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News Release - Manitoba

March 6, 2023

Budget Shoe Tradition Steps Up for Downtown Safety

Finance Minister Cliff Cullen has forgone the tradition of Canadian finance ministers to purchase a new pair of shoes prior to budget day, opting instead to buy two pairs of winter boots for members of the Downtown Community Safety Partnership (DCSP) to distribute to program participants in downtown Winnipeg who do not have proper winter footwear.

“By investing in downtown safety, the Manitoba government is investing in a safe and attractive neighbourhood for residents, business owners, workers, tourists and investors,” said Cullen. “That’s why we are providing $3.6 million from Budget 2023 for the DCSP to continue being a proactive and visible presence in downtown Winnipeg. Without the strong leadership of Premier Heather Stefanson, announcements like this would not be possible. Our government has had a major focus on economic development, which has created many job opportunities for Manitobans and has created the capacity to generate revenue to fund important programs like the DCSP and other services such as health-care, education and social programming initiatives.”

“The DCSP is making an impact in downtown Winnipeg. Its outreach programs and non-emergency response teams free up police, paramedics and firefighters to provide the crucial front-line emergency services Manitobans expect,” said Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen. “By continuing to invest in important public safety initiatives like this, our government is creating a safer, more inviting city centre.”

The DCSP was established in April 2020 by the Manitoba government, City of Winnipeg, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, Winnipeg Police Service and True North Sports + Entertainment, and is committed to being a proactive downtown presence providing outreach, prevention and long-term solutions. The DCSP delivers a continuum of care to provide significant change for individuals in the downtown community.

“The DCSP is very thankful and appreciative of this funding which will allow us to continue to serve and help all members of the downtown community in the years ahead,” said Greg Burnett, executive director, DCSP. “This funding provides stability and allows us to focus on ways to continually enhance community health, well-being and safety for everyone.”

The DCSP has established a number of partnerships with groups such as 211 Manitoba, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, OPK Manitoba, Mama Bear Clan, Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, Criti Care paramedic academy, N’Dinawemak, as well as mental-health services and other Manitoba government departments and programs.

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