Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fire on Loudoun Road

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle for hire booking service launches in Winnipeg

Two-year pilot aims to decrease wait times for customers, while incentivizing drivers and owners to increase number of vehicles available

Released: 9:16 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Today the City of Winnipeg launched Winnipeg WAV (Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle), an on-demand, accessible vehicle for hire booking service that’s the first of its kind in the city.

The two-year Winnipeg WAV pilot provides users a centralized service for booking their trip, with accessible vehicles from multiple taxi and personal transportation provider companies available in one convenient location. Users can set their pickup and drop-off locations, and Winnipeg WAV will automatically select the nearest available vehicle to ensure the fastest service.

“Long wait times for wheelchair accessible vehicles for hire have created a barrier for Winnipeggers who rely on this important service,” said Matt Allard, Chairperson of the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works. “Through the Winnipeg WAV pilot, our objective is to reduce wait times, while encouraging dispatchers to increase the accessible operating capacity.”

Accessible vehicle drivers can earn up to $2,250/year in financial incentives for participating in the pilot, while owners can earn up to $2,500/year. Amounts are determined based on customer service metrics, including trips provided through Winnipeg WAV, driver rating, trip acceptance ratings, and inspections passed. Drivers who own their vehicles are eligible for both incentives.

The pilot is funded entirely through the City’s vehicle for hire accessibility surcharge, at a budget of $1.8 million. Following the pilot, the Public Service will bring recommendations to Council regarding the program’s future.

Winnipeg WAV is available to download on the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android). Users can also access the service by visiting or by calling 204-986-4WAV (204-986-4928).

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fire on Loudoun Road

Released: 11:43 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 6:20 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a bungalow in the 1400 block of Loudoun Road.

When crews arrived on-scene, they encountered a well-involved fire, with heavy smoke and flames coming from the structure. Crews launched a defensive attack and the fire was declared under control at 7:39 a.m. As the home is located outside the City of Winnipeg water district, WFPS water tankers were used to shuttle water to the scene.

All occupants of the house safely self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews. No injuries were reported. The City’s Emergency Social Services was engaged to assist the residents in finding temporary accommodations.

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

Crews are expected to remain at the scene into this afternoon as they work to extinguish all hot spots. Local traffic impacts will remain in effect until their work is complete. 

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