A new 14 Passenger Handi-Van for Portage la Prairie Handivan Inc. made possible by Investments from the Government of Canada, the Government of Manitoba, City of Portage la Prairie, the Community Foundation of Portage and District and other community members.

(left to right) Councillor Wayne Wall, City Manager Nathan Peto, Delores Gumowsky (Executive Director, Portage Handi-Van), Paul Davidson (Past Chair of Community Foundation of Portage and District), Mayor Irvine Ferris, Dianne Diggle (Portage Handi-Van board member), Audrey Wettlaufer (Chair of Portage Handi-Van), Ian Wishart (Portage la Prairie MLA), Bernie Brecknell (Chairman of Portage Oddfellows), seated is Marsha Reitz (Secretary of Portage Handi-Van)

Today, Portage la Prairie Handi-van Inc. celebrated the arrival of a new 2018 14-passenger wheelchair and walker accessible handi-van which will provide the opportunity for a more reliable, safe and comfortable mode of transportation for residents in both urban and rural areas of Portage la Prairie. Residents 55 plus and all residents with reduced mobility rely on accessible handi-transit transportation services to access medical services, employment, shopping and pursue recreational activities. The handi-van service promotes independence and inclusivity and enables residents 55 plus and all mobility disadvantaged residents the opportunity to participate in community activities.

The Portage la Prairie Handivan Inc. received funding from the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) for the purchase of this new handi-van, a project that has been made possible with support from all levels of government, the City of Portage la Prairie, The Community Foundation of Portage and District and dedicated community members.


“The arrival of this new Handi-Van for Portage la Prairie is indeed a special occasion and I’m sorry I couldn’t be there to celebrate with you. This new vehicle will strengthen the municipality’s paratransit fleet, ensuring residents with reduced mobility have convenient reliable transportation options to get them where they need to go for years to come. The Government of Canada is committed to creating inclusive communities where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. Investing in accessible transit services and efficient road systems in our rural communities are two ways we are supporting this goal. We’re also supporting rural communities by investing in better internet connections to provide more Canadians with access to the information and services they need to flourish. This is all part of our $180-billion Investing in Canada plan, which was developed in close partnership with our provincial, territorial, municipal and Indigenous partners. Together we are making smart investments in public transit; green infrastructure; community, cultural and recreational infrastructure; trade and transportation routes; and northern and rural community infrastructure. From important local projects like the one we’re celebrating today to larger-scale developments that contribute to smart growth on a national level, we will continue building infrastructure that not only meets our needs today but brings tangible results for generations to come.”

  • Honourable François-Philippe Champagne
    Minister of Infrastructure and Communities


“I’d like to congratulate Portage la Prairie on the arrival of their new handi-van which will help get residents where they need to go safely and comfortably. Our partnership with all levels of government and our shared commitment to public transit ensures continued livability and accessibility in Manitoba communities. Our government continues to focus on strategic investments in our communities that respond to local priorities.”

  • Portage La Prairie MLA, Ian Wishart