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2013

December 16, 2013
Governments of Canada, Manitoba and Winnipeg Invest in New Affordable Housing In City
Winnipeg, Manitoba – A new 92-unit rental housing project in Winnipeg will provide safe, affordable homes for low-income families and seniors. The unique rental housing concept, located at...

December 3, 2013
Province Marks Un International Day Of Persons With Disabilities By Moving Forward To Improve Accessibility For All
New legislation that would remove barriers and improve accessibility for everyone is expected to be read for a third time today...


October 1, 2013
Province Celebrates Economic Contribution of People with Disabilities
The province will celebrate the contributions of people with disabilities to the workforce and the economy during Disability Employment Awareness Month in October, Entrepreneurship, Training and...

August 28, 2013
Manitoba Building and Renewal Plan Invests in Recreation Projects in Southeast Winnipeg
The provincial government is investing in southeast Winnipeg infrastructure that will renew and revitalize many popular recreation facilities and create green spaces for local families, Local...

August 27, 2013
Manitoba Building and Renewal Plan Invests in Recreation Projects in Northwest Winnipeg
The provincial government is investing in northwest Winnipeg infrastructure that will renew and revitalize many popular recreation facilities and create green spaces for local families,...

August 21, 2013
Province Thanks Community Groups, Public for Input on Poverty Strategy
The province is renewing its commitment to help end poverty for more Manitobans and will move forward with the guidance of consultations with the public and community groups, Housing...

August 13, 2013
New Access Road Completed to Tim Horton Youth Camp at Sylvia Lake
SYLVIA LAKE—The province has extended utilities and built an access road to the site of the future Tim Horton Children's Foundation Youth Leadership Camp at Sylvia Lake in Whiteshell...

August 7, 2013
New Park for Royalwood Families
Next summer, children and families in Winnipeg's Royalwood community will be able to enjoy outdoor fun and physical activity at a new recreational playground site, Premier Greg Selinger...

July 12, 2013
Amendments to Optometry Act Allow Optometrists to Prescribe Medication
New legislation coming into effect July 15 will allow optometrists to prescribe and administer drugs to people with certain eye conditions, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today. ...

July 10, 2013
Governments of Canada and Manitoba Celebrate New Affordable Housing for Seniors in Brandon
BRANDON, MANITOBA – A new co-op housing development, that will provide quality and accessible accommodation for low-to-moderate income seniors, was officially opened in Brandon today. ...

July 4, 2013
Province Announces More Than $4 Million for New Playground, Picnic Plaza, Other Grand Beach Provincial Park Expansions
A new natural playground, waterfront family picnic plaza and upgrades that make the beach and boardwalk more accessible to families and people with disabilities will ensure Grand Beach...

July 2, 2013
Families Return to Beliveau Road Housing Complex After $7-million Renewal
A complete revitalization inside and out of Manitoba Housing's Beliveau Road apartments will provide an improved environment for families and bring new life to the community, Housing and...

June 25, 2013
New Initiative Will Help Youth Transitioning ouf of Foster Care Achieve Their Full Potential
Manitoba youth transitioning out of foster care will have access to mentors and professionals to help them with emotional support, money management and preparing for their first jobs thanks...

June 24, 2013
Province Announces New Plain Language Report Cards Coming Home to Parents, Showing Comprehensive Picture of Children's Progress
This week, thousands of parents across the province will receive a new, plain language provincial report card as school breaks for the summer, Education Minister Nancy Allan announced today....

June 6, 2013
Clara Hughes Recreation Park Renovations Will Better Meet the Needs of the Community: Lemieux, Katz
A joint provincial and municipal infrastructure investment of $100,000 will result in a new canteen, multi-purpose space and accessible washrooms as part of renovations at Clara Hughes...

June 3, 2013
Provincial Government Proclaims Manitoba Access Awareness Week
All Manitobans are encouraged to participate in activities and consider ways to make the province more inclusive for everyone, Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard, minister...

May 28, 2013
Mental Health Crisis Response Centre to Provide Critical Help During Times of Need: Premier Manitobans who need urgent help when experiencing a mental health crisis will now be able to easily access the care they need, Premier Greg Selinger announced today at the official opening...

