Bringing different perspectives together makes for a stronger democracy, a stronger community, and a stronger Winnipeg.
September 27, 2019 - The Engage Winnipeg Policy was adopted by Council on September 26, 2019. The approval of the policy will initiate the development of a public engagement framework to define the steps and processes in meaningful engagement in Winnipeg. More to come on how you can get involved in shaping the future of public engagement in Winnipeg.
Current and Upcoming Engagement Opportunities
- Public Engagement 101
- Building Engagement
- Get Involved
- How can we help?
Public Engagement 101
Public engagement is gathering public input and considering that input to make better decisions. The City of Winnipeg Project Management Manual defines Public Engagement as a process, involving communication and interaction between the City of Winnipeg and its residents that serves to inform and involve the public, and uses public input to make better decisions. The purpose of engaging the public is to achieve decisions that are sensitive and responsive to community values and concerns.
Why do we engage the public?
- Government and residents sharing information
- Recognizing value of different types of knowledge
- Better decision making
- Strengthened relationships
- Trust building
What's your role?
- Provide your lived experience
- Contribute knowledge of your community
- Determine level of engagement
- Manage and plan projects
- Report back on what was heard and how input was considered
- Consider the public's views when making decisions
- Strengthened relationships
- Participate in respectful dialogue
When does the City engage?
All projects inform to ensure participants have the information required to participate meaningfully.
- Open house
- Information session
- Fact sheet
Consult or Involve
Surveys and online engagement are included in most projects.
- Focus group
- Comment form
- Advisory committee
- Consensus building
- Adopted Engage Winnipeg Policy
- What we heard summary
- Report on policy development
- Draft Engage Winnipeg Policy
Thank you for taking the time to participate and provide feedback on the draft Engage Winnipeg policy.
In the spring of 2019, Winnipeggers had the opportunity to share their ideas for building engagement through an online survey, online idea forum, and public workshop. Participants discussed their experiences, their challenges with engagement, and how the City can do better to meet participants’ needs and the needs of the community.
Your feedback resulted in an improved recommended policy for Council approval. The recommended Engage Winnipeg Policy and administrative report were reviewed by Executive Policy Committee on September 10, 2019, followed by Council review and adoption on September 26, 2019.
How did we get here?
What are the outcomes?
Building Public Engagement in Winnipeg
- Branded templates, checklists, and guidance documents to create consistent look and feel
- Training for those involved to implement the Framework and Foundation
- Builds capacity for the Public Service, Public, and contractors
- Provides the steps and processes for pulic engagement
- Defines the steps to achieving the principles and vision set out in the foundation
- Foundation that supports all engagement activities
- Provides consistency and transparency regarding vision, principles, and approach
- Council approved direction
Winnipeggers seeking to be more engaged with their local government have more tools than ever at their disposal to access information and get involved, including:
Sign up for the public engagement newsletter to receive updates on City of Winnipeg Projects with online engagement or engagement events.
View past issues of the Public Engagement Newsletter:
- 2019-01-03 Get involved in 2019 and engagement updates
- 2019-01-31 Welcoming Winnipeg and Southwest Rapid Transit (Stage 2)
- 2019-02-14 Accessible Parking Pilot survey and ongoing opportunities
- 2019-02-28 Ongoing opportunities - Welcoming Winnipeg and Accessible Parking
- 2019-03-14 Ongoing opportunities - Welcoming Winnipeg and Accessible Parking
- 2019-03-28 New opportunities to engage on Winnipeg Transit projects
- 2019-04-11 Ongoing opportunities to engage on Winnipeg Transit
- 2019-04-25 Red tape - Community Traffic - Library Design - Dublin Avenue Bridge
- 2019-05-09 Ongoing opportunities to participate in red tape reduction - traffic - new library
- 2019-05-16 Special newsletter announcement - Continue to be part of building engagement
- 2019-05-29 French Language Services - Building Engagement - Red tape - Dublin Avenue Bridge
- 2019-06-06 Walk Bike Wolseley to Downtown - Building Engagement - French Language Services
- 2019-06-20 Moving on Marion - Taxi Pre-payment pilot - Stadium Station panels
- 2019-07-04 St. James Parks and Recreation - Stadium Station - Lord Roberts Community Traffic
- 2019-07-18 Welcoming Winnipeg Phase 2 - St. James Parks and Recreation - Stadium Station
- 2019-08-01 Ongoing opportunities with Welcoming Winnipeg and St. James Parks and Recreation
- 2019-08-15 Get involved on Boards and Commissions
- 2019-08-29 Boards and Commissions and Bill and Helen Norrie Library update
- 2019-09-05 Building Engagement- Engage Winnipeg Policy update
- 2019-09-13 New opportunities to get involved with Infill Housing and Blue Bird and Lismore Parks
- 2019-09-26 Have your say - Residential Infill Strategy - St.James & Brooklands Parks projects
