Housing Initiatives

Property Improvement Program

Photo of Property Improvement Project.

PIP project, before and after.

The 2021 Property Improvement Program (PIP) has launched!

2021 Program Information

PIP Overview

With generous support from the City of Winnipeg, WBCO provides small matching grants for West Broadway property owners making improvements to the exterior of their building. Exterior improvements increase longevity, retain historical character, enhance streetscape beautification, and foster sustainability through energy efficiency measures. As a part of WBCO’s neighbourhood revitalization strategy, property improvements of this nature attract further social, economic, and community reinvestment.

We are very pleased with the final product for sure. Our property, which is a corner property, I hope now sets a tone for the entire street on what is possible. Thanks a ton. Without WBCO we could not have done this, and done this to level of quality that the house, the tenants, and the community deserves. — Rooming House Operator, 2020
  • $844K grants allocated since 2002
  • $1.9M private investment leveraged

2021 Priorities

Priority Projects

  • Projects that address emergency or serious structural repairs
  • Projects that will increase the energy efficiency of the property

Priority Properties

  • First time applicants
  • Low-income housing
  • Properties on the North side of Broadway

If your project/property falls outside of these priorities, you are still welcome to apply. Please be aware that your application may be waitlisted. Projects that begin before application approval are not eligible.

The PIP program has been a truly remarkable program for property owners like myself. If it were not for the program, I doubt that I would have been able to afford having repairs done on my property. It motivated me to put some money aside to have these essential repairs done. The program coordinator has been very helpful and ensured that the entire process was easy to follow, and always provided needed information and clarification in a timely manner. The repairs have certainly given my property a facelift, and I feel very fortunate to have been able to benefit from this much needed program. I remain grateful for the assistance provided. — Rental Property Owner, 2020

Required Application Documents for 2021

Rooming House Stream

  1. A completed Rooming House PIP Application Form
  2. Two estimates from qualified contractors, or from building material retailers
  3. A copy of a current valid rooming house license issued by the City of Winnipeg

Rental Property Stream

  1. A completed Rental Property PIP Application Form
  2. Two estimates from qualified contractors, or from building material retailers

Homeowner Stream

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer a Homeowner Stream this year. If your home is in need of repairs, please contact housing@westbroadway.mb.ca for other potential renovation grants and to be notified if WBCO housing grants become available in the future.

2021 Application Decisions

Please submit your application as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be provided with decisions based on when they are received. Please be aware that based on the 2021 priorities, projects may be approved, rejected, or waitlisted to a later date. All projects must be completed by the November 30, 2021 deadline.

COVID19 Policy

Due to COVID19, all applications must be submitted by email to housing@westbroadway.mb.ca When site visits are conducted, applicants must maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and WBCO staff. All grant cheques will be mailed.

Resources

Need help finding contractors for your projects? This linked list includes contractors used by PIP participants in the past. This resource is intended solely for informational purposes and was last updated on April 22, 2021. ⌂ Designates a West Broadway local company ★ Designates a non-profit. If you notice an error, please contact housing@westbroadway.mb.ca

Do you have properties in other areas of the inner city? This linked map created by WBCO includes information on other similar programs. This resource is intended solely for informational purposes and was last updated April 26, 2021. Neighbourhood boundaries are approximate. Please contact each Organization listed for program and boundary details. If you notice an error, please contact housing@westbroadway.mb.ca