December Newsletter
MNPHA's 9th Annual Building Partnerships Conference was our focus for November, and it was a wonderful event, with ample networking and connectivity despite the virtual format. Thanks to all who attended! On the evening of November 22 we celebrated the Spirit of Housing Awards, which recognize our leader's success and achievements. Over the next several months we will highlight one Spirit of Housing Award per newsletter, with this month's being the Spirit of Achievement Award!

The Spirit of Achievement Award recognizes a tenant associated with an MNPHA housing provider member who made a meaningful contribution towards making their own non-profit a better place to live, the well being of their neighbourhood and fostered connections among tenants and others within their community. The 2021 Winner is Linda Sharpe!

Linda was born and raised in the West End and is a staunch advocate for the neighbourhood, citing community involvement as a healing aspect in a struggle with mental health. Her exceptional service spans from harm reduction walks, which involve supplying safe drug supplies to folks while cleaning up garbage, to hosting movie nights at West End Commons. Linda's endless contributions to the neighbourhood have created transformation and support where it is most needed. Thank you Linda, for your hard work, and congratulations!
MNPHA has two new members, Inner City Youth Alive, and Portage la Prairie Assisted Living Inc. (Dufferin Villa). Inner City Youth Alive (ICYA) is located in the North End of Winnipeg, and provides a safe, active and nurturing environment for children and youth, many of whom experience poverty, abuse and neglect. Portage la Prairie Assisted Living Corporation (PAL) is a local community based non-profit organization, and Dufferin Villa is a 53-unit housing project specially designed for older adults seeking independent living with on-site support services. Welcome to MNPHA!
Provincial Budget 2022 Public Meetings and Budget 2022 Public Engagement
Online Survey Now Live

Public meetings begin this week and an online survey is now available for Manitobans to provide input to help shape Budget 2022. In addition to the online survey at, Manitobans can pre-register to reserve a spot for an in-person meeting or to receive a phone call to participate in a telephone town hall. To register by phone for a budget public engagement meeting, call Manitoba Government Inquiry at 204-945-3744 or toll-free at 1-866-626-4862.

Manitobans can also email comments and ideas to or mail written submissions to:

Minister of Finance c/o budget engagement
103 - 450 Broadway
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0V8

Further information on Budget 2022 public engagement is available at: 

MNPHA’s budget submission outlines three priorities:

  1. Create a Capital Funding Program for Existing Community Housing
We suggest that the 2022 budget undertake an assessment of all non-profit housing to assess capital needs, and develop a capital program to bring existing buildings up to standard, and to return capital funding and asset management responsibilities to Manitoba Housing, rather than Shared Services.
  1. Create New Supply of Rent-Geared-to-Income Housing
We suggest that the 2022 budget invest in 3000 units of rent-geared-to-income housing to address the immediate housing need in Manitoba, with $500m in new dollars, and develop a Capacity Program/Fund that non-profit housing organizations can easily access to assist them to increase their capacity.
  1. Provide Consistent Resources for Tenant Support within Housing
We suggest that the 2022 budget extend the Housing Supports Initiative to a long-term and predictable funding program that will target health, mental health, and community development funding to create supportive housing models.
Over the medium-term, MNPHA requests that the provincial government work with the community housing sector to create a renewed funding model for new and existing social housing based on best practices, with a simplified rent subsidy model whereby rents (subsidized for the lowest income individuals and families) cover the costs of operations, capital maintenance, and renewal. To read the full submission click here.
390 Ross Housing Building to Be Completed by Fall 2022

Construction began in late November on an affordable housing project in a three-storey building in Winnipeg’s inner city for vulnerable people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and those who are dealing with mental health and addictions issues. To read more about this project click here.
Steinbach City Council has decided to endorse a Steinbach Community Outreach affordable housing project

In April, the province announced a $1.337M grant to address housing needs within the City of Steinbach and in November the council reviewed three proposed projects and voted unanimously to recommend Steinbach Community Outreach be approved for the grant. To read more about this click here.
Province Partners With Manitoba Chambers Of Commerce To Fund Digital Manitoba Initiative - CFP

The Manitoba government is partnering with the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC) to fund the Digital Manitoba Initiative (DMI), which will help businesses and non-profit organizations with digital transformation. The initiative will be delivered and administered by the MCC, but the province will cover the $15-million cost of the initiative as part of Manitoba’s $50-million Long-Term Recovery Fund. For more information click here.
New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 2021–2022 Call for Proposals for Community-based Projects

On November 23, 2021, the Government of Canada launched the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 2021-2022 call for proposals (CFP) for community-based projects across Canada. For more information and to apply click here.
Province Invites Applications for Building Sustainable Communities Grants

Applications are now being accepted for the 2022-23 Building Sustainable Communities (BSC) program, which helps to support important community development projects. The program responds to local neighbourhood, municipal and regional priorities to support a broad range of community development projects, including planning, capital, capacity building, community initiatives and recreation and equipment purchases. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, charitable organizations, municipalities and Northern Affairs community councils. For more information click here.
Retrain Manitoba

Retrain Manitoba will reimburse Manitoba businesses for the investments they have made in their employees’ professional progress through a variety of interdisciplinary training programs offered by accredited third-party institutions with reimbursements of up to $2,500 per employee, to a cumulative maximum of $75,000. For more information about eligibility and how to apply click here.
Annual Gathering Save the Date: December 7 to 9, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed inequities in our society like never before. Movements for climate justice and for the lives of Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, and other racialized communities have led calls for systemic change. Gathering 2021 will bring together community builders to examine the roots of our society but also to understand, sharpen, and strengthen our collective role in systems change. For more information and to register click here.
CHF Canada now has a list of development consultants to help co-ops wanting to build new co-op homes

One of CHF's growth and development priorities is to support member co-ops by providing referrals to consultants who are able to help co-ops consider and undertake a new development or add new homes to an existing site. CHF Canada canvassed for Expressions of Interest and has consolidated a list of development professionals ready to work with co-ops in regions across the country. For more information about how to connect click here.
Ten Ten Sinclair Attendant Care Staff
As part of the Ten Ten Attendant staff team, the attendant will assist tenants who are living independently in managing daily living tasks. Under the direction of the Tenants the primary responsibility is to provide personal care assistance, meal preparation, and housekeeping duties. Click here for the full job description.
Bethel Place Program Coordinator

Bethel Place is an affordable rental community for independent older adults, with on-site support services. They are seeking a full-time position (35 hours/week) in the coordination of program and volunteer services and in keeping with the mission and vision of Bethel Place. For the full job description click here.
MNPHA's Spirit of Housing Awards was held at Feast Cafe Bistro this year, and was a wonderful event. Pictured here is the awards ceremony, held before a delicious dinner of local foods and a hearty celebration of the recipients.

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