Rental Housing Around U of M : Ward Priorities

Rental Housing

The communities of Fort Richmond and University Heights surround the University of Manitoba. Residential areas surrounding an expanding university can present many opportunities and challenges.  Currently, these communities are experiencing a rental housing challenge related to a student housing shortage.

Filing a Complaint or Requesting Service for Rental Housing/Property Issues:

  • As the City of Winnipeg’s system is currently complaint-based, you must file a report with the 311 Service Centre.  This is a very important step as the City is tracking the number of calls and collecting information to help us understand the extent of the problem.   Phone 311 or E-mail 311@winnipeg.ca. 

Contacts for Questions on Rental Housing: 

UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA

  • Off Campus Housing Coordinator:  Carolyn Kerr
    • Phone (204) 474-6404   E-Mail:  Carolyn.Kerr@umanitoba.ca
    • The Coordinator monitors the web page, reviews requests to post rental properties, posts rental ads, etc. on the U of M’s Off-Campus Housing webpage  (https://och.cc.umanitoba.ca/)
  • Government Relations Strategist:  John Morris
    • Phone (204) 480-1440    E-Mail: john.morris@umanitoba.ca
    • The Relations Strategist can provide information on the U of M’s student housing strategy.

CITY OF WINNIPEG

  • Community By-Law Enforcement Services
    • Phone (204) 986-2234   

 

Progress Made on Illegal Rooming Houses

Progress Made on Illegal Rooming Houses

My Councillor’s Report to the Community on Illegal Rooming Houses provides an overview of the work initiated by the Fort Richmond-University Heights Neighbourhood Association, myself and many others in order to combat the proliferation of illegal rooming houses in the...

Home-based Businesses in Residential Communities

Home-based Businesses in Residential Communities

This summary provides a high level overview about establishing, opposing and enforcement of home-based businesses in residential communities. For complete details, see Home Based Business on the City of Winnipeg website.   APPROVAL PROCESS for Home-Based Business...

New City Tool to Search for Building Permits

New City Tool to Search for Building Permits

As of July, 2017, residents are now able to search properties on the City of Winnipeg website to see if building permits have been secured for construction in residential homes.  This is a new and important tool to combat illegal rooming houses. Permits provide a...

Compliance Approach to By-Law Enforcement Process

Compliance Approach to By-Law Enforcement Process

My office receives many E-Mails and phone calls from residents asking why it takes the City so long to resolve a by-law infraction. This overview is meant to help you understand the process involved in reporting infractions, investigation timelines and the City’s...

‘This is life-and-death stuff’ – Illegal rooming houses

‘This is life-and-death stuff’ – Illegal rooming houses

Since focusing on the illegal rooming house issue when I was elected as City Councillor in fall 2014, I’ve worked to peel back layer upon layer of involvement by many stakeholders in order to understand the crux of the issue and begin developing solutions.  For...

Councillor’s Report to the Community – Illegal Rooming Houses

Councillor’s Report to the Community – Illegal Rooming Houses

I am very pleased to present my Councillor's Report to the Community on Illegal Rooming Houses. This report provides a comprehensive overview of the work initiated by the Fort Richmond-University Heights Neighbourhood Association, myself and many others in order to...

Illegal Rooming Houses – Room for Improvement

Illegal Rooming Houses – Room for Improvement

"This is such a massive problem with rooming houses that I don’t think it’s enough for one person to handle it."  Laura Philip hit the proverbial nail on the head when she made this statement to the reporter for The Sou’Wester (see article below). Since focusing on...

Properly Reporting By-Law Infractions

Properly Reporting By-Law Infractions

It is VERY IMPORTANT to review all the information on this page to understand the ‘big picture’ in reporting by-law infractions. The most common by-law infractions in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward are listed below, along with details on HOW to PROPERLY...

New Residential and Commercial Project in St. Norbert

New Residential and Commercial Project in St. Norbert

A new residential and commercial project is being proposed in St. Norbert, on the corner of Pembina Highway and Rue des Trappistes. The developer, Neil Dueck, is hosting an information meeting about the project.  Everyone is invited to attend. DATE:  Wednesday, June...

