Enhancements to Bolster the Special Events Marketing Fund Recommended

September 6, 2018

Enhancements to Bolster the Special Events Marketing Fund Recommended

Released: 9:44 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Two key enhancements are being recommended in an administrative report that would bolster the Special Events Marketing Fund (SEMF) allowing for greater capacity to attract national and international events to Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman announced today.

“Winnipeg is growing and pride in our city has never been higher,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “We need to keep this momentum going, and bolstering our capacity to attract national and international events will help make Winnipeg an even more attractive destination for tourists and visitors to our city.”

In an administrative report to be considered by Executive Policy Committee next week, two key changes are being recommended that if ultimately adopted by Council would allow an additional $252,094 to be available through the SEMF to attract events to Winnipeg.

It is proposed that this additional funding be made available by eliminating the existing funding cap on the SEMF and also reducing the share of funding provided from accommodation tax revenue to the Winnipeg Convention Centre from 40 percent to 37.5 percent. The report notes that the funding adjustment for the Winnipeg Convention Centre would not impact the City of Winnipeg’s commitment to the Convention Centre as existing funding in the Destination Marketing Reserve is available to offset a reduction to their share of accommodation tax revenue.

On a percentage basis, the Special Events Marketing Fund would increase from about 10 percent to approximately 12.2 percent of projected 2018 accommodation tax revenue, representing a small but meaningful step toward achieving a goal of 25 percent of annual accommodation tax proceeds approved in the 2018 City of Winnipeg operating budget. With the elimination of the funding cap, however, funding available through the Special Events Marketing Fund could potentially increase further should growth in accommodation tax revenue exceed forecasted levels.

Winnipeg has hosted many different national and international events over the last few years including the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Grey Cup Festival, the NHL Heritage Classic, a Pro Challenge Tennis Tournament, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Annual Conference and Trade Show, and last summer welcomed over 4,000 athletes and coaches and more than 20,000 visitors to one of the most successful Canada Summer Games ever.

Mayor Bowman emphasized that tourism is a significant contributor to Winnipeg’s economy. When people visit the city, they spend money at hotels, restaurants, concerts, hockey games, and transportation. When the city is able to attract large scale events like the Canada Summer Games or the NHL Heritage Classic, these events can pay significant dividends to local businesses across the city.

The recommendations are scheduled to be considered at the Executive Policy Committee on September 12. If adopted at that meeting, they will proceed for Council’s consideration on September 20.

The complete administrative report is available on the City of Winnipeg’s Decision Making Information System (DMIS).

Public invited to provide feedback on Residential Infill Strategy Action Plan

Released: 11:32 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is inviting residents to review and provide feedback on the draft implementation action plan for the Residential Infill Strategy at a public open house on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. This action plan builds on actions identified and prioritized through previous public engagement activities.

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Time: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library, 251 Donald St.
* Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Residential infill is new housing in established neighbourhoods. New housing can be single-family, two-family, townhouse, or multi-family. The goal for this project is to advance a shared vision for residential infill that helps address demand for new housing while preserving neighbourhood quality, character, and liveability. The Residential Infill Strategy will address, at a minimum, built form, design features, lot width and size, yards, landscape standards, density, and zoning.

For more information, and to fill out the online survey, please visit winnipeg.ca/infillstrategy.

Brenda Leipsic Dog Park finds temporary home during construction of Southwest Rapid Transitway Stage 2

Released: 1:17 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Brenda Leipsic Dog Park has reopened at a temporary location at the northwest corner of Parker Avenue and Georgina Street.

“It’s great to see that area dog owners will regain access to an off-leash dog park until the new Brenda Leipsic Dog Park has been completed,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “I would like to thank Manitoba Hydro for their accommodation toward making this  temporary amenity possible for the benefit of residents.”

“I’m thrilled that with the help of Manitoba Hydro, we were able to create a temporary space for dogs and their owners to enjoy for the next year in anticipation of the new, permanent, Brenda Leipsic Dog Park that will be opening in 2019 as part of the Southwest Transitway project,” said Councillor John Orlikow.

The dog park closed to accommodate construction of the Southwest Rapid Transitway until a new park could be built as part of the project. Following discussions with the Brenda Leipsic Dog Parkers Inc. and Manitoba Hydro, a temporary off-leash dog park has opened on Manitoba Hydro’s property until construction of the new dog park is complete in the fall of 2019.

“All the dog parkers of Brenda Leipsic Dog Park are very excited about today’s opening of our temporary dog park and would like to thank everyone involved for making this happen,” said Dan McInnis, Chair of the Brenda Leipsic Dog Parkers Inc. “Our dog park community is looking forward to the completion of Winnipeg’s finest dog park next year and all the benefits it will bring.”

The temporary park is approx. 3.5 acres in size, and can be accessed via Parker Avenue. On-street parking is available on the north side of Parker Avenue.

Following the completion of the Southwest Rapid Transitway, the Brenda Leipsic Dog Park will have a permanent home located off of Hurst Way. Construction of the permanent Brenda Leipsic Dog Park is expected to begin in spring 2019.

For more information on the Southwest Rapid Transitway project, please see
Winnipeg Transit – Southwest Transitway.

Public invited to Candlelight Service commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War Armistice

Released: 2:00 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Members of the public are invited to attend a Candlelight Service on Wednesday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Field of Honour in Brookside Cemetery, 3001 Notre Dame Avenue. This year the Candlelight Service will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War Armistice.

“The Armistice of the First World War marked a monumental time in our history,” said Jon Reyes, Special Envoy for Military Affairs for the Province of Manitoba. “This agreement signified the end of fighting in the First World War and was made possible by the dedication and sacrifice of our armed forces. We will always honour our Canadian fallen, who protected and preserved the values we hold dear and gave us the country we have today. I want to express our deepest gratitude for their service, and for the service of every Canadian who joins our armed forces and continues to make that sacrifice.”

“This year at the Candlelight Service of Commemoration, we will once again have an opportunity to honour and pay respects to those who sacrificed their lives fighting for our rights and freedoms,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “Many of their stories are preserved at Brookside Cemetery and I encourage all Winnipeggers to attend and honour their service.”

Brookside Cemetery’s Field of Honour is one of the oldest and largest military interment sites in Canada. Nearly 10,000 brave men and women who served in Canada’s armed forces are buried here. It is also home to the only Commonwealth War Graves Commission “Stone of Remembrance” in all of the Americas, as well as many other important military monuments.

For more information about City of Winnipeg operated cemeteries, please visit winnipeg.ca/cemeteries/.