PORTAGE REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT          BUSINESS INFO          RECREATION          GRANTS          SPECIAL EVENTS          HERITAGE         AGE FRIENDLY CITIES  

DEPARTMENT CONTACTS:

Jean-Marc Nadeau, City Manager 204-239-8336 E-mail
Kathy McGregor, Administrative Assistant 204-239-8334 E-mail
Executive Director, Portage Regional Economic Development 204-856-5000

PORTAGE REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Portage Regional Economic Development (PRED) is a non-profit economic development organization working with the City and RM of Portage to foster economic growth through the diversification of small to medium sized enterprises and community capacity building.

In 2012, following the cancellation of provincial funding to Central Plains Inc (CPI), the Councils of the RM and the City of Portage la Prairie agreed to keep the organization alive by appointing City and RM Councillors to the Board of Directors and refocusing the mandate on economic development activities meeting the needs of both municipalities.  The organization was renamed Portage Regional Economic Development (PRED).

Portage Regional Economic Development Website – Click here
PRED Farm to Table Initiative – Click here

BUSINESS INFORMATION

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., Richardson Milling, 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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RECREATION FACILITIES & PROGRAMS

The Portage Regional Recreation Authority Inc. (PRRA) is a non-profit corporation responsible for the provision of recreation and leisure facilities and programs for the benefit of citizens in the Portage la Prairie Region. The corporation is funded in part by the City of Portage la Prairie and the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie and is governed by the PRRA Board of Directors. The PRRA is responsible for recreation services and the operation of four recreation facilities in the City of Portage la Prairie, including; the PCU Centre, Splash Island Waterpark, Rotary Republic Park and Beaver Stadium. To contact the PRRA call 204-857-7772 or visit their website at  www.pcucentre.ca

Recreation programs such as swimming lessons, fitness classes, summer day camps and sport leagues are also the responsibility of the PRRA

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

GRANTS  

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 organizations to host events in our City.  The grant is accessible to non-profit groups to assist in offsetting their marketing and bid preparation 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, attract visitors to the community from outside an 80 km radius of the City, and thereby generate significant economic or recreational benefit to the community. Organizations that meet the eligibility criteria can complete the Hosting Assistance Grant application form and attached all required documentation.  Grant applications will be accepted twice per year on the following dates:

  • Term 1 – Applications for events/bids occurring between January 1 and June 31 will be due on or before December 1st.
  • Term 2 – Application for events/bids occurring between July 1 and December 31 will be due on or before June 1st.

For more information please contact 204-239-8334 or email info@city-plap.com

Hosting Assistance Grant Program – pdf

SPECIAL EVENT INSURANCE & COMMUNITY EVENT PERMITS  

Special Event Insurance.
The City of Portage la Prairie recognizes the need to provide special event insurance options for non-profit groups and organizations hosting significant special events on City property such as parks, or in City owned and operated facilities. Groups hosting these special events may be eligible to purchase Outside User Liability Insurance for their event through the City’s Municipal Insurance Program.  The cost of this coverage varies depending on event type, scale, etc. For more information on this program, the current rates and to review event eligibility, please contact 204-239-8337 or info@city-plap.com for more information.

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 info@city-plap.com for more information.
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Road Closures:
Road closure requests must be in writing and include information such as the streets to be closed, the date of the requested closure, the length of time the road will be closed and the reason for the closure.

Road Closure requests should be forwarded to the Manager of Administration at 204-239-8337 or info@city-plap.com .  Requests should be received at least 6 weeks prior to an event to allow for review and notification of area residents if necessary.

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

HERITAGE  

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.
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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.
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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 -pdf
Residential Inventory of Potential Heritage Sites – pdf

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:
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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.
AGE FRIENDLY CITIES  

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.
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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, Southern Health-Santé Sud RHA, Canadian Mental Health Association, Portage Regional Library, 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

The Age Friendly Cities Advisory Committee undertook a research project to find out what events/activities are available to the citizen of Portage la Prairie that were either free or of nominal costs.
Priceless Activity List
Age Friendly History
Creating a Community Brochure
Its Your Business Brochure

A group of first year University of Manitoba students studied Portage la Prairie for four months in late 2014 for Age Friendliness. Their research included discussing challenges for seniors, and coming up with ways to address those issues.  After holding public consultations, they arrived at six suggestions for how to make Portage la Prairie more age friendly. They outlined their findings for City Council at their January 12, 2015 meeting.  Click here to view the report.

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 Email:  info@city-plap.com

AGE FRIENDLY CITIES RELATED LINKS:

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