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Ottawa providing $31M in funding for Downtown Bay project

The federal government is putting another $31 million towards The Bay building project in Downtown Winnipeg.

A news release says $25 million will be used for upgrades and repairs which includes the establishment of a public space on the main floor.

The rest of the funding is earmarked for a First Nations workforce development app and prep work for the redevelopment. The release says more than 400 people will be hired through the app.

The money is on top of $65 million previously announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The province committed $35 million, with the city agreeing to $10 million in tax grants.

The Southern Chiefs Organization owns the former department store and is planning to build housing, businesses, and cultural spaces for the project named Wehwehneh Bahgahkinahgohn.

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