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November 10, 2016

Santa Claus set to arrive in Winnipeg this weekend!

Road closures and Transit reroutes in effect for the Santa Claus Parade

Released: 9:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - On Saturday, November 12, 2016, a number of road closures will be in effect to accommodate the Santa Claus Parade.

Beginning at 1:30 p.m. until approximately 8:00 p.m. the following closures will be in place:

  • Portage Avenue will be closed from Sherbrook Street to Main Street
  • Portage Avenue East will be closed from Main Street to Westbrook Street
  • Hargrave Street, Colony Street, Vaughn Street, Kennedy Street, Edmonton Street, Garry Street, Fort Street, Carlton Street, Donald Street, and Smith Street will be closed at Portage Avenue
  • Main Street southbound will be closed between McDermot Avenue and Graham Avenue
  • Main Street northbound will be closed between St. Mary Avenue and Portage Avenue
  • Pioneer Avenue westbound will be closed between Main Street and Westbrook Street
  • Westbrook Street southbound will be closed between Portage Avenue East and William Stephenson Way
  • William Stevenson Way eastbound will be closed between Main Street and Waterfront Drive

Visit Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade for more information.

Winnipeg Transit will re-route all buses operating in the vicinity of the Santa Claus Parade. The re-routes will be in effect from approximately 12:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. For route and schedule information, visit Winnipeg Transit or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at .

As increased vehicle traffic and pedestrian activity near the parade route will slow all travel in and out of the downtown, please allow for extra travel time in the area.

2017 Budget Schedule Announced

Released: 1:52 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The preliminary 2017 Operating and Capital budgets will be tabled at a special meeting of Executive Policy Committee on November 22, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.

After the tabling of the budgets on November 22, 2016, the schedule of meetings to hear delegations and consider the preliminary 2017 Operating and Capital budgets include:

Monday, November 28, 2016, 9:30 a.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment (Regular Meeting)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works (Regular Meeting)

Friday, December 2, 2016, 9:30 a.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Protection and Community Services and Parks (Regular Meeting)

Monday, December 5, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development (Regular Meeting)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 9:30 a.m.
Winnipeg Police Board (Special Meeting)

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Special Executive Policy Committee to hear delegations on Budgets

Friday, December 9, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Special Executive Policy Committee to consider Standing Policy Committee recommendations and table final recommendations

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 9:30 a.m.
Special Meeting of Council to pass Budgets

To register as a delegation for Budget participation, please contact 311.

Province, City celebrate Winnipeg Soccer Federation Indoor Soccer Multiplex grand opening

Released: 5:50 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Representatives from the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg celebrated the official Winnipeg Soccer Federation Indoor Soccer Multiplex grand opening at an event this evening.

“The new Winnipeg Soccer Federation North Complex is an excellent addition to the community and Manitoba’s new government is pleased to recognize the opportunities it will bring,” said Scott Fielding, Minister of Families and MLA for Kirkfield Park. “From developing physical literacy skills to the pursuit of sport excellence, world-class athletic facilities play an important role in encouraging our children and youth to join a team, have fun and stay active for life.”

The new 163,000 square-foot facility is located on the north side of the Garden City Community Centre complex at 770 Leila Avenue, and features enhancements that improve both the player and spectator experience.

“I am proud to see the new Winnipeg Soccer Federation North Complex available for Winnipeggers, and am pleased that the City of Winnipeg continues to invest in new recreational opportunities for our residents,” said Devi Sharma, City Councillor for Old Kildonan. “It is important that we continue to provide our residents with options for recreation, especially with world class facilities such as this and the recently opened Seven Oaks Arena. Not only do these facilities provide our residents with ways to remain active year round, but participation in organized sport teaches children and youth so many valuable life lessons. This facility helps to make that a bit more accessible for residents living on the north side of the City.”

The fully-accessible complex boasts a number of innovative features, including four indoor soccer pitches, a full viewing mezzanine around the pitch, 16 change rooms, tiered spectator seating, and a player warm-up area.

“The Winnipeg Soccer Federation is a proud funding contributor to the WSF Soccer North complex and neighboring Shaughnessy Park outdoor pitch. The WSF objectives are to promote and develop soccer in Winnipeg by providing the necessary infrastructure and leadership,” said Matthew Duffy, Chair of the Winnipeg Soccer Federation. “This project, through joint efforts with our Government partners, the City of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba, provides first-rate indoor and outdoor facilities for all ages and levels of our soccer community.

Nic Curry, MLA for Kildonan and Mike Pagtakhan, City Councillor for Point Douglas and Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services, and Parks also attended the event to celebrate the Multiplex grand opening.

The $22.881 million project, which includes the indoor Winnipeg Soccer Federation Indoor Soccer Multiplex facility as well as the Shaughnessy Park outdoor soccer pitch, received $8.755 million from the Province of Manitoba, $7.0 million from the City of Winnipeg, with the remainder being funded by the Winnipeg Soccer Federation under a loan guarantee from the City of Winnipeg. Construction began in November 2014.

For more information on location and field rentals, please visit

November 28, 2016