Permit logistics desk at Winnipeg Chamber to ease process

March 1, 2017
If you attended the State of the City Address last week or followed media coverage, you caught Mayor Bowman’s announcement of a pilot project with your Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce: a permit logistics desk to intercede for businesses with the city.

“We’re listening,” Mayor Bowman said to a packed convention centre of roughly 1200 business leaders, government representatives and media. “While many improvements have been made to systems, including online permit tracking, what I’ve heard from many of you is that the permit process still… sucks.”​

Informed by conversations at the Mayor’s annual Small Business Summit and focus groups arranged by The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, the intention is to create an advocate who can expedite permit requests and assist hard-working civil servants by identifying bottlenecks.

“Chamber staff working at the logistics desk will have complete access to all city permit services so that they can work with businesses as well as city staff so they can quickly identify issues and ultimately streamline the permitting process,” said the Mayor.​

We’re deeply grateful to our members who shared their experiences at the Summit and in our discussions. We’re also encouraged Mayor Bowman and his team have given your feedback priority status.

Chamber staff are currently in the “education” phase of the city permit process, with the intention to formally open the permit logistics desk by May. We look forward to updating you on this critical plan to make Winnipeg a city where business thrives.