Three levels of government signal a new approach to collaboration and partnership in Manitoba

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A photo of buildings and a bridge in downtown Winnipeg taken during the day, with text: “A new era of government collaboration in Manitoba.”

Premier Kinew, Minister Vandal and Mayor Gillingham are collaborating to make Manitoba and Winnipeg stronger and more prosperous for everyone.

October 27, 2023 – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Today, the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister responsible for PrairiesCan, Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew, and Winnipeg Mayor Scott Gillingham are meeting to discuss how their respective levels of government can better work together to deliver results for Manitobans.

Priorities for the discussions include the revitalization of downtown Winnipeg, trade, and northern infrastructure, building on Manitoba's green economic advantage, and the leading role Indigenous entrepreneurs play in the local economy of communities across Manitoba.

In downtown Winnipeg, the stage has been set for transformation. During the last 18 months, the Government of Canada has committed more than $100 million in support of the revitalization of the heart of the city, including $23 million for the Métis National Heritage Centre and $65 million for the redevelopment of the Hudson’s Bay building by the Southern Chiefs’ Organization.

As a demonstration of how unique partnerships can create solutions that work, today on behalf of Minister Vandal, Parliamentary Secretary Terry Duguid announced nearly $2 million in federal investments to support four local projects. These projects are examples of how business, community organizations, and governments can work together to solve complex challenges and build better our communities.


“Our government is excited to bring people together to support unique partnerships that are unfolding in Manitoba. I am confident that this constructive approach will result in a stronger and more prosperous Manitoba and Winnipeg. By working together, we can achieve more.”
–The Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan

“Our government was elected on a mandate to deliver the best health care, the lowest costs, and the strongest economy for a united Manitoba. Our team is ready to collaborate with all levels of government to make life better together.”
–Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew

“Today’s meeting underscores the importance of collaboration across all governments to drive positive change for Winnipeg. Together with Minister Vandal and Premier Kinew, we are committed to practical solutions to renew our downtown, create economic opportunities, and address challenges like housing, homelessness, and public safety. This is teamwork in action for the citizens of Winnipeg.”
–His Worship, City of Winnipeg Mayor Scott Gillingham

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Carson Debert
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Northern Affairs and Minister responsible for PrairiesCan and CanNor

Chris Minaker
Director, Policy, Planning and External Relations
Prairies Economic Development Canada

Emily Coutts
Director of Communications, Manitoba NDP
Province of Manitoba

Colin Fast
Director of Communications, Mayor’s Office
City of Winnipeg

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