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
Mental Health & Crisis Lines
- 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.
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit: This will become available on April 6th, 2020, for those not eligible for EI, who are unable to earn alternative income to care for a sick or quarantined individual or yourself.
- 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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- Free audiobooks via Audible (for all ages – adults & children)
Entertainment & Fun
- National Film Board of Canada films (FREE)
- The Portal Winnipeg
- Free Indigenous films online
- Kanopy online streaming service
- International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (FREE)
- 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
- 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)
- MANSO’s list of what’s open & what’s closed
- Winnipeg Community Centres – compiled by WCWRC
- Manitoba Harm Reduction Resources
- 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
- 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.