Advocacy

Intervener Status for GSS/GSM: Manitoba Hydro’s General Rate Application

BOMA is working to ensure that our industry’s voice is heard by the Public Utilities Board (PUB) as it considers Manitoba Hydro’s latest General Rate Application.

As virtually all of BOMA member firms are classified as a General Service Small (GSS) and General Service Medium (GSM) Hydro customer, we are pleased that the GSS/GSM customer class has been granted intervener status at the PUB Hearings.  The PUB decision from June 30, 2017 is available here

For further information on our advocacy efforts re: this matter, please view the communique to our members here.

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Update on Occupany Permits in the City of Winnipeg

BOMA and the City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property & Development Department have worked to draft a detailed memo outlining the requirements for occupancy permits.

The memo provides clarification regarding when an occupancy permit is needed (at present), and how these requirements have changed over the years.  Contact information for the Occupancy Permit Clerk is also provided in the memo.

To view the document, please visit the Advocacy page of BOMA’s website, via the link provided here.

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Update on Implementation of Impact Fees

(Development Charges)

BOMA’s recent advocacy efforts on the issue of potential impact fees in Winnipeg have resulted in an amending motion for Executive Policy Committee.

We are pleased that the amending motion recommends a phased-in approach to impact fees, and that commercial, office, industrial and institutional developments will be exempt from any fee for two years. We’re also pleased to see that residential infill development in existing neighbourhoods (including downtown) will be exempt from impact fees for three years.

BOMA looks forward to contributing to the City’s working group to advise on the three-year phase-in process, as well as advise on reasonable fee values for all asset classes.

Amending Motion on Impact Fees

Amending Motion on Impact Fees – Backgrounder

EPC Amending Motion on Impact Fees

Terms of Reference – Impact Fee Working Group

Impact Fee Implementation Map

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Implementation of Impact Fees (Development Charges)

To view the written submission from BOMA Manitoba to the Executive Policy Committee of the City of Winnipeg regarding Impact Fees, please click here.

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Comprehensive Fee Review

On March 23, 2016 City Council adopted the results of a Comprehensive Fee Review (CFR) that adjusts all fees charged for various permits and services. These changes (with the exception of commercial mechanical permit fees) come into effect on June 1, 2016.

For more information, please click here.

Fee changes for Commercial Property Owners

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Adoption of the National Energy Code (Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings)

On December 1, 2014, the 2011 National Energy Code for Buildings became effective in Manitoba.  These new efficiency standards apply to the construction of new buildings and additions governed under Part 3 of the Manitoba Building Code.

For more information, please click here.

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Managing Asbestos in Buildings

A friendly reminder to BOMA member firms about their responsibilities regarding asbestos management.  Although the current legislation pertaining to asbestos management in buildings was introduced in 2006, we wanted to ensure that members still have access to all of the necessary information that will help them meet the provincial government requirements.

The Workplace Safety and Health Act and Part 37 of the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Regulation, M.R. 217/2006 require specific actions  when a potential health hazard is present in the workplace.

For information on creating an asbestos inventory, how and what to communicate to building occupants, and what’s required for staff training, please click on the links below.

http://www.gov.mb.ca/labour/safety/pdf/faqs_asbestos_contain_material.pdf

https://digitalcollection.gov.mb.ca/awweb/pdfopener?smd=1&did=15988&md=1

http://winnipegsafetycompanies.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Manitoba-Asbestos-Abatement-Guidelines-2016.pdf

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BOMA Position Paper:

Infrastructure and its Impact on the Commercial Real Estate Industry

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BOMA Position Paper:

National Environmental Statement of Principles for the Commercial Real Estate Industry

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BOMA Stance on e-Cigarettes

For more information on what e-Cigarettes are and why they may be a concern, please view the following article, developed by BOMA Ottawa and BOMA Canada here