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June 8, 2018

Arlington Bridge to be temporarily closed

June 9 and 10

Released: 9:55 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Arlington Bridge will be temporarily closed from Logan Avenue to Dufferin Avenue, starting at 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 9 until Sunday, June 10 at 8 p.m. to facilitate bridge inspection and regular maintenance.

Pedestrian access will be maintained, and motorists should allow additional travel time to get to their destinations, and use alternate routes.

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures of major streets on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg - Regional Lane Closures.

Download and use the Waze app for real-time traffic and incident updates as well as traffic re-route options.

Emerald ash borer control program commences

Released: 11:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – On Monday, June 11, 2018 weather permitting, the City of Winnipeg's Insect Control Branch will commence its emerald ash borer control program in Insect Management Areas 5 (Chalmers, Glenelm), 6 (East Elmwood, Kildonan Crossing, Munroe East, Talbot Grey, Tyne Tees), 9 (Dugald, Melrose, Mission Gardens, Transcona South, Transcona Yards, St. Boniface Industrial Park), 10 (North St. Boniface, Tissot, Central St. Boniface, Dufresne, Mission Industrial, Holden), 11 (Glenwood, Norwood East, Norwood West), 12 (Archwood, Maginot, Niakwa Park, Stock Yards, Windsor Park), 13 (Alpine Place, Elm Park, Lavalee, St. George, Varennes, Worthington), 14 (Kingston Crescent, Minnetonka, Norberry, Pulberry, Victoria Crescent), 15 (Niakwa Place, Southdale, Southland Park, Symington Yards, The Mint), 25 (Beaumont, Crescent Park, Maybank, Parker, Point Road, Wildwood), 32 (Earl Grey, Ebby Wentworth, Grant Park, McMillan, Rockwood, Roslyn), 33 (Lord Roberts, River - Osborne, Riverview), 41 (Armstrong Point, Broadway - Assiniboine, Legislature, Portage & Main, South Portage, The Forks, West Broadway, Wolseley), 42 (Central Park, Colony, Daniel McIntyre, Portage - Ellice, Spence, West Alexander), and 46 (Centennial, China Town, Civic Centre, Dufferin, Dufferin Industrial, Exchange District, Logan C.P.R., Lord Selkirk Park, North Point Douglas, South Point Douglas).

Treatment will occur between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, weather permitting. Treatment will occur on an ongoing basis until July, utilizing the insecticides TreeAzin® (azadirachtin) or IMA-jet® (imidacloprid) which is injected directly into ash trees located on City property. Only ash trees selected for treatment by the Urban Forestry Branch based on predetermined criteria will be treated. These products have been approved for use in Canada by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency, and will be used in accordance with federally approved label directions by licensed pesticide applicators.

Register for notification
Residents can register for email notification regarding the emerald ash borer control program by visiting City of Winnipeg – Insect Control Register for Notification. They can also register for telephone notification by contacting 311 and providing their name, address, and phone number. Once registered, residents will receive automated phone or email notification identifying the area(s) of the City in which the Insect Control crews are intending to work, weather permitting.

More information
For more information contact 311, or visit City of Winnipeg – Insect Control Branch.

Winnipeg Committee for Safety launches Please Slow Down lawn sign campaign

Released: 11:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Recognizing that residential speeding is a concern for many citizens, the Winnipeg Committee for Safety (WCFS), a citizen-advisory committee to City Council, will be launching the Please Slow Down lawn sign campaign on Friday, June 8, 2018. The aim of this pilot project is to provide friendly reminders to drivers to slow their speeds on residential streets.

Lawn signs will be provided to each Councillor to distribute throughout their respective wards. Citizens interested in getting a sign are encouraged to contact their area Councillor’s office to make arrangements. It will be up to each Councillor’s discretion how they would like to distribute the signs.

Important to note:

  • A limited quantity of Please Slow Down signs are available. Signs will be distributed on a first- come, first-served basis.
  • Signs have been sponsored by the WCFS and will be available at no cost. Once received, the condition of the sign is the responsibility of the homeowner. Signs can be used year after year.
  • Signs must be placed on a homeowner’s lawn. Placing signs on boulevards will violate City of Winnipeg by-laws and will result in signs being removed.
  • Citizens are advised that placing Please Slow Down signs on the same side of the street where vehicles are parked will obstruct their view. 

The WCFS wishes to thank all interested citizens for their participation in the Please Slow Down campaign and for their efforts in making our communities safer for all.

For more information about the Winnipeg Committee for Safety, please visit and follow us on Twitter: @WpgSafety.

City of Winnipeg partners with Government of Manitoba on data sharing pilot project

School enrolment numbers for Manitoba now available through the City of Winnipeg's open data portal

Released: 12:52 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg and Government of Manitoba have started a pilot program that will see the City host provincial data on its open data portal. The first set of data available is enrolment numbers for Manitoba schools. The public can access the free data in machine-readable format on

“The City of Winnipeg’s open data portal makes us a civic leader in Canada by making it easier for entrepreneurs, researchers, and the public service to access information that can be used to drive innovation and improve public services,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “This partnership with the provincial government, where provincial data is made available through Winnipeg’s open data portal, is great for taxpayers and represents a unique way to share both provincial and civic data one accessible place.”

“We believe Manitobans deserve access to information that can help them better understand issues that affect their lives on a daily basis,” said Blaine Pedersen, Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister. “Open data portals ensure members of the public have greater access to government data at no cost, and we’re pleased to partner with the City of Winnipeg on this pilot project to make Manitoba government data sets available on their open data portal.”

By utilizing existing City of Winnipeg open data capabilities, the Province is able to efficiently share selected data sets with the public. Through the pilot program, City of Winnipeg staff will continue to work closely with their provincial counterparts to look for more data sets that can be made available through the City’s open data portal.

The City of Winnipeg has made significant progress in increasing access to information to the public and as a result, the City’s position on the Public Sector Digest Open Cities Index has improved. In 2016 the City of Winnipeg was ranked tenth among Canadian cities and then climbed seven positions to third place in 2017.

For more information on the City of Winnipeg’s open data, please visit City of Winnipeg - Open Data Portal.

June 8, 2018