Dedicated to addressing the issues that are priorities for Winnipeggers
Mayor Brian Bowman is committed to building a City Hall that works through openness and transparency. A growing, thriving, more modern city that we are all proud to call home, and a city that receives its fair share through a funding model that works as we grow towards one million people strong.
Executive Policy Committee Mandate Letters
Mandate letters provide direction on key responsibilities and outline expectations of those serving as Chairperson for each of Council’s six standing policy committees. They also provide direction to those serving as Deputy Mayor, Acting Deputy Mayor, and Chairperson for the Winnipeg Police Board.
Serving as a member of Executive Policy Committee requires strong leadership that transcends ward boundaries in the interest of building a stronger Winnipeg overall. This is the first time mandate letters have been provided to Executive Policy Committee members and also made publicly available in an open and transparent manner.
- Mandate Letter for the Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Finance
- Mandate Letter for the Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Innovation and Economic Development
- Mandate Letter for the Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment
- Mandate Letter for the Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works
- Mandate Letter for the Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage Downtown Development
- Mandate Letter for the Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks
- Mandate Letter for the Deputy Mayor
- Mandate Letter for the Acting Deputy Mayor
- Mandate Letter for the Chair of the Winnipeg Police Board
Building an Open and Transparent City Hall
Mayor Bowman is dedicated to restoring public trust in government. This is accomplished through initiatives that increase and improve engagement with Winnipeggers, provide greater access to important information for citizens and elected members of Council, and partners with both levels of government.
His commitment to positive change at City Hall has resulted in more open and transparent initiatives including:
- Working collaboratively with the City Clerks department, establishing an office expenditure policy for the Mayor’s Office.
- Amendment to the Elected Officials Compensation By-law that reduces the salaries of the Mayor, members of EPC, the Council Speaker, and Deputy Speaker, returning $400,000 to City revenues.
- Granting public access to the Mayor’s schedule of monthly meetings hosted in the Office of the Mayor – the first Winnipeg Mayor to provide this level of access.
- Proactive disclosure of previously unreleased information such as the external comprehensive assessment of City of Winnipeg’s water system as it relates to recent boil water advisories report.
- Establishment of the new Office of Public Engagement that directs public consultation activities of major City projects, with the improved engagement expectations of the community.
- Establishment of the Whistleblower Protection Act for civic employees with the support of the province – the first municipality in Canada to enact this protection legislation.
- Livestreaming of EPC and City Council meetings.
- Livestreaming of Mayor’s media scrums (interviews) at City Hall.
Building a Growing, Thriving, More Modern City
The number one priority of Winnipeggers is clear: fix City streets, sidewalks, and lanes! Mayor Bowman is dedicated to addressing this as the top priority at City Hall. Over the next 15 years, Winnipeg and the neighbouring Capital region is set to grow to one million people strong; developing initiatives that support and fuel our local businesses and attract national and international investors is critical. Along with record-level investment for infrastructure and a plan to construct rapid transit and keep property taxes competitive, Mayor Bowman has set Winnipeg on the right path towards the growing, thriving modern city that Winnipeggers deserve. Initiatives include:
- Dedicating $103.3M – record levels of funding – to key priorities like street renewal, while keeping tax increases as low as possible.
- Endorsing the United Way’s 'Plan to End Homelessness', committing $750,000 to the plan by 2019.
- Funding the development of the City’s first ever Transportation Management Centre to manage traffic flow, to be operational by the end of 2016.
- Decreasing the City’s business tax rate from 5.7 to 5.6 percent, providing nearly half of all Winnipeg businesses (annual rental value <$30,000) with a full rebate.
- Developing a sustainable, multi-year funding plan to ensure completion of Stage 2 of the Southwest Rapid Transitway remains on track. This includes partnering with the federal government to secure P3 funding and approving a financing solution by front-ending a portion of the province’s financial commitment.
- Establishing the $1 million Innovation Capital Fund to provide investment for the best ideas for improved efficiency, service delivery, and responsiveness in City operations.
- Creating a small business summit in partnership with the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, to allow Winnipeg to hear from local small businesses regarding policy and initiatives that will help them grow and thrive.
- Establishing the BuildWINNIPEG partnership task force – the starting point for a 10-year plan to repair and build roads, public transit, and active transportation networks, to be chaired by former City of Winnipeg CAO and President and CEO of CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, Annitta Stenning.
- Approving the sale of City-owned industrial land to Parmalat Canada Inc. for the expansion of a new fluid milk processing plant in Winnipeg.
- Adopting the City’s 20-year long-term Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies providing City Council with a guideline for future active transportation budgets, consultations, and planning.
Building Winnipeg’s Pride and Reputation
Mayor Brian Bowman believes Winnipeggers deserve to celebrate our city and all our people.
It starts with the confidence and belief that, collectively, all Winnipeggers make up a growing, thriving, modern city that has all the offerings of a big city, but with a friendly, small-town feel. From our rich Indigenous culture and history, to our internationally recognized innovators, to world champion athletes and vast renowned arts and culture scene, there’s no question we have unlimited reasons to celebrate who we are. Our community is one of the most diverse in Canada, but we are unified by our deep Indigenous roots. Our greatest strength is our rich diversity and tradition of celebrating and facing challenges together. These initiatives include:
- Creation of the Mayor’s Indigenous Advisory Circle (MIAC) to help increase awareness of important Indigenous issues in our community and address issues impacting Indigenous relations city-wide.
- Creation of the national summit against racism in partnership with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
- Increased funding for the arts, and more museums to move us closer to the national per capita average.
- Flag Raising celebrations at City Hall to recognize our cultural community, important events,and organizations.
- Flag raising of our 13 flags at Portage and Main to recognize and support significant achievements by Winnipeg’s professional sporting teams, celebrate important local events occurring in Winnipeg, and recognize important accomplishments and milestones of local, national, and international organizations.
- Recognition of Winnipeg’s creative innovation and technology sector with Honourary Winnipeg Innovation Alley.
- Promotion of Winnipeg and the City’s upcoming events and celebrations to Canadian municipalities: Vancouver, Prince George, Toronto, Edmonton
- Presentation of awards in recognition of the accomplishments of, and contributions by, Winnipeggers.
Building a New Funding Model that Grows with Winnipeg
As Winnipeg heads towards its best days, Mayor Bowman remains committed to ensuring that municipal funding relationships change so that Winnipeg receives its fair share of the PST. Over half of Manitoba’s population lives in Winnipeg, and the population continues to grow – yet Winnipeggers pay $150 million in PST annually as a result of the one per cent PST increase, and only receive one-third of that money back to invest in infrastructure.These initiatives include:
- Renew call on the Government of Manitoba to honor a request for Winnipeg’s fair share of the PST with a new funding model that grows as Winnipeg Grows
- Raise the need for the new funding model discussions to occur amongst the Mayors and leaders at FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) encouraging municipalities to engage the federal government in the discussion to make this issue a federal priority along with infrastructure, housing, and public transit.
- Lead continued discussions with the Premier to work collaboratively on a new funding model solution.