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Downtown Winnipeg BIZ: Memo - The latest information for BIZ Members

Dear Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Member,

Well, it's been quite the year hasn't it? It's also been a while since I've had a moment to write you a personal note. I want to thank all our Downtown BIZ Members for sticking it out in 2021. As I look ahead to 2022 believe it or not - I'm optimistic. Sure, there's going to be more bumps along the way but we got this! Here at the Downtown BIZ our team will remain focused on helping you and taking care of our downtown. We have some exciting plans to encourage people to spend more time (and money!) downtown, to beautify our neighbourhood and to help our entire community recover. It's no small task but I know our team is up for the challenge.

I hope you find some time to rest and recharge and I look forward to connecting with folks in 2022. I don't do New Year's resolutions, but I have promised our BIZ team we're going to have FUN next year as we work to bring more JOY downtown and reignite PRIDE in our city. I hope you'll join us!

Bonus Cards

Downtown Winnipeg Gift Cards are now available!

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Downtown Winnipeg Gift Cards are now on sale! The gift cards are available for purchase in-person at Downtown Family Foods on Donald and the Jets Gear Store at Canada Life Centre.

Each gift card contains a bonus to promote the sale of the gift cards and encourage spending downtown. It’s our way of trying to help downtown business owners hit hard by the pandemic. Watch for the Downtown Winnipeg Gift Card ads on social media, radio and television!

Remember, the gift card program and all corresponding promotions are administered by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ with funding help from grants and partners. There is no cost to Downtown Winnipeg BIZ members to participate.

Thank you to all the businesses that have already been set up to receive the gift cards. If you want to add your business, the process is quick & easy and comes at no cost to Downtown Winnipeg BIZ members. Email for details.

And coming in 2022, the gift cards will be available for purchase online. Stay tuned!

Take our year-end survey before December 21

If you were able to join us for our AGM in November, you already know 2022 is going to be a big year. The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s work will be focused on downtown recovery, and to make the best impact, we need to know what our members need from us. You can have your say to help shape our work for downtown next year.

We’re asking all members to fill out a short 5-10 minute survey 5-10 minute survey to understand how the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ can help you in 2022. Please fill out the survey by Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 5:00pm.

Enter to Win

Just in time for the holiday season, everyone who fills out the survey can enter a draw for a Downtown Winnipeg Gift Card.

Manitoba Government extends pandemic sick leave program

The Manitoba Pandemic Sick Leave program provides employers with funds to cover or partially cover up to five full days of COVID-19 related sick leave, which do not have to be taken consecutively. Eligible sick leave related to COVID-19 includes testing, vaccinations and side effects, self-isolation due to COVID-19 symptoms, or care for a loved one in any of the previously mentioned circumstances.

The eligibility period began May 7, 2021 and now runs until March 31, 2022. The deadline to submit all applications is April 15, 2022.

The application form is online and contains more information.

As always, please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions:

Thank you,

Kate Fenske, CEO
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