Healthy Child Manitoba Act


On December 6, 2007, The Healthy Child Manitoba Act was proclaimed in legislation, signaling Manitoba’s on-going commitment to the well-being of children and families.

The HCM Act recognizes that the health and wealth of Manitoba’s future is directly tied to the quality of our investments in our children today.

The HCM Act commits the Government of Manitoba – now and in the future – to inter-sectoral government collaboration, community partnerships, evidence-based decision making, and increased investments in prevention and early intervention, to achieve the best possible outcomes for Manitoba’s children and youth.

Healthy Child Manitoba Structure

Policy Development, Research and Evaluation

Requiring and Disclosing Data and Information

Frequently Asked Questions


The Healthy Child Manitoba Structure

Because no single government department can meet the holistic needs of children and youth as they grow within their families and communities, the Healthy Child Manitoba structure represents a collaborative approach across multiple government departments.

The shared work of these government departments, in collaboration with community partners, is to develop, integrate, implement and evaluate policies, programs and services to help our youngest citizens and their families achieve their fullest potential.

Led by the Healthy Child Committee of Cabinet, the six Government departments that comprise the Healthy Child Manitoba structure include:

    • Education and Training
    • Families
    • Health, Seniors and Active Living
    • Indigenous and Municipal Relations
    • Justice
    • Sport, Culture and Heritage

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Policy and Program Development, Research and Evaluation

The Healthy Child Manitoba strategy for ensuring the best possible outcomes for Manitoba’s children and youth includes a comprehensive system including  programs and services (prenatal to age 18) which are evidenced-based (proven by scientific research), multi-level, universal, targeted and clinical. It is essential that this strategy is measured and monitored across departments to inform future policy development and practice. 

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Requiring and Disclosing Data and Information

The HCM Act mandates the Government of Manitoba to report regularly on children’s development and to monitor the effects of the Healthy Child Manitoba strategy. This information is crucial to making sound decisions and investments for children, youth and families in Manitoba.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Question: Representing a community agency or government department, am I required to gather and provide personal information and personal health information of my organization’s participants to the Healthy Child Manitoba Office?

Answer: Yes. As legislated by the HCM Act, a public body or community partner which is funded under the Healthy Child Manitoba strategy must provide personal information or personal health information to the Healthy Child Manitoba Office upon request for purposes of research and evaluation of the Healthy Child Manitoba strategy. For more information, please refer to section 19.1, section 19.2, and section 20.3 of the HCM Act.

Question: Representing a community agency or government department, how much personal information and personal health information of my organization’s participants am I required to gather and provide to the Healthy Child Manitoba Office?

Answer: As legislated by the HCM Act, the Healthy Child Manitoba Office requests personal information and personal health information for purposes of research and evaluation.  Data sharing agreements between the Healthy Child Manitoba Office, community agencies, and government departments will itemize the necessary personal information and personal health information required for the purposes of its research and evaluation. For more information, please refer to section 18 of the HCM Act.

Question: Is the Healthy Child Manitoba Office authorized to disclose the personal information and personal health information it collects to another public body or government department?

Answer: Yes. As legislated by the HCM Act, the Healthy Child Manitoba Office may disclose personal information or personal health information to another public body or government department for purposes of research and evaluation of the Healthy Child Manitoba Strategy. For more information, please refer to section 20.1, section 19.2, and section 20.3 of the HCM Act.

Question:  Does that mean that if I attend a parenting class they can disclose my personal information to staff of other programs, such as social workers?

Answer:  No.  The sharing of information is for research and evaluation, to help us determine how families in general are doing in Manitoba.  Your specific information will not be shared with any other programs or services that you may be in contact with.

Question: Will the Healthy Child Manitoba Office protect the personal information and personal health information that my agency has provided?


Answer: Yes.  As legislated by the HCM Act, the Healthy Child Manitoba Office operates under the highest standards of practice to ensure that all disclosed personal information or personal health information is protected from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, destruction or alteration. For more information, please refer to section 20.2 of the HCM Act.

 

Related Sections: The Healthy Child Manitoba Act

Section 18: The Healthy Child Manitoba Office must not request or disclose personal information or personal health information under this Act if other information will serve the purpose of the request or disclosure. (Section 18)


Section 19.1: The Healthy Child Manitoba Office may require another public body or a community partner to provide personal information or personal health information to, or collect personal information or personal health information on behalf of, the office for the purpose of researching, planning, implementing, evaluating or monitoring the Healthy Child Manitoba strategy as set out in section 3. (Section 19.1)


Section 19.2: A public body or community partner required to provide or collect personal information or personal health information under subsection (1) must do so. (Section 19.2)       
Section 20.3: Nothing in this section limits the authority of the office to disclose personal information or personal health information where authorized or required to do so by law, including The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or The Personal Health Information Act. (Section 20.3)     

  
Section 20.1: For any of the purposes stated in subsection 19(1), the Healthy Child Manitoba Office may disclose personal information or personal health information to

(a) another public body; or
(b) a government or entity that has entered into an agreement under section 26. (Section 20.1)


Section20.2: An agreement about disclosure of personal information or personal health information referred to in clause (1)(b) must include provisions protecting that information from such risks as unauthorized access, use, disclosure, destruction or alteration. (Section 20.2) 



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Manitoba Education and Training • Manitoba Families • Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living • Manitoba Indigenous and Municipal Relations • Manitoba Justice • Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage / Francophone Affairs / Status of Women