Effective Monday, March 14, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. AST
Masks will no longer be required at public facilities owned and operated by the City of Saint John.
Facilities operated by third parties such as the Canada Games Aquatic Centre, TD Station, and Community Centres will provide their own direction and updates.
Masks will not be required on Saint John Transit buses.
All Common Council and Committee meetings will return to in-person attendance. The option to attend virtually will still be provided.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Saint John has remained committed to the health and safety of its employees, of visitors to our workplaces and members of the public.
While masks are no longer required in our facilities, mask usage should still be viewed as an excellent safety precaution due to the high level of community transmission.
The City of Saint John reminds the public to be considerate and supportive of anyone who chooses to continue wearing a mask or practice any other precautions related to COVID-19. These measures are a personal choice and must be respected.
The City of Saint John encourages residents to protect their health and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community by getting vaccinated. To book your vaccination appointment, and for walk-in clinic information, visit COVID-19 vaccines (gnb.ca)
Tomorrow's potential, starts today! The plan and the path to financial sustainability and growth
Welcome to the Sustainable Saint John webpage. We encourage you to watch and share our new video, and continue to check this page for updates as we implement our Sustainability Plan.
As background, the City of Saint John has been working for several years to address our budget gap. With the COVID-19 crisis adding pressure to our bottom line, we need to continue to implement our action plans so that our finances are in good shape for the long-term. For a list of immediate actions required to address our deficit, read the Deficit Action Plan in the related documents section.
This summary outlines our plan to address the immediate priority of balancing the 2021 and 2022 budgets. It also details the longer-term work needed with the province and our regional partners to close the gap.
Addressing the deficit alone is not enough to put Saint John on a sustainable financial path; it is a two-year solution that will enable us to control costs until transformational reforms take hold. For long-term sustainability, we must couple our short-term cost-control measures with these reforms. Only then will the Saint John region truly succeed. Read Advocating for Reforms for more information.
The City is pleased to be working with the Minister of Local Government and Local Governance Reform to move our initiatives forward.
THE $10 MILLION PLAN TO ADDRESS THE DEFICIT
HOW WE WILL BALANCE THE BUDGET
Step one to creating a stable financial future is to address Saint John’s $10-million budget deficit in each of 2021 and 2022. After more than a year of gathering ideas, analyzing and refining, we have a viable and achievable plan.
$6 million in workforce adjustments: Achieved through collective bargaining and reducing the number of employees. Approved by Common Council.
Step two on the financial sustainability path involves conducting and considering recommendations from comprehensive reviews and audits to find efficiencies and better ways to serve the community and support the broader Saint John region.
Internal Structural Review: Adjust the organizational structure to achieve a number of improvements, such as enhanced customer service, centralized functions, improved cyber security and more, while reducing its overall size.
Transit Review: Conducted by Stantec to improve management and operations, enhance service and minimize spending. Stakeholder engagement is underway with Recommendations coming soon.
New Economic Development Model: Take a regional focus with the City of Saint John at the centre. Concept paper has been developed and supported, with the City of Saint John as the anchor.
Other Reviews: Each Regional facility is under review, along with associated infrastructure. In addition, two independent reviews have been conducted to find efficiencies and improve effectiveness: Ernst and Young (Operational Audit), Deloitte (Saint John Energy Audit). Based on the findings and recommendations of these reviews, the City will further analyze the options and bring them to Common Council for decision.
Step three on the path is provincial and regional reforms. The Government of New Brunswick has recognized that the City of Saint John is doing everything within our power to address our financial challenges. However, we can only go so far on our own. We need collaboration, cooperation and change from the province, greater Saint John region and other municipalities. Only then will we see the region reach its full potential.
Comprehensive Property Tax Reform: The province has committed to complete property tax reform on a 60-year old system by 2022. We will continue to work with the province as a municipal partner in this undertaking.
Regional Cost Sharing and Regionalization of Services: A Regional Management Task Force is at work to look at opportunities. The province commissioned two reports, and based on results, we need the province to take action. There is great opportunity to act together, in the best interest of the entire region, to rise up stronger than we were before.
Wage Escalation Control: We have implemented a number of financial policies, including a wage escalation policy to control the increase of city workforce wages in an affordable and fair manner.
Binding Arbitration Reform: The eight cities in New Brunswick all advocate for reforms for a more efficient, accountable and transparent system, that considers a municipality’s financial health and ability to pay costs awarded to first responders (police and fire), who cannot go on strike.
CITY IMPERATIVES GOING FORWARD
We are doing our job to get on the right path. We will look to the strong leadership within the Government of New Brunswick to act on the necessary long-term reforms. Together, we are committed to success for Saint John.
Implementation the plan to balance the 2021 and 2022 budgets
Seek action from the Province to enable the above reforms needed to sustain our region
Continue to control costs
Advocate and work in partnership to increase municipal revenues
Act together as a region to spur growth that will benefit us all
POTENTIAL FOR APPROXIMATELY $20 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL REVENUE
BALANCED BUDGETS FOR 2021 AND 2022
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Council meeting cancelled
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Saint John Transit
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Greater Saint John Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony postponed
Sealed proposals, hand delivered or couriered, properly marked as to contents and addressed to Supply Chain Management, City of Saint John, 1st Floor, 175 Rothesay Avenue, Saint John, NB, E2J 2B4, bearing the title of works:
shall be received until 4:00 P.M. local time, Thursday on the 29th day of April, 2021.
Bidders should note that this procurement is subject to the following internal trade agreement(s) including:
Atlantic Trade and Procurement Partnership
New Brunswick Procurement Act and Regulation 2014-93
City of Saint John of Saint John Policy for the Procurement of Goods, Services, and Construction
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no public opening at this time.
Proposal details and addenda may be obtained from the City of Saint John’s website at: www.saintjohn.ca under the City Menu, option “Tenders and Proposals”.
Interested proponents are strongly advised to register as a bidder with the Supply Chain Management Department by emailing contact information to:email@example.com.
For inquiries, contact Monic MacVicar, Procurement Specialist, Supply Chain Management, no later than Tuesday, April 21st, 2021, by 4:00p.m. AST, via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax, 506-658-4742.
*Inquiries after this date will not receive a response.