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May 3, 2018

City kicking off International Compost Awareness Week with compost giveaway

Released: 10:25 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – To kick off International Compost Awareness Week on Sunday, May 6, 2018, the City of Winnipeg is giving away free compost at all three 4R Winnipeg Depot locations. Residents will have the opportunity to take home up to 100 litres of compost per vehicle that they can use for their lawns, gardens and plants, while quantities last.

“The City’s compost program has been a real environmental success story. With the support of residents, we’ve been able to increase the amount of yard waste recovered and produce high quality compost,” said Councillor Brian Mayes, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment. “I encourage Winnipeg residents to visit a 4R Depot this Sunday and pick up some free compost. It’s also a great opportunity to see how convenient the 4R Depots are for dropping off materials that can be recycled, reused, composted or resold.”

All leaf and yard waste collected curbside from residents is taken to the Brady Road Resource Management Facility and turned into a nutrient-rich material called compost. This compost meets Category A standards under the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) Guideline for Compost Quality, which is safe to use in all household applications, including vegetable gardens.

Compost is a natural fertilizer that promotes vegetation growth. For best results, it is recommended that citizens mix one part of this compost with three parts soil.

Compost giveaway event details:

  • All 4R Winnipeg Depots
  • 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., while compost quantities last.
  • Residents should bring their own containers, shovels and gloves.
  • Limit of 100 litres of compost per vehicle (approximately four 20-litre/5-gallon pails).
  • This event is open to Winnipeg residents only.

For more information on the compost giveaway event, please see City of Winnipeg - Compost Giveaway.

For more information on the 4R Winnipeg Depots, please visit City of Winnipeg - 4R Winnipeg Depots.

For more information on International Compost Awareness Week, visit Compost Council of Canada - International Compost Awareness Week.

In 2017, the City held its first compost giveaway event at the Pacific 4R Winnipeg Depot in celebration of Earth Day. More than 700 visitors attended the event, and over 125 yards of compost was given away.

City accepting applications for the Vehicles for Hire Advisory Committee

Released: 1:50 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is accepting applications to be a member of the Vehicles for Hire Advisory Committee. The City recognizes the need for ongoing dialogue to ensure vehicles for hire issues are dealt with in a manner most relevant to passengers and those working in the industry. Advisory committee members will discuss vehicles for hire and provide their input directly to the Winnipeg Parking Authority.

The City is seeking individuals interested in working with other stakeholders to provide insight to the Winnipeg Parking Authority on the regulation of vehicles for hire. The Vehicles for Hire Advisory Committee will be established to:

  • Advise the Winnipeg Parking Authority on community-based and industry-based issues, city-wide priorities and other matters related to vehicles for hire operations in Winnipeg including, but not limited to, safety and accessibility; and,
  • Provide a direct line of communication between those using and operating vehicles for hire and those regulating vehicles for hire in Winnipeg.

The Vehicles for Hire By-law No. 129/2017 was approved by Council on December 13, 2017 and came into effect on February 28, 2018. The Public Service will report back to Council every year for the first five years and ongoing stakeholder engagement is critical to provide input on issues as they arise and contribute towards annual reports back to Council.

The terms of reference and application form for the Vehicles for Hire Advisory Committee can be found on Completed application forms can be submitted to and will be accepted until June 1, 2018.

New Member Appointed to Executive Policy Committee

Released: 1:54 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Councillor Matt Allard (St. Boniface) has been appointed to Executive Policy Committee (EPC) replacing outgoing member Councillor Marty Morantz (Charleswood-Tuxedo-Whyte Ridge) Mayor Brian Bowman announced today.

“I want to thank Councillor Morantz for the commitment and time he has devoted to serving as an EPC member,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “An important part of serving on EPC is demonstrating leadership and collaboration that transcends ward boundaries in the best interest of building a city we can all be proud of. I can say without hesitation that while being devoted to serving his ward residents, Councillor Morantz has contributed significantly to building a better, stronger, and more fiscally disciplined city for all residents.”

“I also want to welcome Councillor Allard to EPC,” said Mayor Bowman. “I have enjoyed working with Councillor Allard in his role as Acting Deputy Mayor, and look forward to working with him on EPC to continue building upon the many positive changes achieved over the last several years, and continue managing the infrastructure needs of a growing city while also ensuring fiscal discipline.”

Councillor Allard will assume responsibility as Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works. He will retain responsibility for existing liaison and secretary positions including Liaison for Intermodal Connectivity, Francophone Liaison, Secretary of the End Homelessness Strategies, and Liaison for Labour Relations. Councillor Cindy Gilroy (Daniel McIntyre) will assume responsibility of Acting Deputy Mayor.

No further changes are being made to standing policy committee responsibilities or Council liaison responsibilities. With the changes noted above, Executive Policy Committee will be represented by:

  • Councillor Matt Allard (St. Boniface): Chair of the Standing Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works
  • Councillor Cindy Gilroy (Daniel McIntyre): Chair of the Standing Committee on Innovation
  • Councillor Scott Gillingham (St. James-Brooklands-Weston): Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance
  • Councillor Mike Pagtakhan (Point Douglas): Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks
  • Councillor John Orlikow (River Heights-Fort Garry): Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development
  • Councillor Brian Mayes  (St. Vital): Chair of the Standing Committee on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment

"I look forward to working with all members of EPC and all Councillors as we continue to move Winnipeg forward,” said Mayor Bowman.

Winnipeggers asked to review and provide comment on draft master plan for off-leash dog areas

Released: 2:00 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is seeking feedback on the draft Off-Leash Dog Areas Master Plan (OLAMP), developed to address and respond to growing interest and demand for off-leash dog areas in Winnipeg.

In recent years, use of off-leash dog areas has significantly increased, and as a result, many of the City’s off-leash facilities experience overuse. The OLAMP will address the needs of all park users and will develop a vision and implementation strategy for off-leash dog areas throughout Winnipeg.

The draft plan was developed through research and consideration of a large amount of public feedback received in late 2017. The project team had 540 in-person interactions at engagement sessions, received  2,120 online surveys and 250 submissions to an online mapping tool. Participants now have an opportunity to see how their feedback was considered within a public engagement report.

Starting today, Winnipeggers are encouraged to go online to review a draft of the Off-Leash Dog Areas Master Plan and provide comment through an online survey at The survey will be available until May 20, 2018.

Following consideration of survey feedback, the OLAMP will be finalized and submitted for Council consideration.

More information

For more information, to fill out the online survey, or to view the public engagement report and draft OLAMP online, please visit

May 3, 2018