May 16, 2013
Province Invests in New Accessible Play Structure at Windsor School
New provincial funding support will soon see students at Windsor School enjoying a new accessible play structure, Education Minister Nancy Allan announced today. "Community...

May 9, 2013
Modernization of Seatbelt Legislation Would Provide Greater Passenger Safety
Under proposed amendments to the Highway Traffic Act, each passenger would be required to occupy a seat in a motor vehicle and use the seatbelt provided, and passengers in wheelchairs would also...

April 30, 2013
Budget 2013: Building and Improving Manitoba Schools
To meet the needs of families in the growing Waverley West neighbourhood, the province will build an early learning to Grade 8 school in the area that will serve families in this community...

April 25, 2013
New NorWest ACCESS Centre Opens
Families in Winnipeg will now have an easier time finding a family doctor and accessing health and social services all under the same roof, Premier Greg Selinger announced today at the grand...

April 24, 2013
Manitoba Government Introduces Historic Legislation that would Remove Barriers for People with Disabilities
New legislation introduced today would help governments, private-sector businesses and advocacy groups work together to make more places and services barrier free in Manitoba, with the goal of a...

April 12, 2013
Literacy Award to Recognize Exceptional Adult Learners: Premier
Premier Greg Selinger is inviting Manitobans to nominate deserving adult learners for the 2013 Council of the Federation Literacy Award recognizing outstanding achievement in adult literacy. .

April 12, 2013
New Winnipeg Apartment Building to Provide Safe, Affordable Homes for Families and Adults with Mental Health Challenges
Winnipeg, Manitoba –A new 45-unit apartment building in Winnipeg will provide safe, affordable homes for families and for adults with mental health challenges. The building will be...

April 2, 2013
Statement on the Observance of Caregiver Recognition Day by Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs Minister Jim Rondeau
Manitoba is celebrating its second annual Caregiver Recognition Day to honour the valuable contributions of all caregivers in our province.  We are the only jurisdiction in Canada to have a...

March 22, 2013
New 24-unit Kinsmen Apartment Building to Offer Safe, Affordable Homes for Seniors in Oakbank OAKBANK—Seniors will have more opportunities to live productive, full lives in a safe, affordable environment close to family and friends thanks to the construction of a new 24-unit...

March 13, 2013
First Adult Abuse Registry in Canada Protects Vulnerable Manitobans: Ministers
Manitoba's adult abuse registry, the first of its kind in Canada, is now in place to help protect vulnerable adults and patients living in health-care settings from abuse and neglect,...

March 11, 2013
Canada and Manitoba Provide Support for New Affordable Seniors Housing in Dauphin
Dauphin, Manitoba — The Governments of Canada and Manitoba will provide $2.4 million to the Kinsman Villa Group to help develop 40 units of affordable housing for seniors at the...

March 8, 2013
Province Celebrates International Women's Day by Honouring Women Leading Transformative Change
Manitobans are recognizing the importance of increasing women's representation in leadership roles as a way to achieve equality in social, legal, education, health and economic fields,...

March 5, 2013
Independent Investigation Unit Executive Director Appointed
Manitoba has taken the next step in ensuring stronger oversight and more transparent investigations of major incidents and criminal allegations involving police officers with the appointment of Zane Tessler as the first executive director of the Independent Investigation Unit (IIU), Justice Minister Andrew Swan announced today.

January 25, 2013
Governments of Canada and Manitoba Celebrate Affordable Housing for Families in Winnipeg
Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Government of Canada and the today celebrated the construction in progress of Living Gospel Church (LGC) Family Place located at 525/527...

January 21, 2013
Government Accepts Recommendations From Manitoba Accessibility Advisory Council
To ensure Manitobans continue to benefit from the removal of accessibility barriers and to prevent new barriers from being introduced, Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard,...

January 16, 2013
Education Minister Tours Newly Renovated École Viscount Alexander
Education Minister Nancy Allan toured Winnipeg's École Viscount Alexander today to get a glimpse of recent renovations that will provide an improved learning environment for...

