The preliminary 2022 Operating and Capital budgets for the City of Winnipeg will be tabled at a special meeting of Executive Policy Committee on Friday, November 26th. For those who would like to register as a delegate, they can contact City Clerk’s by email email@example.com or call 204-986-8665, and must register by 4:30 p.m. the day prior to the meeting. Once registered, delegates will be provided with the information required to participate.
The Mayor appointed only his Executive Policy Committee to be on the ‘2022 Budget Working Group’. No other Councillor has been included in the 2022 Budget Working Group this year. Councillors not included in the Budget Working Group are able to provide input and meet with the Finance Chair, but do not have the ability to receive in depth department briefings, review risk lists, or have influence over final decisions.
Also this year, the timeline to review the billion dollar capital and operating budget, is only 7 business days before Council votes on it. Its’ virtually impossible to scrutinize how your tax dollars are being allocated. This is not an open and transparent process. The current governance model allows this approach to developing the budget.
The schedule of public meetings to hear delegations and consider the preliminary 2022 Operating and Capital budgets include:
Monday, November 29, 2021 – 5pm
- Standing Policy Committee on Innovation and Economic Development (Special Meeting)
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 – 5pm
- Standing Policy Committee on Property Development Heritage Downtown Development (Special Meeting)
Friday, December 3, 2021 – 9:30 am
- Winnipeg Police Board (Regular Meeting)
Saturday, December 4, 2021 – 9:30am
- Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works (Special Meeting)
Monday, December 6, 2021 – 2:30pm
- Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment (Special Meeting)
Tuesday, December 7 – 2:30pm
- Protection, Community Services and Parks (Special Meeting)
Friday, December 10, 2021 – 9:30am
- Executive Policy Committee to hear public delegations on budgets (Special Meeting)
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 – 9:30am
- Executive Policy Committee to table final recommendations (Special Meeting)
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 – 9:30am
- Council to consider budget (Special Meeting)
The public engagement process indicated that Winnipeggers priorities were community safety, community services, roads, driving efficiencies and public transit. The public engagement and other information about the 2022 Balanced Budget Update can be accessed here.
The City of Winnipeg conducts an annual Citizen Survey. The complete results of the 2021 Citizen Survey can be reviewed here: https://winnipeg.ca/cao/pdfs/2021CitizenSurvey.pdf
In addition to these survey results being used to inform budget decisions, they are also used to prepare the City of Winnipeg’s Community Trends and Performance Report. This annual report is prepared early in the budget process to provide broad demographic as well as performance data to facilitate decision making and to provide context to the city budgeting process. It includes the City of Winnipeg’s Organizational Balanced Scorecard as well as a host of organizational performance measurements. The 2022 Community Trends and Performance Report can be accessed here.
Members of the public are encouraged to continue participate in the Balanced Budget Update process.
Residents are encouraged to check the Council and Committees Schedule of Meetings on the City’s website. If there are any changes to the scheduled times, they will be communicated on this page.