WINNIPEG — Once part of Canadian Forces Base/17 Wing Winnipeg, the Kapyong Barracks property is now being transformed as demolition work is underway at the site.
The 65-hectare parcel of land containing 40 buildings, had been home to the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry until 2004 when the unit was relocated to Canadian Forces Base Shilo.
The Department of National Defence (DND) received approval to sell the property to the Canada Lands Company CLC Limited in 2007. This approval was the subject of litigation brought by the Treaty One First Nations, with the court holding that DND had not met its duty to consult.
According to a release from the DND, discussions to reach an agreement had been taking place since 2012 about the future of the site.
In April 2018, an agreement in principle was signed between the federal government and the Treaty One First Nations, putting an end to years of uncertainty and litigation, and setting the groundwork for a final sale agreement of the lands for potential development.
The Treaty One First Nations include the Long Plain First Nation, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, Peguis First Nation, Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation, Sagkeeng First Nations, Sandy Bay First Nation and the Swan Lake First Nation.
While a final decision on future land use has yet to come, the property may potentially be a mixed-use development to include Indigenous government offices, retail, hotels and condos as well as community arts and culture spaces, explains a media report.
Currently, DND is moving forward with the demolition of the deteriorating buildings and infrastructure on the property, explains a release. Demolition work commenced in June and is expected to be completed in two phases over two years.
Located in between two affluent residential neighbourhoods, the Kapyong Barracks property is deemed as prime real estate in Winnipeg’s Tuxedo neighbourhood.