Storefront Improvement


Downtown Casual Seating Program

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is offering free bistro sets to BIZ Members to put out daily in front of your business this summer. These free sets make a huge difference in making our downtown streetscape more welcoming to pedestrians.

Download the form to get your seats: Casual Seating Form – 2018

Patio Program

Looking for more information on obtaining permits for a patio? Download the document for more details 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

Learn more about the past winning artwork here.

Urban Wallpaper

As part of an ongoing strategy to change public perceptions related to downtown cleanliness, the Downtown Winnipeg 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.

Learn more about the Urban Wallpaper initiative here.