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2012

December 4, 2012
Province Supporting Safe and Inclusive Schools by Introducing Strong Anti-bullying Action Plan: Allan
Protecting students from bullying in school, on the street and on the Internet is an important priority for the provincial government, Education Minister Nancy Allan said today as she...

December 3, 2012
Manitoba Proposes to End Exemption Allowing People With Disabilities be Paid Less Than Minimum Wage
Manitoba is introducing an amendment that would eliminate an exemption that allows employees with disabilities to be paid less than the minimum wage, Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer...

November 29, 2012
Provincial Government Helping Manitobans Become More Independent Through Expanding Handi-transit Funding: Lemieux
Manitoba communities will benefit from enhanced funding for handi-transit services to help improve the quality of life for residents, through the expansion of the Regional Incentive Grant under...

November 27, 2012
Manitoba Supports Active Transportation Planning and Development in Rural Communities
Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 27, 2012 – New Active Transportation funding is now available to help rural communities start projects and improve local infrastructure designed to...

November 26, 2012
Provincial Government Introduces Legislative Changes That Would Increase Affordable Housing Options Across the Province
The provincial government has introduced legislative amendments to the Planning Act and the City of Winnipeg Charter that would give municipalities the authority to encourage or require new...

November 8, 2012
DIO E-Newsletter (pdf format)
DIO E-Newsletter (word format)

October 26, 2012
Governments of Manitoba and Canada Celebrate Official Opening of New Affordable Housing in Winnipeg
Winnipeg, Manitoba – The governments of Manitoba and Canada today celebrated the opening of Place La Charrette, a 37-unit building that will enhance housing quality and accessibility for...

October 19, 2012
Province Announces New Initiatives to Help People with Barriers to Employment Get Training, Find Jobs
The Government of Manitoba will help community-based organizations, which support Manitobans with barriers to employment to get training and find jobs by supporting two new initiatives, Premier...

October 17, 2012
Province Announces More Emergency Beds, New Placement Website to Speed Access to Foster Homes
More emergency group-home beds and a new website to connect foster parents with children who need a temporary place to stay while waiting for a permanent placement will ensure children...

October 15, 2012
Age-friendly Manitoba Initiatives to Provide New Support for Communities Working to Make Life Better for Seniors: Premier
Age-friendly communities are now eligible to receive grants to continue improvements that make life better for seniors, as part of an enhancement to the Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative, Premier...

October 12, 2012
New Portage la Prairie Apartment Complex to Provide Affordable Homes for People Dealing With Mental Illness
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE—Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross celebrated with residents here today at the grand opening of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s...

October 10, 2012
Crafting accessibility law meaningful for minister: Howard felt 'excluded and frustrated' at concert
Manitobans have until October 21st to comment on new legislation that aims to outlaw the exclusion of people with disabilities...

October 1, 2012
Province Announces 2013 Community Places Program to Help Upgrade Recreational Facilities Across Manitoba

October 1, 2012
New Home for Canadian Mental Health Association Winnipeg Region Now Open
Representatives from the Canadian Mental Health Association Winnipeg Region (CMHAW) and other mental health partners joined Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs Minister Jim Rondeau...

September 20, 2012
Province Moves to Increase Safety for People With Disabilities: Howard
Elevating devices for people with physical disabilities, except those in private homes, are now being held to the same level of scrutiny as elevators and must have regular inspections and a...

July 13, 2012
Province to Build 80-bed, Personal Care Home in Lac du Bonnet
Lac Du Bonnet—A new 80-bed, $32-million personal care home here will build on the province’s comprehensive $200-million strategy to improve long-term care for seniors across...

June 26, 2012
Governments of Canada and Manitoba Celebrate Official Opening of New Affordable Housing in La Broquerie
La Broquerie, Manitoba– The Governments of Canada and Manitoba today celebrated the opening of Le Chalet de La Broquerie, a 24-unit building that will enhance housing quality and...

