June 2020 Newsletter
We are surveying housing providers about the financial impact of COVID-19. The survey should take about 10 minutes, and asks about vacancies, arrears, anticipated orders with RTB, and costs of pandemic response. We will share the information with government and the public. Please fill it in by June 15, 2020.
MNPHA Events
MNPHA AGM and Board Nomination

MNPHA's Annual General Meeting will be June 26, 2020, 11:00-11:45am via WebEx (which also have phone-in capacity). The agenda is available here: https://mnpha.com/mnpha-agm-notice/

MNPHA's Board of Directors currently has four directors up for re-election, and one vacancy.

Nominations for the Board of Directors are open, and will remain open up to seven days before the AGM. You are invited to send nominations by e-mail to the Nomination Committee at execdir@mnpha.com. Nominations should include:
- Name
- Organization (must be a housing provider member of MNPHA) 
- A brief bio (1-2 sentences)
- A brief statement of interest (why you want to serve on the Board, 1-2 sentences)
This information will be provided to those voting at the AGM.
MNPHA Members Get Free Registration to BCNPHA's Virtual RENT Event, June 16

Participate in a full day of learning and connection, inspiration and insight at the virtual RENT! Our friends at BCNPHA are bringing you outstanding education content, unique online networking and tradeshow opportunities.

Education streams will support leadership, frontline, and asset management staff.
If you are a MNPHA member and would like to register at no cost, contact Si Chen at membership@mnpha.com for the registration code.
MNPHA Member Resources
This brief guide has been developed based on publicly available information and resources for no n - profit housing organizations in Manitoba. It runs through the requirements and options for boards who are deciding whether to postpone an AGM, hold a virtual AGM, or hold a hybrid AGM (combination of in-person and virtual).
MNPHA has been sending members regular COVID-19 related updates. If you are a member and do not receive these, please contact us to update your contact information.

You can also view our website for the most up-to-date COVID-19 resources and information relevant to non-profit housing providers, including information on Federal Government resources for landlords and tenants, Residential Tenancies Branch, Public Health, resources for employers, and more: https://mnpha.com/covid-19/
Newest Resources:
- Return to Work Planning Guide from BCNPHA
Notes from the Q & A are available here. The discussion clarified information regarding RTB changes during COVID-19. There have been two changes:
1. A mendment of the Residential Tenancy A ct. The Amendment is the 9.2 section of Bill 58 ( https://web2.gov.mb.ca/bills/42-2/pdf/b058.pdf   ) , which includes information on 1) Rent increase freeze , 2) No termination notices unless unlawful activities or impairment of safety , and 3) no late fees . Until this amendment is repealed, landlords cannot terminate tenancy for reasons other than unlawful activities or impairment of safety, f rom March 24
forward. The government issued a news release on May 29 stating  that this will continue into June at least.  
2. S uspension of hearings . Th is suspension was done through an E mergency Measures A ct O rder , which ends on June 30. Once this expires, RTB intends to use the first month to go through only Orders of Possession hearings on a priority basis, in the order they were received.

You can contact RTB for information by telephone at 204-945-2476 or (toll-free) at 1-800-782-8403 and by email at rtb@gov.mb.ca.

Retrofit or build affordable housing units for higher energy performance with the Green Municipal Fund
The Sustainable Affordable Housing (SAH) initiative, recently launched by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Municipal Fund (GMF), assists municipal providers, not-for-profit organizations, or housing co-ops with grants, loans and capacity-building opportunities. Whether you're just getting started or already have a project in the works, this funding will help communities across the country to reduce energy and GHG intensity, increase energy and housing affordability, improve building quality, while also increasing comfort, health and quality of life for residents.
Support throughout a project's lifecycle
Through the Green Municipal Fund, no matter what stage a project is at, funds and guidance are available:
  1. Planning grants: early support to get started on sustainable affordable housing initiatives.
  2. Studies: assess in detail how to implement your project, including technical evaluations, energy models, financial analysis, site assessments, stakeholder engagement and detailed project planning.
  3. Pilot projects: test out a new or unique approach.
  4. Retrofit capital projects: renovate existing residential buildings with installation of energy efficient technologies.
  5. New-build capital projects: construction of new highly energy efficient residential buildings.
  Get started today
  • Attend our webinar on the Sustainable Affordable Housing initiative on Tuesday, June 23. Subscribe to our newsletter at fcm.ca/fcmconnect for details.
  • Contact our GMF Outreach team at 1-877-417-0550 or gmfinfo@fcm.ca for detailed information and guidance before applying.
The Green Municipal Fund is a $1 billion program, funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

The Mini Bin makes recycling easier.  
Designed with apartment or condos in mind. If you're a Manitoba Property Manager, contact Recycle Everywhere and we will provide details on how we can help. Email  sjayasinghe@cbcra-acrcb.org or visit RecycleEverywhere.ca to find out more.

