2007).  Report (PDF)

Older Reports

  • Housing Distress in Winnipeg: Implications for Policy Programs and Services. Distasio, J., Dudley, M. (2006).  Report (PDF)
  • Limited Income Housing: Progress Through Partnerships Workshop. Distasio, J. (2005).  Proceedings (PDF)
  • Rooming House Tenant and Landlord Cooperation: A Pilot Project. Distasio, J., Mulligan, S., Giesbrecht, K. (2005).  Report (PDF)
  • Social Housing in the Context of Rural Depopulation. Institute of Urban Studies. N o copy
  • Beyond a Front Desk: The Residential Hotel as Home. Distasio, J., Mulligan, S. (2005).  Report (PDF)
  • Student Housing Overview: Assessing Issues and Potential Options. Carter, T. (2005).  Report (PDF)
  • The First Nations Housing Managers Training Program Peer Review Evaluation. Distasio, J., Dudley, M. (2004).  P roprietary
  • Literature Review of Socio-Economic Trends Affecting Consumers and Housing Markets. Carter, T. (2003).  Report (PDF)
  • Out of the Long Dark Hallway: Voices From Winnipeg's Rooming Houses. Distasio, J., Dudley, M., Maunder, M. (2002).  Report (PDF)
  • Municipal Initiatives: Stemming the Loss of Rental Stock. Carter, T. (2002).  No copy
  • Housing Needs of Low Income People Living in Rural Areas: Preeceville  Report (PDF);  Brooks  Report (PDF);  Coral Harbour  Report (PDF) Russell  Report (PDF);  Carter, T. (2002).
  • Report on the Proceedings of the Housing Forum, 2001. Institute of Urban Studies. (2001). Report (PDF)
  • Proceedings of the 2000 Prairie Urban Congress. Carter, T., Klos, N., Douchant, C. (2001).  Report (PDF)
  • Report on the Residents Satisfaction Survey. Institute of Urban Studies. (2001).  Report (PDF)
  • CMHC Home Ownership Education Training Program: Draft Student Text. Carter, T. (2001).  Not for release
  • Housing and Ethnicity: Literature Review and Select, Annotated Bibliography. Beavis, M.A. (1995).  Bibliographica Series No.6.  Literature Review (PDF)
  • Colloquium on Sustainable Housing and Urban Development: Papers Presented (November 16, 1991) Beavis, M.A., ed. (1992).  Occasional Paper No.29Paper (PDF)
  • A Comparative Overview of Population and Housing Trends in Rural and Urban Canada. Carter, T., Shindruk, C. (1992).  Research and Working Paper No.36.  Paper (PDF)
  • Rental Housing Supply in Winnipeg: A Spatial Profile. Linton, W.D. (1992).  Research and Working Paper No.35.  Paper (PDF)
  • Gentrification: Assessing the Causes and Effects. Kerr, J.  Winnipeg's Municipal Conflict of Interest Guidelines: Problems and Solutions. Paler, S. (1992).  Student Paper Series.  Paper (PDF)
  • Rental Housing in Rural Manitoba: Current Issues and Future Prospects. Badiuk, E., Carter, T. (1991).  Research and Working Paper No.34.  Paper (PDF)
  • Gentrification: Is the Gentrification Process Negative by Definition? Hilton, K. (1991).  Student Paper Series.  Paper (PDF)
  • Housing Affordability in Canada: Are We Addressing the Problem? Carter, T. (1990).  Occasional Paper No.24.  Paper (PDF)
  • Solving Rural Housing Problems: Building a Better Understanding. Carter, T., ed. (1990).  Occasional Paper No.21.  Paper (PDF)
  • Issues in Housing and Neighbourhood Rehabilitation. Badiuk, E. (1990).  Occasional Paper No.19.  Paper (PDF)
  • Lynn Lake Housing Management Study. Institute of Urban Studies. (1987).  Report (PDF)
  • Northern Housing: Perspectives on Design and Construction. Robson, R., ed. (1987).  Winter Communities No.4.  Report (PDF)
  • Northern Housing: Needs, Policies and Programs. Carter, T., ed. (1987).  Winter Communities No.3.  Report (PDF)
  • Yukon Housing Needs Study. Institute of Urban Studies. (1986).  Report (PDF)
  • Municipal Non-Profit Housing: Winnipeg Housing Rehabilitation Corporation. Newman, L.H. (1986).  Occasional Paper No.13.  Paper (PDF)
  • Variation in the Cost and Use of Winter Home Heating Among the Independent Elderly: A Case Study of Waterloo (1986). Hall, B., Boyce, R., Secord, R., Van Landsschoot, C. (1986).  Research and Working Paper No.30.  Paper (PDF)
  • Housing in Saskatchewan: Seminar Summary. Deborah, L, Carter, T. (1986).  Research and Working Paper No.27Paper (PDF)
  • Housing in Manitoba: Seminar Summary. Lyan D., Carter, T. (1986).  Research and Working Paper No.25.  Paper (PDF)
  • Housing Subsidies in a Period of Restraint: The Canadian Experience, 1973-1984. Hulchanski, J.D, Drover, G. (1986).  Research and Working Paper No.16Paper (PDF)