Neglected Properties & Winnipeg’s Neighbourhood Liveability By- Law

Neglected Properties & Winnipeg’s Neighbourhood Liveability By- Law

A number of homes in South Winnipeg are owned by absentee landlords who, unfortunately, are not performing regular, required  maintenance on their properties. Through its Neighbourhood Liveability By-Law, the City of Winnipeg regulates the maintenance of homes/yards...

Landlord Night – Free Information Session

Landlord Night – Free Information Session

On May 10, I invite all landlords to attend an information session. I want to reach out to everyone who is interested in learning more about their obligations and legal responsibilities as a landlord renting rooms in the area around the University of Manitoba.  ...

City of Winnipeg Studying Regulatory Licensing Requirements

City of Winnipeg Studying Regulatory Licensing Requirements

I am very pleased to have the Winnipeg Public Service fully engaged in studying options for implementing regulatory licensing requirements for single family homes that rent rooms. Recently, I made a Motion asking them to review and consult with other municipalities...

CRACKDOWN on University-Area Slumlords

CRACKDOWN on University-Area Slumlords

I've requested that the Winnipeg Public consult with other municipalities that have implemented regulatory licensing requirements for single-family homes with rental rooms, and report back within 90 days with an implementation plan to identify, license and inspect...

Fire Reinforces Life Safety Concerns of Illegal Rooming Houses

Fire Reinforces Life Safety Concerns of Illegal Rooming Houses

Over the past two years, the issue of combatting illegal rooming houses has been a Ward Priority for my office.  Thankfully, a recent fire on March 25 did not result in any deaths.  It did, however, reinforce the need for a crackdown and more aggressive action on this...

Manitoba’s Rapid Growth of International Students

Manitoba’s Rapid Growth of International Students

Does international education hold the potential to be a ‘super growth sector’ in Manitoba? Should we be placing a strategic focus on transitioning from a resource-based economy to a modern services economy? Global Affairs Canada states international education in...

Fire Inspections & Illegal Rooming Houses

Fire Inspections & Illegal Rooming Houses

On February 11, 2017, Sherry Reich, Senior Fire Prevention Officer for the City of Winnipeg, presented an information session on Winnipeg Fire Codes related to legal and illegal rooming houses.  Community residents in attendance learned many important takeaways in the...

University Under Fire Over Off-Campus Housing Issues

University Under Fire Over Off-Campus Housing Issues

At a packed house on January 11, 2017, residents in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert area received a presentation from Master's Students on the challenges and proposed solutions to the rental housing issues in our community.   As soon as I receive the...

Presentation from City Planning Master’s Students

Presentation from City Planning Master’s Students

Please plan on attending an informative evening on January 11 at Richmond Kings Community Centre (666 Silverstone). We will be starting the presentation at 7:30 pm sharp!! Under the direction and guidance of Dr. Orly Linovski from the University of Manitoba, City...

“Secondary Suites” Public Information Session

“Secondary Suites” Public Information Session

In the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward, from 2008 to 2015, a total of 5 permits for Secondary Suites were requested and approved. For details, refer to this very good description of Secondary Suites Visit the City's Planning, Property and Development page for...

Addition of Secondary Suites to Single Family Residences

Addition of Secondary Suites to Single Family Residences

WHAT is a Secondary Suite? Secondary Suites are constructed private residential additions to single family residences.  Sometimes referred to as "granny suites", they provide the basic requirements for living, sleeping, cooking and sanitation. A Secondary Suite is a...

Illegal Rooming Houses Info Session – Fire Codes and Reporting

Illegal Rooming Houses Info Session – Fire Codes and Reporting

Please join myself and Sherry Reich, Senior Fire Prevention Officer for the City of Winnipeg, at an information session on Saturday, February 11 regarding Winnipeg Fire Codes related to illegal rooming houses, and more! TIME:     10:00 a.m. Registration / 10:30 a.m....

