MHCA acknowledges it is located on Treaty One land and the homeland of the Metis Nation

Infrastructure investment key to Winnipeg’s future: Gillingham

Investing in roads is an investment in economic development and the city of Winnipeg’s future, Coun. Scott Gillingham told some 40 people at the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce’s Budget for Breakfast event November 29.

Gillingham, Chair of City Council’s Finance Committee, delivered the 2022 preliminary Operating and Capital Budget on Friday, November 26. It included $164.7 million for the local and regional street renewal program, an increase of more than $12 million over 2021.

However, the draft budget also diverts revenues raised by the annual 2% property tax hike – some $12.6 million – to the operating budget, to mitigate the continuing economic impact of the pandemic.

The 2% annual tax, introduced in stages in 2013 and 2014, is supposed to be dedicated to street renewal each year.

To keep the street renewal budget whole, the City is drawing the same amount from the federal gas tax transfers, which must be used for infrastructure.

“We needed to find $43.5 million (in budget shortfall) for 2022 alone,” Gillingham told the business crowd.

The budget shows Council recognizes the economic value of strategic infrastructure investments, he said.

The $164.7 million for road renewal reflects the fact roads are the arteries of the city economy, creating jobs in 2022 and beyond.

As well, the draft budget holds funding increases for active transportation, combined sewer overflow work, and plots significant investment for water and wastewater servicing in the Airport Area West. Further, there is $3 million to launch a comprehensive infrastructure strategy, beginning with mapping out underground sewer capacity.

Such investments are required to ensure that Winnipeg’s employment lands reach their potential, so the city can attract new residents.

“People move to cities where jobs are available,” Gillingham said. Winnipeg needs to be seen as a city of opportunity, and ensuring a strong supply of serviced industrial land is key to that.

The MHCA will speak to the draft budget at meetings of the Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works Committee, Executive Policy Committee and Council itself. The primary concern is the precedent set by shifting the revenues of the annual 2% property tax to a use never contemplated when the dedicated tax was put in place.

Gillingham, in a question-and-answer session, stressed the diversion is a one-time-only move, noting the 2% tax is identified as a funding source again in 2023 street renewal program.

Chair’s Gala

November 18, 2022
RBC Convention Centre

Close to 650pp attended from both industry, government and stakeholder partners.  It was the closing of Nicole Chabot’s two year term as Chair.  Dennis Cruise of Bituminex Paving was welcomed as the new Chair.

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2022 Heavy Santa

December 16, 2022
David Livingstone School

This event was made possible through fundraising at the MHCA Chair’s Gala and Spring Mixer.

104 goodie bags and presents were prepared for the grades 1-4 students at David Livingstone School. 

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Awards Breakfast & Annual General Meeting

November 18, 2022
RBC Convention Centre

Manitoba Transportation & Infrastructure (MTI) Award Winner

  • Grading – Strilkiwski Contracting Ltd.: PTH 6 Grahamdale
  • Paving – Coco Paving o/a Russell Redi-Mix: Bituminous Reconstruction PTH 83
  • Urban Works – Coco Paving o/a Russell Redi-Mix: Bituminous Reconstruction PA 634 and Bituminous Pavement PTH 5
  • Special Projects – Mekhana Development Corp/Arnason Industries Ltd: Theresa Point Airport
  • Major Structures – D. Steele Construction: Bridge Replacement over the Red River Floodway on PTH 59N
  • Minor Structures – Moncrief Construction Ltd.: Reinforced concrete box culvert on PTH 5
  • Water Management – Brunet Ltd.: Flood response, Morris ring dike closure

200 members and guests gathered to hear greetings from Premier Heather Stefanson and the newly elected Mayor of Winnipeg, Scott Gillingham. Hon. Doyle Piwniuk, Minister, Manitoba Infrastructure, handed out the MTI Awards.

31 companies were recognized for their milestone membership commitments.

Matthew Neziol, of Bayview Construction, received the Safety Leader Award.

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