The Manitoba Eco-Network actively engages in policy work to hold government and business accountable, educate the public about environmental concerns, and build relationships across the non-profit sector. We work to engage, organize, and bring forth the voice of the environmental community. Below is a list of our policy advocacy activities.

MbEN comments on proposed silica sand mining project

We sent our comments to the province in regard to the proposed silica sand mining project proposed by CanWhite Sands Corp. This includes concerns about the impacts on the environment, particularly the Winnipeg Sandstone and Red River Carbonate aquifers and associated drinking water, and human health. Our comments can be viewed here.

MbEN co-hosts Winnipeg South 100 Debates on the Environment

The Manitoba Eco-Network and Wa Ni Ska Tan co-hosted (with others) a virtual, all-candidates debate where local federal election candidates from the Winnipeg South riding debated issues of environmental concern. Lynne Fernandez was the moderator. This event was a part of GreenPAC’s 100 Debates on the Environment initiative. The press release from the event (September 8, 2021) can be found here.


MbEN comments – Consultation on the Manitoba Water Management Strategy

In August 2021, MbEN submitted comments to the Government of Manitoba on the Manitoba Water Engagement Strategy, expressing the need for more meaningful public engagement once a detailed strategy with specific actions and goals is developed, and a greater focus on water conservation and protection in addition to natural resources development. More information on the Province’s Water Management Strategy can be found here.

MbEN comments on the proposed Louisiana Pacific Canada Ltd. Forest Management Plan

MbEN sent this letter to the Government of Manitoba in response to the Environment Act Proposal for the 20 Year Forest Management Plan submitted by Louisiana Pacific Canada Ltd.

Press Release – City of Winnipeg Says Yes to the Nuclear Ban (June 24, 2021)

MbEN was one of the many organizations that endorsed the successful ICAN Cities Appeal Campaign in Winnipeg. A motion was passed by City Council on June 24th, 2021, expressing support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Endorsement of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and the Cities Appeal Campaign

In June 2021, MbEN released this public statement endorsing the ICAN Cities Appeal Campaign and calling on the City of Winnipeg to support the International Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Letter to Minister Wilkinson and MP Terry Duguid expressing our support for the establishment of a Canada Water Agency

In June 2021, MbEN submitted this letter to the Minister and Parliamentary Secretary of Environment and Climate Change Canada expressing our continued support for the establishment of a Canada Water Agency.

Comments on the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region’s Plan 20-50

In June 2021, MbEN submitted these comments on Plan 20-50, the draft plan for the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region for the next 30 years, which has been made possible by the recent enactment of Bill 37, The Planning Amendment and City of Winnipeg Charter Amendment Act.

Letter to Public Utilities Board regarding Manitoba Hydro Rate Review

Letter of support for the Aboriginal Council of Manitoba, Consumers Association of Canada (Manitoba) and Manitoba Harvest’s application requesting that a review of Manitoba Hydro rates is undertaken by the Public Utilities Board.

Letter to Manitoba Conservation and Climate opposing the use of pesticides on provincial highway right-of-ways

Along with 8 other organizations, MbEN submitted this letter in response to the public notice of the Pesticide Control Programs conducted by the Province of Manitoba within right of ways.

Letter to Minister Friesen from People for PILC Coalition

MbEN, along with other concerned organizations and individuals, signed onto this letter written by the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, expressing community support for the Public Interest Law Centre.

Canada Water Agency Collective Submission

MbEN was one of 51 organizations that signed onto the collective submission by Our Living Waters on the five foundational pillars needed for the success of a potential Canada Water Agency.

Our Comments on the City of Winnipeg’s Governance Review

In February 2021, MbEN submitted these comments for consideration during the City of Winnipeg’s Governance Review.

Government of Canada Budget Submission: Request for Natural Infrastructure Funding for Urban Forests (February 17, 2021)

MbEN signed on to this letter written by Trees Please Winnipeg.

