November Newsletter
Between welcoming new employees to the Rent Relief Fund (RRF), conducting several education offerings and working on selecting proposals for the Housing Supports Initiative (HSI) MNPHA has had an exciting fall! Keep watching this newsletter for more information about the HSI and RRF as the team grows and new initiatives are introduced.
It is not too late to register for Building Boards Level 1!

Calling all Board Members! MNPHA has designed a training program tailored to board members serving the non-profit housing sector. Whether you're new to non-profit board governance, new to a housing-focused organization, or experienced in both, this custom-designed training for the non-profit housing sector in Manitoba is for you.

Level 1 runs from November 1-30, is a self-guided training with special pricing for entire boards, and features a virtual workshop with trainer Rolande Kirouac from High Achievement Training. Reach out to Beth at with any questions.
Building Partnerships Conference Registration is Open!

MNPHA's annual Building Partnerships conference, coming up on November 22 and 23, features diverse speakers, ranging from property managers and engineers, to community service providers and civil servants, all of whom are involved with the provision of affordable housing on Treaty land. This year’s sessions will address sustainability, innovative models of housing, tenant-landlord communications and more, with a strong focus on the role of housing in reconciliation.
CFP for Manitoba Housing Homeownership for Low to Moderate Income Families

Manitoba Housing is seeking proposals from qualified organizations interested in creating homeownership opportunities for low- to moderate-income families in Manitoba through a Negotiated Request for Proposal (NRFP). The funding amount reserved under this NRFP is up to $1,000,000. Eligible Proponents include municipalities, private and public/municipal non-profit housing corporations, condominium corporations, and private developers.
Additional information and the NRFP document can downloaded here.
13-City Scan of Homelessness Planning Across Canada

Nick Falvo Consulting recently wrote a report, commissioned by the Calgary Homeless Foundation, providing an overview of recent developments in homelessness planning across the following 13 Canadian cities: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Quebec City, Hamilton, Regina, Victoria, St. John’s and Yellowknife. To read a summary of the report click here.
Real Estate Sales Policy

The City of Winnipeg Council has recently approved a new Real Estate sales policy which requires the Public Service to market all tax sale properties to non-profit housing corporations. This provides additional acquisition opportunities for affordable Housing providers outside of the Affordable Housing Opportunities in HIZs program.

Read the full policy here.
City of Winnipeg Pandemic Recovery Plan

The recently released City of Winnipeg pandemic recovery plan demonstrates that affordable housing will play a critical role in economic recovery for Winnipeg’s downtown and the City as a whole. It includes proposals to provide up to $50m in Tax Increment Financing for affordable housing development, the largest commitment to affordable housing by The City of Winnipeg in a generation. To read more about the report click here.
Housing Professionals Mentorship Program - Applications for the 2022 Program are now open!
The Housing Professionals Mentorship Program (HPMP) is back for 2022! Whether you’re just starting out or have several years of experience in the housing and homelessness sector, HPMP can help you take your career to the next level.

For more information about the program and to apply follow this link.
Celebrate 150 with Sara Riel

Join Sara Riel for a feast that will bring together the Community of Service of Sara Riel (past and present), who, since 1977,
has helped over 600 people a year with their mental health and addiction challenges. The event is on November 4th at St. Boniface Cathedral-Basilica with food by Feast. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.
Ontario Non Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) Conference November 10-12

ONPHA's annual conference is taking place in a virtual conference space this fall. This year’s theme Opening doors through housing considers excellence and innovation, both in operational practices and the future of the sector as a whole. Ontario’s affordable housing crisis didn’t occur overnight or as a side-effect of the pandemic, but there is now an opportunity to place affordable housing at the centre of Canada's post-COVID economic recovery and to ensure that it stays at the top of the list of priorities for all levels of government in the years to come. For more information and to register click here.
BC Non Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) Housing Central Conference November 15-17

BCNPHA's conference is taking place virtually this year, and provides access to three days of renowned keynote speakers and professional development with today’s thought leaders across the community housing sector. Connect with delegates from throughout BC and beyond to share your organization's challenges, learn new strategies for success, and ignite partnerships that will drive the sector forward. For more information and to register click here.
Help keep your organization and your community safer through the Stop the Spread and Stay Safe! program: COVID-19 Screening for Community Organizations

Your organization can gain access to easy and free tests to implement as part of a screening program to mitigate risk to your staff and the community your organization supports. You will also be contributing to the collective response to COVID-19 through screening and rapid action.
Why participate?
  • This is a simple and easy way to consistently screen your personnel to stop the spread and help keep them safe. Consistent and frequent screening allows your organization to detect potential COVID-19 cases in as little as 15 minutes.
  • Screening your personnel gives the people you serve and your wider community greater confidence in the services you are providing.
  • A screening program using rapid antigen tests is one of the tools, used with masks, hand hygiene, physical distancing, and cleaning protocols, that can reduce the spread of COVID-19. Even with vaccination, testing is critical to early detection and mitigations to reduce individual and collective risk.
  • This program will help contribute to Canada’s collective COVID-19 response through implementation and reporting back on results. 
If you're a charity, a non-profit or an Indigenous community organization with five (5) or more personnel (staff and volunteers) who work in close proximity to each other or have direct contact with community members, you can apply now!
What does my organization get if we qualify?
  • Free rapid antigen tests provided by the Government of Canada
  • Training on how to administer rapid antigen tests
  • Guidance on how to set up a screening program to administer the rapid antigen tests – tips, tools, training and support for implementing a screening program in your organization
  • Access to a call centre and tailored supports by a team of experts including webinars with experts to support your program 
What do you mean by rapid antigen testing?
Rapid antigen test kits are COVID-19 tests that are administered either by the individual requiring the test, or a health professional. It will depend on your provincial or territorial health guidelines. 
Have Questions?
We are happy to connect with you! You can reach us by calling 1-888-381-8246 between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm EST or by email at
For more information click here, and to download the application form click here.
Launching the new $24M Dugald Place Assisted Living Residence and the Aquatic & Wellness Centre in Springfield are (l to r): Randy Williams, Chair of the existing Dugald Estates 55+ Housing Coop; Greg Reid, Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority; Bob Lagasse, MLA for Dawson Trail; Tiffany Fell, Mayor of RM of Springfield; Neil van Ryssel, Community Leader; Lesley Thomson, Chair of Springfield Heritage Housing. The project will add another important component to the community's "Aging in Place" vision and will connect with the existing Dugald Estates Housing Coop which opened in 2015.

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