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November 28, 2019

 

City releases 2019 Financial Status Report and Forecast to October 31, 2019

Updated report and forecast projects a $9.2 million year-end deficit

Released: 9:15 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg’s most recent financial status report and forecast is projecting a deficit in the tax-supported operating budget (General Revenue Fund) of $9.2 million, as at October 31, 2019. The financial update will be presented at the meeting of the Standing Policy Committee on Finance on December 4, 2019.

The forecasted year-end deficit marks a minor improvement from the third quarter financial status report and forecast, which indicated a projected year-end deficit of $9.4 million as at September 30, 2019. The updated Financial Status Report and Forecast to October 31, 2019 includes $7.2 million of projected incremental tax-supported costs in the current financial year related to the City’s ongoing response to the storm.

“The City of Winnipeg’s continued response to the major storm event in October will have a significant impact on the City’s year-end finances,” said Councillor Scott Gillingham, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Finance. “While the City may need to draw on the Financial Stabilization Reserve fund, there will be a continued focus by departments on making financial improvements over the course of the year in an effort to continue to reduce the projected year-end deficit.”

The City now estimates that the total (including utilities) incremental costs relating to the storm event is $9 million. This marks an increase in the projected costs related to the storm, which was estimated to be $7.9 million in the last financial status report and forecast. A portion of the storm cleanup costs will be partially accounted for in the 2020 fiscal year because of ongoing work.

The Chief Administrative Officer will provide a report on the operational and financial impacts of the October weather event to Council and Standing Policy Committee on Finance by January 2020.

Disaster financial assistance has not been announced by the Province of Manitoba, therefore no recoveries have been factored into this forecast. Council has directed the Public Service to apply for disaster financial assistance should a program be announced by the Province.

The City’s financial update is publicly available through the Decision Making Information System (DMIS).

Winter 2020 Leisure Guide Skating and Swimming brochures now available online

Released: 1:45 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Winter 2020 Leisure Guide Skating and Swimming brochures are now available exclusively online at winnipeg.ca.

Activity registration for all winter skating lessons and winter swimming lessons begins Tuesday, December 10 at 8 a.m. Registration for non-residents begins one week after registration for residents. For more information, please visit City of Winnipeg - Recreation Registration Non-Resident.

Registration for swimming lessons at the Bonivital Pool (1215 Archibald Street) will not be available this winter, as the facility is scheduled to undergo structural repairs to the pool deck and tank and mechanical upgrades to the Heat Recovery Ventilator unit beginning in January. It’s anticipated that the pool will reopen to the public in summer 2020.

Registration will be ongoing after these start dates. Visit winnipeg.ca or contact 311 for more information.

For your convenience, the City offers a number of ways to register:

leisureONLINE

Visit City of Winnipeg - leisureONLINE 

If you are planning to register for winter skating lessons or winter swimming lessons using leisureONLINE, please ensure that you are able to successfully log in to your online account BEFORE registration starts. If you are having difficulty accessing your account, please call 311.

For more information on accessing or creating your account, please visit City of Winnipeg – Registration Tips.

Call 311

In-Person Registration Locations for December 10 Only 

The following Registration Centres will operate on December 10 only:

  • Central Registration Centre, Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex
  • South-East Registration Centre, Louis Riel Library

Limited in-person registration on December 10 will also be accepted at all City of Winnipeg indoor pools, with the exception of Bonivital, beginning at 8 a.m. Registration at Eldon Ross will be available beginning at 1 p.m. Check in-person registration times at the facility of your choice by contacting 311 or visiting winnipeg.ca.

Queue numbers at all in-person locations (except Eldon Ross) will be distributed starting at 7 a.m. on December 10.

Registration for all other winter Leisure Guide activities is still open. Register anytime by calling 311 or visiting City of Winnipeg – leisureONLINE. 

November 28, 2019