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  Jean-Marc Nadeau
  City Manager

Kathy McGregor
  Administrative Assistant
      Portage la Prairie and area is a progressive community with an area population of approximately 20,000 inhabitants. Located in south central Manitoba on the picturesque Assiniboine River, Portage la Prairie is, and has always been an important transportation centre, dating back to its inception as a fur trading post. Today it is connected to the rest of Canada via the Trans-Canada Highway and Yellowhead Highway, with service from both major railroads, a trans-continental bus service, and via air through Southport Aerospace.

Strategically situated in the centre of the continent astride major east-west transportation routes, (only forty-five minutes west of Winnipeg, one hour north of the international border, and one hour east of Brandon) Portage la Prairie is in an ideal position to accommodate additional industries.

Residents of Portage la Prairie utilize the Assiniboine River as their water source. A flood control dam provides an ideal reservoir which ensures more than adequate water supply for all the community's need. The quality of the treated water is extremely high and there is ample capacity for additional water production. The distribution system provides a reliable system of conveying treated water to all the users.

Agriculture, related processing and services, remains the major industrial focus of our area. The affordable land prices, good drainage and excellent soil conditions have been conducive to the high agricultural output of our region. The farming community of the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie produces many speciality crops such as carrots, onions, asparagus, parsnips, beans, rutabagas, cauliflower, broccoli, peas, potatoes, various grains and oil seeds, strawberries, saskatoon berries, raspberries, and much, much more. Much of the R.M. of Portage la Prairie is under irrigation, and additional acreage can be incorporated into the existing irrigation system. The diverse agricultural production of the Portage area has drawn many food processing plants to the city. These include McCain Foods Ltd., Can Oats Ltd., and JR Simplot’s newest Canadian potato processing plant.

An ideal home for all new businesses, Portage la Prairie has approximately 550 acres designated for industrial and industrial reserve use city wide. Some "infill" industrial development could occur in the Western and Railway Industrial areas. Of the 550 acres of industrially designated land, the City has over 200 available acres which is principally located in the McMillan Industrial Park.
The City has been very successful in its attempts to attract industry. The most important attributes from a business opportunity standpoint are our central North American location, our diverse agricultural production, the wide array of food processing options, and our progressive business attitude.

Portage la Prairie residents are also extremely proud of their education system, health care services, multitude of recreational facilities, arts and culture opportunities, housing selection, service clubs, religious services and the range of media services. Wildlife also abounds in the area as it is home to one of the nation's largest flocks of Canada Geese.

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Portage la Prairie Manitoba has something for everyone!

Tourism Information:
          Tourism Portage la Prairie Website

  In early 2001, the City of Portage la Prairie created the Tourism Advisory Committee (TAC). The purpose of the TAC is to encourage tourism development within the City of Portage la Prairie and to tourism providers in order to attract more tourists, increase their length of stay, and increase the volume of tourism products and encourage the development of tourism assets and attractions.

  The Diversional Sign Advertising Policy allows community groups access to the advertising panel located on the three diversional signs on #1 Highway to promote major events or activities occurring in the City of Portage la Prairie.

  All events must create a high profile and significant economic benefit for the City through the large number of estimated spectators and tourists.

The Tourism Logo Policy allows use of the Portage la Prairie Tourism Logo and Slogan on flyers, newsletters, event tickets, menus or others items in a positive manner. The Tourism Logo Policy outlines rules and regulations when using this logo.
  For more information on any of these initiatives contact the Economic & Community Development Department at:
   Phone: 204-239-8334
   Fax: 204-239-1532
  Portage la Prairie is home to a variety of different recreation groups. If you are looking for one in particular,  the Portage Regional Recreation Authority may be able to help at 204-857-7772 or  
   PRRA Operated Facilities
  - Splash Island
Republic of Manitobah Park
  - PCU Centre

 Non-City Operated Facilities

  - Southport Golf Club
The Portage la Prairie Regional Library
  - Southport Bowl
  - Southport Recreation Centre
Herman Prior Senior Services Centre - for information call 204-857-6951
Portage Curling Rink
Portage Golf Club
William Glesby Centre

 These programs are now the responsibility of the PRRA


Outdoor Rink Grant
Not for Profit Organizations are eligible to apply for the outdoor rink grant for a maximum of $500.  As many grants are approved as budget allocations allow.

