Frequently Asked Questions

What is Take Pride Winnipeg! anyways? Are you a City of Winnipeg department? A division of the Mayor’s office?

Take Pride Winnipeg! is not a City department and we cannot provide you a direct link to the mayor—sorry! Our organization is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to keeping Winnipeg clean and beautiful. We have four full-time staff and hire between 14 and 20 summer staff each year. See details on who we are and our mission.

How much do you charge for your programs?

Our regular programs are free of charge to any group requesting a presentation. However, as a charity, we do accept donations if your group wishes to provide an honorarium. 

From time to time, we may hold a special event or fundraiser, so those events may come with a fee. Any funds raise help to cover event costs and benefit our numerous programs.

How are you funded?

We receive some funding from the City of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba, as well as grants and sponsorships from a variety of businesses, organizations and foundations. We also accept donations from the public and can provide charitable tax receipts. To see a list of our major partners, click here.

Litter Bin Questions

I see litter bins around the city with Take Pride Winnipeg!’s name on them. How do I report when one is overflowing?

Take Pride Winnipeg! encourages everyone to use the litter bins and not throw their litter on the ground—that’s why you see our name on so many of them! However, we don’t own the bins and aren’t in charge of emptying them. The City of Winnipeg actually owns them. Please contact 311 (311@winnipeg.ca) to report any overflowing, tipped over, or damaged bins. 

I want a bin in front of my business. How do I arrange that? 

Placement of bins is at the discretion of the City of Winnipeg. Please submit your request through 311.

I would like to advertise on one of the silver box bins I see around the city. How do I do this?

Again, we do not own the bins. Please contact Benchmark Advertising for more information on advertising.

There is graffiti on our building. I heard you have summer crews that remove the graffiti. Who do I contact?

Please contact 311 to report graffiti. Take Pride Winnipeg! hires graffiti removers each spring and summer, but all reports need to be filed with the City of Winnipeg. Remember to note the address of the property, the type of graffiti and the material the building is made of (wood, brick, etc.). Once a report is filed, permission is required from the building owner, and the crews receive their lists for removal. They may paint over graffiti or use other methods to blast it off.

There’s a bunch of litter/old couch/pile of lumber etc. in our neighbourhood. Can you please come clean it up?

We do not have the physical resources to pick up litter from every location, but we do encourage all citizens to get involved in helping to keep Winnipeg clean and beautiful. What can you do? Contact us to request free supplies and organize a volunteer clean up in your neighbourhood.

Please contact 311 to report illegal dumping in your neighbourhood.

Our school/community group would like to have a visit from your mascot, Louie the Lion. Does he charge for appearances?

Louie the Lion does not charge for appearances, though donations to Take Pride Winnipeg! are always welcome. If you would like Louie to visit your school as part of an environmental education experience, please contact our youth programs coordinator, Tanya Blatz. Louie is occasionally available to attend community events during evenings and weekends. To check his availability for appearances, please contact our executive director, Tom Ethans.