Although our physical office doors remain CLOSED to the public as a safety precaution for now, all our staff have been working remotely and we have compiled a list we think you will find very helpful on our website. Check out our hub of online resources below. Some are on COVID 19, some are for COVID 19, some are educational and others are just fun! Remember that at this time, it is very important to stay home, stay safe and stay vigilant because the lives of many depend on it. And if you’re still wondering how canceled events and self-quarantines save lives, start by checking this out.
- COVID-19 online Screening Tool
- Information for travellers – before and after
- Factsheets on coronavirus (COVID-19) in different languages made available by the Province of Manitoba
- ASL information about coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Food Safety and Coronavirus
- COVID-19 Harm Reduction Resources by Canadian Drug Policy Coalition
- Learn more about COVID-19
- Health Literacy Project COVID-19 Factsheets in different languages including factsheets for kids
Mental Health & Crisis Lines
- Free online crisis training for essential workers by Mental Health Commission of Canada.
- National Institute for the Care of the Elderly (NICE): NICE offers free, over the phone, friendly outreach and brief counselling services for older adults and persons with disabilities. You can call the Toll Free number today: 1 (844) 529-7292
NEW Support Line for Women Experiencing Domestic Violence: A Woman’s Place is here to support women who have been impacted by gender based violence. The services have been extended to include over the phone support, chatting and texting options, Monday to Friday from 9:00 am till 9:00 pm. Call 204-940-6624 to talk to a counsellor. The text line is: (431) 400-9600, and the chat line is accessible at: www.norwestcoop.ca (click on banner to get to chat).
- Mental Health Guide for this COVID-19 Pandemic
- Tips on how to manage anxiety during this period
- Manitoba Association of Women’s Shelter’s confidential provincial toll-free crisis line: 1-877-977-0007.
- Manitoba Suicide Prevention & Support Line (24/7): Toll free: 1-877-435-7170 / TTY: (204) 784-4097 / www.reasontolive.ca
- Klinic Crisis Line (24/7): Phone: (204) 786-8686 / Toll free: 1-888-322-3019 / TTY: (204) 784-4097
- Sexual Assault Crisis Line (24/7): Phone: (204) 786-8631 / Toll free: 1-888-292-7565 / TTY: (204) 784-4097
- More crisis support information at http://klinic.mb.ca/crisis-support
Financial Support for Manitobans
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. Learn more about how to access these funds here. CBC also has an online guide with information on available Financial help for Canadians affected by COVID-19.
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit: This is available for those who may not be eligible for EI, including self-employed, part-time or seasonal workers, who earned up to $5000 last year.
- EI Sickness Benefit: If you are directly affected by the COVID-19 because you are sick or quarantined, you can get up to 15 weeks of pay and you do NOT have to provide a medical certificate to apply.
- Canada Child Benefit: If you live with a child under 18 and you are primarily responsible for the care and upbringing of the child, you can apply for this benefit. If you have already applied before, you do not need to re-apply.
- Employment Insurance (EI): provides regular benefits to individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. Check out our post on how to apply for EI here.
- Rent Assist: This financial assistance is available for people who receive Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) and have housing costs to cover and other low-income private renters. Ps. There are laws in Manitoba that prohibit landlords from forcing or locking out tenants who are unable to pay rent without due process. Only authorized police should be able to enforce evictions. If you are currently a tenant, read about your tenancy rights here.
- Support for Bill Payments: Click here if you can’t pay your water bill, and here if you can’t pay your Manitoba Hydro (electricity) bill. Additional information on support for those who have lost their source of income due to the current pandemic has also been compiled by Immigrant Centre Manitoba.
- Essay Contest for Students worth $2500: Basic Income Manitoba is hosting an essay contest! The essay topic is: Basic Income, what would it mean for you? There will be two first place prizes of $2500. The deadline to apply has now been extended to April 30th, 2020.
- MPI Rebate FAQs: MPI to refund $110M to customers as claims plunge during pandemic. FYI – current policy holders can call an Autopac agent to discuss the possibility of switching from “all purpose use” to “pleasure use” for their vehicle insurance if they are no longer using their vehicle every day, or “storage insurance” if they are not using their vehicles at all due to quarantine and social distancing measures.
