Ward Boundaries Review: 66,700+ Residents in South Winnipeg-St. Norbert
The South Winnipeg–St. Norbert Ward population is currently estimated to be 66,700+ residents, based on 2011 census data and a recent update on the number of building permits issued in Waverley West. This would make the South Winnipeg–St. Norbert Ward one of the largest, if not the largest in Winnipeg. While this is great news, it also presents a number of challenges in delivering service to residents! This is an important read!
The City of Winnipeg’s current system allocates resources to wards based on ‘ward name’ alone. It does NOT allocate resources based on population. As a result, the SAME amount of funding (Ward Allowance of $79,924 annually) is allocated to each Councillor to support the needs of residents, regardless of the ward’s population. A Councillor’s Ward Allowance is used to fund the following services:
- Community Ward Assistant
- Community Events Support
- Community Consultations
- Community Outreach (i.e. newsletters, website)
- Office Costs (i.e. office equipment/furniture, telephone, office supplies, stationery, photocopying, postage)
More information is available at Ward Allowance Details (2015)
Ward sizes vary significantly throughout the City, based on the 2011 Census:
- North Kildonan Ward 36,370
- St.Charles Ward 31,910
- St.James-Brooklands-Weston Ward 35,925
- Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry Ward 45,610
You can see the difference in populations; yet, the system provides funding support based on ward name – not population. I’ve been working with Councillor Mayes (whose St. Vital ward is growing rapidly) and the City Clerks Department to find some kind of balance to ensure residents receive a similar level of support – a more equitable distribution of resources. The only way this will happen is to request a Ward Boundary Review, as there is no desire by other elected officials to look at a funding re-allocation based on population. To ensure a similar level of support to all residents, it’s necessary to initiate this review and a potential re-alignment of ward boundaries.
The City is embarking on a review, and a Motion has been brought forward for a “Ward Boundaries Commission“. If changes are required, I anticipate they will be implemented after the 2018 municipal election.
The media coverage below provides additional information on this important topic:
- The Metro – Winnipeg sets to review ward boundaries before 2018 election (By Stephanie Taylor Metro Published on Tue Feb 02 2016)
- CBC News – Winnipeg to evaluate changes to ward boundaries (By Jacques Marcoux, CBC News Posted: Feb 03, 2016 1:10 PM CT Last Updated: Feb 03, 2016 2:38 PM CT
In the mean time, I ask that you please be patient as we work through the many calls and requests our office receives from residents.
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