Province Announces Summer Youth Job Opportunities


The Manitoba government is offering summer employment opportunities for students and youth, Education and Training Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

“The Manitoba government’s summer employment programming provides students with invaluable experience and skills to prepare them for the workforce,” said Goertzen.  “Job centres across the province are opening their doors for the season to offer services that benefit local employers and young Manitobans alike.”

Manitoba Youth Job Centres (MYJC) are located in 43 rural and northern communities.  The offices are situated in all 11 Manitoba Jobs and Skills Development Centres along with local municipal offices, chambers of commerce and other community-based organizations.

The centres match Manitobans age 12 to 29 with local employers for summer jobs and offer assistance with job searches, employment referrals, resumes and interviews, as well as other employment-related resources and events.  Each summer, they serve 8,000 to 11,000 youth and students.

MYJC will be open May 13 to Aug. 16.  The centres are staffed by post-secondary students who work for the Manitoba government through the STEP Services program.

The minister noted the STEP Services program employs about 1,400 students in government departments, Crown corporations and special operating agencies.  STEP students work for the Manitoba government as part-time, full-time or co-operative work placements that line up with their field of study.

This summer, STEP will also launch two new initiatives:

  • STEP Tuition Waiver Summer Student Program in partnership with nine Manitoba colleges and universities that provide bursaries to waive tuition for students formerly in care of Chid and Family Services.  The STEP Tuition Waiver Summer Employment Program offers eligible students receiving a tuition waiver paid work placements in the Manitoba government. The program supports education and training that benefits youth currently and formerly under the care of child welfare.
  • STEP Design Thinking Challenge, where teams of STEP students and their supervisors will work to solve modern public sector challenges.  Students will learn how to communicate innovative ideas to decision makers and will have the opportunity to present their team challenge solutions at the Institute for Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) national conference in Winnipeg.

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Province Invests $4.4 Million To Enhance Access to Mental Health and Addictions Supports in Schools


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Additional Resources Will Reduce Wait Times, Give Families a Voice in Children’s Treatment Plans: Ministers

The Manitoba government is investing $4.4 million to enhance access to school-based mental health and addictions supports, beginning in Brandon, Portage la Prairie and Steinbach, Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen and Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced today.

“This innovative initiative allows for enhanced access to supports prior to requiring a referral to other community services or regional health authority programs,” said Goertzen.  “These additional resources will reduce wait times for children and youth attempting to access supports at community clinics, strengthen inter-agency co-ordination, and provide parents and families with a voice and choice in the treatment plans for their children.”

“We know that an increasing number of children and youth struggle with mental health issues,” said Friesen.  “By investing in additional mental health supports within schools, we are making it easier for families to access a range of services to help their children and making a positive difference in their lives.”

This three-year investment will enhance existing school-based clinical teams with psychiatric nurses and addiction support workers.  In partnership with school divisions, the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre, regional health authorities and the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, teams will provide mental health services directly in schools and support students with moderate mental health and addictions needs.

High Fidelity Wraparound facilitators will be assigned to work at schools alongside existing school-based clinical teams to improve the well-being of students who require these services.  The wraparound approach creates teams with members from many systems.  They work to create an integrated, highly individualized plan that includes the co-ordination of existing services, as well as the development of new or non-traditional supports to address complex emotional and behavioural challenges.  Wraparound is an ongoing process that may last for many months or even years.

The initiative will be piloted in the Hanover, Portage la Prairie and Brandon school divisions in years one and two of the project.  Based on the outcomes of these investments, the project is anticipated to be scaled up to 12 teams in the third year, Goertzen noted.

“Hanover School Division is acutely aware of the increasing number of students suffering from mental health issues,” said Randy Dueck, superintendent and CEO of the Hanover School Division.  “The social and emotional well-being of our students is a top priority for us over the next three years.  This timely additional funding strengthens our community service partnerships, addresses critical needs and is on target to improve the well-being of our students.”

Friesen noted the investments build on recommendations made in the VIRGO report.

“These supports do not duplicate or replace mental health supports currently available for children and adolescents in regional health authorities and community agencies,” said Friesen.  “Instead, the enhanced access to these services will help us reach more children sooner, reducing the need for more complex care in the future.”

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Andrew Micklefield – December 3, 2019 Private Member Statement on The Spiritual Meaning of Christmas

Andrew Micklefield – December 3, 2019 Private Member Statement on The Spiritual Meaning of Christmas

In the coming weeks, as well as being a time of giving and receiving gifts, Christmas will offer spiritual meaning for those celebrating the gift of Jesus Christ.