Hosting Assistance Grant
The City of Portage la Prairie provides this grant to encourage local organizations to host events in our City. It is accessible to non-profit groups to assist in offsetting their costs to attract public festivals, special events, conferences, sport, art or heritage events or projects in the community of significant nature. These public affairs must attract widespread community involvement and/or participation and thereby generate significant economic or recreational benefit to the Community.

Hosting Grant Policy

For More Information:  
Contact the City of Portage la Prairie Economic Development Department at 204-239-8334 or


Often community groups need assistance in planning a special event, regardless of whether or not it is held in a
City owned or operated facility.

Community Event Permits

Events involving Alcohol, if open to the public,  require a “community event permit” approved by City Council.   To submit a request for a community event permit, forward a letter to the City outlining the details of your event approximately 5-6 weeks in advance.   

After approval by City Council, if selling alcohol, organizers must contact the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) to obtain a permit.  It is further recommended that you contact a MLCC Inspector who may be available to clarify your responsibilities as an event permit holder.

An official agreement will need to be signed with the City and event organizers.  Event organizers will be required to provide evidence of a minimum of $2,000,000.00 (two million dollars) public liability insurance, naming the City as an additional insured for the event.  This must be filed with the City by providing a true certified copy of the insurance policy upon the signing of the agreement.  

Please contact 204-239-8337 or for more information.

Special Event Insurance
Due to the increased demand to host special events on City property such as parks, or in City owned and operated facilities, and due to the increased expense in obtaining adequate liability insurance, the City recognizes the need to provide special event insurance options to those non-profit groups and organizations hosting these special events.

A policy has been developed in order to identify the requirements and specifications that may determine whether or not an event is eligible for liability coverage under the City’s Municipal Insurance Program.   Please contact 204-239-8337 or for more information.

Road Closures
Road closure requests must be in writing and include:

  • the streets to be closed

  • the date of the requested closure

  • the length of time the road will be closed

  • the reason for the closure

Road Closure requests should be forwarded to the appropriate Department as follows:
For Island Park 204-239-8334, For closures other than Island Park 204-239-8337

For Island Park:
Forward requests to the City Manager. 
Requests should be received at least 3 weeks prior to event to allow for review and notice to residents on the Island.

For closures other than Island Park: 
Forward requests to the Manager of Administration

For Parades:

Forward requests to the
Fire Department or call (204) 239-8340


Portage la Prairie has a rich historical past.  There is a need to

protect and conserve our existing heritage resources as reminders of this past for future generations.

Portage Heritage Advisory Committee: 

   In accordance with Bylaw 08-8411, the Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC) is an advisory body appointed by Council to advise on heritage matters.  The Committee can recommend various actions, but it cannot commit the Council to these recommendations.  Council holds the ultimate authority in heritage matters. 

The Committee exists to:

  • Advise Council on matters arising out of the Heritage Resources Act

  • Advise Council on criteria for evaluation of properties of architectural or historical value.

  • Maintain and prioritize a list of significant properties worthy of conservation.

  • Recommend to Council buildings, sites and artifacts for designation under the Heritage Resources Act.

  • Advise Council on means of conserving heritage properties and areas.

  • Advise Council on current heritage conservation legislation and formation of municipal legislation to conserve heritage properties and areas.

  • Recommend to Council programs and activities to increase public awareness of heritage conservation issues.  

  • Advise Council on any matters relating to buildings and areas of architectural or historical significance. 

  • Advise Council on properties and artifacts owned by the city.

Heritage Advisory Committee By-Law

Residential Inventory of Potential Heritage Sites


Heritage Designations: 


Who Can Ask for Designation:


    A proposal for municipal designation may come directly from Council, the Heritage Advisory Committee or from a member of the public.


Determining the Significance of a Site for Designation:


    A point system based on the prominence of previous owners, age (of a structure), importance as a landmark, architectural qualities and exterior integrity is used to determine the significance of a site.  On occasion, aspects of the interior may also be considered. 

The Process:

The designation procedure is designed not only to make the owner aware of the process, but also to protect their interests.

  • Upon evaluation of the home, the HAC may recommend to Council that the designation process should proceed.

  • HAC evaluates potential municipal designation.

  • A Municipal designation bylaw is prepared for Council consideration and may be given first reading.

  • After first reading, a Municipal Notice of Intent of the proposed designation is issued.  A copy of the By-Law must be sent by registered mail to the owner, any lessee of the affected property and Historic Resources Branch.

