Community Programs and Corporate Services Division

The Community Programs and Corporate Services Division provides policy development, program direction, funding and statistical information for Employment and Income Assistance ProgramsEarly Learning and Child Care Program, Children’s disABILITY Services, and the Family Violence Prevention Program.

The Division provides centralized internal services to the Department in the areas of legislation and strategic policy, intergovernmental relations and information services, and corporate services such as Emergency Social Services, Business Continuity Planning, Workplace Safety and Health, Department Training, Strategic Initiatives, French Language Services and Disability Access coordination, Space Planning, Human Resource Renewal and divisional financial services. The Division supports an independent office, the Office of the Vulnerable Persons’ Commissioner.

Employment and Income Assistance Programs Branch

The Employment and Income Assistance Programs Branch develops and oversees income support programs for Manitobans in need, as well as programs to assist persons with disabilities and Manitobans in receipt of income assistance to gain greater financial independence through employment. Specifically, the Branch provides leadership, direction, fiscal management and supports for the delivery of income assistance, income supplement programs, vocational rehabilitation and supported employment programs in accordance with relevant legislation and government policy.

Early Learning and Child Care Program 

The Early Learning and Child Care Program oversees licensed early learning and child care in the province. The Branch is committed to the well-being of children and their families by supporting the provision of quality, licensed, play-based early learning and child care programs for children from 12 weeks to 12 years of age.

Children’s disABILITY Services

Children’s disABILITY Services is responsible for policy and program development to support children with disabilities, their families and caregivers. It is a non-statutory, voluntary program that provides assistance to birth, adoptive and extended families caring for children who have developmental and/or lifelong physical disabilities. These supports include individualized services such as respite care, child development services, supplies and equipment, transportation and home/vehicle modifications.

Family Violence Prevention Program

The Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP) promotes the elimination of family violence by providing program and administrative support to community-based agencies running shelters, second-stage housing, women’s resource centres, an information / crisis line, and specialized supports that offer a wide continuum of services across the province.  FVPP works to change societal attitudes about issues related to family violence through public education and training.

Legislation and Strategic Policy Branch

The Branch leads the development of all departmental legislation and provides advice, support and information to the Deputy Minister and senior management on strategic and policy issues that affect the Department.  It also provides policy development services, coordinates and assists with interdepartmental activities, and coordinates and leads all work related to access and privacy for the Department.

Intergovernmental Relations and Information Services Branch

The Branch leads and coordinates Manitoba’ participation in the Federal/Provincial/Territorial social services forum and provides advice, support and information to the Deputy Minister. It also develops and provides the department with web services and technical support, as well as leadership and direction on information, decision support and internal communications related materials.

Corporate Services and Administration

The Branch provides corporate services to the Department such as Business Continuity Planning, Workplace Safety and Health, Department Training, Strategic Initiatives, French Language Services and Disability Access coordination, Space Planning, Human Resource Renewal and divisional financial services.

Office of the Vulnerable Persons’ Commissioner

The Office of the Vulnerable Persons’ Commissioner ensures that the rights of individuals with intellectual disabilities to make decisions affecting their lives are respected and protected through the implementation of the substitute decision making provisions of The Vulnerable Persons Living with a Mental Disability Act (VPA).