Winnipeg’s downtown is the city’s heartbeat. It’s the place where Winnipeggers gather to celebrate their cultures, creativity, and pride. COVID-19 impacted the livelihood of downtown more acutely than elsewhere in Winnipeg and disproportionately affected Winnipeggers facing poverty and systemic barriers, many of whom reside downtown.
But we are coming back. Several organizations who care about the future of our downtown have come together to help our downtown recover with the support of all three levels of government. The Downtown Recovery Strategy is an innovative and intensive three-year, coordinated action and investment plan to kick-start downtown recovery post-pandemic.
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The Downtown Action Team responsible for implementing the Downtown Recovery Strategy, is seeking a marketing firm/team for the development and implementation of a “Support
Downtown” marketing campaign. Proposals must be submitted by Friday, August 26, 2022 at 3:00PM CDT.
Download the RFP to learn more.
Today the Province of Manitoba announced $2.5 million in support for a new program under the Building Business Stream of the Downtown Recovery Strategy. The program includes business improvement grants, a ground floor incubation strategy to match entrepreneurs with vacant spaces downtown, new market research and marketing campaign. If you’re a business owner interested in the new program, please sign up here for updates.
More information on the Building Business Program and grant applications will be available soon.
The Affordable Housing Now program launched by the City of Winnipeg, and administered in partnership with CentreVenture, provides capital grants and tax increment financing (TIF) grants for private and non-profit developers building affordable housing in downtown Winnipeg. This new program also enable developers to qualify for federal programs requiring support from another level of government. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit the program website or reach out to staff at CentreVenture.
Air Canada Window Park is a heavily used park in downtown Winnipeg, identified for revitalization through the Downtown Recovery Strategy . This RFP for public engagement services is the first phase of investment in the park funded by the City of Winnipeg. Download the RFP Document to learn more.
The new City of Winnipeg Heritage and Economic Development Incentive (HEDI) program, administered in partnership with CentreVenture, supports development projects that result in job creation, conservation of heritage buildings, and the redevelopment of downtown surface parking lots. The program provides tax increment financing grants based on program criteria, including minimum thresholds for private capital investment and economic outcomes. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit the program website or reach out to staff at CentreVenture.
The State of the Downtown report captures the quantitative impacts of the pandemic to date, and highlights the impacts on the people behind the numbers, and includes immediate calls to action. This report, along with 20 roundtable discussions, reaching 110 people from various community sectors in the downtown formed the basis for the Downtown Recovery Framework.