Transportation Systems Planning

The Transportation Systems Planning section is responsible for both short- and long-term planning and assessment of provincial transportation infrastructure and services. The focus is on ensuring that our transportation systems help achieve Manitoba’s economic and social objectives. The work of the section informs decisions with respect to strategic investments in the provincial multi-modal transportation network.

Examples of transportation systems planning initiatives include:

  • Northern and remote community road network connectivity
  • Area-wide transportation master plans
  • Trade corridor planning and analysis
  • Strategic transportation network planning and classification
  • Interprovincial transportation network planning
  • Transportation system investment analysis
  • Active transportation planning

Transportation Planning Manual

The Transportation Planning Manual is a technical reference document containing the department’s highway planning policies and standards. The manual helps ensure sustainable transportation policies are applied consistently to the provincial highway network while providing background information on the transportation planning standards and policies adopted by the department.

Nunavut-Manitoba All-Weather Road Initiative

As reflected in the Manitoba-Nunavut Memorandum of Understanding, Manitoba and Nunavut are committed to developing transportation links between our jurisdictions. Since 2007, Manitoba and Nunavut, together with the Kivalliq Inuit Association, have been assessing the feasibility of an all-season road from Sundance, Manitoba to Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. The 2007 Nunavut-Manitoba All-Weather Road Route Selection Study and the 2010 Nunavut-Manitoba All-Weather Road Business Case Study estimate development costs to be about $1.5 Billion and take over 20 years to complete.

Manitoba Capital Region Transportation Master Plan

The Manitoba Capital Region Transportation Master Plan was developed in collaboration with the Partnership of the Manitoba Capital Region and numerous stakeholders. The plan reflects the understanding that, as the population of Manitoba’s capital region increases, there is a need to plan for transportation infrastructure and services that cross municipal boundaries. The Manitoba Capital Region Transportation Master Plan ensures a coordinated approach to regional transportation planning for all modes of travel. This approach will be integrated with land-use planning in each member municipality and planning district.

Southern Red River Valley Review of Trade Network and Red River Crossings

In 2015, Manitoba Infrastructure retained WSP/MMM Group Limited to undertake a study of trade routes and river crossings in the southern Red River Valley. South central Manitoba's agricultural, recreational, commercial, and business activities are an important contributor to the Province's economy. The efficient movement of truck traffic through the Red River Valley is important for the development and growth of the area as PTH #75 is the main connection to the USA via the border crossing at Emerson. The purpose of the study is to assess the adequacy of existing Red River crossings to meet existing and future travel demands, assess the need for any additional Red River crossings and potential locations, and finalize a recommended network of RTAC routes for the study area that includes appropriate connections to the USA. The final report was completed in 2016; the report can be viewed via the link below.

Southern Red River Valley Review of Trade Network and Red River Crossings Final Report (PDF, 2.7 MB)

York Landing to Ilford Route Selection Study

In late 2014, Manitoba Infrastructure retained SNC-Lavalin Inc. to undertake a route selection study for an all-weather road from York Landing to Ilford, as well as a future all-weather road link from these communities to Provincial Road 280. The proposed all-weather road system would support social and economic development of these remote communities, while being located and built in an environmentally responsible manner, respectful of traditional activities, culture and land values of First Nations communities. The final report for the study was completed in 2017; a link to the report is provided below. Please note that the appendices have not been included; for additional information regarding appendices, please contact David Duncan ( or Jeana Manning (

York Landing to Ilford Route Selection Study Final Report (PDF, 2.5 MB)