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January 11, 2021

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fire on Main Street

Released: 8:57 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 11:45 p.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2021, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to reports of a fire in a mobile home in the 2600 block of Main Street.

When crews arrived on scene, there was heavy smoke and flames coming from the home. Crews launched a defensive exterior attack declaring the fire under control at 12:24 a.m.

All occupants had safely self-evacuated before crews arrived. Two neighbouring homes were temporarily evacuated as a precaution. One person was transported to hospital in stable condition. Three cats were believed to be inside at the time of the fire and were not located.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available.

City releases Financial Status and Forecast Report to November 30, 2020

COVID-19 Crisis Cash Flow Management Plan and federal funds will help the City navigate unprecedented financial impacts expected to continue into 2021

Released: 10:01 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg’s financial status and forecast report to November 30, 2020, which now factors approved federal Safe Restart Agreement (SRA) funding, is projecting a deficit in the tax-supported operating budget (General Revenue Fund) of $0.4 million. The municipal portion of the SRA funding is $42.2 million and has been fully allocated following Council approval through the 2021 Budget Update. The report will be presented at the meeting of the Standing Policy Committee on Finance on January 15, 2020.

The financial status and forecast report to November 30, 2020 also projects a combined year-end operating surplus of $26.1 million for all City departments, with $21.9 million of this surplus residing in City utilities.

Transit is now forecasting a surplus of $3.3 million following the allocation of Transit’s portion of the federal SRA funding, which is $32.3 million. It is anticipated the remaining surplus will be retained in Transit to help address the continued financial uncertainty associated with the pandemic. Transit had previously indicated a $28.7 million projected deficit in the financial status and forecast report to October 31, 2020.

"With nearly $100 million in pandemic-related losses, the City's COVID-19 Crisis Cash Flow Management Plan and assistance from the federal government have helped the City weather the financial storm," said Mayor Brian Bowman. "The recently adopted 2021 Budget Update has set the City on a fiscally prudent path to help mitigate the financial challenges that are expected to continue well into 2021."

“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an estimated shortfall of almost $92 million for the City of Winnipeg throughout the course of 2020,” said Councillor Scott Gillingham, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Finance. “The City has been able to address this significant shortfall largely through financial actions taken in response to the pandemic and allocation of federal Safe Restart Agreement funds, leaving the City in a far improved financial position heading into 2021. We continue to exercise fiscal discipline and have approved measures as part of the 2021 Budget Update that will help the City weather the impacts of the pandemic.”

The City’s financial update is publicly available through the Decision Making Information System (DMIS).

Residents encouraged to get involved in City of Winnipeg governance review

Released: 11:13 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is inviting Winnipeg residents to get involved in its governance review. Governance is all about leadership and responsibility for the City to the citizens of Winnipeg. It includes understanding citizen needs and making decisions in the best interests of the City.

We are building a City Hall that works through openness and transparency, where elected officials and staff collaborate and work towards the best interests of residents. The City’s governance structure and systems should support these goals.

The governance review’s goal is to establish modern, clear and effective governance structures and systems that support transparency and public confidence, timely decision-making and communication, and an overall culture of innovation.

Public input is important for this review. Winnipeggers can get involved by completing an online survey or attending a virtual public event. To gather detailed feedback, the project team will be meeting with organizations with an interest in governance. In addition, the City will be collecting feedback from a representative sample of Winnipeggers through a brief telephone survey.

Residents are invited to read about the City’s current governance processes, complete the survey, and share ideas for citizen participation in Council decision-making.

For those who wish to discuss in a group setting, virtual workshops are also planned to encourage residents to share experiences with the City’s governance systems and to help us understand how Council’s oversight of the City could be improved. Each session will include a brief presentation and facilitated break-out discussions.

Date: Thursday, January 28
Time: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Date: Monday, February 1
Time: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Date: Wednesday, February 3
Time: 1 p.m to 2 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Date: Tuesday, February 9
Time: 7 p.m. to 8.p.m.
Location: Zoom

Feedback is being accepted until February 19, 2021.

Residents can register for events and learn more at

St. Vital Bridge east sidewalk closure extended to December 2021 for large-scale sewer main work

Sidewalk on west side of bridge will continue to be accessible

Released: 3:35 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The sidewalk located on the east side of the St. Vital Bridge will be closed until December 2021, to accommodate a large-scale sewer main replacement.

This work requires temporary pipes to be run on the east sidewalk of the bridge. The sidewalk on the west side of the bridge will continue to be accessible to pedestrians. Cyclists should be prepared to share the road or look for alternative routes using the City’s bike map.

Construction of the new sewer main is anticipated to begin in spring or summer 2021. Replacing sewer mains helps protect our rivers and lakes, and is one of the steps the City takes to meet its Environment Act Licence requirements.
There may be times when lanes on the bridge will be closed to traffic to accommodate the work. For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures, please visit: City of Winnipeg - Regional Lane Closures.

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