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Media Releases

March 14, 2020


City of Winnipeg’s response to COVID-19

Released: 10:04 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg remains committed to maintaining essential services for our residents, while balancing the health, safety, and well-being of our employees and residents. In response to this week’s confirmed arrival of COVID-19 in Winnipeg, the City has instituted a number of changes to programs and services.

Recreation & Leisure
Residents are advised that all City-owned and operated recreation centres, pools, and libraries will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice. More information is available online, including listings of City-owned and operated recreation centres, pools, and libraries.

Leisure Guide programming will also be cancelled effective March 16 until further notice. The 2020 Spring/Summer Leisure Guide registration that was originally planned for March 17, 2020 has been postponed until further notice.

Enhanced cleaning on Winnipeg Transit
Winnipeg Transit is instituting an enhanced cleaning program immediately. We anticipate this program will ramp up quickly, as new equipment is being acquired to help sanitize buses. Transit staff will begin carrying out additional cleaning procedures, sanitizing high-touch points on bus interiors using ES65H, a disinfectant it has in supply.

We will also be using our service to communicate public health messages and are in the process of installing interior ads advising members of the public of proper handwashing procedures.

Committee & Council meetings
For information on committee meetings and Council, see the schedule of meetings.

As a reminder, meetings are also broadcasted live on our YouTube channel for members of the public to view in real-time or at a later date.

We are requesting that individuals experiencing flu-like symptoms not enter City facilities.

Online resource

For regular updates on the City’s response to COVID-19 and impacts to City services, please refer to:

Proactive rescheduling of Council and Committee meetings in response to COVID-19

Released: 10:41 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – In response to COVID-19 and in an effort to better align with measures being taken by the Provincial Government, Council and Committee meetings over the coming weeks will be rescheduled, Mayor Brian Bowman announced today. Out of an abundance of caution, this revised schedule follows the Provincial Government’s school closure measures, as announced Friday, March 13, 2020.

“Today, I am presenting a plan to reschedule all regular and special Council and Committee meetings in the coming weeks to align with the provincial 3 week school closure measures that begin on March 23, 2020,” said Mayor Bowman. “In order to meet the budget timelines required by law under the Winnipeg Charter, I have also worked with Committee Chairs to reschedule meetings accordingly.”

The following meetings will be rescheduled:

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – 1:30 pm
(Rescheduled from Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 9:30 am)

  • Standing Policy Committee on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 9:00 am
(Rescheduled from Thursday, March 19, 2020, 9:00 am)

  • Executive Policy Committee to hear public delegations on budgets

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 1:30 pm
(Rescheduled from Friday, March 20, 2020, 9:00 am)

  • Executive Policy Committee to table final recommendations

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 9:30 am
(Rescheduled from Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 9:30 am)

  • Council meeting to consider budget

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 9:30 am

  • Council meeting to consider matters originally scheduled for the March 26, 2020 Council agenda

Changes to the April committee meeting schedule will be considered at the regularly scheduled Executive Policy Committee meeting on Tuesday March 17 at 9:00 am.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to house fire on Manitoba Avenue

Released: 11:54 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 7:53 p.m. on March 13, 2020, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a one-and-a-half-storey home in the 200 block of Manitoba Avenue. Once on scene, crews found heavy smoke coming from the structure and launched an interior offensive attack. The fire was declared under control at 8:30 p.m. The home suffered considerable smoke, fire and water damage.

All occupants of the house self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews after being alerted to the fire by a working smoke alarm. Paramedics assessed and transported eight individuals to hospital – three in unstable condition and five in stable condition.

Preliminary observations by WFPS Fire Investigators suggest the fire was accidental, caused by curtains coming into contact with a light bulb. All residents are reminded to always keep combustibles away from heat sources.

Winnipeggers are also reminded that smoke alarms save lives. Homeowners whose homes do not have a working smoke alarms can apply to the S.A.F.E. Family program to receive an alarm, free of charge, installed by members of the WFPS. For more information, or to apply to have a free alarm installed, contact 311 or visit

Fire Prevention By-Law 35-2017 requires the installation of a by-law compliant smoke alarm in all residential rental properties. Smoke alarms will not be installed in residential rental properties as part of the S.A.F.E. Family program. If the WFPS is made aware of non-compliant rental units, a Fire Inspector will attend and enforce compliance.

March 16, 2020