Step 1 - Before you Apply to Court

  • Complete the For the Sake of the Children program and get a Certificate of Attendance. This is mandatory. You must complete the course.

    It may be helpful to your case if you provide a clear criminal record search and a clear child abuse registry check to the court.
  • Apply for a Criminal Record Search Certificate (fee - $32.50)

    In person at:
    Bureau of Police Records
    Public Safety Building
    151 Princess Street (at William Avenue)
    Winnipeg, MB R3C 2Z7
    Online at: Criminal Record Search
  • Apply in person or by mail for a Manitoba Child Abuse Registry Check (fee - $10)

    Child Protection Branch
    Manitoba Family Services
    102-114 Garry Street
    Winnipeg, MB R3C 1G1
    Phone: 204-945-6967 or toll free 1-800-282-8069
    TTY: 204-945-4796 or 1-800-855-0511 (Manitoba Relay Service)
    Email: car@gov.mb.ca
    By fax: 204-948-2222

    When applying in person bring two pieces of identification.

    To download the application, go to: Child Abuse Registry.
 
“Take care of your own health. It’s no good if you aren’t well enough to see your grandkids.”

For the Sake of the Children: Required

In most cases, anyone applying for access must complete the For the Sake of the Children parent information program before applying to the court for access. It is in the best interests of the children that everyone involved has accurate information about the many issues regarding children and access to them.
 
People living within 100 kilometres of Winnipeg or Brandon must attend the program in person. However, those living in, or within 80 kilometres (on all-weather roads) of Dauphin, Flin Flon, Swan River, The Pas or Thompson, may attend the program in person (at the designated location for their area) or view the CDRom version of the program at the same location.
 
At the end of the program, each participant receives a signed certificate that must be filed in court by 2 p.m. at least two days before the hearing date of the application to seek access.

Exceptions

Parties do not have to attend For the Sake of the Children only:
  • when access is not opposed
  • when all parties consent to the access order
  • when a grandparent has attended the program (or a similar program from a different jurisdiction) within the past two years, and it has been approved by a Family Conciliation Services official
  • when the judge has waived the requirement to take the program
Even when not required, it is always a good idea for grandparents seeking access to attend this program as early as possible. Ultimately, it can provide them with useful information and possibly help their case.
 
For Queen’s Bench Rules dealing with attending the For the Sake of the Children program, see Appendix B.