About Us

The Exchange District BIZ is one of 16 Business Improvement Zones in Winnipeg.

The Exchange District BIZ volunteer board members are representative of a wide range of business activity in the area, from large corporations to small owner operated enterprises.

Every for-profit business located within a BIZ is automatically a contributing member by virtue of paying a special levy which is collected by the City of Winnipeg along with other business taxes each spring. The Exchange District BIZ is the third largest operating BIZ in the City.

The role of the BIZ, a non-profit organization, is to bring local businesses together to promote the area, to improve the District’s physical appearance, to support events that attract people to the community, and to play an advocacy role for local business on issues of common concern.

The management board is comprised of twelve elected members from Exchange District businesses and one City Council appointee, whom oversee the operation of the BIZ. Directors are elected to the Management Board at an Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is typically held in the fall. The yearly programming structure and operating budget are subject to approval by the BIZ members at the AGM and then City Council.

Established in 1989, The Exchange District BIZ encompasses East and West of Main Street from Waterfront Drive to Adelaide Street and North and South from Galt Avenue to
iconic Portage and Main.