Council approves Winnipeg’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy

Residential Parking Ban in effect starting Saturday, November 27 at 7 a.m.

Motorists urged to park elsewhere when a residential street is scheduled for snow clearing; residents encouraged to Know Your Zone

Released: 9:08 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Plowing of residential streets will begin Saturday morning to improve the overall condition of residential streets. As a result, a Residential Parking Ban has been declared and will be in effect starting Saturday, November 27 at 7 a.m.

With consistently milder temperatures in the immediate forecast, crews will be able to clear residential streets that have seen ice buildup due to recent thawing and freezing conditions, while minimizing the risk of extensive curb and boulevard damage during clearing operations.

Residents are urged to confirm their snow zone letter to determine when their residential street is scheduled for clearing.

You can find your snow zone with the online address lookup tool, by using the Know Your Zone app, or by contacting 311. Residents are encouraged to know their snow zone letter well in advance of the start of the residential plow and to make alternate parking arrangements if they park on the street.

Starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 27, residents in snow zones C, G, J, L, P, S will need to move their vehicles as plowing will be underway in those zones until 7 p.m. Saturday. Please refer to the entire schedule below for details about when snow zones will be cleared this week.

RESIDENTIAL PARKING BAN SCHEDULE

Saturday, November 27, 2021 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 27, 2021
C, G, J, L, P, S

Saturday, November 27, 2021 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Sunday, November 28, 2021
D, F, H, K, M, N, R

Sunday, November 28, 2021 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 28

B, I, O, Q, T, U, V

Sunday, November 28, 2021 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Monday, November 29, 2021
E

Monday, November 29, 2021 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, November 29, 2021
A

Residents can view the progress of our snow clearing operations by consulting our Snow Clearing Status Map.

If a residential street was not cleared as scheduled, it will be cleared after plowing has been completed city-wide. Residents are advised to contact 311 following the completion of the residential plowing operation to report a missed street. Residents can report the location using a new, quick, and convenient online form, which provides us with all the information needed to process a service request.

When a residential street is scheduled for snow clearing, residents are urged to find an alternate place to park such as an off-street driveway or parking lot, or a nearby street that has already been cleared. This will help the plowing operation run smoothly and will prevent you from being ticketed and towed.

Vehicles parked in violation of the Residential Parking Ban may receive a $150 ticket ($112.50 if paid early), and may be towed to a nearby street that is not scheduled to be plowed, or has already been cleared. If you believe your vehicle may have been towed due to the Residential Parking Ban, please contact 311 for assistance in locating it.

Approximately 300 pieces of heavy equipment will be used for this snow clearing operation; motorists are reminded to drive to conditions and to use extreme caution when driving near heavy equipment working.

To sign up for winter parking ban notifications, to download the City’s Know Your Zone app, and for more information, see: winnipeg.ca/snow.

Council approves Winnipeg’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy


Released: 4:06 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Earlier today, Council approved the City of Winnipeg’s first-ever Poverty Reduction Strategy (2021 – 2031), a comprehensive plan, co-created with the community, that includes a practical approach to reducing poverty, increasing equity, and incorporating a “culture of caring” in all City endeavours over the next decade.

The Strategy aims to be a catalyst for additional and increasing action and partnerships going forward to address underlying root causes and localized impacts of poverty in our city, which requires collaboration by all levels of governments, the community, and people with lived experience of poverty.

“I view the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Strategy as the success of every Winnipegger who wants to make poverty history, in particular the community-based organizations who put countless hours of work into the Strategy’s development,” said Sherri Rollins, Chairperson of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks. “For too long, a city with one of the highest child poverty rates in Canada has had no poverty reduction strategy. While today is an important first step, there is more work to be done to resource and develop indicators to demonstrate we are indeed making poverty history.”

“Council passed the City of Winnipeg’s first-ever Poverty Reduction Strategy, following a multi-year co-creation process with community members,” said Michael Barkman, Chairperson of Make Poverty History Manitoba. “This was a historic moment for the City to acknowledge its role, and a positive step in addressing and helping end poverty in Winnipeg.”

Included in the Strategy are eight goals that have been identified as critical steps towards reducing poverty in Winnipeg:

  1. Equity and a Culture of Caring are Demonstrated through Strategy Implementation and Systems Change
  2. The City Actively Plans for and Partners in Affordable Housing
  3. Equity is Embedded in all City Employment and Income Opportunities
  4. Community Well-Being Supports for those in Greatest Need are Increased
  5. Transportation System Equity is Enhanced
  6. All City Services are Equitable, Inclusive and Accessible
  7. Food Security and Food System Resilience is Expanded
  8. Equity in Community Safety is Increased through Collaboration

The Strategy also identifies two key areas – or “Life Poles” – for priority focus and enhanced support as the Strategy is implemented: Indigenous Children, Youth and Families and Affordable Housing. The term “Life Poles” is a reference to the last tipi pole that is raised, which has the critical role of supporting the canvas and representing ultimate protection. “Life Poles” in the Strategy are areas that require ongoing collaboration with partners, other governments, and the community as a whole, in order to make meaningful impact and systemic changes that will help reduce poverty in Winnipeg.

The first implementation plan for the Strategy includes 80 specific actions across City departments — all of which can be undertaken within existing resources — that will begin over the next 18 months. The Public Service will report back to Council in spring 2023 with a status update and the next implementation plan.

The Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Strategy (2021 – 2031) was co-created by representatives of the City of Winnipeg Public Service, Make Poverty History Manitoba, the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council (United Way Winnipeg), and Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc., and was informed by engagement with community stakeholders, including people with lived experience of poverty.

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