The coming of Christ as a baby reinforces the inherent value of children, no matter their socio-economic status or location. When sincere care for children is mingled with faith, our hearts become tender and transformed as we serve those who are helpless without us.

The birth of Christ in an animal stable reminds us that our greatest gifts often come through obscurity and humility and so we are prone to miss them or dismiss them as inconvenience.

That Christ was born to a teenage mother shows how inexperienced people can find themselves entrusted with significance to bless a cynical yet needy world.
The presence of peasant-shepherds, wealthy wisemen, of prayerful observers and political despots reveals that Christ came for all who would receive him, irrespective of their economic, social or religious status.

Centuries later these themes are replayed and re-lived by those who in the name of Christ care for children, assist the marginalized, seek for truth, welcome the stranger and make room in their lives, wallets and schedules when it is easier not to.

Madam Speaker, amidst the gifts given and received this Christmas, may we receive the gift of Christ and remember the words of the angels, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace and good will to all.”
I wish every member of this House a Merry Christmas.

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Manitoba 150 Kicks off A Year-Long Celebration with Illuminate 150

November 26, 2019

Winnipeg—The Manitoba 150 Host Committee Inc. (Manitoba 150), is excited to invite Manitobans to kick off a year-long celebration of our province’s 150th anniversary at a free, family-friendly event on Dec. 14, 2019. This event kicks off the 150-day countdown to Manitoba Day 2020.

“Illuminate 150 is the first of many big events we’re planning in celebration of Manitoba’s 150th anniversary,” said Stuart Murray and Monique LaCoste, co-chairs of Manitoba 150. “We’re setting the tone with a kick-off event that will get Manitobans into the spirit of Manitoba 150 with some exciting and unexpected moments. With the flip of a switch, the Manitoba Legislative Building will glitter with a memorable lighting display as we begin the 150-day countdown to Manitoba Day.”

Illuminate 150 will transform the Manitoba Legislative Building and grounds into a dazzling display, illuminated by more than 300,000 LED lights and Manitoba-inspired installations from Lights of the North. These will remain in place to shine a light on the beauty of Manitoba until July.

“The Manitoba Legislative Building is the perfect place to kick off Manitoba 150, and we are honoured and excited to host the first major event to celebrate our province’s sesquicentennial,” said Premier Brian Pallister. “I invite all Canadians and former Manitobans from near and far to join us in celebrating our province’s past, present and future.”

With a spectacular array of more than 300,000 LED lights, and a variety of family-friendly winter activities, Illuminate 150 on Dec. 14 has something for everyone and promises to be Instagram worthy.

Illuminate 150 Kick-Off Celebration

Illuminate 150 festivities take place at the Manitoba Legislative Building and grounds on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 3 p.m. until approximately 7 p.m. Guests who need a quick warm up can head indoors for the Manitoba Legislative Building 2019 Open House, which runs from 3 to 5 p.m.

3 to 5 p.m. – Manitoba Legislative Building 2019 Open House (Donation of non-perishable food item for the Christmas Cheer Board is encouraged)
3 to 7 p.m. – Illuminate 150 outdoor activities, programs and DJ
5:30 p.m. – Formal welcome (Assiniboine Avenue side)
5:35 p.m. – Flip of the Switch to Illuminate the Manitoba Legislative Building and grounds

Manitobans of all ages are invited to enjoy a variety of FREE activities including:
• snow tube races and snowshoe obstacle course,
• free gourmet hot chocolate and coffee,
• interactive displays from Lights of the North,
• and more!

In addition, merchandise and food trucks will be on site.

The lights of Illuminate 150 will remain in place until July, providing a beautiful backdrop for a year of celebration.

Illuminate 150 is a chance for Manitoba to unite in celebration during the kickoff and throughout 2020.

Additional information on Manitoba 150 can be found at

About The Manitoba 150 Host Committee Inc.

The year 2020 will mark 150 years since Manitoba became Canada’s fifth province. The Manitoba 150 Host Committee Inc. (Manitoba 150) is an independent, not-for-profit organization overseeing commemorative activities in celebration of our province, its beauty, people, culture, and history throughout 2020.

Manitoba 150 supports initiatives and events that cultivate pride in our province, foster a profound connection with our diverse cultures and, above all, unite us in celebration.

