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September 14, 2018

Public and vehicles for hire stakeholders asked to weigh in on safety and accessibility

Released: 9:01 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is asking the public and vehicles for hire stakeholders to provide input on the development of safety and accessibility programs, which would be funded through surcharges.

Stakeholders and the public are asked to take the time to complete the online survey to provide input on consideration for future recommendations to Council on the regulation of Vehicles for Hire and the application of revenue from the accessibility and driver safety surcharges. Survey input will be accepted from September 14 to October 7, 2018.

Accessibility surcharge details:

  • An accessibility surcharge of $0.07 per trip is a fee charged to both personal transportation provider dispatchers and to taxi dispatchers.
  • The Accessibility Surcharge is applicable to a licensed dispatcher if less than 10% of a dispatcher’s fleet is comprised of accessible (wheelchair roll-on) vehicles demonstrated to be in operation each month (in order to qualify, an accessible vehicle must provide accessible service at least one day per week).
  • All revenue from the accessibility surcharge will be used to support a program to improve accessible service within the vehicle for hire industry. The program recommendations will be developed through collecting input from industry stakeholders, the vehicle for hire advisory committee, the general public, and by conducting research to determine best practices and the types of accessibility measures that may be most effective.

Safety surcharge details:

  • A driver safety surcharge of $0.03 per trip is applied to personal transportation providers (vehicles for hire that are not taxis).
  • All revenue raised from this surcharge will be used to support a program to promote safety and security in the vehicle for hire industry.
  • The safety and security program recommendations will be developed through collecting input from industry stakeholders, the vehicle for hire advisory committee, the general public, and by conducting research to determine best practices and the types of safety and security measures that may be most effective.

Consideration of measures for both programs will depend on a number of factors, including stakeholder input, cost, available funds from the surcharge, and feasibility of implementation.

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Public invited to attend Transcona Cemetery Improvement Strategy open house

Released: 9:45 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeggers are invited to attend an open house for the Transcona Cemetery Improvement Strategy. The Transcona Cemetery is an important part of Winnipeg’s history and continues to serve the community. A draft improvement strategy has been developed to ensure the cemetery continues to meet the needs of the community. The draft improvement strategy addresses:

  1. Land drainage issues in the early interment sections;
  2. Renovation of the chapel to return it to use; and,
  3. Plans for future cemetery expansion.

Winnipeggers will have an opportunity to review the proposed improvements and share their feedback with the project team.

Event Details:

  Session 1 Session 2
Date: September 26, 2018 September 26, 2018
Time: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Format: Presentation at 4 p.m. followed by discussion. Presentation at 6 p.m. followed by discussion.
Location: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 7, 117 Regent Ave. E.

Those who cannot attend will have the opportunity to view the information boards online and provide feedback through an online survey, available until October 3, 2018.
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Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service update: Henry Avenue Fire

Released: 1:49 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 11:10 a.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018 Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) crews responded to a report of a fire at a seven-story apartment building in the 100-block of Henry Avenue. Upon arrival, crews found heavy smoke and a working fire. A second alarm was called, increasing the number of apparatus and WFPS crew members on the scene, due to the potential for high life hazards when dealing with an occupied residential building.

In total, 23 WFPS apparatus assisted with the response to this fire. Crews were able to quickly knock down the fire, keeping it confined to one floor. While the offensive fire attack occurred, crews also assisted with the evacuation of approximately 200 individuals from the building.

A number of evacuees from the building were assessed on scene and one individual was transported to hospital in stable condition. As well, one firefighter was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The majority of occupants will be able to return to the building later this afternoon once ventilation of the building is completed.

Henry Avenue and Martha Street are anticipated to reopen to regular traffic later this afternoon.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and no damage estimates are available at this time.

Winnipeg Drivers to Enjoy Safer, More Efficient Roadways

Funding for Improvements to 49 Sections of Road Across the City

Released: 3:15 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Ensuring regional roads are safe and well maintained is crucial to economic growth, facilitating trade and creating well-paid, middle-class jobs.

Today, Dan Vandal, member of Parliament for Saint Boniface–Saint Vital, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Jeff Wharton, Minister of Municipal Relations, and His Worship Brian Bowman, Mayor of Winnipeg, announced $315.9 million in federal, provincial and municipal funding for significant improvements to Winnipeg’s regional road network.

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are each contributing up to $100 million for these projects under the New Building Canada Fund–Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component–National and Regional Projects. The City of Winnipeg is providing $115.9 million.

Work involves rebuilding and rehabilitating 49 segments of roadway across the city, including sidewalk repairs and drainage improvements. These enhancements will increase driver and pedestrian safety and improve transportation routes for businesses across the city.


“The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of maintaining safe, efficient and diverse transportation networks that facilitate the movement of people and goods, link communities and keep our businesses competitive. I’m very pleased that federal funding is helping make these important road improvements across Winnipeg possible, which will make getting around the city safer and easier for residents and businesses alike for years to come.”
Dan Vandal, member of Parliament for Saint Boniface–Saint Vital, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“We are very pleased we could facilitate this major infrastructure investment to improve the roads Winnipeggers and other Manitobans use every day. These projects are an important step forward in making Winnipeg’s transportation infrastructure more safe and efficient for families and businesses, and to strengthen our communities and neighbourhoods. Strategic federal and provincial investment in municipal infrastructure benefits all Manitobans and will have a significant positive impact on our economy.”
The Honourable Jeff Wharton, Minister of Municipal Relations

“Since 2014, this council has made record levels of investment to repair our city’s regional and local roads. If approved by council next week, we will be able to accelerate regional road improvement across our city, resulting in an additional $100 million in federal funding being invested into regional road repairs over the next five years, a top priority for residents across our city. Thank you to our government partners for accepting our request to accelerate road repairs in Winnipeg.”
His Worship Brian Bowman, Mayor of Winnipeg

Quick Facts

  • Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • More than $10.1 billion of this funding will support trade and transportation projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

Associated Links

Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan:

Investing in Canada Plan Project Map:

Federal infrastructure investments in Manitoba:

Joint First Responders Scenario Training Planned

Released: 3:22 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – On Sunday, September 16, members of the Winnipeg Police Service and the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service will conduct a live training exercise inside the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. As such, citizens will notice a congregation of emergency vehicles in the general area.

The training is important as it allows first responders from all agencies to work together in a relevant public space to coordinate a response in the event emergency services are needed quickly. It allows responders to practice skills, identify gaps and build relationships.

The City of Winnipeg would like to thank the Canadian Museum for Human Rights for allowing this important training exercise to take place in its facility.

The training will take place after the museum closes on Sunday. The Forks will remain open during the training. Signage will be posted in the area notifying citizens of the training activity.

September 14, 2018