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Budget

Multi-year budget 2020 – 2023

Schedule of meetings

Budget presentations

Submit your feedback on the budget using the links below. All feedback will be provided to elected officials on the appropriate committee during their budget discussions.

Tuesday, November 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Winnipeg Police Board

Wednesday, November 13 – 2 p.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works

Thursday, November 14 – 1:30 p.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment

Friday, November 15 – 8:30 a.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development

Saturday, November 16 – 9:30 a.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks

Monday, November 18 – 4:30 p.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Innovation and Economic Development

Wednesday, November 20 – 9:30 a.m.
Executive Policy Committee

Friday, November 22 – 1:30 p.m.
Winnipeg Police Board

Monday, November 25 – 4:30 p.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment

  • Water & Waste Department
  • Planning, Property and Development Department (Riverbank Management Division)

Tuesday, November 26 – 4:30 p.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Innovation and Economic Development

  • Innovation, Transformation & Technology Department
  • Planning, Property & Development Department (Economic Development Division)
  • Animal Services Special Operating Agency
  • Fleet Special Operating Agency
  • Golf Services Special Operating Agency
  • Winnipeg Parking Authority Special Operating Agency

Wednesday, November 27 – 8:30 a.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks

  • Community Services Department
  • Public Works Department (Parks & Open Spaces Division)
  • Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Services

Wednesday, November 27 – 4:30 p.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development

  • Planning, Property & Development Department

Thursday, November 28 – 1 p.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works

  • Transit Department
  • Public Works Department (excludes Parks & Open Spaces Division)

Thursday, November 28 – 4:30 p.m.
Executive Policy Committee

  • Organizational Support Services (CAO’s Office, Corporate Finance, Corporate Accounts, Human Resource Services Department, Legal Services Department)
  • Customer Service & Communications Department
  • Assessment and Taxation Department
  • Council Services (City Clerks, Council, Mayor’s Office, Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, and Museums)
  • Audit Department

Friday, November 29 – 1:30 p.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment

  • Water & Waste Department
  • Planning, Property and Development Department (Riverbank Management Division)

Wednesday, December 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks

  • Community Services Department
  • Public Works Department (Parks & Open Spaces Division)
  • Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Services

Thursday, December 5 – 9 a.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works

  • Transit Department
  • Public Works Department (excludes Parks & Open Spaces Division)

Thursday, December 5 – 4:30 p.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development

  • Planning, Property & Development Department

Friday, December 6 – 9:30 a.m.
Winnipeg Police Board

Friday, December 6 – 1:30 p.m.
Standing Policy Committee on Innovation and Economic Development

  • Innovation, Transformation & Technology Department
  • Planning, Property and Development Department (Economic Development Division)
  • Animal Services Special Operating Agency
  • Fleet Special Operating Agency
  • Golf Services Special Operating Agency
  • Winnipeg Parking Authority Special Operating Agency

Monday, December 9 – 9:30 a.m.
Executive Policy Committee

  • Organizational Support Services (CAO’s Office, Corporate Finance, Corporate Accounts, Human Resource Services Department, Legal Services Department)
  • Customer Service & Communications Department
  • Assessment and Taxation Department
  • Council Services (City Clerks, Council, Mayor’s Office, Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, and Museums)
  • Audit Department

Budget information

Historical context on the City’s current structural deficit

This fiscal and economic research is intended to support the public service and Council in the preparation of the City of Winnipeg’s first multiyear budget. It provides a historical overview of fiscal and economic trends affecting today’s financial reality of the City of Winnipeg. It is important to examine fiscal policies and tools used in the past because it can help contextualized and inform how to adjust them according to today’s economic reality.

This research should be read in the context of other key City of Winnipeg documents including OurWinnipeg, the State of the Infrastructure Report, the City Asset Management Plan, the Community Trends and Performance Report, as well as the City of Winnipeg Economic, Housing, and Population forecast report.

The City of Winnipeg’s current tax supported operating budget has a structural deficit.

The 2019 adopted budget forecasts a $105 million deficit in 2020, growing to $132 million in 2021. This structural deficit is expected to grow beyond the next two years because projected tax supported operating expenditures continue to grow at approximately twice the rate of projected revenue.

The structural deficit in the City’s tax supported operating budget is not a recent occurrence.

It has developed over a twenty year period.

The decade following 1990 was a challenging one for Winnipeg. Many of the existing fiscal policies in place today for the City of Winnipeg are a reflection of past challenges. Throughout the 1990s, Winnipeg faced significant challenges that included:

  • Population decline;
  • Historical flooding in 1997;
  • Loss of a major sports franchise in 1996;
  • Among the highest municipal property taxes in Canada;
  • Low revenue growth;
  • High debt servicing; and,
  • High dependence on property taxes.

In response to these challenges, the City of Winnipeg utilized various fiscal tools to address these and other challenges, and to manage and limit the population and economic decline being experienced at the time. Among the measures undertaken included:

  • Property tax reductions and then freezes;
  • Restricted capital investment;
  • Expenditure reductions;
  • Reduced City’s staffing levels;
  • Reduced debt; and,
  • Increased withdraws from reserve accounts.

Beginning in 2010, the challenges faced by the City of Winnipeg began to change.

While the decade prior the City faced challenges of population decline, the years following 2010 were marked by a significantly different challenge: the challenge of growth.

Since 2010, the City of Winnipeg has experienced:

  • The fastest population growth since the 1950s;
  • Record economic growth, like in 2018 when Winnipeg recorded the second highest real GDP growth out of all major Canadian cities.
  • The lowest property taxes of any major Canadian city;
  • Low reliance on property tax as a revenue source; and
  • Low debt payments.

During the decade of significant population growth since 2010, complemented by a strong economy, many of the fiscal tools implemented in response to population decline in the 1990s, remained in place.

This has contributed significantly to the City of Winnipeg’s structural deficit. It has contributed to an imbalance between revenues, expenditures, and the cost generated by a growing city.

This fiscal and economic research outlines the historical context in which many of today’s fiscal policies find their origins, and underscores the importance of reviewing such policies to ensure the City of Winnipeg continues on a trajectory of growth while increasing its desirability as a destination for prospective residents and businesses.

Multi-year Budget Context

Last update: November 20, 2019