Registration Period for Mayoral candidates opens May 1

Registration Period for Mayoral candidates opens May 1


Released: 9:01 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is advising that the campaign period for Winnipeg residents seeking election to the Office of Mayor will begin on Sunday, May 1, 2022.

The 2022 City of Winnipeg Municipal and School Boards Election is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26, 2022. Eligible voters will have the opportunity to cast a ballot for Mayor, Councillor, and School Trustees.

The City Clerk’s Department will be open on the first official day of the campaign – Sunday, May 1, 2022 – from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and subsequent weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays. Individuals who wish to register as mayoral  candidates must register in-person with the Senior Election Official and are encouraged to make an appointment in advance.

The deadline for registration is Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. All candidates who wish to register must ensure the required information is included with their registration form. The list of requirements can be found in the Campaign Expenses and Contributions Guide.

Candidates must be registered prior to soliciting or collecting any campaign funding, expending any funds on their campaign (such as advertising), or borrowing funds.

The list of candidates will be published on the election website and updated as registrations are received.

More information is available by visiting winnipeg.ca/election2022 or by contacting 311.

Spring cleanup operations, yard waste collection to begin in the coming days


Released: 9:49 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – City of Winnipeg crews are set to begin a variety of annual spring operations in the coming days.

Spring cleanup activities

On Sunday, May 1 at 10 p.m., weather dependent, crews will begin cleaning Winnipeg’s entire street network, including bridges, sidewalks, and active transportation pathways.

It’s anticipated that crews will commence the cleanup of boulevards and median, as well as cleaning up litter and debris in City parks on Sunday, May 8, weather and conditions permitting.

The major operation involves over 300 pieces of equipment, and approximately 500 workers and is anticipated to take place over the next five to six weeks.

When a residential street is scheduled for sweeping, residents are urged to find an alternate place to park such as an off-street driveway or parking lot. This will help the City’s spring cleanup operation run smoothly and will prevent you from being ticketed and towed.

Vehicles parked in violation may receive a $150 ticket ($112.50 if paid within 14 days), and may be towed to the towing company’s compound at the owner’s expense.Please note that not all streets get “No parking” signs ahead of cleanup operations – these are typically only placed on streets that present challenges for crews. That’s why it’s very important to routinely check your street for signs, check the progress update map, and use the Know Your Zone app, and move your vehicle to avoid being ticketed or towed.

Residents are encouraged to download and use the Know Your Zone app this spring to stay in the know about our spring cleanup operations and temporary parking restrictions. Residents can add their favourite addresses in the app to receive Spring Cleanup Alerts in advance of planned operations.

The City’s official Know Your Zone app is available for free download for android devices at the Google Play App Store, and for Apple devices at the Apple App Store.

For more information on the City’s spring cleanup activities, including a progress map, see: winnipeg.ca/springcleanup.

Yard waste collection

This year’s curbside yard waste collection program will begin the week of May 9 for homes in yard waste collection area “A” and the week of May 16 for homes in yard waste collection area “B”. Residents can also drop off yard waste for free at the Brady, Pacific, or Panet 4R Winnipeg Depots.

Yard waste is collected at the curb once every two weeks, on the same collection day as recycling and garbage, and will continue until November.

Residents can find out their yard waste collection days by:

Yard waste includes unlimited amounts of outside organic materials, such as grass clippings, leaves, plants, flowers, bush/shrub clippings, and small tied bundles of branches no longer than one metre or heavier than 22 kilograms.

Residents can put their yard waste in:

  • Any reusable container without a lid (e.g., plastic tubs, old blue boxes, old metal or plastic garbage containers), containers should not be broken or damaged
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Paper yard waste bags (available at many stores)

Yard waste in plastic bags will not be accepted because the plastic bags do not decompose and will ruin the finished compost.

Residents are urged not to rake any yard waste material or debris onto the street as this can plug the street drains and cause ponding problems as well as increase the risk of basement flooding.

Residents are reminded to place their yard waste containers at least an arm’s length away from their recycling and garbage carts, and to store collected yard waste away from buildings. It is also recommended that yard waste be put out for collection no sooner than the evening before the scheduled collection day.

In 2021, more than 30,000 tonnes of yard waste was collected through the curbside yard waste collection program and composted at the Brady Road Resource Management Facility. The composted material is used in City flower beds, in landscaping finished landfill areas. Compost also gets donated to community gardens and to Winnipeg residents through our annual compost giveaway.

The yard waste collection program will help reach our community’s goal of keeping more garbage out of the landfill. It also helps protect our environment by reusing valuable organic material and significantly reducing harmful leachate and greenhouse gases.

