Building a Stronger Winnipeg Together

We can all agree we want great things for Winnipeg. We want improved infrastructure, safe, strong neighbourhoods and opportunities for our current and future citizens. We want Winnipeg to realize its full potential. Winnipeg’s best days are ahead.

But there’s a problem. There is a growing gap between revenues and spending to support the services that Winnipeggers need. We have a growing structural operating deficit and not enough revenue to cover current expenditure levels.

We need a new funding model. We need new, stable sources of revenue. We need to invest in the future, and we need to make choices about our priorities for spending and investment.

We need your help. We'd like to move forward together and build a better budget.

As a first step we need to hear from you about spending priorities and preferences. We want you to tell us how we can work better together to make our Winnipeg great.

 

WHAT WE HEARD SUMMARY REPORT NOW AVAILABLE

The final report on the 2016 Budget Consultations, compiling the feedback and preferences of those participating in this year’s budget consultation process, is now available on the City of Winnipeg’s website.

This year’s consultation process focused on understanding Winnipeggers priorities and preferences as they relate to City of Winnipeg spending. This process was designed to be a first step in a new way of working together with the public, and also gathered input and feedback on how to build and enhance future budget consultation processes.

You can find the What We Heard Summary Report by clicking here.

 

Thank you to all of you who have participated in this conversation. We are grateful for your time and contribution to this important discussion.

 

 

 

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City Services

The City of Winnipeg is responsible for providing services, programs and projects that support your quality of life. These can be basic services such as public safety, water, transportation and roadways or a more diverse range of opportunities for living, working and playing.

To learn more about CITY SERVICES click here.

This year we are stepping into a budget conversation.

Budgets are an important tool to guide and focus the time, money and resources associated with City services and programs. Previously, the City budget process was short-sighted, by making choices 1 year at a time. This model is no longer serving us well.

We need a new way of doing things, and we've got some big choices ahead.

Our City isn’t just thinking about tomorrow, next month or 1 year down the road. We also need to consider long-term growth and development. A new funding model will need to consider both today’s realities and the objectives found in the The OurWinnipeg plan. This plan outlined a vision for 25 years in the future. It considers future generations’ social, economic and environmental wellbeing in the decisions we make today.

 

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How We Compare

We want Winnipeg to be a growing, thriving and more modern city. We know that budgeting is an important tool to achieve this so as we begin to look at how we can build a stronger Winnipeg, it’s valuable to compare ourselves to other major Canadian cities to see how we measure up. 

Revenue Sources

Revenue Sources

User Fee Based Revenue Sources

User Fee Based Revenue Sources

The Challenge: Winnipeg's Funding Gap Explained

Let's Keep It Simple:

We have more spending than revenue.

  • In 2016, the operating budget* is projecting a $73M shortfall. That means to maintain current city services levels and balance the budget, the City needs an additional $73M in revenue.

*The operating budget provides funding for, and generates revenues from, the day-to-day operations of the City.

We have infrastructure… that will be costly to fix.

  • Winnipeg has a growing infrastructure deficit estimated to reach $7.4 billion by 2018. It is made up of two parts: $3.8 billion relating to existing/current infrastructure and $3.6 billion related to new growth infrastructure.

The gap is growing.

  • The gap between forecasted spending and revenues for future budgets is growing - at a rate of $35 million a year.

Tax Supported Operating Budget - Forecast

Does not include the infrastructure deficit.

Tax supported operating budget forecast chart

Our current budgetary challenges didn’t happen overnight. The gap between what we want for Winnipeg, and the impact of how financial investments have been made in City services has been slowly growing over the last 10 years.

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Participate

Participate Questions

Where are we at?

There is a growing gap between revenues and spending to support the services Winnipeggers need. We have a growing structual operating deficit. We can’t continue to freeze property taxes and also fix our problems.

We need a new funding model. We need new, stable sources of revenue. We need our fair share of funding to support this great city.

We need you. The City of Winnipeg is looking for your feedback on Budget priorities and preferences as they relate to city services and programs.

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What comes next?

Between November 30 and December 18, the City invites you, your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours to participate in this conversation.

