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October 28, 2016

2018 General Assessment for property owners underway

Released: 10:04 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB â The City of Winnipeg 2018 General Assessment for property owners is currently underway. Properties in Winnipeg are assessed every two years to ensure assessment values keep pace with changing values in the real estate market.

The last General Assessment occurred in 2016 and updated market values to an April 1, 2014 reference date. The 2018 General Assessment will update market values to an April 1, 2016 reference date.

The average assessment increase for residential properties ranges between 1% and 5%.

“It is important to remember that an assessment value change does not necessarily mean a similar change in property taxes,” stated Mel Chambers, Director of Assessment and Taxation.

The change in the overall assessment roll (including all property types) due to the 2018 General Assessment cannot be calculated at this time as non-residential properties have not yet been valued.

Residential property owners in Winnipeg will receive a preview letter about the 2018 General Assessment by mail over the next few months, and can also access additional assessment information through the City of Winnipeg website.

As with past General Assessments, the Assessment and Taxation Department is inviting residential property owners to speak with departmental staff about their proposed 2018 market values through the Residential Review Appointment Program.

The Residential Review Appointment Program will function much like past General Assessment Open Houses with the continuation of a “by appointment” feature. Program details such as dates, times, locations and how to make an appointment will be included with each property owner’s personalized preview letter.

The Assessment and Taxation Department is responsible for conducting a General Assessment of all property in the City of Winnipeg. This includes the valuation and classification of all Winnipeg homes and properties â both residential and commercial â in order to ensure fair distribution of taxes.

For more information on the Assessment and Taxation Department, as well as the 2018 General Assessment, visit

City Hall gets spruced up!

40-foot Colorado spruce chosen as City Hall's 2016 Christmas tree

Released: 11:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB â City Hall will get spruced up this Sunday with the arrival of this year's Christmas tree. The 40-foot Colorado spruce will be donated by East Kildonan homeowners Gail and Gerald Bordian.

“We moved here in 1989 and the tree was about 10 feet tall at that time. My son would climb up on a ladder to decorate it with Christmas lights,” said homeowner Gail Bordian. “Over the years it’s grown too big so we decided to donate it to City Hall for their Christmas tree.”

“This spruce has a beautiful, dark green colour and cylindrical form which make it a great choice to be the centerpiece of City Hall’s holiday display this year,” said Martha Barwinsky, city forester.

For more information on the City’s annual Christmas tree, please visit City of Winnipeg - Christmas Tree

City Hall Christmas tree installation schedule of events:

On Sunday, October 30 between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., the tree will be cut and lifted by crane from 904 Louelda Street. The tree will then be transported on a flatbed to City Hall (510 Main Street) and positioned by crane.

The tree is estimated to arrive at City Hall on Sunday, October 30 between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

A crew from the City’s Urban Forestry Branch will then spend several days decorating the tree with over 9,000 multi-coloured LED lights.

The ceremonial lighting of the tree will take place at an event on November 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. More details will be announced closer to the date.

Brookside Cemetery tours commemorate the significance of Remembrance Day

Released: 11:55 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB â Brookside Cemetery is encouraging the public to visit and remember the more than 11,000 war Veterans interred in its Field of Honour during the week prior to Remembrance Day.

In addition to free, organized tours, Veterans from the Second World War, the Korean War and Peacekeeping missions will be on hand to provide firsthand accounts of Canada's military history. As well, representatives from the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Museum will provide memorabilia displays and share related stories.

Brookside Cemetery is home to one of Canada's largest and most significant design of military interment sites.

The Field of Honour is the burial place of war Veterans, Peacekeepers, Merchant Marines and Military Service Men and Women from the First and Second World Wars, as well as the Korean and Vietnam Wars and the Battle of Hong Kong. The Field of Honour also heralds Canada's only Commonwealth War Graves Commission ‘Stone of Remembrance’.

"Many people don't know that such an important Canadian wartime historical site is located right here in Winnipeg," says Jane Saxby, Cemeteries Administrator. "The Brookside Cemetery Field of Honour compares to the European and American Military Fields of Honour. We are offering free tours for schools and the general public during Remembrance Week, as a way to increase awareness of this historical asset and to share these important stories.”

2016 has been another year of significant anniversaries, including the 75th Anniversary of The Battle of Hong Kong and the 100th Anniversary of the Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel.

Saxby encourages the public to visit the Field of Honour and take part in acknowledging the service our Veterans gave by placing a poppy and a Canadian flag, while learning about their bravery. A tour of the Field of Honour offers a unique way to understand the importance of Remembrance Day. “It is a day to remember and reflect on the sacrifices that helped shape the Canada we enjoy today," she adds.

Brookside Military Field of Honour is the final resting place for two of Manitoba's most famous Veterans: Sergeant Tommy Prince, the province's most decorated Aboriginal War Veteran, and Major Harry Coleburn, the soldier who owned the bear cub who later inspired the Winnie the Pooh series of children's books.

Field of Honour - General Public Tour
Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m. (tour is approximately 3.5 hours in duration and bus transportation is included within the cemetery)

A short Service of Remembrance will be held immediately after the tour, at the Stone of Remembrance in the cemetery grounds, commencing at 1:30 p.m.  Everyone on the tour will be able to attend and then be taken back to the pick-up point on the tour bus.

Please Note: Advance registration is required for the general public tour. Those interested in taking the tour can contact Brookside Cemetery at 204-986-4348.

October 28, 2016