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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Industrial Training School / Manitoba Home for Boys / Agassiz Youth Centre (Crescent Road East, Portage la Prairie)

Between 1908 and 1909, a four-storey stone and brick building, designed by provincial architect Samuel Hooper, was constructed by the Snyder Brothers on the edge of the Portage la Prairie, beside Crescent Lake, as a home for the Industrial Training School. Modeled on the Minnesota Training School at Red Wing, Minnesota, the facility opened its doors in February 1910 with the transfer to its custody of 20 boys from the Central District Gaol. It was intended as a facility to deal with “juvenile delinquents” and others by giving them work-related training, with instruction in tailoring, shoe-making, gardening, carpentry, blacksmithing, baking, cooking, farming, and sewing. Later, other buildings were added nearby, some of which still remain at the site. In 1931, it was renamed the Manitoba Home for Boys. During the Second World War, the site was taken over by the Canadian military, forcing the staff and boys to move to temporary quarters at Carman. They returned after the war. Known as the Agassiz Youth Centre since 1977, the 59-acre site is operated by the Manitoba government as a youth correctional centre for young offenders.





Wellington Bridgman (1853-1922)


John Weir (1867-1959)


Findlay William McKinnon (1879-1957)


Hugh Duncan Cumming (1879-1942)


Edgar Wood


Harry Atkinson (1882-1968)


Bruce D. Jones


Raymond G. Atkinson


Terrance Rempel

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Industrial Training Centre

Postcard view of the Industrial Training School (circa 1911)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2013-0116

Industrial Training Centre

View of the Industrial Training School (circa 1915) by James W. Jarrett
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Portage la Prairie - Provincial - Industrial School for Boys 5, N14227

Industrial Training Centre

View of the Industrial Training School (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Portage la Prairie - Provincial - Industrial School for Boys 3, N14987

Agassiz Youth Centre

One of the remaining, older buildings at the Agassiz Youth Centre having new cedar roofing installed (May 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.96540, W98.28236
denoted by symbol on the map above


The Early Years of the Manitoba Home for Boys (Portage la Prairie), 1889-1948 by Cameron Harvey. Winnipeg: The Author, 2010. [Manitoba Legislative Library, HV 9110 .P6M3 Har]

Portage la Prairie, 1870-1970 by Anne M. Collier, Portage la Prairie, 1970, page 250.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 January 2015

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