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November 10, 2017

Preliminary 2018 City Budget to be Tabled November 22

Released: 10:02 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The preliminary 2018 Operating and Capital budgets for the City of Winnipeg will be tabled at a Special Meeting of Executive Policy Committee on Wednesday November 22, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

“I’m pleased to announce the preliminary 2018 City of Winnipeg budget schedule,” said Councillor Gillingham, Chair of the Finance Committee and Councillor for St. James - Brooklands – Weston. “This is a challenging budget year but we are striving to achieve a budget that reflects the priorities of the citizens of Winnipeg. That’s why this year’s public engagement process was one of the most extensive undertaken at the City of Winnipeg and I encourage members of the public to continue participating in the budget process until it is passed.”

After the tabling of the budgets on November 22, 2017, the schedule of public meetings to hear delegations and consider the preliminary 2018 Operating and Capital budgets include:

Monday, November 27, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development (Regular Meeting)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment (Regular Meeting)

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Innovation (Regular Meeting)

Friday, December 1, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works (Special Meeting)

Friday, December 1, 2017, 9:30 a.m.
Winnipeg Police Board (Regular Meeting)

Monday, December 4, 2017, 9:30 a.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Regular Protection and Community Services and Parks (Regular Meeting)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Special Executive Policy Committee to hear delegations on Budgets

Friday, December 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Special Executive Policy Committee to consider Standing Policy Committee recommendations and table final recommendations

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 9:30 a.m.
Special Meeting of Council to pass Budgets

Throughout last year’s budget engagement process, Winnipeggers indicated they wanted to be involved earlier in the budget development process. This year, the budget development process began much earlier by asking for the public’s input beginning in April 2018.

Throughout the public engagement process this year, Winnipeggers had multiple opportunities to provide input on the 2018 budget including an online survey, a budgeting tool, an idea forum, and pop-up events located throughout the city.

Overall, 17 pop up events were held across the city resulting in over 900 interactions with residents, over 850 online surveys were completed by the public and City employees, and many different ideas were submitted online for consideration as part of the 2018 city budget.

A summary of the public engagement activities undertaken this spring can be accessed here:

Public Engagement Summary

The complete public engagement report prepared by the Office of Public Engagement on the 2018 City of Winnipeg budget can be accessed here:

Public Engagement Report

Members of the public are encouraged to continue participating in the budget process.

To register as a delegation at any of the above committee meetings, please contact 311.

Transit free for Veterans, active members of the Canadian Armed Forces, and their families on Remembrance Day

Released: 10:02 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – To honour the men and women who have sacrificed for our country, the City of Winnipeg will be offering free transit service on November 11 to Veterans, active duty personnel and their accompanying friends and family. Those who wish to use this free service may do so by displaying one of the following to the bus operator:

  • a military identification,
  • a CF1 card, or
  • wearing a military uniform.

When displaying one of the above, the individual only needs to identify to the operator each friend or family member accompanying him or her.

“Lest We Forget” will be displayed as a banner message on all Winnipeg Transit buses on Saturday, November 11, in rotation with regular route and destination messages. Buses will also pull over at 11 a.m. to recognize one minute of silence.

“Providing free transit to Veterans, current members of the Canadian armed forces, and their families is one small way the city is able to recognize the tremendous commitment they have made, and continue to make, to our community and country,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “I am very pleased we were able to find a way to provide this recognition this year, and will be looking at ways to make this recognition permanent on a go forward basis.”

Funding for this initiative will come from the Civic Initiatives Fund, and is estimated to cost the City of Winnipeg approximately $10,000.

In addition, the Winnipeg Parking Authority is offering complimentary parking in the Millennium Library parking facility to vehicles bearing Veteran Licence Plates on Saturday, November 11. The Millennium Library is connected to the Convention Centre through the Skywalk from City Place, and offers an additional option for Veterans attending the ceremony at the Convention Centre.

November 10, 2017