Who we are and what we do at the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ


About the BIZ

Especially for people who are downtown, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is the friendly and hardworking host that improves the perception of downtown by providing a welcoming environment, keeping things clean and safe, and advocating for continuous and positive change.

Established in 1989 by the City of Winnipeg, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is the oldest of Winnipeg’s 16 business improvement zones. Directed by a management board of 15 business owners/leaders and a representative from city hall – elected by our members at our annual general meeting – the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ markets the city centre on behalf of 1,300 businesses and runs programs and provides services that target downtown image, cleanliness, safety, transportation, and parking. We also host events and promote downtown as a great place to work, shop, and live. In addition, the BIZ is the voice of the downtown business community and advocates for continued downtown revitalization and enhanced services on behalf of our members. We work with all levels of government to better our downtown. Every retail, commercial and professional business in the zone is a BIZ member.


A thriving downtown neighbourhood vibrant with people, seven days a week and at all hours of the day, visiting unique entertainment, culture, arts, heritage, and retail destinations, with many people living downtown, and a street culture which reflects our ethnic and social diversity, together leading to the creation and expansion of business, a strong tax base, and employment opportunities that will excite our youth and attract even more people to the heart of our city.

Mandate (from the City By-law)

  • To promote, maintain, improve and beautify the downtown
  • To undertake and promote economic development
  • To attract and encourage the development of new businesses in the zone
  • To undertake other actions to carry out its mandate

Program Areas

Our many partnerships and sponsorships are key to our success. The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ management board and staff are committed to making downtown Winnipeg a better place.

Annual Grants (Non-BIZ Levy)

Every retail/commercial/professional business in the downtown is a BIZ member. They provide the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ with a BIZ levy to support efforts to keep downtown clean and safe, and to create a positive, vibrant atmosphere. Many non-BIZ levy partners contribute to the efforts of the BIZ by providing financial support, helping to develop and grow programs to make downtown a better place for those who visit.



Downtown BIZ Reports & Publications

2018 Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Annual Report
2017 Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Annual Report

Downtown Winnipeg Annual Report 2016 AND Strategic Plan 2017-2019

Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Strategic Plan 2014 – 2016 (2016 Update)

Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Annual Report 2015
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Annual Report 2014
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Annual Report 2013
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Annual Report 2012
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Annual Report 2011
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Annual Report 2010
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Annual Report 2009
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Annual Report 2008

Downtown BIZ Stakeholders

It can be confusing hearing about what all the different downtown agencies are doing, and differentiating what each actually does and how they fit together.

Each downtown agency serves a purpose and has a specific role downtown. We also often work together on a variety of efforts, bringing to the table different skills and viewpoints.

Here’s a quick summary of all of our roles

More information about BIZ groups

Check out the City of Winnipeg‘s information about Winnipeg’s 16 business improvement zones.