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November 22 2019 Private Member Statement Recognizing John Courtney’s Retirement from YFC

Madam Speaker, I rise to recognize Youth For Christ Executive Director John Courtney, who after 47 years of serving Winnipeg’s youth, will be retiring on December 31st.

After helping youth at an addiction treatment centre in Toronto, John joined Youth for Christ Winnipeg in January 1973 and in April 1977 became its Executive Director, a position he has held ever since! Under John’s leadership Youth For Christ has grown from 4 staff serving 400 young people a year in one location to now 82 staff serving 11,000 young people in eleven Manitoba communities. This includes the 160-bed capacity Camp Cedarwood which offers year-round camp experiences that specialize in youth programming.

In 2011 and under John’s leadership, the “The Centre for Youth Excellence” opened at the corner of Higgins and Main and now offers many youth programs including a host of drop in activities in the Atrium, dance, musical theatre, fine arts and piano by Masterworks, Teen Parent Support, Edge Indoor Skatepark, Rig Fitness, Rock Climbing Gym, Youth and Family Counselling, Work Counselling, ball hockey and soccer.

As well as receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Youth for Christ Canada, John has been honoured with the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. But in my view John’s most notable quality is humility. I once heard him say if he could rewind his life and do it all over again, he would not change a thing. John is an ordinary guy with a huge heart for helping youth and a 47 year-long track record of doing it well.

Over the past 47 years John has impacted tens of thousands of young people and the ripple effect of this service is simply remarkable. John: you’ve served well, thank you. Please step back but don’t stop. Your heart and experience are needed as new leaders serve young people facing new and previously unimagined challenges. I invite all Members to join me in thanking John Courtney for 47 years of serving young people. Our province is better for it, our city is better for it, and John, we thank you.

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Province Presents Speech From the Throne To Move Manitoba Forward

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Province Announces Funding for 203 Community Development Projects


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Application Intake for Building Sustainable Communities Program Opens Today: Squires

The Manitoba government will be providing more than $6 million in grants to support an additional 203 projects for municipalities, non-profit and community-led organizations across the province, Municipal Relations Minister Rochelle Squires announced today.

“Our government is committed to building thriving communities that provide a high quality of life for Manitobans”, said Squires.  “The funding announced today has a focus on increasing our community capacity and promoting sustainability for our non-profit organizations.”

Earlier this year, the province announced the new $7.9-million Building Sustainable Communities Program would replace seven legacy grant programs that each had significant administration, rigid requirements and operated in silos.  The new program was designed to respond to local neighbourhood, municipal and regional priorities with a focus on increasing community capacity while promoting sustainability for non-profit organizations.

“The new Building Sustainable Communities Program can provide funding over a two-year period, which greatly reduces the amount of time spent on administrative work,” said Lynne Parker, executive director, ROK Central Inc.  “This allows more time to work directly with our participants to build valuable relationships which support skill development that helps families achieve improved physical, mental and emotional health and wellness, as well as a sense of community connectedness.”

Since 2017, the Manitoba government has funded 1,169 projects through community development grants totalling more than $19 million.  Another application intake for the Building Sustainable Communities Program opens today, with an application deadline of Jan. 15, the minister said.

Eligible applicants for the new Building Sustainable Communities Program include non-profit organizations, charitable organizations, municipalities, and northern affairs community councils.  The program will provide a maximum provincial contribution of up to 50 per cent of total eligible project costs to a maximum grant of $75,000.

For more information about the program, or to submit an application, visit

A list of grant recipients can be found at

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New State-of-the-Art Women’s Hospital Will Improve Care for Manitoba Families


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$232.9-Million Facility Opens to Patients Dec. 1: Pallister

The new Women’s Hospital at Health Sciences Centre (HSC) will open to patients on Dec. 1, providing women, children and families with a state-of-the-art facility where highly skilled staff will deliver excellent care, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“The new HSC Women’s Hospital is the largest capital health project in Manitoba’s history and reflects our government’s continued commitment to improving Manitoba’s health-care system, not just for today but for the future,” said Pallister.  “This new facility will help the dedicated staff at Health Sciences Centre provide the highest possible standard of care to women, their babies and families for generations to come.”

The new 388,500-sq.-ft. hospital, located at 665 William Ave., will be home to inpatient and outpatient obstetrical, surgical and medical services currently provided at the Women’s Pavilion at 735 Notre Dame Ave.  The $232.9-million facility, which is three times larger than the current space, will also bring together the staff and services currently located across three dispersed neonatal intensive care units spread across the HSC campus.

