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Planning, Property and Development

BIZ bannerBusiness Improvement Zones

Business Improvement Zones improve economic development for businesses in neighbourhoods around the city. BIZ Zones create distinct shopping destinations, promote business attraction, provide street-level beautification, and improve marketing opportunities for BIZ members. The City of Winnipeg is pleased to work with 16 BIZ Zones representing 5,000 businesses throughout Winnipeg.

BIZ Funding

Funding comes from a special addition to the business tax called a "BIZ Levy". The BIZ Levy is determined by your membership. Together, BIZ members create a vision and a budget to fulfill that vision. You decide by vote each year on an annual budget that will be submitted to Council. The BIZ Levy will be calculated based on your annual budget.

The City collects the levy and transfers 100% of these funds to the BIZ.

Mayor's BIZ Awards

In a May 13, 2016 ceremony at City Hall, Mayor Brian Bowman presented the 2016 Mayor's Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) Awards to recognize and celebrate the contributions Winnipeggers and organizations have made to enhance their local Business Improvement Zone.

In the Zone

Winnipeg is proud to be 16 BIZ Zones strong! This translates to over 5,000 local businesses creating successful economic development in their zones. Success of Winnipeg’s BIZ Zones and partnerships with the City of Winnipeg and other agencies, organizations and sponsors are visible within each distinct zone. Some examples include:

  • Transcona Square - CN Clock Tower and Archambault Pavilion
  • West End BIZ Restaurant Guide and Mural Painting and Walking Tour Program
  • Downtown BIZ Drive-in Movie Night and Lunch Hour Concert Series

View the current Business Improvement Zones in Winnipeg 

How to Start a BIZ

Contact the City

Let the City of Winnipeg know that you want to start a BIZ.

Contact the BIZ Liaison: 204-986-5247 or email:

The City will provide you with:

  • Names of businesses in your area
  • Proposed BIZ area map
  • Petition of Support form

Gather feedback and host a meeting

Canvass the businesses in your area to get feedback and gauge support. Depending on the size of your proposed BIZ you mayconsider holding a meeting.

The BIZ Liaison will help you facilitate your meeting and provide resources:

  • promotional brochure
  • sample PowerPoint presentation
  • sample budget
  • maps… and more!

Submit your map and pettition of support

Once you have more than 51% support from the businesses in your area, submit your BIZ Zone Support Form to City Clerks to consider your BIZ proposal. The City distributes formal notifications to all businesses in the proposed zone.

Await response

The BIZ Liaison will notify you when Council has considered your proposal and help you with next steps.

Last update: September 8, 2016
Business Improvement Zones