The Municipality of Springfield, Manitoba

AT A GLANCE THE MUNICIPALITY OF SPRINGFIELD, MANITOBA WHAT: Large, rural municipality; population 15,000+ WHERE: Eastern boundary of Winnipeg, Manitoba WEBSITE: A municipality that began as a farming community has plans for so much more. Council and administration believe Springfield can be a place where residents live, work, and play. Springfield Mayor, Tiffany Fell, believes Springfield’s beauty, unique positioning, tax incentives, and support for residents makes it a great place to call home. Incorporated in 1873, the Municipality of Springfield is located 30 minutes from the heart of Winnipeg. The urban areas of Springfield include Oakbank, Dugald, and Anola. On the east side, Springfield borders the beautiful Agassiz Provincial Forest. According to Mayor Fell, “Springfield is a place for everyone and represents and embraces different views and lifestyles of people of all ages and walks of life.” To that end many of the projects the municipality has on the go are diverse. A local group of Springfield volunteers saw the completion of a seniors’ co-op housing facility in 2015 and this same group is now starting a second phase, which will add 60 assisted living units and provide assistance to 100 more residents who wish to age-in-place in their own community. The development is expected to break ground in 2021. These new units are in addition to 47 existing units in the not-for-profit housing co-op that currently provides housing for 100 people and supports 100 more living at home. Fell reports that she and her team are