Construction on the new facility was substantially completed in February 2019.  Since that time, the focus has centered on the installation and testing of information and communication technology infrastructure, the implementation and testing of clinical equipment, and the training of staff in the new space, said Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen.

“This new facility will improve the patient experience for families from across the province,” said Friesen.  “This building uses modern design standards that will improve work flow for staff, and privacy and comfort for patients and their families.  It also incorporates security features and new technology that will enhance care and enable specialized care to be provided remotely, allowing some patients to remain or return closer to home while continuing to be cared for by incredibly skilled staff.”

HSC Winnipeg provides the vast majority of hospital-based pediatric care and acute gynecologic surgical procedures in the province and is one of two Winnipeg hospitals that deliver newborns and provide obstetrical services.  HSC Women’s also delivers and cares for women and newborns whose families travel from outside Winnipeg, including northwestern Ontario and Nunavut, for the specialized care offered at the site.  HSC Women’s also offers consultative support for patients and health-care providers from rural and remote areas of the province, both in person and through MBTeleHealth.

“This new facility brings together the staff, leading clinical practices and new technology that will support our continued delivery of excellent care to Manitoba women and babies,” said Monika Warren, acting chief nursing officer, HSC Winnipeg.  “Women and their families come to us for care during circumstances that can often be stressful.  Every detail in this new building, from its design through to construction and staff training, has been carefully planned to ensure that we are able to offer our patients the best care possible in a setting that offers them privacy and comfort.”

The opening of the new hospital will create space at the current Women’s Pavilion at 735 Notre Dame Ave.  Work will soon begin on extensive renovations to the fourth and fifth floors as 735 Notre Dame Ave. begins its transformation into the future location of a new 28-bed acute stroke unit.  More information can be found at

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Thrift store supports local recovery centres – Canstar Herald article for Oct.30

Roughly 10,000 Manitobans access substance abuse treatment every year, and Manitoba’s government is ready to help those in need.

Almost one in four Manitobans over 10 years old has a diagnosed mood or anxiety disorder and 75 per cent of mental illness onsets occur before the age of 24.

In the last fiscal year alone, Manitoba’s government invested well over half a billion dollars (approximately $566 million) in mental health and addictions by hiring psychiatrists, opening more beds, introducing multiple Rapid Action Clinics, providing first responders with more life-saving drugs and by assisting numerous existing programs.

On Oct. 7, I participated in this by joining the ministers of health, families and education to announce funding for youth programming and the distribution of “thrival kits” to help school-aged children develop better mental health.

Here in Rossmere, The Prairie Crocus Thrift Shop’s new 919 McLeod Ave. location exists to give 100 per cent of its profits to two local addictions recovery resources: the Finding Freedom addictions recovery program and Dignity House, which helps women transitioning from complex trauma, human trafficking, sexual exploitation, abuse and addictions.

Prairie Crocus is not just another thrift store, but has intentionally created an environment to offer frugal shoppers a place of dignity, peace and value. The attractive, bright shop is staffed almost exclusively by volunteers personally affected by friends or family struggling with addictions, and with help from other creative initiatives hopes to one day sustainably fund Finding Freedom and Dignity House.

The prairie crocus is the first flower to bloom each spring and has become Manitoba’s provincial flower and a symbol of hope and the promise of new life. The aptly named Prairie Crocus Thrift Store is already bringing new life and hope for those who need it, right here in our neighbourhood.

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Province Unveils First Three Projects of the Growing Outcomes In Watersheds (GROW) Trust

In support of the Moving Manitoba Forward Guarantee and the made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, the Manitoba government has unveiled the first three projects under the $52-million Growing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW) Trust to support the protection of wetlands and watershed management, Premier Brian Pallister and Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires announced today.

“Today’s announcement highlights our government’s unprecedented commitment to support our producers as stewards of the land, recognizing the environmental benefits that come from healthy ecosystems,” said Pallister.  “Our government values the critical role farmers play in managing our landscapes and watersheds.  Working in collaboration with producers and landowners, the GROW Trust will ensure the sustainability of our wetlands today and for future generations to come.”

In partnership with the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation (MHHC), the province announced the first three projects to receive funding through the GROW Trust.  The Seine-Rat River Conservation District and the Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District will each receive $250,000 to expand the ALUS Canada ecological goods and services programs they offer to conserve wetlands, and build resilience to the impacts of flood and drought, the premier noted.

In addition, up to $1 million will be invested in the TransCanada Shelterbelt Renewal Project, which will be designated as a ‘Manitoba Signature Project’ to demonstrate the value of shelterbelts on agricultural landscape.

“The Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation is proud of our partnership with the Manitoba government that will help ensure the protection of our natural resources and improved watershed resiliency that will deliver important environmental results for Manitobans for generations to come,” said Tim Sopuck, chief executive officer, MHHC.

It was also announced the first intake of applications to the GROW Trust will be held in January 2020, allowing conservation districts, soon to be watershed districts, with local GROW committees to apply for project funding that will encourage and support the delivery of ecological goods and services (EG&S) in Manitoba.

“Building on the innovative approach to provide long-term investments to protect our environment first established through the Conservation Trust, GROW will further enhance our ability to mitigate climate change, reduce flooding and improve water quality and nutrient management in our watersheds,” said Squires.  “Our government is committed to working with all Manitobans to ensure we remain Canada’s cleanest, greenest, most climate-resilient province.”

The Growing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW) Trust has been established with an initial investment of $52 million and will be managed by The Winnipeg Foundation (TWF).  It will help producers and ranchers with projects such as restoring wetlands, planting windbreaks and balancing drainage with water retention to improve resiliency to a changing climate.  The trust also encourages private donations toward supporting these important initiatives and project selection will be co-ordinated in partnership with Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation and delivered by Manitoba’s conservation districts.

For more information about GROW, including project eligibility, contact a local conservation district or visit  For questions about opportunities outside of the conservation district program, call Manitoba Sustainable Development at 204-945-0002.

More information about conservation districts and watershed planning can be found at

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Improved Mental Health Services And Programs Pledged for Children and Youth

October 7, 2019 – Whole-of-Government Approach Includes Support for NorWest Youth Hub, Project 11: Friesen – BACKGROUND INFORMATION

As part of a comprehensive whole-of-government approach to improving mental health and addictions programming, the Manitoba government is continuing to take action with an investment of nearly $3 million to enhance education programs and expand integrated youth services.

The announcement was made today at the NorWest Co-op Community Health Centre by Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen, Education and Training Minister Kelvin Goertzen, and Families Minister Heather Stefanson.

“These initiatives, which include enhancing and expanding mental health and addictions services at the NorWest Youth Hub, will ensure more Manitoba children and youth are given the educational tools and professional services they need to make positive choices in their lives,” said Friesen. “These meaningful programs are the first of more than a dozen initiatives we will be bringing forward over the next three months as part of our government’s continuing efforts to improve mental health and addictions services for all Manitobans.”

The ministers announced enhanced and expanded mental health and addictions programming for youth with three new initiatives today. The investments, which total $2.94 million over three years, include:
• $823,000 to the NorWest Youth Hub, to increase mental health and addictions counselling, Indigenous cultural supports, primary health care, as well as recreation and training opportunities for youth aged 14 to 24;
• $621,000 to Project 11, which provides virtual and in-person lessons and activities designed to improve mental health awareness and positive coping strategies for students in kindergarten to Grade 8; and
• $1.5 million to expand the distribution of Thrival Kits to grades 4 to 6 students across the province.

“Investing in the mental health of Manitobans, including youth and children, is a primary commitment of our government,” said Goertzen. “Programs like Project 11 will help make a difference in the lives of young people by giving them the skills they need to maintain and improve their mental health.”

All three initiatives meet various recommendations made in the VIRGO report, the most comprehensive assessment of mental health and addictions services in the province’s history. Almost one in four Manitobans aged 10 and older has a diagnosed mood or anxiety disorder, while 75 per cent of mental illness onsets occur before the age of 24.

“Mental health and addictions are affecting our families, neighbours and friends,” said Stefanson. “We are taking action now and we’ll continue to research, plan and implement initiatives to address the real challenges our communities are facing.”

In total, more than 100 initiatives addressing mental health and addictions have been implemented across all of government since 2016. The Manitoba government invested approximately $566 million in the last fiscal year to mental health and addictions.

Progress is being made behind the scenes on a number of other initiatives that take recommendations from several reports into account including VIRGO, the Illicit Drug Task Force, Tracia’s Trust and the Community Wellness and Public Safety Alliance. Commitments made over the summer as part of the Safer Streets, Safer Lives Action Plan are also moving forward.

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