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Province Gives $3.6 Million to Downtown COmmunity Safety Partnership

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - The Manitoba Government is making a $3.6-million contribution to the Downtown Community Safety Partnership (DCSP).

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.

“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


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