Who We Are

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ supports and promotes 1,100 businesses in the heart of our city every day!

Established in 1989, the Downtown Winnipeg Business Improvement Zone is the voice of the downtown business community.

We market and promote downtown as a great place to shop, play, work and live, and advocate for continued downtown revitalization and services for our members. We host events throughout the year and offer numerous programs and services to improve downtown cleanliness, safety, transportation, and parking.

Our downtown is on Treaty No. 1 territory and the traditional homeland of the Métis Nation.

Our Mission

We promote, care and advocate for a vibrant and inclusive downtown where business thrives and people are drawn to live, shop and explore.

Our Values

  • Respect
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation and Excellence
  • Inclusion
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Strategic Plan

Winnipeggers have told us what they want: a safe, inclusive and vibrant downtown. This is our shared vision for the future.

Learn more about our core strategies and goals for 2020 – 2022.

Our Impact

$1+ Million

invested in keeping downtown clean, green & connected.

4,294

individuals connected to health services, community services and employment and income assistance.

82

new bike racks installed

56,849

pails of litter picked by hand

Funding

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is primarily funded by zone levies collected by the City of Winnipeg based on an Annual Rental Value (ARV) of a business operating within the designated downtown Winnipeg zone.

We are grateful to our partners and sponsors who share our belief that a strong downtown benefits us all. The success of our programs and events would not be possible without the commitment of our generous sponsors.

Our Board of Directors

Dawn Haus (Chair),
True North Sports + Entertainment

Michelle Young (Treasurer),
Kum Koon Garden

Louise Blanchard,
Birch Wellness Center

Alix McLachlan,
Red Road Lodge

Wasiq Saiyid,
CIBC

Ben Gillies (Vice Chair),
Winnipeg Trolley Company and Fools + Horses

Larry Bird,
Monk Goodwin LLP

Julie Kiernan,
24-7 Intouch

Nigel Mohammed,
Assiniboine Credit Union

Shane Solomon,
Republic Architecture Inc.

Laurie Barkman (Secretary),
Ten Spa

Melanie Bernadsky,
Freshcut Downtown

Wayne Martin,
Capital Grill

Sherri Rollins,
City of Winnipeg Councillor


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