As you know, broad and immediate action on climate change is required from all levels of government, including the City of Winnipeg.
The 2022 City of Winnipeg budget did 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:
- The Office of Sustainability 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.
- 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.
- Create a Community Advisory Council on sustainability and hire a coordinator position within the Office of Sustainability to manage it.
The City of Edmonton has 37 people in their Office of Sustainability, Toronto over 100 and Saskatoon around 10. Winnipeg has 5.
AN OPEN LETTER OUTLINING THESE ASKS WAS SIGNED BY 62 ORGANIZATIONS AND SENT TO CITY HALL THURSDAY NOVEMBER 18th 2021 PRIOR TO THE RELEASE OF THE 2022 BUDGET’S RELEASE.
In a recent energy efficiency assessment done by Efficiency Canada, Manitoba came 8th out of the 10 provinces. There is lots of need and opportunity for action and that needs investment.
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.
On Friday, December 10th starting at 9:30AM there was the “Executive Policy Committee to hear public delegations on budgets” and a number of speakers supported these asks. Here is the recording of the hearings.
Budget was voted on Wednesday December 15th 2021 and passed
On July 21 2022, Council voted to adopt the Community Energy Investment Roadmap. This roadmap recommendations reflect what was asked for in the open letter. Read the Council Minutes where motion was carried.
You can see here who in City of Winnipeg’s 2020 election supported these asks.
You’d be joining;
Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg
A Koncan & Associates
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1505
Art City Inc.
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
Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Winnipeg
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
Corydon Osborne Residents for a Healthy Community
Curry Industries Ltd.
Daniel McIntyre/St Matthews Community Association Inc
Demand Side Energy Consultants
Duxton Windows & Doors
Fireweed Food Co-op
Food Matters Manitoba
Functional Transit Winnipeg
Gardon Construction Ltd
Green Action Centre
Green Key Builders
Heartland International English School
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba, Inc.
Integrated Designs Inc.
Interchurch Council on Hydropower
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Manitoba Building Trades
Manitoba Council for International Cooperation
Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition
Manitoba Public Health Association
Manitoba Harm Reduction Network
Manitoba Islamic Association
Marianne Cerilli Change Agent
Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba
National Farmers Union—-in Manitoba
North End Women’s Centre
North Point Douglas Women’s Centre Inc.
Osborne Village BIZ
pico ARCHITECTURE inc.
Police Free Schools Winnipeg
Prairie Architects Inc.
Prairie Climate Centre
prairieHOUSE Performance Inc.
Provencher Boulevard Biz
Relish New Brand Experience
Resource Assistance for Youth
Richard Rosin Funeral Director Ltd.
River East Church
Safe Speeds Winnipeg
Save Our Seine Inc.
SEEFAR Buildings Analytics
Social Planning Council
Solar Solutions Canada Inc. (Winnipeg Head Office)
Spence Neighbourhood Organization
Sun Certified Builders Co-op
Sustainable Building Manitoba (SBM)
Sustainable South Osborne Community Cooperative
SMS Engineering Ltd.
The Park Theatre
Video Pool Media Arts Centre
Wa Ni Ska Tan
West Central Women’s Resource Centre
West Broadway Community Organization
Winnipeg Architecture Foundation
Young Lungs Dance Exchange
Meghan J Mast
Louis A Rondeau
Henry j Rempel
Melanie Dennis Unrau
Cynthia A Drebot
Colin C Crolly
Dr Heather Ashdown
Nolan De Leon
Sara Jane Schmidt
Jean A Paterson
Stuart Eco Stu Irvine