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November 1, 2022

MANITOBA GOVERNMENT PROVIDING $3.6 MILLION GRANT TO SUPPORT THE DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY SAFETY PARTNERSHIP

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Ongoing Support Helps Promote Safety in Downtown Winnipeg, Encouraging More Vibrant Business, Residential Neighbourhood: Stefanson

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As part of the Manitoba government’s efforts to help make communities safe, a $3.6-million contribution is being made to the Downtown Community Safety Partnership (DCSP), a collaborative community initiative launched in 2020 to create a safer, more inviting downtown Winnipeg for businesses and residents, Premier Heather Stefanson, Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen, and Mental Health and Community Wellness Minister Sarah Guillemard announced today.

“Improving the health and well-being of our most vulnerable citizens is critical to improving the safety of communities throughout the province,” said Stefanson. “Today’s announcement is another positive step forward in our ongoing commitment to help make communities safe and provide hope and opportunity for all Manitobans.”

“This funding will help promote a safer downtown Winnipeg by strengthening the efforts of the Downtown Community Safety Partnership in addressing issues of concern affecting community safety in the heart of our capital city,” said Goertzen. “The partnership is a proactive downtown presence, providing prevention and outreach focused on long-term solutions. The support will help to effect significant change for individuals and the entire downtown community.”

The DCSP began as a partnership of the Manitoba government, City of Winnipeg, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, Winnipeg Police Service and True North Sports and Entertainment. It was established as a non-profit organization in April 2020 with an initial $5-million investment from the Manitoba government.

“I want to thank the Manitoba government for the contribution it is making to the Downtown Community Safety Partnership today. This is a shared priority between the city, province and the entire downtown community and I look forward to working with all partners to continue expanding this important program,” said Scott Gillingham, mayor-elect, City of Winnipeg.

“The Downtown Community Safety Partnership has grown to be a critical part of our community’s efforts to help protect our most vulnerable people and transition them from dangerous situations to environments that offer the resources they need so that they may lead stable and safe lives,” said Mark Chipman, chairman, DCSP. “I commend the Manitoba government for continuing to support the patrols who make such a difference on our streets.”

The partnership helps to address various priorities spanning multiple departments and programs across government including improved economic viability afforded by increased safety in downtown Winnipeg, the premier noted. To support this work, the DCSP has established further partnerships with groups such as Manitoba 211, OPK Manitoba, Mama Bear Clan, Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation, and the Criti Care paramedic academy. The DCSP is also connected to other related initiatives including shelters such as N’Dinawemak, mental health services and other government programs.

“This funding will allow our DCSP teams to continue to enhance the health, safety and well-being for everyone living, working, learning or visiting downtown,” said Greg Burnett, executive director, DCSP. “It will allow us to augment our three front-line patrol teams – CONNECT, MAC247 (Mobile Assist and Connect) and COAR (Community Outreach Advocacy Resource) – so that we can continue to provide 24-7 visible, proactive, non-emergency response and specialized social needs support, navigation, outreach and followup intervention for our community members.”

Additionally, the Manitoba government will provide the DCSP with $175,000 through the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund to acquire an accessible van capable of transporting individuals with disabilities and mobility needs. The van will be used to transport individuals to shelters, medical appointments, social services, and probation appointments.

More information about the DCSP is available at www.dcsp.ca/.

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