- 2018-01-04 Osborne to Downtown Walk Bike Bridge and Connections - Fermor Bridge Information Session and Back-in - Angled Parking Winter Survey
- 2018-01-18 Infill Strategy workshop and Victoria Jason Skate Park Renewal survey
- 2018-02-01 Arlington Bridge and Sister MacNamara Park events
- 2018-02-15 Smart cities challenge - antenna information session - climate change workshop
- 2018-03-01 Smart Cities Challenge - Athletic Field Review - Yellow Ribbon Greenway
- 2018-03-15 East Fort Garry Walk Bike open house - Route 90 Improvements survey - Athletic Field Review
- 2018-03-29 Route 90 Improvements survey and Athletic Field Review survey
- 2018-04-12 Accessibility and Vehicles for Hire - Windsor Park Parks - Waverley West B - Southwest Rapid Transitway
- 2018-04-26 Engage Budget 2019 and Recreation and Parks Survey
- 2018-05-10 Engage Budget 2019 - Draft Offleash Master Plan - OurWinnipeg - Vehicles for Hire
- 2018-05-25 Osborne to Downtown Walk Bike and Finestone Park
- 2018-06-07 Eastern Corridor Study - Development Notification - Recreation and Parks
- 2018-06-21 Route 90 Improvements and Eastern Corridor Study
- 2018-07-05a Question of the Week 1
- 2018-07-05b Question of the Week 1 Responses
- 2018-07-19a Question of the Week 2
- 2018-07-19b Question of the Week 2 Responses
- 2018-08-02a Question of the Week 3
- 2018-08-02b Question of the Week 3 Responses
- 2018-08-16a Question of the Week 4
- 2018-08-16b Question of the Week 4 Results
- 2018-08-30 Engagement Updates
- 2018-09-13 Residential Infill - Transcona Cemetery - Waverley West B
- 2018-09-27 Vehicles for Hire survey and Empress Street and Overpass open house
- 2018-10-11 Boards and Commissions and Walk Bike Update
- 2018-11-08 Upcoming opportunities for engagement
- 2018-11-22 New Opportunities to Engage in Walk Bike Projects
- 2018-12-06 New Lord Roberts community traffic study and ongoing walk bike projects
- 2018-12-20 2018 recap and thank you
- 2017-01-13 - Transit Garage Expansion Info Session Something Else
- 2017-01-13 - Transit Garage Expansion
- 2017-01-26 - Chief Peguis Greenway Extenion - Transit Garage Expansion
- 2017-02-03 - Walk Bike
- 2017-02-15 - Rose Hill Park - Walk Bike
- 2017-03-19 - Marion Dugald - Athletic Field Review - Transcona Cemetery - Southwest Rapid Transit
- 2017-03-31 - Walk Bike - Empress Overpass - Grant Park Campus
- 2017-04-12 - Budget 2018
- 2017-04-21 - McKittrick Park - Walk Bike - Transcona Parks
- 2017-05-08 - Walk Bike - Eastern Corridor Study
- 2017-05-18 - South End Sewage Treatment Plant - St. Johns Park
- 2017-06-01 - OurWinnipeg - Chief Peguis Trail Extension West - Truro Creek Culvert
- 2017-06-15 - Walk Bike - St. Johns Park
- 2017-07-13 - Question of the Week 1
- 2017-07-27 - Question of the Week 2
- 2017-08-10 - Question of the Week 3
- 2017-08-24 - Question of the Week 4
- 2017-09-07 - OurWinnipeg - Patio Smoking Review - Arlington Bridge - Walk Bike
- 2017-09-21 - Democracy Week - Rue des Trappistes - Walk Bike
- 2017-10-05 - Tache Promenade - Gord Dong Park
- 2017-10-26 - Victoria Jason Park - Climate Change Action Plan - North District Police Station - Seine Riverbank
- 2017-11-09 - Climate Change Action Plan - North District Police Station - Transit Garage Expansion - Offleash Dog Areas Master Plan - Handi-Transit Renaming - Residential Infill Strategy
- 2017-11-23 - Climate Change Action Plan - Eastern Corridor - Canoe Club Reiminaging - Pembina Highway Speed Limit Review - Kilcona Park
- 2017-12-07 Ongoing surveys and last events of 2017
- 2017-12-21 Make public engagement part of your New Year's resolution
- 2016-09-26 - Waverley Underpass - 2017 Budget Consultations
- 2016-10-12 - 2017 Budget Consultations - Saskatchewan Avenue Culvert - Zoning By-law Review
- 2016-11-10 - 2017 Budget Consultations - Zoning By-law Review
- 2016-11-18 - 2017 Budget Consultations Report
- 2016-11-30 - Happyland Park - Transcona Parks - Fermor Bridge
- 2016-12-12 - Fermor Bridge - Happyland Park - Transcona Parks
How can we help?
If you require alternate formats or interpretation in order to participate, please let us know. If you are unsure of how to get involved or are having trouble accessing an engagement opportunity, please contact us at 204‑986‑4243 or City‑Engage@winnipeg.ca.
Here are some of the ways we can accommodate those who may need alternative access to engagement or information:
- Reformatting documents.
- Accepting feedback submissions by telephone survey.
- Offering American Sign Language at in-person events.
- Offering tactile maps and/or images.
- French language services for French speaking individuals.
We also aim to reduce barriers to participating in public engagement opportunities:
- Providing written descriptions of images.
- Offering captions on videos.
- Using a variety of ways to communicate (email, web notification, print, etc.) to ensure accessibility of invitations to participate.
- Adhering to clear print guidelines to maximize readability of print materials.
- Hosting engagement events in accessible venues, paying attention to accessibility of entrances, doorways, washrooms, and width/surface of travel paths, as well as lighting and acoustics.
- Accommodating service animals and personal care attendants.
- Choosing locations that are accessible by Winnipeg Transit.
- Considering transportation options, including availability and proximity of accessible parking.
- Considering time of day and providing different event date options when possible.
- Providing documents and materials ahead of events.