Winnipeg Zoning By-Law Review – Open House

Winnipeg Zoning By-Law Review – Open House

In addressing the rental housing challenges in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward, I've been working closely with many City Departments, including Planning, Property and Development.  One of the keys to this complex issue is City by-laws and their enforcement. The...

Rental Housing Issues Outside Fort Richmond-University Heights

Rental Housing Issues Outside Fort Richmond-University Heights

Based on the many calls and E-mails to my office, I recognize that challenges around rental housing extend outside of the Fort Richmond-University Heights neighbourhood in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward.  I’ve received multiple enquiries from residents in St....

New Student Oriented Apartments on Pembina

New Student Oriented Apartments on Pembina

I’m very pleased to report the new apartment-style development designed for students on Pembina Highway is proceeding. This project has passed the initial approval stage, and Council and I will be meeting with the developer in the coming months to finalize exterior...

New Parking By-Law Takes Effect September 1, 2016

New Parking By-Law Takes Effect September 1, 2016

In the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward, many residential properties have been turned into virtual parking lots (around the University of Manitoba and in nearby communities), with excessive numbers of vehicles being parked in these areas. This new Winnipeg Parking...

New Association & Website To Tackle Rental Housing

New Association & Website To Tackle Rental Housing

NEW ASSOCIATION:  Fort Richmond - University Heights Neighbourhood Association I’ve been working with many organizations and individuals this past year to address the safety and neighbourhood liveability concerns related to the prolific number of rental houses in the...

An Open Letter to Area Landlords near U of M

An Open Letter to Area Landlords near U of M

Shortly after being elected as City Councillor of the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward in 2014, I began working to peel back the layers of the rental housing challenges faced by residents and tenants in our community.  For some valuable insight into this complex issue,...

New Restrictions re Vehicles on Residential Property

New Restrictions re Vehicles on Residential Property

Many of the City's by-laws regarding traffic, streets, parking meter and disability parking were created upwards of 40 years ago.  Much has changed over those four decades. The City of Winnipeg Public Service recently conducted a review and prepared the Enactment of a...

Take Action: Report By-Law Infractions!

Take Action: Report By-Law Infractions!

Every day, my office receives many phone calls and E-Mails from residents with concerns about by-law infractions.  The majority of concerns fall into two primary by-law groups: Zoning By-Laws:  Regulate the use and development of land Neighbourhood Liveability...

Proposed Residential Complex in St. Norbert

Proposed Residential Complex in St. Norbert

I was pleased to attend the recent open house on June 27, 2016 regarding this proposed residential project.  If you missed the information session, please refer to the article below for a good overview.  My thanks to the Winnipeg Free Press for covering this story....

Fort Richmond Residents Begin to See Results on Rental Housing

Fort Richmond Residents Begin to See Results on Rental Housing

On May 31st, 2016, I hosted another community update on the rental housing issue in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward.  Much progress on this issue has occurred over the winter months, as detailed in the article below. If you weren't able to attend, visit  Update -...

Update – May 31st Community Meeting on Rental Housing

Update – May 31st Community Meeting on Rental Housing

On May 31st, 2016, I hosted another community update on the rental housing issue (the third meeting since being elected). Much progress on this issue occurred over the winter months, and is summarized here.  I was also pleased to see that the many meetings and...

May 31 Community Update on Rental Property Issues

May 31 Community Update on Rental Property Issues

Mark your calendar for this important community update on rental property issues: TIME:  7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 31 PLACE:  Pinnacle Club at Investors Group Field (315 Chancellor Matheson Road) Ample parking is available! Significant progress on this priority issue has...

Master’s Students Tackling Illegal Rooming Houses

Master’s Students Tackling Illegal Rooming Houses

I'm very pleased to announce this initiative with Dr. Linovski, which will shed some much needed light on the challenges faced by neighbourhoods, residents and tenants in communities surrounding suburban universities like the University of Manitoba.   The collection...

