The descent of harsh weather on Manitoba is highlighting the need for resources and shelter for some of Winnipeg’s most vulnerable, and a new program through the City of Winnipeg will help ensure more people will have access to the facilities around the city’s downtown. Three temporary public washrooms are now set up so far: at 473 Selkirk Ave, 26 Osborne St, and 345 Portage Ave.

As part of the “Places to Go” strategy adopted in July to ensure dignified access to basic facilities for vulnerable people, a total of seven temporary bathrooms have been planned by the City. Four more are planned for setup over the next few days, including one at Air Canada Window Park, at Powers and Selkirk Park, at the Main Street Project on Martha and Henry, next to Thunderbird House at Henry and Main, and at 222 Furby St. The locations were decided on through consultation with End Homelessness Winnipeg and other stakeholders in the community.