September 2016 Newsletter
Let's Talk Housing

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for CMHC officially launched the National Housing Strategy consultations in June as the next step toward establishing a vision for housing in Canada. MNPHA members are invited to take part in the consultation at .  

A new stage in the National Housing Strategy consultations has been reached by adding a collaboration tool to . It allows Canadians to share bold and innovative ideas and collaborate to improve the future of housing in Canada.  From homelessness to affordable homeownership to sustainable housing and everything in between, the government is looking to hear from Canadians on a variety of housing-related themes.
Help Manitoba's voice to be heard. Take part in the consultations, learn more about the themes and outcomes of the National Housing Strategy and share your ideas using the collaboration tool on .

Winnipeg Housing Co-op accesses $9.3 million in financing

Village Canadien Housing Co-op in Winnipeg announced today that it has secured a $9.3 million mortgage with Assiniboine Credit Union, allowing the co-op to repair and retrofit 150 homes for low and moderate income Manitobans originally built in 1976.

The new loan will be used by the co-op to repay its current 13.25% interest rate mortgage with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).  Village Canadien is the first co-op to take advantage of a new federal program that allows CMHC mortgage prepayments without any penalty, which for Village Canadien would have been nearly $4 million, roughly equal to amount of principle outstanding on the mortgage!

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Conference Registration Opens Soon - Watch Your Inbox

Registration information for the 2016 Building Partnerships Conference will be distributed the week of September 19 to our email list.

Nominations are now open for the Spirit of Housing Awards which will be presented at a luncheon during this year's conference.  You can find more information about the awards as well as a nomination form on the MNPHA website. The deadline for nominations has been extended to October 28 .

Education Opportunities

CHRA Webinar: Ready to Rent Tenant Education
SEPTEMBER 22, 2016 - 1:30pm EST - 2:45pm EST
Closing the Gap on Tenant-Landlord Relations Through 'Ready to Rent' Certified Training

Join us to learn about Ready to Rent's (R2R) tenant education and certification model for the rental housing sector being expanded in BC and across Canada. R2R builds common language, skills and understanding between both sides of the tenancy relationship, with demonstrated results in helping people with barriers to housing increase their housing stability.

Kristi Fairholm Mader, Co-Executive Director, Ready to Rent BC 


BC Non-profit Housing Association: Capital Planning 101

Capital Planning 101 ( The next session starts on September 26, 2016) -
This four week introductory course will meet the learning needs of individuals involved in the non-profit housing sector and responsible for allocation of their society's capital resources.  

Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)

Want to take your housing career to the next level? Learn about CIH Canada membership, upcoming courses, webinars and the new Pathfinders Program in their newsletter. READ MORE

McClure Place Celebrates

MNPHA member McClure Place celebrates 35 year anniversary and the end of its operating agreement.

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Ending Youth Homelessness in Winnipeg

Want to learn more about what is happening to address youth homelessness in Winnipeg?  Plan to attend a drop-in open house Thursday, September 15 at Resource Assistance for Youth, 125 Sherbrook Street.

There are two sessions.  Community and government stakeholders are invited to attend between 9:30 am and noon.  Youth are being welcomed between 2:00 and 4:30 pm.

The open house is being held to receive feedback on the recently released Strategic Framework for the Winnipeg Plan to End Youth Homelessness .

View or download a copy of the Open House Poster.

MNPHA website gets a makeover

The MNPHA website has a new look and design. Our home page now features a revolving slide show of images of our member's properties and clickable icons to access information about membership, education opportunities, our annual conference and our resource bank. Check it out at

If you would like to see a picture of your property added to the slide set, send a photo to

Photos should be of a relatively high resolution and be framed so as to allow cropping from the top and bottom of the photo.