Current Projects

Institute of Urban Studies

Projects Underway


Educational Outcomes of Metis Youth in Manitoba Study

The purpose of this study is to determine how well Metis youth are doing in school compared to all other youth in Manitoba using linked, de-identified, administrative data housed in the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy’s Population Research Data Repository. The focus is on the following outcomes: school readiness (measured in kindergarten), math/numeracy and reading/language assessments (measured in grade 3, 7, 8, and 12), school engagement (measured in grade 7), grade repetition, school drop-out and graduation, and number of school changes. This research is being done for and in partnership with the Manitoba Metis Federation. The findings will help inform policy direction and address gaps.


“UMatter” Stop Youth Dating Violence Prevention Project

Ka Ni Kanichihk is a community-based Indigenous organization located in Winnipeg’s inner city. In 2019, Ka Ni Kanichihk received funding to develop, implement, and evaluate a youth dating violence prevention program, entitled “UMatter”. The Institute of Urban Studies is co-leading the evaluation portion of the project, which involves evaluating both the implementation and impact of “UMatter”. The overall goal of the project is that “UMatter” evolves to be the Best Practice delivery model of an Indigenous embedded curriculum aimed at preventing teen/youth dating violence among a high-risk Indigenous youth population in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg Housing Assessment

The general purpose of the City of Winnipeg Housing Assessment is to identify the housing requirements of the City over the next five years. The study will consist of two major components: an assessment of housing supply and demand that spans the entire housing spectrum; and an evaluation of major policies designed to stimulate housing supply to respond to demand requirements.


Eviction Prevention in Canada

In Canada there is a growing attention to, and awareness of, evictions. Canadian analysis suggests that in certain jurisdictions, the number and scale of evictions is on the rise. The research of this project is part of a larger project, that has an objective to answer key questions on the types of evictions, and practices to reduce evictions. The results will provide a snapshot of eviction and eviction prevention measures in Canada, to help inform later steps in the larger project.


Addressing the Housing Needs of Refugee Families through Transitional Housing and Wrap-around Supports

This project explores how the provision of affordable, transitional housing coupled with holistic programming and supports impacts refugee families' resettlement, enhances social inclusion, and contributes to their ability to access housing that meets their long-term needs. The IUS is working in partnership with the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc. (IRCOM) on this project, which is funded by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) through the National Housing Strategy (NHS).

The objective is to develop a framework for pursuing data-driven research that compares housing and settlement trajectories of IRCOM tenants with a wider sample of newcomers to assess the model, its outcomes, and gaps. This initiative will allow IRCOM to build internal capacity for research and data collection. Looking forward, this project will enable IRCOM to take advantage of extensive internal data and provincial and national-level datasets to link the effects of programming with both housing and settlement outcomes, which will provide enhanced understanding and evidence of the efficacy of their model of housing and supports for newcomers families.

Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership

There are growing gaps between rich and poor neighbourhoods across Canada. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership examines socio-spatial polarization in six Canadian cities. The IUS is focused on examining particular local and regional dimensions of inequality in Winnipeg. Current work includes research on West Broadway as well as the Condominium Market in Winnipeg.
For more information on this project please visit the neighborhood change  website.

Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership:
West Broadway: Neigbourhood Renewal through the lens of Collective Agency

Winnipeg’s inner-city neighbourhood of West Broadway recently entered a period of rejuvenation after enduring a difficult past of social, economic and physical decline that greatly altered the trajectory of this area beginning in the 1970s. By investigating West Broadway’s neighbourhood renewal process using the collective agency framework, we seek to assess what sets it apart from other centrally located neighbourhoods where deterioration persisted. Our proposed research aims to explore the relationships between CBOs and residents who remained steadfastly dedicated to West Broadway.


Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership:
Condominium Development and Neighbourhood Change in Winnipeg

In many small and medium sized cities in Canada the development of condominiums has been a relatively recent phenomenon, Winnipeg being no exception. The primary aim of the project is to develop neighbourhood-level databases related to condominium development. These data will provide a foundation for further research exploring broader neighbourhood effects of condominium development.


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

As part of this partnership, the IUS has contributed to the book Changing Neighbourhoods: Social and Spatial Polarization in Canadian Cities, forthcoming from UBC Press. The book analyzes and reflecting on income inequality and polarization in major cities across Canada. Jino Distasio and Sarah Zell from IUS wrote a chapter on the spatialization of Winnipeg’s growing income inequality, highlighting demographic shifts in Indigenous and recent immigrant populations in the inner city. Concluding chapters of the book focus on specific themes that arise throughout the analyses in various cities.

Project Archive by Date

2010 to 2019

2000 to 2009

1990 to 1999

1980 to 1989

1969 to 1979