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Best Place to Develop in Winnipeg


Southwood Circle is unique among urban infill sites. The ingredients of sustainable development are all here. Pedestrian and transit-oriented design. Four (4) times more active transit routes than roads.

Double the statutory parkland requirement with a public riverfront park. Wildlife corridors. Walkable to one of the City’s largest employers with over a million sq ft of existing amenities.

Southwood will be a city within a city, the second largest in the province once fully built out, and one of the most sustainable cities on the planet.

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Southwood Circle is adjacent to the University of Manitoba. A daily destination for 40,000 people who study, work and play on campus – a market currently under-supplied with multi-family accommodation within walking distance.

The campus, surrounding area major retail, planned on site convenience retail and entertainment, direct bus rapid transit connection, and a community hospital are all within a short walk. Everything a high quality destination needs for live, work and play is here.

Winnipeg’s bus rapid transit system travels a dedicated bus route between the campus and downtown in 15 minutes. Every part of Southwood Circle will be within a 5-minute walk of a rapid transit stop.


IG Field is where football fans cheer on Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Valour FC, as well as the university’s popular Bisons. The 33,000-seat stadium is the largest in Winnipeg.

The 100,000 sq ft space is the hub of campus facilities for health, wellness and physical activity. It’s well-stocked with state-of-the-art equipment for cardio and strength-training, plus a 200-metre running track and climbing wall.

The campus has spectator facilities totaling 5,000 seats for all major sports, including swimming, racquet sports, basketball, hockey, volleyball and track and field.

The university is upgrading and expanding the range of music venues, galleries and theatres on campus. The showpiece will be stunning 407-seat Desautels Concert Hall now under construction.

The University of Manitoba’s Smartpark is a 500,000 square foot development in ten buildings leased to 50 local to international research and technology tenants who employ 1,500 researchers and students. Smartpark’s mission is developing space for lease to knowledge-based companies and startups involved in research areas that complement the University’s academic and research mission, including the following broad areas:

  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Engineering and Advanced Materials
  • Health and Biotechnology
  • Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences

50 acres of serviced land for lease opportunity with growth potential for 500,000 sq ft


Southwood will provide homes for more than 11,000 people who can walk to work, walk to their favourite stores and restaurants, and hop on the bus rapid transit system for a 15 minute trip to downtown Winnipeg. This urban infill development will eliminate car commuting and avoid needless construction of roads and services to suburban communities. Southwood takes advantage of existing services within the city. Urban infill is the foundation of sustainable development.

The Winnipeg bus rapid transit system runs through the Southwood community with stops that are within a five minute walk of all residences. A trip on the bus rapid transit system to downtown is only 15 minutes.

Southwood had 21 acres more than double the statutory parkland requirement. The park includes 1 km of Red River waterfront parkland.

The parkland preserves more than 5,000 mature trees, some as old as 300 years. The park network also serves as wildlife corridors for those with whom we share the land. Unlike most new neighbourhoods, Southwood Circle will feel like a mature urban oasis from the outset.

LEED Gold buildings, carbon capture, geothermal energy, on site recycling and composting, EV sharing are just a few of the elements that will create a net zero community

Developers in Southwood will work with UM Properties in accordance with our community wellness and sustainability policy and design guidelines to deliver the most sustainable buildings in Canada.



Students, staff, teachers



Research and Technology park employees


Smartpark UM Research Park

Surrounding city

Winnipeg metro area




IG Stadium


Bison hockey and soccer






Building on a strong urban economy

The underlying strength of the Winnipeg economy is one more great reason to invest in Southwood Circle. With a strategic location and diversified range of industries, the city is renowned for stable, steady growth, low business costs and a consistently positive economic outlook.

  • Strong population growth
  • Lowest overall business costs in Western Canada
  • One of the best R&D tax regimes in the industrialized world
  • Among the lowest electricity rates in North America

Source: Economic Development

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