City asks for public feedback to update the multi-year budget

City extending temporary patio program through winter

Winter operation of temporary patios will be available with additional operating requirements

Released: 8:34 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is making temporary patio registration available to eligible businesses through the winter with new operating requirements. Current temporary patio registrations submitted for the summer patio season will extend until October 31, 2020. New winter patio registrations will be accepted as of October 14, 2020 and will be in effect from November 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

“The immediate extension of outdoor patios to October 31 and the creation of a winter program is one more step the City has been able to take in order to create more flexible conditions for the hospitality industry,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “With added restrictions due to the pandemic, the hospitality industry is struggling right now and I am hopeful this winter patio program will help create more opportunities for business owners.”

“As restaurants are forced to navigate the many challenges caused by the pandemic, it is important that the City continues to work with business owners on finding ways for them to safely participate in the province’s reopening strategy,” said Cindy Gilroy, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development. “I know there were many restaurants that participated in the temporary patio program this past summer and I look forward to seeing how restaurants are able to continue patio service over the winter months.”

Businesses that wish to participate in the temporary patio registration program over winter will need to submit a new registration form and supporting documentation for review and approval prior to winter operation. More information about the application process is available online at winnipeg.ca/temporarypatio.

Requirements added for winter operation include permitted heating sources, size and material restrictions for tents or shelters, and requirements for snow removal. All winter safety requirements can be viewed at Temporary Patio – General Safety Requirements.

In response to the Province of Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services plan, the City of Winnipeg offered the temporary patio registration program as a way for qualified businesses to participate in the first phase of the reopening plan by registering a temporary patio through an expedited registration process. The City was able to grant approved temporary patios on the basis that restaurants followed the City’s General Safety Guidelines, while respecting the public health orders issued by the Province. There are currently 64 restaurants and taprooms with a registered temporary patio.

City officials will evaluate the temporary patio program on an ongoing basis to ensure the approvals continue to align with public health orders.

City of Winnipeg searching for a new Chief Financial Officer

Released: 8:49 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Today, a recruitment committee was formed as the City of Winnipeg begins its search for the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

“With the news that Mike Ruta, our interim Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), will continue on until a new CAO is selected and for any transition period, the City of Winnipeg will be in a strong position while making a selection,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “Since Mr. Ruta has advised he will not return to his former role of CFO, it means we will need to begin the search for a replacement as soon as possible. I look forward to the recruitment committee’s first meeting and the subsequent job posting that will officially begin the search for a new CFO.”

A CFO recruitment committee has been formed that consists of Councillors Gillingham, Gilroy and Chambers. Since there is a dual reporting relationship both to EPC and to the CAO, Mike Ruta will also serve as part of the recruitment committee.

Once the recruitment committee has selected a candidate, Council approval will be required to confirm the selection. It is expected the recruitment committee will have its first meeting to finalize the job posting in the coming weeks.

City asks for public feedback to update the multi-year budget

Released: 9:48 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeggers are invited to take part in the multi-year budget 2021 update by sharing what they value most and how that may have changed since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Winnipeg’s multi-year budget provides a plan for the City’s revenue and expenses from 2020-2023. This plan gives the City a blueprint for spending over four years. The multi-year budget process allows for flexibility because each year, the budget has to be approved by City Council.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic created unexpected impacts on the City. City Council now has to make decisions on how to adjust the multi-year budget to accommodate the financial impacts from the pandemic.

In order to assist Council in updating the multi-year budget for 2021, we are asking the public to take a short survey, available from October 9 to October 30. A representative sample of Winnipeggers was surveyed for the annual citizen satisfaction survey in May 2020 as well.  Results are summarized and available online.

The public’s input on the budget will be summarized to help inform City Council’s budget deliberations.

More information available at winnipeg.ca/engagebudget2021.

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