June 13, 2012
Government Making Progress Toward Ensuring All Manitobans Have Access to Family Doctors by 2015: Premier
Manitoba is moving forward to train and hire more doctors and nurse practitioners, build more clinics and improve access to care as part of its plan to ensure all Manitobans have access to a...

June 8, 2012
Telehealth Coming to Winnipegosis
Families in the Winnipegosis area will soon be connected to the MBTelehealth program, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today. MBTelehealth uses two-way video communication to...

May 23, 2012
Province Moves to Strengthen Human Rights Code
Changes to Manitoba’s Human Rights Code would ensure Manitobans are further protected from discrimination based on gender identity and disadvantaged social status, while improving the...

May 11, 2012
Province Announces Provincewide Expansion of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Services
Manitoba will double the capacity of a respected fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) support program and expand FASD diagnostic capacity in northern and rural communities as part of new funding for its five-year FASD strategy, Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief announced today.

April 27, 2012
Manitoba Caregiver Consultation
The Minister of Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs, the Honourable Jim Rondeau announced on the first Caregiver Recognition Day that the province will begin consulting with informal caregivers from across Manitoba. The information collected on various topics such as caregiver needs, supports and recognition will help inform the province as it continues to support informal caregivers.

April 26, 2012
Province Providing More Prescription Drug Coverage
The province is adding more prescription drugs to give Manitobans more choice and ease the burden of prescription drug costs for patients and families, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.

April 16, 2012
Morden-Winkler Public Consultations - Domestic Violence Strategy
Manitoba Status of Women is holding public consultation across the province on domestic violence. We want to hear the ideas and opinions of a range of stakeholders and individuals on how to reduce violence and improve services for people affected by domestic violence.

April 10, 2012
Province Announces Mental-Health Court to Begin in May
A special court that works with individuals whose mental-health issues are causing them to be involved in crime will begin hearing cases on May 10, supported by expanded mental-health services put in place by the province, provincial court Chief Judge Ken Champagne, Justice Minister Andrew Swan and Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.

April 10, 2012
Enhanced Support for Manitobans Requiring Help Obtaining Employment and Income Assistance
Unemployed Manitobans who need assistance to obtain employment insurance benefits will have a stronger advocate in an enhanced Community Unemployed Help Centre (CUHC), Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade Minister Peter Bjornson announced today.

February 13, 2012
Province Announces Support for Arts Program Supporting Mental Health and Social Connections
Artbeat Studio Inc. will receive $20,000 from the Urban Art Centres Program to support Studio Central, a community initiative that increases arts opportunities with a focus on mental-health promotion, Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Flor Marcelino announced today.

January 20, 2012
Governments of Canada and Manitoba Celebrate 34 New Affordable Co-op Housing Units for Seniors in Brandon
The Governments of Canada and Manitoba today announced $2.03 million in joint funding for a new affordable co-op housing development. The 34 units will enhance housing quality and accessibility for seniors in Brandon. Celebrations took place at a groundbreaking ceremony.
*All units are designed for wheelchair, walker usage.

January 11, 2012
Province Supports Families Affected by Alzheimer's Disease with new Funding for First Link Program
Over the next three years, the province will provide $555,000 to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba (ASM) to support the delivery of First Link, a new program that provides information, education and supports to people and families affected by Alzheimer's disease or related dementia, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.

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2011

December 2, 2011
Accessibility Advisory Council Members Announced
At a Winnipeg forum organized by the provincial (DIO) to recognize the United Nations International Day for Persons with Disabilities tomorrow, Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard, minister responsible for persons with disabilities, today announced the membership of the 12-person Accessibility Advisory Council, appointed to help identify, remove or prevent barriers faced by people with disabilities.

November 25, 2011
Province Announces Human Rights Compliant Against Manitoba Developmental Centre Settled
The Province of Manitoba, Community Living Manitoba (CLM) and the Manitoba Office of the Public Trustee have agreed to a mediated settlement that resolves a human rights complaint involving the Manitoba Developmental Centre (MDC), Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.

November 23, 2011
New Grants Support Regional Handi-Transit Services in Rural Manitoba Communities
The province is launching a new grant to support the delivery of regional handi-transit services in communities across Manitoba, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.

