Manitoba Canada


The Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) advises that in response to a request for assistance from the Alberta government, members of Manitoba’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team, Canada Task Force 4 (CAN TF-4) will be sent to support crews working in the Fort McMurray command centre.

OFC co-ordinates the 100-plus member disaster response team on behalf of Manitoba. Made up of specially trained and dedicated emergency response professionals from volunteer, municipal, provincial and federal services, CAN TF-4 can be mobilized within hours.

This highly skilled team has the capacity to be self-sustaining for up to 10 days in any weather, anywhere in the country. Although the primary focus of the team has been urban search and rescue (building collapse), the team is able to respond to a variety of emergencies and provide incident management support on behalf of the province. There are three similar teams across Canada, located in Vancouver (CAN TF-1), Alberta (CAN TF-2) and Toronto (CAN TF-3).

The Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) requested that Manitoba assist the Alberta Disaster Response Team, which has already been deployed. Manitoba team members will assist with co-ordinating the multi-agency response to the emergency, as well as offer relief to other responders.

Approximately 20 members of the Manitoba team are preparing to leave for Alberta this weekend and are expected to arrive and begin their role by Monday, May 9.


Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade advises that, according to Statistics Canada, the province had the second-lowest unemployment rate in the country in April.

In April, Manitoba’s unemployment rate was 6.1 per cent, the second lowest of any province in the country and was below Canada’s rate of 7.1 per cent. Manitoba trailed only British Columbia, which had a rate of 5.8 per cent. Manitoba’s April unemployment rate was up 0.1 percentage points compared to March.

In April, Manitoba’s youth unemployment rate stood at 11.8 per cent, down 0.4 percentage points from March. Manitoba’s ranking was third for youth, and below the national rate of 13.1 per cent.

The unemployment rate in the first four months of 2016 averaged 6.1 per cent. This was
0.4 percentage points higher than the same period in 2015 but below Canada’s average of
7.2 per cent.

The report also indicated that full-time employment in Manitoba was up by 1,200 jobs since March



Public Advised to Avoid Driving
On Flooded Roads

The Hydrologic Forecast Centre of Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation advises that normal seasonal daytime high temperatures near 0 C in southern Manitoba for the next seven to 10 days are slowing the spring run-off and snowmelt in most areas.  There is no significant precipitation forecast for any of Manitoba’s river basins during this period.

As the spring melt continues, all drivers are reminded to be cautious ‎when encountering water on a road as the depth can be deceiving.  Motorists are warned to avoid driving on a closed or flooded road.

In much of southern Manitoba most of the snowpack has melted and in many areas, including the Souris and Pembina rivers watersheds as well as tributaries of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, the majority of snowpack run-off is complete.  Streams have crested and are receding.  Over the weekend, there was some local overland flooding as well as flooding caused by frozen culverts or ice jamming of drains and small streams.

There is currently an ice jam on the Red River downstream of Selkirk, in the vicinity of Peltz Drive and McIvor Lane, causing levels to rise on the Red River.  The ice jam is caused by the narrow river channel in the area.  Officials are monitoring the situation and will consider use of the Amphibex ice breakers if conditions, including open water downstream, permit their usage.

The ice jam mitigation program was undertaken this winter, breaking a 24-kilometre channel through the ice on the Red River, with additional icebreaking work on the Brokenhead, Fisher and Icelandic rivers.

The icebreaking and ice-cutting equipment is operated and maintained by North Red Waterway Maintenance Inc., a corporation formed by the rural municipalities of St. Andrews and St. Clements, and the City of Selkirk.

The Red River crested in most locations in the Canadian portion of the river’s basin late March 18 and has remained relatively stable since then.  Ste. Agathe crested at approximately 28,000 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Levels on the Red River were high enough on the weekend for a small amount of water to flow into the floodway channel naturally, but the inlet control structure has not been operated and is not expected to be operated this year.

The Red River in Winnipeg also crested late March 18 at approximately 18.1 ft. at James Avenue due to ice jams.  The peak flow was approximately 43,000 cfs.

Flows on the Assiniboine River are being monitored closely and ice that is still in place on portions of the river is affecting water level readings at some stations.  Tributary flows to the river are generally dropping, although when temperatures increase significant run-off is still expected from the upper portions of the basin into Shellmouth Dam.  Flows at Brandon are expected to stay within the banks this year.  The Portage Diversion may be operated to manage ice conditions on the lower Assiniboine River.

Further north in the upper Assiniboine and Saskatchewan River basins, the snowpack remains intact and only a portion of run-off has taken place.

Up-to-date flood information can be found at, on mobile devices, on Twitter at or at 1-866-626-4862 (toll-free).

Up-to-date highway information is available at, on mobile devices, highway closures on Twitter at or by calling 511.



TAKE TO NORTH RED RIVER , Ice Fishers to Remove Huts
For Ice-Mitigation Program.

Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation advises ice cutting is scheduled to begin on the Red River north of Selkirk on Sunday, Feb. 21 as part of the provincial flood-fighting effort to reduce ice-jam flooding.  The Amphibex icebreakers will take to the ice the next day.  River users are asked to observe warning signs and stay clear of the equipment as cutting machines weaken ice to help Amphibex breakers open channels.

The ice-cutting machines will be on the Red River in the area between Netley Creek and Netley Lake, cutting and scoring the ice to help enable ice movement and reduce ice jamming.

The icebreaking and ice-cutting equipment is operated and maintained by North Red Waterway Maintenance Inc., a corporation formed by the rural municipalities of St. Andrews and St. Clements, and the City of Selkirk.

Notices have been posted in areas where the ice-cutting machines will be working as a safety reminder for ice fishers, snowmobile enthusiasts and other river users.  Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts are advised to stay off the ice where notices are posted or where evidence of recent ice cutting is apparent.  Ice fishers are also reminded to remove huts or other material in the areas covered by the ice-mitigation program.