  • Housing Canada's Seniors. Goldblatt, S., Cates, F., Phillips, J. (1986).  Report No.14Report (PDF)
  • Granny Flats: A Housing Option for the Elderly. Corke, S., Romanick, G.S., Lazarowich, M., Simon, J. (1986).  Report No.13.  Report (PDF)
  • Major Themes in the Evolution of Canadian Rental Housing Policy, 1900-1984. Selby, J. (1985).  Paper (PDF)
  • Federal Housing Policies in the 1980s/ La politiqe fédérale de l'habitation des années 1980. McKnight, W. (1985).  Occasional Paper No.12.  Paper (PDF)
  • A Model for Joint Public Sector/Public Sector Participation in Core Area Housing Development and Core Area Revitalization. Levin, E.A. (1985).  Report No.8.  Report (PDF)
  • Off Campus: Developing Co-operative Housing for Students. Wade, M., Linton, D., Sharma, V. (1984).  Occasional Paper No.8.  Paper (PDF)
  • Public Housing Regeneration. Lithgow, L. (1984).  Occasional Paper No.6.  Paper (PDF)
  • Native Households in Winnipeg: Strategies of Co-Residence and Financial Support. Peters, E.J. (1984).  Research and Working Paper No.5.  Paper (PDF)
  • Structural Change in the Housing Industry. Newman, L.H. (1984).  Report No.1.  Report (PDF)
  • Native Housing Conditions in Winnipeg. Clatworthy, S.J. (1983).  Report (PDF)
  • Residential Energy Conservation Behaviour of Winnipeg Households. Fenton, R. (1983).  Paper (PDF)
  • Older Canadian Homeowners: A Literature Review. Gunn, J., Verkley, J., Newman, L. (1983).  Research and Working Paper Series No.2.  Paper (PDF) 
  • Proceedings of the Infill Housing Seminar held December 16, 1982 at The University of Winnipeg. Institute of Urban Studies. (1982).  Paper (PDF)
  • Profiles of Housing Alternatives Available to Manitoba's Disabled. Gunn, J.P. (1982).  Report (PDF)
  • Inner City Housing Study: Section V: Recommendations and Policy Options. Institute of Urban Studies. (1979).   Report (PDF)
  • Handbook for Managers of Social Housing. McKee, C., Engel C., Sherba, C. (1979).  Report (PDF)
  • Housing: Inner City Type Older Areas.  McKee, C., Clatworthy, S., Frenette, S. (1979).  Report (PDF)
  • Inner City Housing Study: Interim Report. Institute of Urban Studies. (1978).  Report (PDF)
  • Rent Control. Vanderhoof, S. (1978).  Statement (PDF)
  • Housing Component Greater Winnipeg Development Plan Review: Proposal to Undertake Study B, Older Inner City-Type Area Study. Institute of Urban Studies. (1978).  Report (PDF)
  • The Apartment Tenant Relocation Study. Frenette, S., Herscovitch, J. (1978).  Report (PDF)
  • Saskatchewan Housing Needs Study: Detailed Terms of Reference. Institute of Urban Studies. (1977).  Report (PDF)
  • Evaluation Report: Second Short Course in Social Housing Management. Engel, C. (1977).  Report (PDF)
  • Exurban Housing Development in the Winnipeg-Selkirk Corridor. Barber, J., Hathout, S. (1977).  Report (PDF)
  • Evaluation Report: Social Housing Management Course Winnipeg. McKee, C. D. (1977).  Report (PDF)
  • The Case for Non-Profits in the Preservation and Provision of Urban Housing. Milgram, G., McKee, C., Axworthy, L. (1976).  Report (PDF)
  • Retirement Housing in Urban Neighbourhoods: Some Inner City Options. Epstien, D. (1976).  Report (PDF)
  • What You Should Know About Rent Control. Chrisite, P. (1976).  Urban Issues.  Newsletter (PDF)
  • Housing Proposals: An 11 Point Action Plan. Institute of Urban Studies. (1975).  Report (PDF)
  • Housing, Church, and Community Space: The St.Andrew's Place Redevelopment Project. Epstein, D. (1976).  Report (PDF)
  • Housing Innovation and Neighbourhood Improvement: Change in Winnipeg's Inner City. Epstein, D. (1974).  Book (PDF)
  • An Evaluation of the Limited Repair Program of the Winnipeg Home Improvement Project by the Institute of Urban Studies. Barker, J., Blancher, C., Epstein, D. (1973).  Report (PDF)
  • Kinew Housing Incorporated. Institute of Urban Studies. (1973).  Report (PDF)
  • Community Involvement in Infill Housing. Institute of Urban Studies. (1973).  Report (PDF)
  • The Infill Housing Project: Phase II Report. Axworthy, L., Proctor, B., Barker, E.J., O'Brien, N.J. (1973).  Report (PDF)
  • The In-fill Experimental Housing Project. Barker, E. (1972).  Report (PDF)
  • Financial Implications of Different Housing Tenure Arrangements. Partridge, T. (1972).  Low Income Housing Series No.1.  Report (PDF)
  • The Housing Task Force: A Case Study. Axworthy, L. (1970).  Report (PDF)