Consultation Findings

Below is the information Gathered From the February 25th Smart Cities Public Consultation.

1.    What does "Best Small Town in Canada” mean to you?
 
  • Vibrant life
  • Ability to live life to the fullest
  • Facilities compliment a comfortable life
    • Facilities include transportation, stores, services, recreation, etc.
  • Sense of who we are as a community
    • Inclusive and open
    • Housing transportation & mobility
    • Divergently to future?
  • Amenities and services
  • Retail, auto dealers, etc. (3 dealerships repeated)
  • Need to welcome new people
  • 22 subdivisions with unique needs
  • Natural features/environment (lake, vacations, holidays)
  • Rec facilities
  • Cycle friendly/active transportation
  • Access to tech and tech infrastructure
  • History/air force/tourism (Gimli is on the map already)
  • Representation by population
  • Working as one
  • Community connection corridor
  • Aesthetics of community (x2)
  • Innovation
  • Culture & Celebrations
  • Visitors see uniqueness of community
  • Pride with recognition
  • To meet the needs of all age groups (health, facilities, etc.)
  • Housing for low and medium incomes (tiny homes?)
  • Transportation (rail, healthy, active, airport)
  • Opportunities for all age groups
  • Solar energy subsidy
  • Leader in healthy environment
  • Safe environment
  • Affordable place to live
  • Enhance technology infrastructure (communications)

2.    What could we do as a community to achieve the vision of "Best Small Town in Canada”?
 
  • Healthy living/aging
    • Multiplex
    • Attractive to families and seniors
  • How to move from idea into reality?
  • Attract new industry/development in industrial park
  • Availability of independent living
  • Create non tax based revenues (oil in SW Manitoba example)
  • Elected officials need to embrace good ideas
  • Rethink the structure and purpose of CDC (advisory group needed)
  • Create SMART processes to created connections and communication in   community.
  • How do we access the lake?
  • Beach cleaning
  • Branding with chamber
  • Infrastructure/Container
  • Interactive-virtual smart board (IKE/alexa)
  • Enhance technology communications
  • Clean transportation
  • Lake Winnipeg must be protected
  • Diversity for jobs and industry

3.  What challenges does Gimli face to get us to "Best Small Town in Canada”?
 
  • Diversity in population needs and wants (not a reference to demographics, more so users/community groups)
  • Pulling the community together
  • A portion of the community wants no change to support cottage/vacation lifestyle
  • I like it simple (common attitude)
  • There’s a lack of appreciation/understanding for the RM’s tax base. We have a high taxable assessment that’s not recognized when planning.
  • Need to keep taxes affordable
  • We need to focus limited resources (volunteers, money, land, etc.)
  • Focusing on the things we do well.
  • Gimli council needs to work together (One Heart)
  • Build from basic ideas for consensus
  • Retails demand for patronage (moved to challenges from question #1)   
  • Need a campground (moved to solutions from questions #1)
  • Gimli west /assisted living #5? Is a good model
  • Funding
  • Leadership (who’s role is what)
  • Diversity in Jobs and industry
  • More active chamber of commerce
  • Crumbling infrastructure
  • Technology geospatial GIS
  • Digital interactive
  • Drawing of an electric car charging station with Alexa