The Merchants Hotel, also known as “the Merch,” is now being redeveloped into an innovative educational, housing, and retail complex called Merchants Corner.
Winnipeg (02 Oct. 2017) — On September 28, Michelle Gawronsky, President of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE) presented the North End Community Renewal Corporation (NECRC) with a $15,000 donation towards an important inner city revitalization project.
Project will be a game-changer for Winnipeg's north end
Once a symbol of decline, the Merchants Hotel, also known as “the Merch,” is now being redeveloped into an innovative educational, housing, and retail complex called Merchants Corner. The NECRC calls the facility "a beacon of hope for the community and a tipping point in the future for Winnipeg’s inner city" that will feature 30 affordable housing units, a community café and 3 classrooms offering a range of activities, including preschool literacy programming.
The donation was made possible through the MGEU’s Humanitarian Fund, which was established to support domestic and international anti-poverty and disaster-relief projects.
“The Merchants Corner was a perfect fit on so many levels. It’s an exciting project that can be a game-changer for Winnipeg’s north end,” said Gawronsky.
In recent years, the Humanitarian Fund has supported families displaced from the wildfires in Fort McMurray and Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 370,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE