Winnipeg Public Library provides contactless holds pickup and return service

City releases audited consolidated financial statements for the year ending December 31, 2020

Audited financial results confirm City was able to manage early fiscal challenges of the pandemic with assistance from federal Safe Restart Agreement funds

Released: 1:24 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg has released its audited consolidated financial statements for 2020, as audited by the City’s external auditor KPMG. The report will be presented at Audit Committee on May 18, 2021.

The audited consolidated financial statements confirm that following challenges related to COVID-19 and the refund of impact fees, the City was left with a shortfall before capital related revenues of $52 million out of an annual operating budget of roughly $1.7 billion. This shortfall would have been much larger if not for the financial support of federal Safe Restart Agreement funds and steps taken by the City through the COVID-19 Crisis Cash Flow Management Plan.  The City received $74.5 million in federal Safe Restart Agreement funding in 2020, comprised of $42.2 million allocated for municipal purposes and $32.3 million for Transit.

As part of the COVID-19 Crisis Cash Flow Management Plan, the City was able to maintain capital investments with $409 million in Council approved spending on capital assets. The plan also helped the City keep net financial liabilities under control, increasing by only $9 million last year while maintaining a significant level of capital spending.

“The release of the City’s consolidated financial statements confirms the importance of the fiscal planning and federal assistance received in response to COVID-19 last year,” said Councillor Scott Gillingham, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Finance. “The challenge continues in 2021, but federal funding and steps taken through the COVID-19 Crisis Cash Flow Management Plan have helped to mitigate the impact on our local economy and allowed the City to reset the Fiscal Stabilization Reserve fund for this current year.” 

The City’s audited consolidated financial statements for the year ending December 31, 2020 is publicly available through the Decision Making Information System (DMIS).

Winnipeg Public Library provides contactless holds pickup and return service

Released: 2:22 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Public Library will begin providing contactless holds pickup and return service at all 20 branches beginning Thursday, May 13, 2021, including at the newly renovated Cornish Library.

Service at the library branches will be for holds pickup and return services only. Customers will not have access to enter the branches.

The province’s public health orders announced on May 7 advised that libraries were to close. In an effort to ensure we were satisfying the spirit of the public health orders, the decision was made to close all our library branches and suspend our holds pickup service. Following discussions with provincial officials, it was determined that we could provide contactless holds pickup service.

Library customers are reminded that holds may be placed using the library’s online catalogue or mobile app. Library staff are available to assist customers with this process through Winnipeg Public Library’s Ask Us service. Customers will receive an email or phone call when their items are ready for pickup. Customers can phone the library when they are parked outside of the branch or on their way to the library. Library staff will check out and place customers’ materials at the holds pickup tables located outside each library’s front entrance.

Holds pickup will be available during normal hours of operation at each branch. Library staff and customers are required to wear masks. External book returns will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For additional information about the contactless pickup service, online programs and other available services, including an extensive online eLibrary of digital media and eBooks, and for hours of operation, see:

For more information on the City’s response to COVID-19, see:

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fires on Burrows Avenue and Cambridge Street

Released: 3:10 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to two structure fires on the morning of Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

Burrows Avenue Fire

At 7:55 a.m. the WFPS responded to reports of a house fire in the 300 block of Burrows Avenue.

When crews arrived on scene, they encountered heavy flames and smoke coming from the home. Crews launched a defensive attack, attacking the fire from the outside until it was safe to launch an interior offensive attack. The fire was declared under control at 9:30 a.m. Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to ensure the fire was completely extinguished and there were no hot spots

All occupants safely self-evacuated before crews arrived. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available.

Cambridge Street Fire

At 10:01 a.m., the WFPS responded to reports of a fire in a high-rise apartment block in the 800 block of Cambridge Street.

When crews arrived on scene, they found smoke in the structure and a fire on a balcony. A second alarm was called, increasing the number of apparatus and WFPS crew members on the scene, due to the potential for high life hazards when dealing with an occupied apartment block. An offensive attack was launched and the fire was declared under control very quickly, and was contained to the single balcony.

Residents of the structure were not required to evacuate. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental, due to the improper disposal of a cigarette butt.

Residents are reminded they should never use a plant pot as an ashtray. Potting soil is a mix of dirt and a number of combustible organic materials such as peat moss, shredded wood, and minerals which are combustible. When a butt is put into a planter, it can smolder for several hours. Once the container heats up, it can crack, giving the smoldering material oxygen and the opportunity to spread to other combustibles such as decks, balconies, walls, etc. Smoking material should always be extinguished in an ashtray or deep metal container. Butts should also never be thrown from balconies, car windows, or disposed of near any vegetation such as grass or brush.

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