For information on yard waste collection, visit winnipeg.ca/yardwaste.

Annual residential water meter reading program begins May 2, 2022


Released: 9:49 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg’s annual water meter reading program will resume on May 2, 2022 and will continue until September 2, 2022. City employees will be visiting homes weekdays between 2 p.m. and dusk.

Meter readers will be wearing facemasks, and homeowners are encouraged to maintain physical distancing while the water meter reader is inside their home. Meter readers will not enter the home if anyone in the household is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Meter readers will be in uniform with the City of Winnipeg logo, they will be carrying a hand-held computer, and they will present photo identification before entering a residence. Homeowners are reminded to ask for identification before allowing a meter reader into their home.

Meter readers will only knock at front and side doors; they will not knock at back doors. All dogs must also be secured either in another room or a kennel before meter readers will enter the home.

The City requires at least one accurate meter reading per year from each household. If a homeowner isn’t at home at the time of the visit, a meter reading card will be left with instructions on how to provide an accurate meter reading by phone or online at winnipeg.ca/meterreading.

For more information on water meter reading or billing, see: City of Winnipeg – Water meter reading. Residents can also contact the Utility Billing Centre by phone at 204-986-2455 or by email at utilitybill@winnipeg.ca.

Reduced speeds coming to Enhanced Sunday Holiday Bike Route streets this weekend


Released: 12:16 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – A speed limit reduction will be phased in over the next three weeks on 15 Winnipeg streets as part of the Council-approved 2022 Enhanced Sunday Holiday Bike Route program.

Signage reducing the speed limit to 30 km/hour will be installed over the first three weeks of May on the following streets:

  • Lyndale Drive – Cromwell Street to Gauvin Street
  • Wellington Crescent – Academy Road to Academy Road/Maryland Street
  • Wolseley Avenue between Raglan Road and Maryland Street
  • Churchill Drive between Hay Street and Jubilee Avenue
  • Egerton Road between Bank Avenue and Morier Avenue
  • Kildonan Drive between Helmsdale Avenue and Irving Place
  • Kilkenny Drive between Burgess Avenue and Kings Drive / Kings Drive between Kilkenny Drive and Patricia Avenue
  • Alexander Avenue between Arlington Street and Princess Street
  • Ravelston Avenue between Wayoata Street and Plessis Road
  • Linwood Street between Portage Avenue and Silver Avenue
  • Harbison Avenue West between Henderson Highway and eastern terminus
  • Youville Street between Eugenie Street and Haig Avenue
  • Rover Avenue between Hallet Street and Stephens Street
  • Scotia Street – Armstrong Avenue to Anderson Avenue
  • Ruby Street from Wolseley Avenue to Portage Avenue / Banning Street from Portage Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue

This speed reduction will be in place 24/7 from the time signs are installed through October 31, 2022.

Other site-specific measures such as barricades, turn requirements, and/or thru-traffic restrictions will be added following the City’s spring clean-up operations and will be in place on remaining weekends in May, June, September, and October and daily through July and August.

Progress on this second phase of implementation and more information on the project will be communicated on the project webpage: winnipeg.ca/summerbikes.

Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex to temporarily close for repairs and upgrades beginning June 12

Harvey Smith Library expected to close for approximately one month beginning August 1

Released: 1:11 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex, located at 999 Sargent Ave., is scheduled for mechanical repairs and upgrades, and will be closed to the public beginning June 12, 2022 for approximately five months.

As part of the project, Harvey Smith Library, located within the complex, is also expected to be closed beginning August 1, 2022 for approximately one month.

Upgrades include replacing fire dampers and the building’s air handling unit. The planned budget for the project is $1.75 million, and is funded through the Council-approved Recreation and Library Facility Investment Strategy, which is investing $50 million into facility improvements over three years.

For alternate swimming and fitness opportunities during the closure, visit: winnipeg.ca/recreation.

City of Winnipeg crews prepared to address forecasted heavy rainfall


Released: 1:11 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – City of Winnipeg crews stand ready to address the forecasted heavy rainfall. Over the coming days, as required, crews will be engaged in a wide range of activities around the clock, and based on level of priority, including clearing ditches, catch basins, and culverts of debris so that water can drain more effectively, as well as monitoring pumping and lift stations, and operating the sewer system and drainage network to move water as efficiently as possible.

River flooding

Today, the Province provided an updated flood forecast, and advised that it will continue to operate both the Red River Floodway and the Portage Diversion to lower water levels in Winnipeg.

The City continues to meet with provincial flood forecasters on a daily basis, and are monitoring weather and river conditions continuously, in order to update our flood response as necessary.