Network of Networks Letter to the Province of Manitoba on a Non-Profit Sector Table

MbEN and 9 other organizations submitted this letter to Minister Johnson in February 2021, requesting that the Province of Manitoba convene a cross-departmental working group to support the non-profit sector through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Letter to Minister Squires (December 14, 2020)

The follow-up letter to Minister Squires regarding Network of Networks ask for Non-Profit Sector Table

The Environment is Under Attack, We Need Your Help to Fight Back

(published in the Winnipeg Free Press, November 18, 2020)

Community Organizations Call for Police Accountability and the Reallocation of Resources

We are adding our voices to growing calls from Black and Indigenous leaders for meaningful action to address police violence and systemic racism.

Our Comments on ‘Manitoba Water Management Strategy: Seeking Perspectives’

In September 2020, MbEN provided these written comments to the Expert Advisory Council for the Climate and Green Plan on ‘Manitoba Water Management Strategy: Seeking Perspectives’.

Our Comments on CanWhite Sands Corp. and Silica Sand Mine Developments in Manitoba

MbEN submitted this letter to the Government of Manitoba in response to the Environment Act Proposal for the Vivian Sand Facility Project.

Our Comments on the City of Winnipeg’s OurWinnipeg Policy and Implementation Plan (Round 2!)

In August 2020, MbEN submitted these comments for consideration by the City of Winnipeg during the review of the OurWinnipeg policy and implementation plan.

Our Comments on ‘A Green Transportation Strategy for Manitoba’

In July 2020, Mb-EN attended a consultation event and provided these written comments to the Expert Advisory Council for the Climate and Green Plan on ‘A Green Transportation Strategy for Manitoba’.

Our Comments on Berger Peat Moss Ltd. Horticultural Mix Plant

In July 2020, Mb-EN submitted these comments to the Province of Manitoba on the Environment Act Proposal for Berger Peat Moss Ltd.’s proposed Horticultural Mix Plant in Springfield, Manitoba.

Network of Networks Letter to the Province of Manitoba on a Non-Profit Sector Table

MbEN and 11 other organizations submitted this letter to Premier Pallister and Minister Squires in June 2020, requesting that the Province of Manitoba convene a non-profit sector table to support the sector through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our comments on the Lake St. Martin and Lake Manitoba Outlet Channels Project

MbEN submitted these comments in May 2020 to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, on the potential environmental effects of the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels Project and the proposed measures to prevent or mitigate those effects, as set out in the Project’s Environmental Impact Statement.

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau urging to ‘Hold Strong on Environmental Laws’

MbEN and 15 other organizations submitted this letter to Prime Minister Trudeau in May 2020, urging the Government of Canada to resist pressures by oil and gas companies to weaken or delay implementation of federal environmental laws, under the guise of a Covid-19 response.

Manitoba Federation of Non-profit Organizations letter on the non-profit sector and Covid-19

MbEN and 6 other network organizations endorsed this letter sent to Premier Pallister by the Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations in April 2020. The letter outlines several ways the Province of Manitoba could support non-profits as part of a Covid-19 response.

Our Comments on the International Red River Board Nutrient Objectives and Targets

In March 2020, MbEN submitted these comments to the International Red River Board on the proposed nutrient concentration objectives and nutrient load targets for the Red River at the boundary of the United States and Canada.

Our Comments on Efficiency Manitoba’s 2020/23 Efficiency Plan

In January 2020, MbEN submitted these comments to the Public Utilities Board for consideration during the review process for Efficiency Manitoba’s 2020/23 Efficiency Plan.

Forum for our Future: Manitoba Leaders Debate on Climate Change and the Environment

MbEN, along with 10 other organizations, hosted this public debate during the leadup to the 2019 provincial election in Manitoba. A recording of the event is available here on our website.

Our Comments on the City of Winnipeg’s OurWinnipeg Policy and Implementation Plan

In July 2019, MbEN submitted these comments for consideration by the City of Winnipeg during the review of the OurWinnipeg policy and implementation plan.