Pop-Up Toilets Launch in Downtown Winnipeg


MEDIA RELEASE June 4, 2018


Tale of Two Toilets

When you gotta go, you gotta go, but when you’re in the heart of downtown Winnipeg that can be a challenge. Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, and partners to the rescue, and just in time. These pop-up toilets are free to use and available to everyone.

The pilot project was launched to fill a need for clean and accessible facilities that are no longer easy to find and can be a challenge to access as most washrooms are no longer open to the public. Most toilets in downtown Winnipeg are now only available to customers.

“Winnipeg used to have public facilities in the past and now they do again,” says Downtown Winnipeg BIZ CEO Stefano Grande. “We knew those visiting downtown weren’t flush with options, so it is our hope these new toilets will be both practical and thought provoking.”

The temporary facilities will be set up outside Holy Trinity Church on Graham at Smith Street, but because they are potable potties they can be moved around the core throughout the summer and fall, and the intention is to be in four different locations through the summer and fall.

Our partner Siloam Mission will provide staff to work the kiosk attached to the toilets. They’ll provide light cleanup duties and answer questions from the steady stream of users and those interested in the initiative. They will also sell branded items like a reusable water bottles, lunch bags, t-shirts, original art cards, plus newspapers from the Winnipeg Free Press. Proceeds of the sales will go to support the Mission’s programs. Hours of operation will be limited to start, but the hope is to eventually be open into the evening and on weekends.



Mike Brown, Media Relations Cell: (204) 558-1313; Email: marketingcoordinator@downtownwinnipegbiz.com


Partners in the project are:

  • Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, Stefano Grande, CEO
  • Siloam Mission, Jim Bell, CEO
  • BridgmanCollaborative Architecture, Wins Bridgman, CEO

The facilities will move locations every few weeks and other locations include:

  • One around the SHED
  • One near Portage Place
  • One off Main Street

Capital funding for this project comes from Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, proceeds from CEO Sleepout, as well as from budgets of individual City of Winnipeg Councilors, John Orlikow, Jenny Gerbasi, and Cindy Gilroy

Total costs of this pilot will be under $100,000 including marketing and awareness campaign

Standard operating hours are from 7:30 am – 7:30 pm Monday to Friday, but efforts will be made to expand those hours

The toilets will be monitored during opening hours and checked and cleaned by onsite staff supplied by Siloam Mission

There are two toilets with one of the two designed to be fully accessible

The kiosk attached to the toilets will sell branded items like a reusable water bottles, lunch bags, t-shirts, original art cards, plus newspapers from the Winnipeg Free Press

In addition to offering items for sale, staff will be pleased to collect donations that will go directly to Siloam Mission for important programming

Art from Siloam Mission clients will be on display for those who may wish to view and later purchase individual pieces

The pilot project is designed to be functional and progressive and start the conversation about permanent downtown toilets

They are being serviced by Kings

The plan is to be operational through September