- Remote Community Income Tax Clinics Poster: The Broadway Seniors Resource Council is now able to support low-income older adults to get their income tax returns filed through a new, FREE, remote program in partnership with Community Financial Counselling Services. Please see the attached poster. To qualify, one must be: Age 55+, single person making $35,000 or less, Married/common law couple making $45,000 or less, or an Individual with a dependent making $45,000 or less. Call Melanie at 204-772-3533 for more info.
Community Support – Do you want to help or do you need help?
- Kids Crisis Text Line – Need help now? Text CONNECT to 686868. Check out the link to volunteer as a crisis responder if you are interested and able. Volunteers are needed currently.
- Join the Social Distance Pow Wow Facebook group to connect with Indigenous Peoples online for community support and to share ideas for navigating this shut-down period.
- Help Next Door MB: If you are a volunteer ready to provide your support or someone who needs a helping hand through these difficult times, this platform can connect you.
- CareMongering Facebook group: If you need someone to help you or you want to help someone in your community, please check out this group.
- Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood residents: The staff at Charleswood 55+ Centre is available via phone (204-897-5263) from 10 am to 2pm, Mon – Fri, to help seniors who are unable to leave their home and need essentials including food or medication.
- Virtual Homework room: Free online tutoring for youth
- Province of Manitoba home learning portal for grade school students
- Teaching Remotely for Grades K-12
- Free online university courses
- Prodigy Math Learning Platform – FREE for use by both parents and teachers.
- Online Literacy Resources for kids
- Free daily courses for kids via Scholastic
- Free online courses for everyone via Open Culture
- Anishinaabemowin Learning Video for Children
- Art at Home
- Colouring Books (Free download)
- Life-long Learning via The Great Courses Plus (Take advantage of the one month free trial!)
- University of Alberta course on Indigenous Canada
- 10 University Art Classes you can take for free
- Online course: Introduction to Reptiles with Live Animals
- Free audiobooks via Audible (for all ages – adults & children)
- Online class – African American Storytime: Before She Was Harriet
- Dealhack Canada Guide to Free Online Resources (learning resources for various ages)
Entertainment & Fun
- Art City Programming
- National Film Board of Canada films (FREE)
- The Portal Winnipeg
- Free Indigenous films online
- Kanopy online streaming service
- International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (FREE)
- Metropolitan Opera FREE HD streams
- Globe Theatre featuring Shakespeare plays (paid subscription)
- Assiniboine Zoo – Creature Features online
- 30 minute cardio work out – for homes, no equipment needed
- Breath Exercises to strengthen lungs
- Yoga Instructions
- Explore US National parks with Google’s virtual reality
- Virtual tours of famous museums
- Seven things you can do at home
- More options – Things you can do from home
- Manitoba State of Emergency – what it means
- Grand Chief Arlen Dumas statement on declared COVID-19 state of emergency
- Manitoba Government News releases
- City of Winnipeg News releases
- What Manitobans need to know about COVID-19 (CBC News)
Resources for Free Meals/Food
- Food Banks Canada
- Free food and groceries from Winnipeg Harvest
- Free meals and subsidized food from Agape table
- Free drop-in meals available at Siloam Mission
- Free breakfast and lunch, everyday at Knox United
- Free Lunch at 710 Aberdeen from 11:30am to 12:30pm
- City of Winnipeg staff have helped put together the following list of resources:
- City of Winnipeg Active Transportation Routes: In an effort to assist with social distancing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City expanded its annual Sunday/holiday active transportation route schedule. The new pedestrian/bike routes are temporarily in place everyday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Monday, July 6, 2020.
- Healthy Start Virtual Groups for parents
- Non-medical cloth masks for sale – made by community for community (supported by LITE Winnipeg)
- FREE Membership to Winnipeg Public Library
- MANSO’s list of what’s open & what’s closed
- Winnipeg Community Centres – compiled by WCWRC
- Traditional Indigenous Kinship Practices at Home: Being Child-Centered During the Pandemic
- Manitoba Harm Reduction Resources
- COVID-19 and Human Rights Code for Manitoba Residents – Know your rights!
- Disability-related resources for families and additional information from Abilities Manitoba, and ConnectAbility
- Online Safety Tips:
- Housing in Manitoba & COVID-19
- List of some stores & small businesses still in operation
- Some current job postings
- Tips for working from home – Read this CBC article or see what The New Republic had to say. Alternatively, if you prefer videos, you can also check out this humorous approach of the youtube video available here.