Small Grants Program to Re-Launch in June

In compliance with the Government of Manitoba’s recent efforts to evaluate programs and conduct a value-for-dollar audit of all expenditures, West Broadway Community Organization suspended the Small Grants program indefinitely at the end of January. We are pleased to announce that funding for this program has been reinstated by our Provincial partners and will be available for the remainder of 2017. Those who submitted applications for the January 2017 intake do not need to reapply, a second intake of June 13th has been scheduled and all applications from both intakes will be adjudicated together, with results to be announced in the first week of July. For more information about this program or to download an application form please see the Small Grants page of this website.

Annual General Meeting May 16, 2017

West Broadway Community Members, you are invited to the West Broadway Community Organization (WBCO) 2017 Annual General Meeting!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Gordon Bell High School (Multi-Purpose Room)

Refreshments will be provided

WBCO’s Board of Directors is made up of West Broadway community members who work with staff, volunteers, local organizations, businesses and government in a grass-roots effort to reinforce West Broadway’s livability and diversity. This is a community-led effort to preserve and augment the many things about West Broadway that make it Winnipeg’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan neighbourhood.

There will be two important activities taking place at the AGM:

  1. The election of new members to the Board of Directors. We invite community members interested in serving on the Board to put their names forward. The nominations process is governed by WBCO’s bylaws, a complete copy of which is available by contacting WBCO staff at 774-7201 (ext. 1) or emailing Please note that our bylaws do not allow for nominations from the floor, therefore there is no provision to nominate Board Members at the AGM.

A person must live, work, or volunteer in the West Broadway Neighbourhood to be eligible to nominate, or be nominated to the Board of Directors. (Self-nominations are welcome!) Board Members are committed to advancing the goals and policies of WBCO, participate in monthly board meetings, have an active participation on at least one standing committee, and represent WBCO at community events.

The nominating committee requests that all potential Board candidates write a short letter or email indicating why they are interested in serving on the Board, and what skills and experience they bring to this volunteer position. If you or someone you know is interested in participating but would prefer not to write, please drop by WBCO offices at 608 Broadway for a short introduction. Providing current contact information is also helpful.

As per our bylaws, in order to be accepted, nominations must be received no later than Wednesday, April 26, and may be dropped off or mailed to:

Board of West Broadway Community Organization – 608 Broadway  – Winnipeg, MB – R3C 0W8  – or email

  1. The amendment of WBCO’s existing bylaws – to remove confusing language and clarify the role of WBCO’s Governance/Board Development Committee. Members interested in reviewing the proposed changes are asked to click on this link – 2017 Proposed Bylaw Changes or pick up a hard copy at 608 Broadway by emailing a request to


See you at the AGM!


Brent Mitchell


WBCO Board of Directors

West Broadway’s new Five-Year Community Plan

We are grateful to the hundreds of local residents, businesses, organizations, institutions, facilities, landlords, and service providers who gave their time and perspective to help create a new Five Year Community Plan for West Broadway. Launched October 25, 2016 this plan will guide community stakeholders in efforts to preserve the things about West Broadway that we all appreciate and to change the things that need to be changed. For more information and a PDF copy of the plan, click HERE.

Development Update 198 Sherbrook St.

West Broadway Community Organization and development partners Westminster Housing Society have worked tirelessly over the past few years to design and plan a mixed use development at 198 Sherbrook St that reflects, to the highest degree possible, our community’s strengths, needs and priorities. With recommendations from the 2008 Design Charrette consultation process as our guide, we are working to raise funds towards the addition of a mixed use development on this property that will include 18 units of affordable and Rent Geared to Income (RGI) housing, a community focused commercial enterprise on the main floor, a rooftop community-use green house, and raised bed community-use gardening space wherever possible on the frontage.

On behalf of this project, Westminster Housing Society submitted an application to Manitoba Housing for development funds earlier this year. We are eagerly awaiting their decision and look forward to providing further updates on this effort as soon as possible. In the meantime, in anticipation of development, WBCO can no longer support gardening efforts on this property and we ask for your patience as this important transition continues.

West Broadway Neighbourhood Walking and Cycling Survey

Below is a link to the West Broadway Active Transportation Survey we have launched in conjunction with West Broadway’s 5 Year Community Plan.

We would love your input! Please take a couple minutes and fill out this short survey. All answers will be considered confidential, no personal identities are to be recorded.

Click here to complete the survey.


Housing Quality Index Tool

WBCO recently partnered with United Way and the University of Winnipeg’s Institute of Urban Studies (IUS) to develop a tool that can help organizations and individuals measure the overall quality and liveability of rental housing units. Housing Quality Index Tool was created as an easy-to-use assessment tool for gauging housing quality, specifically in rooming houses and single room occupancy long-stay hotels. Please follow this link for more information on this innovative initiative. WBCO and the IUS will be co-hosting a free training and information sharing session on the HQI tool in March 2016 (date TBA), please contact WBCO Housing Initiatives Coordinator, Leah Goertzen if you are interested in attending:


198 Sherbrook St. Development Update

198 Sherbrook Design July 2014

WBCO has been inching closer to launching the development of 198 Sherbrook St after several years of consultation and planning. The proposed development will include 18 units of mixed income rental housing, a commercial space on the main floor, and if all goes according to plan, a four season green house on the second floor roof (as shown in the rendering above). WBCO and our development partners Westminster Housing Society are currently raising funds for this development and we hope to have shovels in the ground by Summer of  2016. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting neighbourhood development.