Homeowners Near U of M Seek Out Illegal Rooming Houses

Homeowners Near U of M Seek Out Illegal Rooming Houses

I would like to thank the Winnipeg Free Press for their assistance in helping to build awareness of this very complex issue related to neighbourhood livability and student safety in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Ward.   Homeowners near U of M Seek out Illegal...

Councillor Defends Call for House Search

Councillor Defends Call for House Search

I would like to thank Metro News-Winnipeg for their assistance in helping to build awareness of this very complex issue related to neighbourhood livability and student safety in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Ward.   Metro News - Winnipeg By: Stephanie Taylor  - ...

Street-by-Street Inventory of Assumed Rental Properties

Street-by-Street Inventory of Assumed Rental Properties

I am seeking volunteer residents in the Fort Richmond and University Heights communities  to assist in compiling an inventory of assumed rental houses on their street. Ideally, one or two residents would canvas their own street,  knocking on doors, asking a few...

Rental Houses Inventory, Website and Homeowners’ Association

Rental Houses Inventory, Website and Homeowners’ Association

On February 20, 2016,  about 30 members of the Fort Richmond and University Heights residents' sub-committees met with four City of Winnipeg By-Law representatives. It was an extremely informative meeting which provided residents with a better understanding of how...

2016 Approved Budget Impact – Rental Housing Around U of M

2016 Approved Budget Impact – Rental Housing Around U of M

An additional Zoning Field Officer is identified in the City of Winnipeg's 2016 Budget relating to zoning and conditional uses, ie: enforcement regarding work on a home that has occurred without a permit. Funding towards Winnipeg Block Parents and Neighbourhood Watch...

311 Reports = Tracking = By-Law Enforcement!

311 Reports = Tracking = By-Law Enforcement!

I would like to STRESS the importance of contacting 311 to report potential by-law infractions.  For simplicity, you can E-Mail  311@winnipeg.ca which often is easier than phoning in concerns.  For any resident who is requesting service - whether it's cars parking on...

Rental Data: Fort Richmond/University Height Communities

Rental Data: Fort Richmond/University Height Communities

Working with Kerri Irvin Ross, MLA for Fort Richmond, and Manitoba Housing and Community Development (HDC) has provided very interesting information on rental properties in the Fort Richmond/University Heights area. HDC obtained data from Canadian Mortgage and Housing...

Sub-Committees Take Lead on Rental Housing Around U of M

Sub-Committees Take Lead on Rental Housing Around U of M

The University of Manitoba is a suburban university faced with a shortage of affordable student accommodations.  Throughout the world, many communities in close proximity to a large university are dealing with the same rental property challenges which residents in...

2525 Pembina at Bison

2525 Pembina at Bison

In follow up to the October 6th open house for a proposed housing complex at Pembina and Bison, the project developer is currently in the process of finalizing specifications and submitting a formal application to the City of Winnipeg. The proposed 14-storey...

Residents Take Action on Housing Shortage around U of M

Residents Take Action on Housing Shortage around U of M

Over the past few months, I’ve hosted multiple meetings in the communities of Fort Richmond and University Heights to hear the issues and address challenges related to the shortage of affordable rental housing around the University of Manitoba. This shortage of...

Proposed development to bring relief to neighbours

Proposed development to bring relief to neighbours

A proposed housing development along Pembina Highway may bring some relief to homeowners surrounding the University of Manitoba. Rise Real Estate, an Ontario-based developer, has plans to build a 14-storey student-oriented rental development at 2525 Pembina Hwy....

Community meeting charts way forward on illegal housing

Community meeting charts way forward on illegal housing

If the illegal rooming houses that have been sprouting up in neighbourhoods surrounding the University of Manitoba are to be weeded out, the effort has to come from the community itself. That was the message South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Coun. Janice Lukes delivered to a...

Councillor Lukes Ramps Up Fight Against Illegal Housing

Councillor Lukes Ramps Up Fight Against Illegal Housing

South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Coun. Janice Lukes is setting up a residents’ association to address a growing problem around the University of Manitoba – the proliferation of illegal rooming houses and other unsafe accommodation for students. The first step in the...

