Dear City of Winnipeg, invest in sustainability!

Did you know the City of Winnipeg’s 2022 budget offers nothing new to address Climate Change?

As you know, broad and immediate action on climate change is required from all levels of government, including the City of Winnipeg.

The budget does not reflect the need for investment.

Based on an assessment of the City’s operations, three things have been identified that could increase the City’s impact:

  1. The Office of Sustainability (OOS) should report to the highest level possible within the city. This will ensure that a climate action lens is applied to all decision-making. Suggest they report to the Chief Administrative Office (CAO).
  2. To be successful in meeting its climate targets, and to reflect the importance of climate action and other matters of environmental stewardship, the Office of Sustainability needs substantially more personnel and an increased budget.
  3. Create a Community Advisory Council on sustainability and hire a coordinator position within the Office of Sustainability to manage it.


Though the budget at present does not demonstrate the necessary investment, the window is not yet closed.  In a recent energy efficiency assessment done by Efficiency Canada, Manitoba came 8th out of the ten provincesWaiting another year would put the city further behind than it is already infamously lagging.

The Office of Sustainability is currently buried within the Department of Water and Waste and has significantly fewer staff than other, similarly sized Canadian cities.  A key part of the Climate Action Plan that was adopted by the City in 2018 is the establishment of a Community Advisory Council. This council has yet to be created and there are no current plans to do so.  These investments do not have a big price tag.

If you agree and would like to support more investment and action on climate from the City of Winnipeg, please sign this open letter.

By uniting our voices, we increase the likelihood of the City taking action to lower GHG emissions and increase Winnipeg’s climate resilience.  Spread the word!

On Friday, December 10th starting at 9:30AM there is the “Executive Policy Committee to hear public delegations on budgets” and if you are so inclined it would be great to have a number of speakers supporting these calls for action.  Here are details on how to sign up.

Budget will be voted on Wednesday December 15th 2021.


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You’d be joining;


A Koncan & Associates


Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1505

Art City Inc.

Bike Winnipeg


Botanical PaperWorks Inc.

Caisse Financial Group

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba

Canadian Community Economic Development Network – Manitoba

Canadian Federation of Students – Manitoba

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) – Manitoba chapter


Climate Action Team

Climate Change Connection

Communities Not Cuts Manitoba

Consumers’ Association of Canada (Manitoba) Inc.

Council of Canadians-Winnipeg Chapter

Council of Women of Winnipeg

Curry Industries Ltd..

Dehydration Nations

Dueck Builders

Duxton Windows & Doors

Emerge Knowledge

Fireweed Food Co-op

Food Matters Manitoba


Functional Transit Winnipeg

Gardon Construction Ltd

Green Action Centre

Heartland International English School

Integrated Designs Inc.

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)



Manitoba Building Trades

Manitoba Council for International Cooperation

Manitoba Eco-Network

Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition

Manitoba Public Health Association


National Farmers Union—-in Manitoba

North Point Douglas Women’s Centre Inc.

Oh Doughnuts

Osborne Village BIZ



Prairie Architects Inc.

prairieHOUSE Performance Inc.

Provencher Boulevard Biz

Purpose Construction

Relish New Brand Experience

Richard Rosin Funeral Director Ltd.

Safe Speeds Winnipeg

Save Our Seine Inc.

SEED Winnipeg

Social Planning Council

Sustainable Building Manitoba (SBM)

Sustainable South Osborne Community Cooperative

Video Pool Media Arts Centre

West Central Women’s Resource Centre

West Broadway Community Organization