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October 1, 2021

City extending temporary patio program through winter

Winter operation of temporary patios will be available with additional operating requirements

Released: 10:29 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is making temporary patio registration available to eligible businesses through the winter with additional operating requirements. Current temporary patio registrations submitted for the summer patio season will extend until October 31, 2021. New winter patio registrations will be accepted as of October 1, 2021 and will be in effect from November 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

“Business owners in the hospitality industry have experienced enormously challenging circumstances throughout the pandemic,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “The winter temporary patio program is one way the City is working with the industry to try and create opportunities to increase business and welcome back customers. Due to changing restrictions, restaurants weren’t able to take advantage of the temporary patio program last winter. But it’s our hope this year that we will see many residents supporting our restaurants and enjoying their patios from November to March.”

"Many of our restaurant owners have been working very hard to safely welcome back customers and bring some normalcy back to people who have been missing the opportunity to dine out or gather together," said Cindy Gilroy, Chairperson of the Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development. “I am hopeful this winter patio program will help create more opportunities to increase business in a way that complies with current public health restrictions and offers a unique and enticing experience for customers."

Businesses that wish to participate in the temporary patio registration program over winter will need to submit a new registration form and supporting documentation for review and approval prior to winter operation. The City is waiving the processing fee for the temporary patio program registration. More information about the application process is available online at

Requirements added for winter operation include permitted heating sources, size and material restrictions for tents or shelters, and requirements for snow removal. All winter safety requirements can be viewed at Temporary Patio – General Safety Requirements.

In response to the Province of Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services plan, the City of Winnipeg offered the temporary patio registration program as a way for restaurants and licensed manufacturers with tasting rooms to participate in the first phase of the reopening plan by registering a temporary patio through an expedited registration process. The City was able to grant approved temporary patios on the basis that businesses followed the City’s General Safety Guidelines, while respecting the public health orders issued by the Province. There are currently 113 restaurants and taprooms with a registered temporary patio.

City officials will evaluate the temporary patio program on an ongoing basis to ensure the approvals continue to align with public health orders.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fire on Dollard Boulevard

Released: 10:46 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 5:15 a.m. on Friday, October 1, 2021 the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to reports of a fire in a two-and-a-half storey duplex in the 200 block of Dollard Boulevard.

When crews arrived on-scene, they encountered flames and smoke coming from the building. Crews entered the duplex to launch an offensive attack, but were forced to retreat due to heavy fire conditions. Once some of the flames were knocked down, crews transitioned to an interior, offensive attack to complete extinguishment of the fire. The blaze was declared under control at 6:55 a.m.

All occupants of the duplex self-evacuated prior to crew arrival. The City of Winnipeg’s Emergency Social Services was deployed to assist displaced residents in finding alternate accommodations. Crews located two cats on-scene that had succumbed to fire-related injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The building sustained extensive fire, water, and smoke damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.

Mayor Bowman to Travel to Vancouver to Take Part in the Royal Canadian Navy's Canadian Leaders at Sea Program

Released: 3:35 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At the invitation of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), Mayor Bowman will travel to Vancouver, BC over the weekend to take part in the RCN Canadian Leaders at Sea Program.

“Winnipeg is a city that has a strong history and strong ties to the Canadian Armed Forces,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “The Canadian Leaders at Sea Program is an opportunity to see what life is really like for members of our RCN. The opportunity to spend time with the colleagues of the HMCS Winnipeg, who I’ve regularly met with, is a great honour.”

There were plans to help commemorate last year’s 25th Anniversary of the HMCS Winnipeg, however, those plans were cancelled as a result of the pandemic.

Mayor Bowman will be aboard the HMCS Harry DeWolf alongside RCN sailors to gain a deeper understanding and perspective of their mission in service to Canada. The Mayor will be joined by Deputy Mayor, Councillor John Orlikow (River Heights-Fort Garry).

This weekend’s trip builds on a number of efforts to strengthen relationships with the CAF, including a number of visits, tours and meetings with 17 Wing, a Christmas Card program for overseas members of 17 Wing, visits to the Military Family Resource Centre, attendance at Change of Command ceremonies, hosting the Air Cadet’s Freedom of the City Ceremony at City Hall, participating in Exercise Parcel Push with Fort Garry Horse and attending candlelight vigils at Brookside Cemetery. In May of 2019, the Mayor traveled to France at the invitation of Joël Bruneau, Mayor of Caen in Normandy, France for a multi-day commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the battle of Normandy.

“Being present among Canadian veterans remembering the battle of Normandy was a gripping experience to be part of,” said Mayor Bowman. “The level of pride and emotion in the faces of the veterans and their families is something I will never forget. One of the greatest ways we can show our gratitude to Canada’s veterans is to remember the sacrifices they made on our behalf and to learn more about the role of our CAF in our past and present.”

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