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City of Winnipeg

Winnipeg Transit

Re-Naming Campaign

The City of Winnipeg strives to provide equal and inclusive customer service to all its residents. The City is renaming Handi-Transit to one that better reflects the City’s commitment to these principles.

The name and logo for Handi-Transit was adopted in 1977 and since that time, there have been significant changes in acceptable language regarding persons with physical or intellectual disabilities. A new name to reflect inclusive transit service in Winnipeg.


The process of renaming began by asking Handi-Transit’s key stakeholders for their ideas and
suggestions for a new name. The public advisory committee reviewed submissions to narrow the selection and we then asked the public to vote for their top choice for a new name for Handi-Transit.

From November 9th to November 21st 2017, we asked you to vote between three choices

1.Winnipeg Transit Plus

2.Winnipeg Transit Connect

3.Winnipeg Transit Link.

Voting is now closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of the new name for Handi-Transit.

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Handi-Transit is a branch of Winnipeg’s public transit system that provides door-to-door transportation service to people who find the City’s fixed route transit system difficult to use. Patrons may be legally blind or have a physical disability that significantly impairs their mobility. Handi-Transit registrants may used a variety of mobility aides including scooters, canes, services animals, walkers and both manual and motorized wheelchairs.

Winnipeg Handi-Transit starter as a pilot project in 1976 and was soon implemented as a permanent service through a recommendation by the project committee. The name Handi-Transit was adopted and became operational in 1977 as a division of Winnipeg Transit.

Since 1977, there have been many changes in our understanding of disabilities and the
language used to describe persons with disabilities. The introduction of new legislation, Accessibility for Manitobans Act, and its continued development provides clear direction on the use of inclusive language when referencing services for the community.

The current Handi-Transit name does not demonstrate the City of Winnipeg’s fundamental commitment to quality and providing inclusive customer service. A new name to reflect inclusive transit service in Winnipeg.


Document Name Date Type
Re-Naming Campaign Advertisement 2017-11-09 Advertisement
Re-Naming Campaign News Release 2017-11-09 News Release