“Children are among our most vulnerable citizens, and their level of well-being is the best indicator of what our city is like as a home for all of us.”
– Robert-Falcon Ouellette
My first announcement in the 2014 mayoral campaign was that we need to make Winnipeg a "child-friendly city" in which the well-being of children is placed at the heart of our decision-making.
With respect to the current 2022 campaign, I stand firm on this principle because every issue we address involves children and every policy and by-law ultimately impacts them.
'Issues of housing, poverty, policing, public safety, transit, recreation, education and especially the environment - they all involve and affect families and children.'
There is an existing world-wide initiative toward developing Child Friendly Cities supported by UNICEF and already adopted by other Canadian cities. As Mayor, I will make it a priority for Winnipeg to join this initiative so that we will be in a good position to learn from others and share ideas.
Statement of Child-Friendly Policies for 2022 Mayoral campaign:
• Evaluate every policy in relation to its impact on children
• Make Community Gardens on Public land easier to set up
• Include safe family cycling in plans for Active Transport
• Make transit free for children and youth 16 and under travelling with an adult
• Festivals and programs that receive City funding need to consider child friendly programming
and low-cost access for families with children
The City of Winnipeg can build on the commitment made by other Canadian cities;
• A community where children and youth are valued members and actively contribute their time, ideas and perspectives to civic life
• A community that promotes social connectedness, where children and youth feel safe, have freedom of movement, green space and opportunities for play and imagination
• A community where all children and youth are able to access enriching and engaging programs and services that promote their healthy development regardless of their family’s income or background
The Strategy focuses on 3 policy and program areas:
• Engagement – Providing opportunities for children and youth to participate in and contribute to civic life.
• Physical Environment – A natural and built environment that supports the healthy development of children and youth.
• Civic Services – Recreation, library and cultural services that are framed around the developmental needs of children and youth of all genders and backgrounds.
There is a world-wide movement toward developing Child Friendly Cities, supported by UNICEF and already adopted by other cities in Canada. Children who grow up feeling truly at home, as safe, active, engaged citizens, will be adults who contribute to making Winnipeg a great city for generations to come. It is a combination of policies and programs that are framed around the needs of children and youth. UNICEF defines a Child Friendly City as a “local system of good governance committed to fulfilling children’s rights...it is a city where the voices, needs, priorities and rights of children are an integral part of public policy, programs and decisions. It is, as a result, a city that is fit for all”