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Impact Fee Working Group

A working group comprised of elected officials, city administrative staff, and industry and community stakeholders was established to advise on the impact fee's implementation over the three-year phase-in period. Members of the working group will provide elected officials and members of the Public Service with recommendations regarding rates and their manner of application, as well as input into the OurWinnipeg review and projects funded from revenue generated by the impact fee in an advisory role. Members of the working group were selected to represent a range of professional knowledge and experience from land development and real estate professionals, industry associations, and non-profit and community organizations.

Meet the Working Group:

  • Andrew Konowalchuk, University of Manitoba
  • Don Larke, Hopewell Development
  • Karen Lund, Morguard Investments
  • Councillor Brian Mayes, City of Winnipeg
  • Marty Maykut, Price Industries
  • Kevin McGarry, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Lanny McInnes, Manitoba Home Builders' Association
  • Keith Merkel, EdgeCorp Developments
  • Councillor John Orlikow, City of Winnipeg
  • Menno Peters, Winnipeg Housing Rehabilitation Corporation
  • Eric Vogan, Urban Development Institute
  • Don White, Colliers International


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What is the mandate of the Impact Fee Working Group?

The mandate of the Impact Fee Working Group (IFWG) is to provide strategic advice on implementation of the impact fee over the 3-year phase-in period. Terms of Reference for the Working Group are available.

The Working Group will provide knowledgeable advice and support for consideration to the Ad Hoc Committee on Development Standards, collaborating in the following areas:

  • Review market implications and identify emerging market trends and provide advice to address fluctuations and trends in the relevant market areas;
  • Provide ongoing stakeholder insight into growth-related content for the OurWinnipeg review process;
  • Provide industry and community input for consideration of CFO as projects are recommended for Council's consideration that will utilize impact fees;
  • Provide ongoing stakeholder insight and recommend options for rate changes throughout phase-in of the program for areas including, but not limited to infill, home expansions, commercial/ industrial, renovations, and new neighbourhoods.
What is the purpose of the Working Group?

The IFWG is advisory in nature and will consider the implications of the impact fee and alignment with OurWinnipeg, and provide input on: 

  • What capital projects would be eligible for funding from the impact fee;
  • What areas of the city should be subject to the fee;
  • The value of the fee; and,
  • What land uses should be included.
What is the composition of the Impact Fee Working Group?

The Working Group consists of one Council representative, staff from the Winnipeg Public Service (e.g., Planning Property and Development, Corporate Finance, CAO Office) and up to 10 volunteers of industry and community stakeholders. Councillor John Orlikow will Chair the IFWG and the Winnipeg Public Service will provide technical and administrative support.

What was the process for selecting members of the Working Group?

Following were the steps in the process:

  • Step 1: The Public Service prepared a list of potential candidates identifying 2 people per industry sector (residential, commercial/office, industrial, community/non-profit) and 1 at large to be approached.
  • Step 2: The Planning Property and Development Department Director's Office contacted potential candidates individually to determine availability and interest.
  • Step 3: The City's Chief Administrative Officer sent out a formal letter confirming membership.
What principles helped define the composition of the Working Group?

The intent of the Terms of Reference adopted by Council was to form a Working Group that reflects the following characteristics and serves the interests of all Winnipeggers:

  • Input from land development and real estate professionals, industry associations and non-profit/community organizations;
  • Range of professional knowledge and experience levels; blend of long-standing and newer participants in the real estate and land development industry;
  • Geographic representation across the city; and,
  • Diverse mix of people from small and large business within various industry sectors (e.g., residential, commercial, industrial, non-profits/NGOs).
What criteria were used for selecting individual members of the Working Group?

To achieve the Working Group characteristics above, the following competencies were considered in identifying people for membership:

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Technical - understands the role of the Impact Fee Working Group, understanding of City goals and objectives as outlined in various policies; unique professional contribution or expertise (e.g., technical, financial, environmental, etc.);
  • Leadership - previous experience in a leadership capacity working with community groups and boards
  • Industry - level of professional knowledge, related educational background and work experience in the development and building industry, or in community economic development


  • Strategic - goal and future oriented; keep the big picture in mind; think critically; rely on data rather than opinions; understand issues from different perspectives
  • Communication - ability to articulate clearly; communicate effectively with a diverse group; speak confidently; value public engagement; seek to achieve practical agreement
  • Decision making - use data and analysis to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternatives; be objective; effective judgment; commit to action
  • Collaboration - works with others to build relationships and influence change; add value to discussion; listen to others; open to new ideas
  • Analytical skills - understand and analyze data and information presented; manage complexity; sort through and prioritize key issues
Where does the IFWG report to?

The IFWG reports to the Ad Hoc Committee on Development Standards, a special purpose body created to investigate and report back to Executive Policy Committee on development agreement parameters.

Will the Working Group's discussions and recommendations be shared publicly?

Council has directed the Winnipeg Public Service to report to Council every 24 months with the results of a review of the impact fee, which must include consideration of recommendations provided by the Working Group and alignment of the impact fee with OurWinnipeg.

Meeting Highlights from the Working Group will be made available periodically on the Impact Fee website.

Are the recommendations advanced by the Impact Fee Working Group binding? What happens if the Working Group recommends abolishing the impact fee altogether?

They are not binding; Council will ultimately make the decision.

Will the Working Group meetings be open to the public?

No. Meeting Highlights from meetings will be posted on-line for public information and to meet the objective of transparency. Information shared at meetings is in draft form and may change due to Working Group feedback. Meeting Highlights will provide a general summary of discussion by themes or subjects. They will not be a transcript of the meeting or identify speakers individually. Although Working Group meetings are not open to the public, individuals may to receive notice of upcoming public engagement opportunities and in order to provide feedback through periodic surveys.

Last update: January 23, 2020

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