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

Dear Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Member,

It’s been a year

One year has passed since the first case of COVID-19 was identified in our province.

One year since the world changed. One year since businesses had to shut down. One year of staying home. One year of physical distancing and zoom meetings. We could go on and on.

We know it has been a challenging year, especially for businesses who rely on events, tourism and downtown office workers to generate income. We’re so proud of the innovative ways you’ve adapted and come together as a community.

While none of us could have predicted March 2021 would look like this, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Our downtown can come back stronger. Let’s hang on a little longer for the return of the Roaring Twenties in the heart of our city. From helping bring downtown workers back to the office safely to making sure our downtown looks its best, our team is preparing for it.

Our downtown will be vibrant again and we’re working to help make this happen safely, now and into the future. Here’s a few of the ways the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ worked to promote, advocate and care for our downtown this past year:

  • Grants: we created two grants to help support downtown businesses through the pandemic.
  • Parking: we advocated for ways to improve parking downtown resulting in both the lowering of the hourly rate and the implementation of one-hour complimentary on-street parking.
  • Curbside pick-up: we created and maintained designated curbside pick-up locations for contactless shopping and food pick-up options.
  • Safety: our Watch and CHAT programs successfully transitioned to our new partner organization, the Downtown Community Safety Partnership (DCSP). You can still call the Downtown Ambassador team at 204-958-7233 for a courtesy walk.
  • Temporary patio permits: we advocated for a way for more businesses to expand outdoors through the warmer months.
  • Signature events: when it was safe to do so, we continued to attract visitors and engage residents through events like Fitness in the Park and the Downtown Winnipeg Farmers’ Market.
  • Marketing : we added a Member Spotlight feature to our weekly e-newsletter, the Mingle. To add your business to the Member Spotlights, email
  • Member communications: We sent out 62 MEMO e-newsletters last year to keep you up-to-date on changing public health orders. For comparison, we sent out 19 MEMOs in 2019. We know it’s a lot but we wanted to make sure you have all the latest information on what’s happening downtown and the supports available to you.

As always, we’re here to help. From grant programs to bringing events back safely, we’re focused on supporting downtown and the businesses here. Please reach out to us if you have any questions.

Change to public health orders effective March 13 at 12:01 a.m.

The Manitoba Government announced a minor change to the public health orders that affects patio dining. This change is added to the current orders that expire March 25.

Under the amended order, outdoor dining on patios at restaurants and licensed premises can include groups of up to six people from different households. This change is in effect as of Saturday, March 13 at 12:01 a.m.

For more information, please see the Province’s news release.

Downtown construction could affect business access

Phase two of the City’s Downtown Pavement Renewals Project will begin mid-May. Once complete, the street rehabilitation will improve road surface conditions. The construction will likely affect traffic levels, parking, access to businesses, and Transit service.

The work expected to be completed this year includes:

  • Donald Street from Broadway to Gertrude Avenue
  • Donald Street from St. Mary Avenue to Broadway
  • Hargrave Street from Broadway to York Street

The City will address any disruption to business access with all affected businesses ahead of the disruption. Transit service will continue throughout construction, but expect to see temporary bus stop relocations or closures.

We will continue to keep you updated.

For more detailed information, visit the City’s Downtown Road Renewals page.

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

Thank you,

Kate Fenske, CEO
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