In late March, the City identified 16 properties that could be at-risk of river flooding.  Only one of these properties has been advised to build a dike to date.  Based on updated forecasts and data modelling, the City will notify any additional properties that are deemed to be potentially at risk and will work directly with those property owners. 

As of 4:03 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2022, the river level at the James Avenue gauge was 17.44 feet. River levels are available online at City of Winnipeg – Current river levels and updated in real time every 10 minutes.

Residents are reminded to use extreme caution around all waterways throughout the city, as banks may be unstable.

Basement & overland flooding

Basement and overland flooding are risks throughout Winnipeg, and homeowners who experienced issues last weekend are urged to remain vigilant.

Homeowners are reminded to take precautions to protect their homes and property, as rain and snow melt can quickly cause water to creep onto a property and threaten homes. Water can find its way in through cracks in foundations, window wells, or failed weeping tiles.

While basement flooding is a risk at any time of the year, the risk increases in the spring and when river levels rise because the sewer system must rely heavily on pumping stations rather than gravity to carry the water runoff due to higher river levels.

Property owners are reminded it is against the law to drain sump pump water into the basement floor drain or any other part of the house plumbing system, as it can overtax the sewer system placing their basement and those of their neighbours at risk of flooding and damage.

What to do if your basement floods

Make sure to check your basement often to spot flooding early, should it occur. In the unfortunate event it happens, you’ll want to take personal precautions for your safety. If the water is above your electrical outlets, heaters, furnace, other electronics or your electrical panel, do not enter your basement as the water could have an electrical current.

If you are bucketing out water, do not put it down any of your drains. Make sure to dump the water outside.

When you are cleaning up, make sure to follow the procedures from the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, and the Red Cross for what to do after the floodwaters recede.

Flood damaged materials should not go in your garbage or recycling. Instead, they should be taken to the Brady Road Resource Management Facility.

You should contact your insurance company as soon as possible. If you believe that you have a claim against the City for bodily injury or damage to your property, you must provide us with notification immediately following, or as soon as possible after the damage or injury has occurred.

For more information on river, basement, overland, and snowmelt flooding, see: winnipeg.ca/flood.

Sandbags

Sandbags are available 24 hours per day to residents who may be expecting or experiencing overland flooding to protect their properties at the following locations:

Residents must bring identification to demonstrate that they live in Winnipeg.

Since Friday, April 22, the City distributed approximately 50,000 sandbags. There are currently 40,000 available sandbags.

Standing water on roadways

Motorists are reminded to drive to road conditions, and use caution if they encounter water covered roadways in the coming days. If residents encounter a significant amount of standing water on roadways, they are advised to contact 311 to report the issue. Residents are reminded to only contact 911 for emergencies.

Crews will address areas of concern based on reports as quickly as possible.

Potholes

The City began its pothole operations in early April and crews are continuing to repair potholes across the city to improve the condition of the roadway with a focus on main routes (Priority 1) and bus routes and collector streets (Priority 2) as required, and as weather allows, based on the street priority network. 

The pothole repairs that crews make at this time of year are temporary patches using an asphalt mix, called cold mix, specifically designed for use in cold, wet weather.

Due to unfavorable wet weather and wet road conditions at this time of year, crews may have to return several times to repair the same pothole in the coming days to improve the condition of the roadway. When temperatures warm up and regular hot asphalt becomes available in mid-May, crews will return to make permanent repairs.

It’s anticipated that beginning on Monday, May 2, 25 dedicated crews will be repairing potholes with hot asphalt throughout the city for more permanent repairs to improve the overall condition of the roadway, two weeks earlier than usual. Initially, crews will focus their patching efforts on Priority 1 and Priority 2 streets.

The number of potholes we see on city streets is proportional to how wet road conditions are, and the extent of the freeze/thaw cycles we experience each spring. In the days ahead, it is expected more potholes will be developing and we will be making pothole repairs accordingly. 

So far in 2022, 311 has received 4,004 requests for service related to potholes. So far this spring, crews have repaired more than 46,000 potholes. 

At this time of year motorists are reminded to slow down and drive to road conditions and to be mindful that potholes may be present on city streets. Residents can report potholes to the City by contacting 311, or by filling out the convenient online form, and that the locations of very large or deep potholes that pose an imminent safety concern are forwarded directly to field crews for immediate attention.

311 service requests

Since Friday, April 22, 2022, 311 has received 1,402 storm-related service requests, including:

  • 486 related to basement flooding
  • 50 related to high water in retention ponds
  • 866 related to flooded streets/ditches

Residents are reminded that crews will address issues based on level of priority.


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