  • The Notice of Intent must be published in two successive issues of the local newspaper and filed at  the Land Titles office.  This must include a declaration that Council intends to designate the site and set a date, time and place for a public hearing (no earlier than 21 days after the Notice of Intent).

  • If no objections are raised at the public hearing, Council may give second and third reading to adopt the By-Law to designate the site, or it may decide not to proceed with the proposed designation and publish a Cancellation Notice of Intent.

  • When objections are raised at the public hearing, Council may:
    - resolve not to proceed with designation and publish a Cancellation Notice of Intent
    - amend the By-Law and adopt as amended
    - refer the objection to the Municipal Board

  • If the matter is referred to the Municipal Board, the Board will set a time, date and place for a public hearing.  At least 21 days before the hearing, the Board will serve notice to the City, Historic Resources Branch, the owner, any lessee for the site, plus any parties who either objected or made representation at the previous hearing.  A copy of the notice of hearing will also be published in two issues of the local newspaper.

  • After the Municipal Board hearing, the Board will submit to the City a report of its recommendations, with reasons.  The City may cancel the designation, amend and adopt the  By-Law, or adopt the By-Law in its original form.

  • Once Council declares a location municipally designated, a Municipal Heritage Notice is sent to the owner, any lessee of the site, and the Minister of the Historic Resources Branch.  The notice is also published once in the local newspaper and filed at the Land Titles office.

  • Should a Notice of Appeal be submitted, Council may:
    - revoke the designation or
    - refer the appeal to the Municipal Board for a hearing and recommendation


The Owner & Designation:

  • A potential heritage site, for which a Notice of Intent has been issued, is protected from any alteration until a decision has been made.

  • During the designation process or following designation, ownership of a Municipal designated heritage site may be transferred.  The owner must inform the new owner of the process and/or that the site is a designated heritage site.  The owner must also inform the City of this change of ownership.

  • For a designated heritage site, Council requires the owner to obtain a Heritage Permit before the site can be altered, renovated, developed or enlarged.  The purpose is not to limit renovations and improvements, but to encourage the owner to make changes that are sympathetic to the historic and architectural qualities of the site.

  • The City’s Department of Economic and Community Development will assist home-owner’s of designated sites by providing contacts for possible grants and individuals/organizations with expertise in altering/renovating historic sites.



In 2006, the City of Portage la Prairie participated in the World Health Organization Global Age-Friendly Cities Project. The project included the study of eight domains relating to aging. The Age-Friendly Cities Report highlights key findings and presents recommendations arising from the research.

An Age-Friendly Community enables individuals of all ages and abilities to live active lives, to enjoy good health, to live in security and to participate in society.

The Age-Friendly Cities Advisory Committee is appointed by City Council to consider aging related issues in the City of Portage la Prairie and:

  • To provide advice, consultation and recommendations to the City of Portage la Prairie on policies and issues related to creating an Age-Friendly environment.

  • To develop and implement an annual action plan for Portage la Prairie based on the recommendations in the Portage la Prairie Age-Friendly Cities Report and other information that may come to the attention of the Committee.

  • To review and determine appropriate follow-up to aging related issues brought to the attention of the Committee by Council, Advisory Committee Members or citizens at large.

  • To raise awareness of the benefits of Age-Friendliness throughout the community.

The group is comprised of representatives from the City, Herman Prior Seniors Centre, Portage Service for Seniors, RHA Central Manitoba Inc., Canadian Mental Health Association, Portage Regional Library, Portage Friendship Centre and seniors in the community. The group develops a strategic plan each year to ensure focus on the issues at hand.

On September 14, 2011 the Portage la Prairie Age Friendly Advisory Committee launched the Senior's Resource Guide.  Click Here for a Copy.

The Age Friendly Cities Advisory Committee undertook a research project tofind out what events/activities are available to the citizen of Portage la Prairie that were either free or of nominal costs.  Priceless Activity List

Creating a Community Brochure
Its Your Business Brochure

For More Information or to become part of this initiative, contact:

Portage la Prairie Age-Friendly Cities Advisory Committee
City of Portage la Prairie
97 Saskatchewan Avenue E.
Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 0L9

Phone: 204-239-8337
Fax: 204-239-1532




Age Friendly Manitoba

Manitoba Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat

Age Friendly Community-University Research Alliance, Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba

Age Friendly Cities Guide

Age Friendly Rural and Remote Communications: A Guide

Seniors Resource Network

Age Friendly Communities - International Federation on Aging

Manitoba Chambers of Commerce

Public Health Agency of Canada