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November 27, 2015

Annual Snow Route Parking Ban begins Tuesday, December 1

Parking will be prohibited on snow routes between 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Released: 10:03 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The City's Annual Snow Route Parking Ban will take effect at 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Vehicles may not park on designated snow routes between 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

The Annual Snow Route Parking Ban is in effect from December 1 to March 1.

Avoid a ticket and tow
Snow routes are clearly marked with signs like these:
snow route signs

Citizens are encouraged to check their streets for snow route signs, or if unsure, to call 311 or use the online Address Lookup Tool.

Snow routes are a top priority for snow clearing to ensure that emergency vehicles can navigate quickly and safely around the city. It’s important that vehicles are not parked on snow routes overnight in order to enable rapid and efficient snow clearing of these critical routes.

Vehicles parked in violation of the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban will receive a $100 ticket ($50 if paid early), and may be towed to the towing company’s compound.

Five winter parking bans
Other than the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban starting December 1, no other parking bans are in place at this time. The City of Winnipeg has five different winter parking bans:

  1. Annual Snow Route Parking Ban - Parking is prohibited on snow routes between 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from December 1 to March 1.
  2. Declared Snow Route Parking Ban - When additional overnight plowing is required on snow routes after a snowfall, a Declared Snow Route Parking Ban is placed into effect. This ban extends the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban by two hours, so when it is declared, vehicles are prohibited from parking on snow routes from midnight to 7:00 a.m.
  3. Residential Parking Ban (Know Your Zone!) - A residential parking ban is called to facilitate the City’s snow clearing response to an extreme snowfall. All residential streets are assigned a snow zone; each snow zone is identified by a letter of the alphabet. Zones are plowed in 12-hour shifts, around-the-clock to enable timely and effective clearing of snow and ice from residential streets. Parking is prohibited on residential streets during the 12-hour period when a zone is scheduled for clearing.
  4. Snow Emergency - The Mayor may declare a Snow Emergency at any time which will prompt a Snow Emergency Parking Ban prohibiting parking on snow routes.
  5. Temporary No Parking - Occasionally, individual streets may require additional snow removal work. Temporary "No Parking" signs are posted when streets require snow removal.

More information about parking bans is available at

Parking ban notification
The City offers free email and Twitter notifications which advise subscribers when additional parking bans go into effect. To sign up for notifications visit or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at .

Stay back, stay safe
Motorists are reminded to drive to winter road conditions at all times, and to use extreme caution when driving near any plowing or sanding equipment.

Major water feeder mains to be returned to full pressure this week

Released: 1:21 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - On Saturday night, feeder mains that cross the river will be returned to full service around 11:30 p.m. They were recently turned off, inspected for potential faults, and cleaned. When the feeder mains are turned back on, brown water is not expected. However, if the work does not go according to plan (for example, if there is a break on the water main) there is a chance that residents may experience some discoloured water.

Date Water main Areas potentially affected
Saturday, Nov 28 Maryland Avenue, crossing the Assiniboine River Wellington Crescent, Crescentwood, Wolseley, West Broadway, Armstrong Point
Saturday, Nov 28 Goulet Street, crossing the Seine River St. Boniface, Norwood, Glenwood, Varennes, Dufresne, and Archwood

After 11:30 p.m. on the night of the feeder main work and the next morning, residents in these potentially affected areas are encouraged to check for discoloured water before using their water.

This work will be done overnight to minimize the impact it may have on customers. Whenever large water main operations have the potential to cause tap water to be temporarily discoloured, we put out precautionary notifications such as this.

A feeder main is a large pressurized water pipe that carries water from a pumping station to the water main network. Any time there is a major change in the rate or direction of water flow in water mains, sediment, including dead algae and minerals in the water pipes, can loosen and be released into the water.

If residents experience discoloured water, it is recommended they do not use it for any purposes that require clean water (e.g., for drinking, preparing food and beverages, laundry). This is recommended because discoloured water does not taste, smell or look pleasant, and it can stain clothes. Health officials do not recommend drinking discoloured water but if small amounts are consumed accidentally, no harm is expected.

Residents that notice their water is discoloured should:

  • turn on a cold water tap and let the water run for a few minutes. It is best to use a bathtub tap as there is no screen to trap any sediment.
  • catch some water in a light-coloured cup. If the water isn’t clear, turn off the tap, wait 30 minutes and try again. Discoloured water usually doesn't last long. If the water still isn't clear after waiting two to three hours, contact 311, open 24 hours every day.

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CentreVenture Mandate to be Reaffirmed

City and CentreVenture to continue working together to establish sustainable, long-term funding

Released: 3:54 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - A motion scheduled to be considered by Executive Policy Committee next week recommends that CentreVenture Development Corporation's mandate be reaffirmed as the City of Winnipeg's lead agency tasked with providing leadership in the planning, development, coordination, and implementation of projects and activities in downtown Winnipeg.

Earlier this year, Mayor Brian Bowman announced the creation of a working group to review CentreVenture Development Corporation’s mandate and report back to Executive Policy Committee.

The working group consulted with over 40 area stakeholders including CentreVenture’s Board of Directors, business groups, residents, developers, planners, agencies, City of Winnipeg Councilors, and City of Winnipeg administration.

“I want to thank Councilor John Orlikow as well as fellow working group members for all the time and effort invested in this review,” said Mayor Brian Bowman.  “The motion coming forward reaffirms CentreVenture’s mandate, and recognizes that CentreVenture is a key agency in facilitating downtown development and growth.”

In addition to reaffirming CentreVenture’s mandate, the motion also recommends that oversight, accountability and reporting mechanisms be strengthened by including in CentreVenture’s next business plan performance indicators and targets, a regular reporting schedule to Council, and a business case template to better ensure public accountability over public funds.  The motion also recommends similar oversight, accountability, and reporting mechanisms be put in place for other agencies receiving City of Winnipeg funding.

“We are extremely pleased with this reaffirmation of our Corporation’s mandate, and are excited about moving forward on new plans and ideas for downtown Winnipeg,” said Angela Mathieson, President and Chief Executive Officer of CentreVenture.  “I want to thank Mayor Bowman for his leadership and City staff for their collaboration over the last year.”

Also coming forward for Executive Policy Committee review is an administrative report that makes a series of recommendations aimed at establishing funding support to CentreVenture that allows the organization to fulfill its mandate over the long-term.

“By reaffirming CentreVentre’s mandate, and working with them over the coming year to establish sustainable, long-term funding that allows them to fulfill their mandate, we can continue building a downtown Winnipeg we can all be proud of,” said Mayor Bowman.

Copies of the motion and administrative report are available on the City of Winnipeg’s Decision Management Information System.

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