Updated Membership Guide

An updated Membership Guide is now available online
or as a hard copy. We have mailed copies to members who have renewed for 2020/21. To request additional copies, contact us.

Welcome to Our Newest Members

Partnership Programs
New! Purchase office supplies from Staples Business Advantage for up to 50% off.  

Staples Business Advantageā„¢ offers a complete assortment of products and services, including office supplies, technology products, janitorial supplies, break room supplies, and furniture.
Sign-up process:
  1. MNPHA members will receive a call from Business Development Manager, Ruby, to identify a key contact who will coordinate office supplies purchases. You can also reach out to Ruby with the name and email address of your organization's key contact; 
  2. Staples will create a unique email login credential for the key contact to access eway.ca;
  3. All prices shown, once logged in, will reflect MNPHA's discount. Orders can also be placed by phone (click "learn more" for the contact details)

Government Relations

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association has shared its pandemic and post-pandemic vision for housing.

Specific calls from CHRA include:
  • Finalize federal-provincial-territorial negotiations on the Canada Housing Benefit
  • Implement a program to enable non- profit housing providers and municipal housing authorities to acquire properties for the purposes of affordable housing on a permanent basis
  • Introduce and implement an urban, rural, and northern Indigenous housing strategy
  • Make capital investments in affordable housing a key component of any post-pandemic stimulus policy
MNPHA Calls for Housing Sector to be Included in "Hero Pay" program and Economic Stimulus

In addition to our previous calls for financial support for tenants and housing providers, MNPHA wrote to Premier Pallister to call for:

1. Employees of non-profit housing organizations be included in the province's group of eligible workers for the Federal/Provincial wage subsidy, as keeping buildings clean, safe, and providing support for tenants to access resources are essential when all Manitobans are advised to stay home to stay safe.
2. The inclusion of affordable housing in the list of potential infrastructure projects that provide a high return on investment, eligible for provincial economic stimulus funding.  
Information and Updates

New this Month: Financial Resources for Housing Providers for COVID-19 Impacts 
Emergency Community Support Fund
This new investment of $350 million will support charities and non-profit organizations that deliver essential services to vulnerable Canadians.
The investments flow through national organizations, including United Way Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and the Community Foundations of Canada, to local community-based organizations that work with vulnerable populations, including seniors, persons with disabilities, members of LGBTQ2 communities, veterans, newcomers, women, children and youth, and members of Indigenous communities and racialized communities. Activities that will be funded include:
  • increasing volunteer-based home deliveries of groceries and medications,
  • providing transportation services, like accompanying or driving seniors or persons with disabilities to appointments,
  • scaling up help lines that provide information and support,
  • helping vulnerable Canadians access government benefits,
  • providing training, supplies, and other required supports to volunteers so they can continue to make their invaluable contributions to the COVID-19 response, or
  • replacing in-person, one-on-one contact and social gatherings with virtual contact through phone calls, texts, teleconferences, or the internet.
If you do not have charitable status, apply to the Canadian Red Cross by July 7, 2020. If you are a registered charity, apply to the Community Foundations of Canada by July 27 or the United Way by July 31.
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)   
Provides relief for small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. It offers unsecured, forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners to:
  • reduce the rent owed by their impacted small business tenants
  • meet operating expenses on commercial properties
Property owners must offer a minimum of a 75% rent reduction for the months of April, May and June 2020.

The loans will be forgiven if the mortgaged property owner agrees to reduce the small business tenants' rent by at least 75% under a rent forgiveness agreement, which will include a term not to evict the tenant while the agreement is in place. The small business tenant would cover the remainder, up to 25% of the rent. Applications are now open, here. 
Picture of the Month
June Picture of the Month: University of Winnipeg Renewal Corporation 2.0 
UWCRC 2.0 is developing a new mixed-income residential building at 290 Colony street which is going to offer studio, 1, 2  and 3 bedroom units.
The photo attached is a studio display suites that they are now pre-leasing for September 2020 occupancy.  
The building will have 46 affordable suites in total.
Rent for a studio suite will be $685 inclusive of all utilities. They will be promoting Rent Assist for lower-income prospective tenants to qualify.

Picture of the Month Feature! As MNPHA's team has been visiting our members, we have seen all the interesting, fun, and innovative things you do to improve the lives of tenants, your staff teams, and the communities around you. We wanted to find a way to share this regularly so members can learn from each other.

Newsletters include "Pictures of the Month" - no idea is too simple or too complex. If you are doing something you think should be shared with your colleagues in the non-profit housing sector, send a photo and brief description to us by July 3 to be included in the July newsletter.
Opportunities Board
Did you know that MNPHA's job postings are the most "clicked" item in our newsletter? 
Do you have a position you are trying to fill in your organization? MNPHA is always accepting job and volunteer postings for display on our website.

The Job Board is located under the Resources tab on the 
To have your position added to the board, send the pertinent information to:
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