City Council will consider this information in the development of the 2016 budget. We will continue working with you to build and enhance future engagement processes so we can build a stronger Winnipeg together.

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How to get involved?

We want to hear from as many Winnipeggers as possible to ensure this is a rich and diverse conversation. We have created a variety of online opportunities to get involved and share your budget priorities and preferences.

So here’s how to share your input:
 

Option 1: Let’s Talk*
Complete a series of questions that digs deep into your spending priorities and preference.

Option 2: All Your Ideas*
Take a turn in an ideas forum regarding city services and spending.

Option 3: A Little More…A Little Less*
Follow us on instagram, letstalkwpg, and snap pictures from your smartphone to answer weekly questions. Post your responses and make sure to use #letstalkwpg.

*See the PARTICIPATE section to start using each of these tools.

If you need additional support due to accessibility needs please contact the project team via info@letstalkwpg.ca

Option 4: Visit a Let’s Talk Kiosk
If you don’t have access to a computer come visit a Let’s Talk Kiosk. Starting Tuesday AFTERNOON December 1 the kiosk can be found at

  • Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street


Option 5: Let’s Talk….Come See Us!
The Let’s Talk team will be visiting locations and events around the city. Come talk to us in person at one of the following dates and locations.

Monday December 14

  • Charleswood Library 11:00-1:30pm
  • St. James Civic Center 5:00-8:00pm

Tuesday December 15

  • Pembina Trail Library 10:00am-12:30pm
  • Fort Rouge Leisure Centre 6:00-8:30pm

Wednesday December 16

  • Milleninnem Library 10:00am-12:30pm
  • North Centennial Recreation Center 5:00-8:00pm

 

 

 

 

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Let's talk

Thank you to all of you who have participated in this conversation. We are grateful for your time and contribution to this important discussion. The participation tools are NOW CLOSED as we are currently compiling the input and feedback from the consultation process and will be sharing the final results in mid-late January.

 

Let’s Talk is an interactive, easy to use tool that asks you a series of questions regarding your priorities and preferences for the 2016 Budget.

You should expect this tool to take 15-20 minutes to complete.

Take the Survey

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All your ideas

Thank you to all of you who have participated in this conversation. We are grateful for your time and contribution to this important discussion. The participation tools are NOW CLOSED as we are currently compiling the input and feedback from the consultation process and will be sharing the final results in mid-late January.

 

All Your Ideas is a platform for an ideas forum, where different ideas about city services and city spending are looking to win your votes. You can vote on a variety of existing ideas or submit new ones. The questions will change weekly, so make sure you come back to participate in a new discussion.

You can vote once or multiple times and submit as many ideas as you wish.

We have populated this tool with a few ideas gathered from the 2014 Budget Consultation process. We look forward to hearing your ideas.

Question #1 Click here to get started.

Question #2 Click here to get started

Question #3 Click here to get started.

 

 


Question of the Week

What should the City do to make future budget consultation conversations meaningful for you?

 

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A litle more a little less

Thank you to all of you who have participated in this conversation. We are grateful for your time and contribution to this important discussion. The participation tools are NOW CLOSED as we are currently compiling the input and feedback from the consultation process and will be sharing the final results in mid-late January.

 

A Little More… A Little Less asks you to share your input with pictures.
 

Follow us on instagram, letstalkwpg, and snap pictures from your smartphone to answer weekly questions. Post your responses and make sure to use #letstalkwpg.

Not on Instagram? You can also tweet or submit your pictures and responses via

  • Twitter #letstalkwpg
  • Email info@letstalkwpg.ca

 

Question of the Week

Send us a picture of what city services and programs we should invest MORE into and tell us why this matters to you.

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More Info

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What's New

Thank you to all of you who have participated in this conversation. We are grateful for your time and contribution to this important discussion. The participation tools are NOW CLOSED as we are currently compiling the input and feedback from the consultation process and will be sharing the final results in mid-late January.

 


Stayed tuned for more details to follow.

Contact

If you have questions or would like to connect with our project team please contact:

Email info@letstalkwpg.ca