Subdivisions of Winnipeg

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, is subdivided in different ways for different purposes. The suburbs and neighbourhoods of Winnipeg take their names from former administrative districts, parishes, and geographic features.

City wards[edit]

As of 2002, the city is subdivided into five community committees, composed of city wards, each represented by a member of City Council. There are 15 wards, further subdivided into 230 neighbourhoods.[1]

The city published a final report on new ward boundaries in December 2017, to be made effective September 2018.[2] The most significant changes are the elimination of the St. Charles ward and the creation of a new Waverley West ward.

Community areas, neighbourhood clusters, and neighbourhoods[edit]

For the purpose of health and community services, the city is subdivided into 12 community areas (sometimes called community characterization areas, CCAs), broken down into 23 neighbourhood clusters (formerly Neighbourhood Resource Networks), in turn subdivided into the same 230 neighbourhoods which make up the city wards. Statistics Canada also reports census information subdivided this way for the purposes of city planning.[7]

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority also includes two relatively densely populated rural municipalities, outside of Winnipeg, for health planning. They include the R.M. of East St. Paul in River East, and West St. Paul in Seven Oaks.[8]

There is also a separate set of 72 community centre areas, defining the catchment areas of community centres.[9]

Community areas and neighbourhood clusters:

Downtown and Inner City[edit]

The Inner City was defined for planning purposes in the 1980s by the three-government Core Area Initiative.

Within the Inner City, the Downtown Winnipeg Zoning By-Law defines an area for regulation of downtown development, significantly smaller than the Downtown community area.

The Exchange District is a National Historic Site of Canada.

School divisions[edit]

Winnipeg is divided into school divisions, further subdivided into wards represented by several school trustees.[10]

Census subdivisions[edit]

The city is contained in the Winnipeg census metropolitan area (CMA), including several other municipalities, and the smaller Winnipeg census division, which also includes the town of Headingley. The city itself is designated subdivision 11 040, further broken down into census tracts and, in turn, into dissemination areas.


Today's Winnipeg is the product of the City of Winnipeg Act of 1972, which incorporated a number of cities, towns, and rural municipalities into a single larger city (previously administered under the Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg, since 1960) into an amalgamated unicity. Residents still refer to these historical communities: