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November 29, 2021

Annual Snow Route Parking Ban begins December 1

Parking will be prohibited on snow routes between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m.

Released: 9:12 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg's Annual Snow Route Parking Ban will take effect at 2 a.m. on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. Motorists are reminded to not park their vehicles on streets designated as snow routes between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. until the ban lifts on Monday, February 28, 2022.

Motorists are encouraged to check streets for snow route signs, or if unsure, use our online address lookup tool, the Know Your Zone mobile app, our interactive snow route map, or by contacting 311.

Snow routes are a top priority for snow clearing and ice control to ensure that emergency vehicles can navigate quickly and safely around the city. It’s important that vehicles are not parked on snow routes overnight to enable rapid and efficient snow clearing and ice control of these critical routes.

Enforcement of winter parking bans

In addition to the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban, the City may declare an Extended Snow Route Parking Ban, Residential Parking Ban, Snow Emergency Parking Ban, or restrict parking on select streets to facilitate snow clearing operations. In all these instances, vehicles parked in violation may receive a ticket and may be towed to the towing company’s compound.

We are urging motorists to stay informed on the City’s snow clearing operations and to move their vehicles accordingly to help facilitate the efficient clearing of our roadways.

To ensure greater city-wide parking enforcement coverage, improve motorist compliance with winter parking bans, and improve our overall snow clearing, Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology is being used to identify vehicles parked in violation of the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban and the Residential Parking Bans. Those parked in violation will receive tickets in the mail, rather than on the windshield of their vehicle.

Enforcement with ALPR will start in December for Residential Parking Bans and on January 1, 2022 for the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban.

How to stay informed on snow clearing operations

We have a number of resources available to help residents stay up-to-date on our snow clearing operations. Residents can download the official Know Your Zone mobile app for free at the Apple App Store and Google Play App Store, and save their favourite addresses to get information on parking bans and to receive notifications ahead of snow clearing operations on their street.

The City also offers email notifications which advise subscribers when parking bans are declared. To sign up for notifications, visit winnipeg.ca/snow or contact 311.

Residents can access an interactive snow clearing status map to check on the progress of our crews during major plowing operations and during residential plowing operations by searching an address and viewing the percentage completed.

During a major plowing operation, residents can search an address, view the percentage completed by geographic area for main routes (Priority 1 or P1), and bus routes and collector streets (Priority 2 or P2), as well as for sidewalks and pathways. During a residential plowing operation, residents can search an address, and view the percentage completed by snow zone for residential streets (Priority 3 or P3).

Residents can also view street priority, active transportation route priority, and sidewalk priority on searchable maps.

The City also shares information about snow clearing and ice control operations to its followers via Facebook and Twitter.

If the snow clearing status map displays that an area has been completed, but a street, sidewalk, or pathway was missed, residents can report the location using 311’s quick and convenient snow removal request form, which provides all the information needed to process a service request. Residents can also request sanding on slippery roads, sidewalks, and pathways by reporting a location using the sanding request form.

More information

For comprehensive information and resources on the City’s snow clearing and ice control operations, including more information on winter parking bans and enforcement, see: winnipeg.ca/snow.

Alternative Response to Citizens in Crisis (ARCC) pilot project announced

Released: 12:17 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Today, the City of Winnipeg (City), Winnipeg Police Service (WPS), and Shared Health’s Crisis Response Centre announced a new pilot project that will offer support to those experiencing mental health crises in Winnipeg. The program, called Alternative Response to Citizens in Crisis (ARCC) will launch in December.

The ARCC program will establish a co-response model to address 911 calls that require additional supports for people experiencing a mental health crisis. ARCC teams will be comprised of an Officer in plain clothes and a specialized mental health clinician who will be a dispatchable resource to assist WPS general patrol when needed.

The ARCC pilot project emerged as a result of the initial work completed through the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative which saw representatives from the City of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Police Service, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, Shared Health, and other community agencies work collaboratively to find ways to better align the supports offered with the needs of residents calling 911.

“The work initiated through the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership program has delivered results,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “A key element to our success has been strong collaboration across community agencies, levels of government, and health sectors. Together with EPIC-9, this is the second pilot project introduced that is driving positive change in how we respond to residents calling 911 for help. Changes introduced through these pilot projects not only optimize the allocation and dispatch of critically important emergency response resources, but also have the potential to improve the overall health and wellbeing of our residents.”

In 2020, WPS conducted 18,991 wellbeing checks, making this the top resident generated dispatch event for the first time ever.

“While the public demand for civilian crisis workers to respond to these calls is increasing, the reality is that police will always need to play a role in these calls for service as these situations can be violent and unpredictable, and usually occur with limited information, but we also know we can do it differently,” said WPS Chief, Danny Smyth. “Almost half of dispatched calls for service have a medium or high safety risk associated to them, and it is only after our officers respond and confirm a situation is safe, that alternative supports can engage and address the psychological and social needs of persons in mental health crisis.”

“WPS recognizes citizens’ health and safety includes a variety of needs, and the importance of working with partner agencies in government and the community who provide a wide range of supports,” said Chris Puhach, Inspector, Winnipeg Police Service.

Mental health is a relevant and unpredictable factor in a wide variety of WPS calls for service. In 2020, members of the WPS made 2,102 trips to a health care facility with persons in crisis and spent approximately 3,533 hours, or the equivalent of 147 days, waiting to turn the person over to clinical staff. It is anticipated that the pilot project will improve support for individuals in crisis while freeing up some policing resources in circumstances that can safely involve the ARCC team.

“There is growing evidence of the benefits that result from follow-up mental health contacts and the connection to specialized services and supports that occur when mental health workers are involved in responding to the psychological and social needs of persons in crisis,” said Dr. James Bolton, Medical Director, Shared Health Crisis Response Services. “ARCC will respond in the moment of crisis to provide assessment and intervention in addition to offering follow-up care to those requiring some additional supports in the timeframe following a wellbeing call. This may include support in navigating services, connections to available resources or longer-term support for individuals who are frequently in crisis and require a collaborative, system-wide approach”.

“This partnership builds upon the continuum of care that is offered through the Crisis Response Centre, Crisis Stabilization Unit, Mobile Crisis Unit, Peer Support, Post Crisis Services and our Rapid Access to Additions Medicine programming, said Erika Hunzinger, Acting Director, Shared Health Crisis Response Services.”  Through ARCC we can support connections to appropriate follow-up services in a manner that is client-focused and coordinated.”

Residential Parking Ban lifted

Released: 7:07 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Residential Parking Ban has been lifted; the City of Winnipeg thanks all Winnipeggers for their patience and cooperation. The Annual Snow Route Parking Ban takes effect at 2 a.m. on December 1, 2021.

If your residential street was not cleared as scheduled, you can now contact 311 to make a report, or submit a service request using the quick and convenient snow removal request form. Crews will be addressing missed streets and other outstanding snow clearing requirements in the coming days.

Residents are reminded to watch for temporary no parking signs that may be placed on their residential street. The temporary no parking signs are used to prohibit vehicles from parking on streets so snow removal equipment can perform their operations. Vehicles parked in violation of temporary no parking signs may be ticketed and towed.

For more information about winter parking bans, to download the City’s Know Your Zone app, and for more information on snow clearing and ice control activities, see: winnipeg.ca/snow.

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