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 Red River MΓ©tis.

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
Downtown Winnipeg Biz entryway

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 2023–2025.

Our Impact

$1+ Million

invested in keeping downtown clean, green & connected.


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


new bike racks installed


pails of litter picked by hand


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

Amelia Laidlaw (Chair),
Tandem Collaborative

Dorian Morphy (Vice Chair),
True North Sports and Entertainment

Shane Solomon (Treasurer),
Republic Architecture Inc.

Louise Blanchard (Secretary),
Birch Wellness Center

Teri-Lynn Friesen,
Fete Ice Cream and Coffee

Erika Giannini,
Magic Room Spa

Pamela Hilderman,
MLT Aikins LLP

Julie Kiernan,

Kerem Leylek,

Andrew Parkes,
Eph Apparel Inc.

Sherri Rollins,
City Councillor

Roberto Sinopoli,
Aveda Institute Winnipeg

Charla Smeall,
Sk8 Skates

Dane Surtees,
Alt Hotel

Shameel Thakrar,
IG Wealth Management

Steffen Zinn,
Red Ember

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