November 18, 2011
Governments of Canada and Manitoba Help Youth in The Pas Prepare for the Job Market
Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job preparation training and work experience through federal-provincial support for an employment project.  The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Minister responsible for Manitoba, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and the Honourable Peter Bjornson, Minister of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade for Manitoba, made the announcement today.

June 29, 2011
Province Releases Mental-Health Strategic Plan, Creates Trauma Resource Centre
The province has released its new provincial mental-health strategic plan and will invest more than $400,000 to implement initiatives such as establishing a trauma resource centre to strengthen mental-health services in Manitoba, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.

June 28, 2011
Province Launches Five-Year Thrive! Strategy to Help Manitobans With Autism Sprectrum Disorders
The Manitoba government is launching a five-year strategy called Thrive! to support Manitobans affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh and Education Minister Nancy Allan announced today.

June 24, 2011
Province Breaks Ground on New Women's Hospital, Releases New Women's Health Strategy
A groundbreaking ceremony has been held to signal construction will soon be underway on the new Women’s Hospital at the Health Sciences Centre, and a new Manitoba Women’s Health Strategy will provide a foundation for improving the health and well-being of women in Manitoba, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.

June 21, 2011
Governments of Canada and Manitoba Provide Funding for Renovations to Manitoba Housing Properties
Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Governments of Canada and Manitoba today announced almost $19 million in joint funding for renovations to social housing throughout Manitoba. The 7,623 renovated units will enhance housing quality and accessibility for low-income residents in 42 communities across the province.

June 16, 2011
Planning for the Future of the Manitoba Developmental Centre Underway
A stakeholder implementation committee has been struck to move ahead a new, long-term plan for the Manitoba Developmental Centre (MDC), located in Portage la Prairie, Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.

June 9, 2011
Job Training, Children's Opti-Care, Transit Assistance Among New Initiatives to Help Manitobans Escape Welfare
Fourteen new initiatives under the province's ALL Aboard poverty-reduction strategy, including an opti-care plan for children, will help more Manitobans get off and stay off welfare, Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh, Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, and Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard announced today.

Opti-Care Backgrounder

June 8, 2011
Mental-Health Court to be Established
The province is investing more than $600,000 to establish a special court to work with accused whose mental-health issues are the likely cause of their criminal behaviour and is expanding mental‑health services to better support these individuals, Justice Minister Andrew Swan, Health Minister Theresa Oswald and provincial court Chief Judge Ken Champagne announced today.

June 2, 2011
Province Proposes Legislation to Create an Accessibility Advisory Council
The Manitoba government is taking action to create greater accessibility for people with disabilities and all Manitobans who face barriers in everyday life, Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard, minister responsible for persons with disabilities, announced today.

May 12, 2011
Tought New Measures Proposed to Protect Manitobans With Intellectual Disabilities
Canada's First Adult Abuse Registry, New Offences for Abuse, Neglect, Mandatory Reporting Proposed Manitoba is proposing a new adult abuse registry as well as tough new offences and penalties to better protect adults with intellectual disabilities, Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.

View Adult Abuse Registry Backgrounder

April 7, 2011
Province Announces Community Places Grants of $4.5 Million to Support Community Construction Projects
Provincial funding of $4.5 million to improve and create safe recreational, wellness and cultural facilities will be distributed to 328 not-for-profit groups through Manitoba's Community Places Program, Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross announced today.

March 31, 2011
Building Code Changes to Make Homes, Buildings Safew, Healthier, More Accessible
Manitoba will adopt the 2010 national building codes, which include improved safety and energy-efficiency requirements plus universal design elements that will ensure improved accessibility, Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard, minister responsible for the Office of the Fire Commissioner and minister responsible for persons with disabilities, announced today.

March 11, 2011
Manitoba to Host First Conference of Ministers Responsible for Persons With Disabilities
Manitoba will host the first conference of provincial and territorial ministers responsible for persons with disabilities and ministers responsible for human rights March 14 and 15, Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard, minister responsible for persons with disabilities and status of women, and Justice Minister Andrew Swan announced today.