U of M Closes in on 30,000 Enrolled Students

U of M Closes in on 30,000 Enrolled Students

Would you believe that the University of Manitoba is getting really, really close to 30,000 students, and the University of Winnipeg to 10,000 students? The U of M so far has enrolled 29,691 students, which officials say is the highest number in the history of the...

Revenue Canada & Rental Properties

Revenue Canada & Rental Properties

Is the income from rental housing being declared by all property owners for taxation purposes? In areas of Winnipeg that are zoned 'single family dwellings', it is legal for property owners to have two boarders and collect boarding fees.  In speaking with the Canada...

August News Coverage: Rental Housing Challenges

August News Coverage: Rental Housing Challenges

Over the past week, there has been an influx of informative media coverage regarding the issue of rental housing. From liveability concerns on CTV to a proposed Student Housing Complex discussed on CJOB, there is a lot of information for review.  I greatly encourage...

Neglected Properties & Winnipeg’s Neighbourhood Liveability By- Law

Neglected Properties & Winnipeg’s Neighbourhood Liveability By- Law

A number of homes in South Winnipeg are owned by absentee landlords who, unfortunately, are not performing regular maintenance on their properties. Through its Neighbourhood Liveability By-Law, the City of Winnipeg regulates the maintenance of homes/yards and other...

Rental Housing:  Community Meeting September 30

Rental Housing: Community Meeting September 30

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, September 30, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, for our next GROUP community update.  We will meet again at the Pinnacle Club, located at Investors Group Field (315 Chancellor Matheson Road) to review the findings of the City of Winnipeg’s...

News Coverage: Rental Housing Near University of Manitoba

News Coverage: Rental Housing Near University of Manitoba

Thank you to our local media for covering a challenging and complex issue which we are experiencing in the Fort Richmond and University Heights areas, as well as other neighbouroods in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Ward.  I encourage you to  review this informative...

Community Input on New Concept for Multi-Family Home

Community Input on New Concept for Multi-Family Home

On Thursday, June 25, 2015, please join me at Pembina Trail Library to offer YOUR INPUT on an innovative concept that is being proposed for a home on Grierson Avenue, located south of the University of Manitoba.   In my ongoing efforts to work with the community...

Community Takes ACTION on Rental Housing

Community Takes ACTION on Rental Housing

As you are aware, I have committed to and am taking action on a very serious problem we have in and around the University of Manitoba. Details are posted on my website: http://janicelukes.ca/ward-priorities/rental-housing/ The City of Winnipeg Public Service is...

June 2nd Rental Housing Update

June 2nd Rental Housing Update

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, September 30, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, for our next GROUP community update.  We will meet again at the Pinnacle Club, located at Investors Group Field, to review the findings of the City of Winnipeg's report regarding best practices...

May 1st Update on Rental Housing

May 1st Update on Rental Housing

This is the latest update on my work related to rental housing in the community. While significant progress is being made, I clearly understand it is not fast enough for some.  However, it is important that we all understand the challenges which the community...

April 7th Update on Rental Housing

April 7th Update on Rental Housing

The following information is a compiled summary of the conversations, questions, answers and discussions that occurred at the January 31, 2015 Community Conversation on the topic of rental housing.  We've worked to capture all of the information discussed as well as...

Media Story on January 31, 2015 Rental Housing Meeting

Community Conversation Moves Housing Issue Forward:  The longstanding issue of illegal rooming houses in Fort Richmond was addressed by the community as a whole for the first time this past month.  On January 31, approximately 200 residents, community members, and...

January 31, 2015 Rental Housing Meeting:  Summary of Presentations

January 31, 2015 Rental Housing Meeting: Summary of Presentations

Thank you to everyone who attended the Community Conversation on Rental Housing on January 31, 2015!  A summary of presentations made at the meeting by the City of Winnipeg and the University of  Manitoba, along with links to detailed information re residential...

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City Councillor
South Winnipeg-St.Norbert Ward
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