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City of Winnipeg engagement opportunities

The City of Winnipeg has a few engagement opportunities that might be interesting to our supporters. See below for more details.

Want to keep track of future City engagement opportunities? Visit their engage website and register!

Regulating Short-Term Rentals (i.e. Airbnb, VRBO etc)

The City of Winnipeg is looking into regulating short-term rentals. These are rentals for fewer than 30 consecutive days in a dwelling, including a rental apartment, house or condo provided by a property owner or principal tenant in exchange for payment. In the last decade, there has been a proliferation of short-term rentals through online platforms such as Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway. These services do provide options for people seeking short-term accommodations, including those traveling to Winnipeg (to see relatives, for tourism, for contract work) or as a transitional space in-between seeking a longer-term home. However, there is also a risk of skirting rules traditional hotels and hostels follow. They can also generate issues for other tenants or condo unit owners when folks use apartments in multi-family buildings for high-turnover or hotel-like rentals without proper oversight.

If you have thoughts on short-term rentals and how the City should approach regulating them, please fill out this City of Winnipeg survey. The survey is open until June 30, 2022.

You can learn more about the issue by clicking here.

Eastern Rapid Transit survey

The City of Winnipeg is in their final phase of engagement for the Eastern Rapid Transit Corridor. You can fill out this Winnipeg Transit survey until July 15, 2022.

The City will also be hosting an open house. Details below:

Date: Monday, June 27, 2022*
Time: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Sutherland Avenue & Gomez Street
Format: Drop-in (come and go)
*In case of heavy rain, the event will be held Tuesday, June, 28, 2022. Details will be posted here if the event is postponed.

Supporting homes and stores near frequent transit is a key part of YIMBY Winnipeg’s mandate. High frequency transit routes, as the City intends for the eastern corridor to be, can serve as vital anchor for mixed-use, transit oriented communities where more people bus than in car-dependent neighbourhoods. We encourage our supporters and allies to look into the City’s plans for the eastern corridor and help ensure mixed-use density is the end result.

If you want to follow transit issues more closely make sure to check out Functional Transit Winnipeg!

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