About – A Period Of Unprecedented Growth

A new downtown is emerging, with more than $2 billion of investment made in the diversification, animation, and residential revival of our city’s core. Whereas the late 1980s to the early 2000s were characterized by slower growth, downtown since 2005 has seen a new course of growth, with more than 100 projects added, helping to bring people, investment, and vigour to the heart of our city.

The information in this market research report will provide you with a snapshot of the people who work, live, learn and experience downtown. It will give you insight into the perceptions of the public and information about the developments that have generated increased traffic and significant re-investment in our downtown. Ideally it will inspire you to take advantage of business opportunities in our city centre.

This report is about helping you be part of building our downtown into a vibrant and thriving centre.

The research in this report has been compiled by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ with support from other downtown stakeholders like the University of Winnipeg’s Institute of Urban Studies, CentreVenture Development Corporation, The Forks North Portage Partnership, and Economic Development Winnipeg Inc., as well as from surveys and research the BIZ has undertaken. It is designed based on feedback from downtown retailers, realtors and stakeholders about how we can promote, sustain, invest, and stimulate business development in downtown.

This information is relevant to you, whether you are an existing downtown business considering new marketing opportunities or expansion; a real estate broker or agent representing a client who is thinking of making an investment in our downtown; or an entrepreneur looking at investment in downtown property or opening a business.


Stefano Grande Angela Mathieson Paul Jordan Dayna Spiring
Executive Director President & CEO CEO President & CEO
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ CentreVenture Development Corporation The Forks North Portage Partnership Economic Development Winnipeg Inc.