The province and the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce are partnering to fund the Downtown Building Business Program.
The $2.5 million program will help businesses in the city’s downtown recover from the pandemic.
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“A strong and vibrant downtown Winnipeg means new jobs will be created as new and existing businesses open or relocate to the area, supporting our province’s economic recovery from the pandemic,” said Minister of Economic Development, Investment and Trade, Cliff Cullen.
“This investment will provide funding for creative ideas that will help make downtown an attractive place to live, work and play, every day.
The program will support Winnipeg’s downtown recovery by providing grants to existing businesses, helping new entrepreneurs connect with empty downtown stores and funding a “Support Downtown” marketing campaign.
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“The pandemic has severely affected downtown Winnipeg and while recovery is underway, downtown is taking longer to recover than other neighbourhoods. Overcoming the impact requires immediate and long-term commitment, visionary leadership and collective action,” said Kate Fenske, CEO of Downtown Winnipeg BIZ.
“The Building Business program will support business owners who are integral to the vibrancy and uniqueness of our downtown and provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to create new experiences for people who live, shop and explore downtown. .
Applications for grants and other programs will open later this summer.
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