Storefront Improvement


Patio Program

Make the best of the warm weather by outfitting your business with a patio. Lingering customers create a relaxing and vibrant atmosphere and better still the BIZ wants to do the leg work.We’ll help you through the permit process, work with you on design, and more to get your patio up and running.

Not 100% sure about a patio, but willing to give it a try for one season? The Downtown BIZ offers a Pilot Patio Program that allows downtown restaurants to borrow, at no cost, patio fencing, tables, chairs and flower pots for one summer. This will give restaurants a chance to test out the configuration, size, and overall viability of a patio.

Patio not possible at your location? We can still help by loaning temporary bistro sets.

Deadline for spring 2016 patio season as soon as possible, contact Melanie for more information: 204-958-4629, melanie (at) downtownwinnipegbiz (dot) com.

Download the brochure for more information on all your options here.

Facade Improvement Program

The Façade Improvement Program, administered by CentreVenture in collaboration with the City of Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba, and Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, encourages building owners and ground floor tenants within and around The SHED to invest in façade improvements and exterior storefront upgrades by providing matching grants to cover a portion of design and renovation costs.

The Façade Improvement Program will provide an applicant up to $5,000 to cover professional design consulting fees, and will match up to $15,000 in hard costs for eligible storefront improvements, such as enhanced signage, exterior lighting, awnings, patio fixture, new doors/windows, etc. All available grants have been allocated at this time.

Urban Art Gallery

Urban Art Gallery is an annual competition that supports downtown businesses by integrating curated art galleries with their store frontages. The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ calls on artists and creators to contribute artwork, photographs, and/or poetry each year, based on a theme. The 2016 competition will be launched in August – please stay tuned! Learn more about the winning artwork here.

Urban Wallpaper

As part of an ongoing strategy to change public perceptions related to downtown cleanliness, the Downtown BIZ, in partnership with the business community, will be integrating jury selected printed artwork in uninviting vacant windows, on temporary protective structures at construction sites (such as hoarding and fences), as well as other empty spaces located within the downtown. The objectives are to transform and enliven vacant areas, add to the quality of the neighbourhood and improve the visual landscape of the downtown area. By making the project a contest, it enables the direct involvement of the community to express their ideas and creativity for downtown Winnipeg.

The Urban Wallpaper competition for 2016 is now closed. We will be releasing the chosen designs in August 2016.

Learn more about the Urban Wallpaper initiative here.