Winnipeggers experiencing homelessness now have more places to go Downtown

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fire on Boyd Avenue


Released: 11:13 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 12:14 a.m. on December 22, 2020, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to reports of a fire in a two-storey house in the 600 block of Boyd Avenue.

When crews arrived on scene, they encountered heavy smoke and flames coming from the house. An offensive attack was launched and the fire was declared under control at 1:24 a.m. 

Crews completed a search of the structure and no occupants were found. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are currently available but the building suffered significant fire, smoke, and water damage.

Winnipeggers experiencing homelessness now have more places to go Downtown


Released: 2:57 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Today, the City of Winnipeg launched the first phase of the Places to Go – Public Restroom Strategy by opening three temporary public washrooms throughout the Downtown area to provide places to go for those experiencing homelessness. The first of the temporary washrooms will be located at:

It’s anticipated that four more temporary public washrooms will be installed at the following locations in the coming days:

Locations for the temporary washrooms were determined in consultation with End Homelessness Winnipeg, and other community stakeholders.

“Winnipeg has transformed since the last public washroom closed, and I’m happy to see this strategy moving forward to ensure there will be more places to go Downtown,” said Mayor Brian Bowman.

“The Places to Go Strategy is about profound human dignity and making sure that Winnipeg’s most vulnerable among us have access to basic human rights and necessities,” said Sherri Rollins, Chairperson of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks.

The The City was allocated $670,000 in funding from the Community Response Fund for Vulnerable Populations grant provided by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to provide COVID-19 related support to vulnerable populations. Of this funding, $50,000 is going toward the seven temporary washrooms. The remaining $620,000 will be used to build permanent public washrooms in the Downtown area in 2021.

For more information, see: winnipeg.ca/publicwashrooms.

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