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May 21, 2021

City mailing property tax statements with provincial changes to Education Property Tax Credit

Eligible property owners to receive a Property Tax Rebate cheque from Province of Manitoba

Released: 9:50 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg began mailing 2021 property tax statements today and most residential property owners will see a higher amount payable on their statement as a result of the provincial government’s reduction to the Education Property Tax Credit (EPTC).

For 2021, eligible residential property owners will notice a 25% reduction in the EPTC on their annual property taxes from the City of Winnipeg with the maximum EPTC lowered from $700 down to $525 for qualifying properties. The Province has advised they will be issuing eligible residential property owners an Education Property Tax Rebate cheque equal to 25% of their gross school taxes.

Information on the Province’s changes to the education property tax is available at manitoba.ca/edupropertytax. Property owners with questions regarding the EPTC or rebate process can contact the Manitoba Government inquiry line at 1-866-626-4862 or by email at mgi@gov.mb.ca.

The property tax due date remains June 30, 2021, however in support of property owners who may need temporary relief during the COVID-19 pandemic, Council has approved waiving penalties for unpaid property taxes for three months following the due date. Penalties for unpaid 2021 property taxes will resume on October 1, 2021.

For more information on how education property taxes impact your City of Winnipeg property taxes, please visit City of Winnipeg – Assessment and Taxation. Any property owner who does not receive a tax statement in the mail should contact 311.

Temporary changes coming to City of Winnipeg golf courses, parks, open spaces, and playgrounds

Released: 11:23 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – In consideration of the changes to the Province of Manitoba’s public health orders announced on May 20, the City of Winnipeg will be instituting temporary changes at our golf courses, parks, open spaces, and playgrounds.

City-operated golf courses

Effective Saturday, May 22 at 12:01 a.m. until the changes to the province’s public health orders expire on Wednesday, May 26 at 12:01 a.m., groups will be limited to members of the same household only.

We will be collecting information from golfers to ensure members of a group are from the same household. Golfers are reminded to bring identification that includes your address for confirmation.

The number of golfers permitted in our clubhouses is limited, and we suggest golfers allow additional time ahead of their tee time for the collection of information.

In addition, all tee times previously booked for May 22 – 25 will be cancelled, and a new tee time for individual golfers or members of your household will need to be booked.

Reservations for this timeframe can only be made via phone by calling the course after 2 p.m. today. We apologize for the inconvenience of cancelling all pre-existing bookings, but this latest round of restrictions meant that we were unable to honour the vast majority of bookings made under the previous provincial public health orders.

For more information, including hours of operations and contact information, please see: winnipeg.ca/golf.

Parks, open spaces & playgrounds 

Effective Saturday, May 22 at 12:01 a.m. until the changes to the province’s public health orders expire on Wednesday, May 26 at 12:01 a.m., residents are reminded that gatherings with anyone outside your household are not allowed in our parks, open spaces, and playgrounds.

For more information on the City’s response to COVID-19, please see: winnipeg.ca/COVID-19.

City expands mail-out of parking penalty notices

Released: 2:16 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Effective Tuesday, May 25, the City of Winnipeg will expand mailing out penalty notices for the following existing parking offences:

  • Stopping where stopping is prohibited
  • Parking where parking is prohibited
  • Double parking
  • Parking on a boulevard
  • Parking in the wrong direction

These offences will be recorded using the City’s existing fleet of vehicles equipped with automatic licence plate recognition technology, increasing compliance through more efficient enforcement across the City. Currently the City mails out penalty notices for parking in fire lanes and in school zones (for vehicles parked on a boulevard, contrary to the flow of traffic, double parked, or anywhere else where parking or stopping is prohibited.)

The change will improve the safety of enforcement officers, bystanders, and other drivers by reducing the potential for confrontations. It is also anticipated to assist traffic flow during peak hours, as officers won’t always need to stop their vehicles in a lane of traffic to issue a penalty notice. Officers will continue to hand-deliver penalty notices to vehicles when necessary.

Registered vehicle owners will receive a penalty notice including a photograph of the offence within seven days of mail out. Residents can contest a ticket online or by contacting 311. Contesting a ticket in person is temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19 measures.

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