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Manitoba Government Announces Action Plan for City Centre Safety

Manitoba Government Announces Action Plan for City Centre Safety
Manitoba Government Announces Action Plan for City Centre Safety

Premier Wab Kinew announced today that the Manitoba government is implementing a comprehensive downtown safety action plan to improve public safety and well-being in Winnipeg. The plan is a response to the ideas and concerns shared by local people and businesses about downtown safety.

The government has set aside nearly $1.5 million in 2024-25 to support initiatives that make up the action plan. These initiatives include expanded support for the Downtown Community Safety Partnership (DCSP), increased support for mental health training for downtown partners, and the establishment of a sobering up center at N’Dinawemak – Our Relatives’ Place.

The DCSP will receive $435,672 this summer to increase its visibility in the downtown core. This funding is bolstered by partnerships with the Winnipeg Mayor’s Office, which is contributing $100,000, and Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, which is contributing $50,000.

The sober center at 190 Disraeli Fwy will receive up to $1,063,000. The funding will support new health and mental health functions at the center, as well as related capital improvements. The center is expected to begin providing services immediately, including case management, health system navigation, and allied health services. Services will be scaled up as renovations are completed.

The DCSP has also introduced a new integrated system with the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) that allows the two organizations to coordinate calls via shared radio systems and computer-aided dispatch. This unique collaboration in Canada between an outreach organization and an emergency services provider allows the two organizations to communicate on the same radio frequency to dispatch the right response at the right time.

The downtown safety action plan builds on feedback received at the Manitoba government-hosted Public Safety Summit in April. The summit was attended by more than 300 individuals representing youth advocates, businesses, law enforcement, mental health professionals and more.

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