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Illegal Dumping Surveillance Program

The City of Winnipeg uses high-resolution camera equipment at various locations throughout the city in order to address illegal dumping activities, with the goal of:

  • Identifying and prosecuting those who commit illegal dumping
  • Deterring the number of illegal dumping incidents at target locations, which are determined through consultation with community stakeholders, City of Winnipeg departments, and enforcement officers
  • Developing and maintaining safe, orderly, viable, and sustainable communities and promoting and maintaining the health, safety, and well-being of Winnipeggers

Cameras are periodically moved from location to location.


  • The cameras are placed in a manner that captures activities in open public spaces (such as roadways, places of business, etc.), where there is a low expectation of personal privacy.

Penalties for Illegally Dumping

  • Persons caught on surveillance video illegally dumping will be identified. The registered owner of a vehicle being used to commit the offence, whether or not that person is present at the time of the offence, will also be identified.
  • Depending on the circumstances:
    • A penalty notice may be issued and the accused will have to pay an Administrative Penalty
    • A Provincial Offence Ticket may be issued and the accused will be subject to a Fine and/or will have to respond to the ticket in Provincial By-law Court

Fines for Illegally Dumping

  • Fines can be found in SCHEDULE "B" of the Neighbourhood Liveability By-law.
  • The current fines related to illegal dumping are:
Provision / Contravention Summary Categories Penalty/Fine Early payment Discount
s. 53(2) – Littering Individual
$100 1
$200 1
s. 53(3) - Dumping garbage Individual
$600 1
$1,000 1
s. 53(4) – Large scale dumping of garbage Individual
$2,000 2
$4,000 2
s. 53(5) - own or operate a vehicle used in large scale dumping of garbage Individual
$2,000 2
$4,000 2

1 Administrative Penalty
2 Preset Fine

Camera Locations

  • Licensing & Bylaw Enforcement consults with the Water and Waste and Public Works Departments, as well as with local residents' associations, to determine areas where the highest incidences of illegal dumping occur and where the placement of the cameras would have the most benefit to the community.

Image Retention

  • Each stand-alone CCTV unit will retain images for a maximum of seven days or until over-written by new images; whichever occurs first.
  • Images stored on Licensing & Bylaw Enforcement's secure network will be retained for a maximum of 21 days (subject to change).
  • Images used for any part of any legal investigation or information request will be retained in accordance with applicable data retention rules or regulations.

Viewing of Images

  • All images will be subject to review, as deemed necessary, by designated staff of Licensing & Bylaw Enforcement.
  • Images will be released from this program to:
    • A Community By-law Enforcement Officer for an illegal dumping investigation
    • A Police Officer for an active criminal investigation request by a police agency
      • Images used as evidence as part of a prosecution for illegal dumping or criminal investigation may become public record.
  • All other requests for access to images captured by CCTV cameras in this surveillance program are governed by applicable sections set out in The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
    • The authority for the collection of personal information is provided for in Sections 36 and 37 of The Act. Questions about the collection and use of personal information recorded through this program can be directed to the Corporate Access and Privacy Officer by mail to City Clerk’s Department, Susan A. Thompson Building, 510 Main Street, Winnipeg MB, R3B 1B9, or by telephone at 311.

Reporting Illegal Dumping

Illegal Dumping Sites

  • Residents can report an illegal dumping site to 311. Please provide as much detail as possible regarding the location of the site, frequency, and types of materials being left at the site.

Witnessing Illegal Dumping

  • Residents can make a report to 311. Please provide as much detail as possible regarding the location of the incident, including:
    • Exact address or site or general location of site (the location of the nearest intersection is a great start)
    • Exact or approximate date and time of the incident
    • Description of the individuals involved in the incident
    • Description of the vehicle(s) used to transport the garbage, including the licence plate number if available

Project Funding

  • Licensing & Bylaw Enforcement received funding for the initial pilot project from the Standing Policy Committee on Innovation in 2015.
Last update: January 5, 2024

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