March 8, 2011
International Women's Day Celebrates 100th Anniversary
Achievements of Women with Disabilities Honoured at Ceremony Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard, minister responsible for the status of women, joined Manitobans at the Legislative Building today in celebrating International Women's Day (IWD) 2011 with a special program and public reception honouring the achievements of women with disabilities.

January 24, 2011
Three Levels of Government Announce Funding For New Affordable and Supportive Housing
The Government of Canada, the and the City of Winnipeg today announced $2.27 million in funding for the WestEnd Commons, a 24-unit affordable housing project being developed by St. Matthews Non Profit Housing Inc. and the Grain of Wheat Church Community.

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2010

December 3, 2010
Winnipeg Housing and Homelessness Initiative Celebrates 37 New Affordable Housing Units For Families And People With Disabilities
Winnipeg, Manitoba - The Governments of Canada and Manitoba, and the City of Winnipeg today announced $10.7 million in funding for Place La Charette, a new affordable housing project to be managed by Ten Ten Sinclair Housing Inc. The 37 new units will enhance housing quality and accessibility for families and people with disabilities in Winnipeg.

November 23, 2010
New Fund Supports Expansion of Public Transit in Small Manitoba Communities
The province is launching a new fund to support public transit in small communities across Manitoba, Premier Greg Selinger announced today. The Small Communities Transit Fund is being created with help from $1 million in federal gas taxes over a four-year period from 2010-11 to 2013-14.

October 15, 2010
Province Pushes Forward on Multiple Fronts for People Living with MS

An investment in multiple sclerosis (MS) care and research, and coverage for an important MS drug, was announced by Health Minister Theresa Oswald today including setting aside $500,000 for clinical trials of chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) treatment, if and when scientific evidence demonstrates that trials are safe and appropriate.

October 7, 2010
Improved Access to Health and Social Services to be Provided for St. James Area
A new multi-service centre called ACCESS St. James will be located on the Grace Hospital grounds, the fifth provincial one-stop health and social services centre in Winnipeg, Health Minister Theresa Oswald and Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.

September 27, 2010
Province Announces Its Second Neighbourhood for Waverley West
Up to 1,150 Lots to be Offered In Bridgwater Lakes: Irvin-Ross More housing options will become available in Winnipeg with the development of the province's second neighbourhood in Waverley West, Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin Ross announced today

September 9, 2010
Province Announces Expanded Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Strategy on International FASD Awareness Day
A new intervention program designed to help prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies was announced today by Healthy Living, Youth and Seniors Minister Jim Rondeau as he welcomed the Norway House FASD awareness walkers.

August 23, 2010
Province Announces Children's Services Being Brought Together Under One Roof
A new site offering integrated special services for young people with disabilities and special needs will come to fruition with a $16.7-million provincial investment, Health Minister Theresa Oswald and Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.

August 13, 2010
Community Gathers to Celebrate Grand Opening of the Newly Renovated and Expanded North Centennial Recreation and Leisure Facility
Winnipeg, MB—Minister of State (Democratic Reform) Steven Fletcher, Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Flor Marcelino, and Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz today participated in a community celebration to officially open the North Centennial Recreation & Leisure Facility at 90 Sinclair St.

August 11, 2010
Manitoba Adds New Drugs to Pharmacare for Cancer, Diabetes, HIV and Depression
Manitobans with serious medical conditions including cancer, diabetes, depression, hypertension,SWAN RIVER, MANITOBA, January 8, 2010—The governments of Canada and Manitoba are helping those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness build a stronger future for themselves.

June 17, 2010
Province Commits to Creation of New Abuse Registry to Better Protect Seniors, Vulnerable Persons: Ministers
Manitoba is developing Canada’s first registry of people who abuse vulnerable adults including seniors, and people with disabilities or mental illnesses, Healthy Living, Youth and Seniors Minister Jim Rondeau, Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh and Family Services and Labour Jennifer Howard, minister responsible for persons with disabilities, announced today.

May 21, 2010
Governments of Canada and Manitoba help youth, low-income individuals and immigrants in Winnipeg prepare for labour market
Local youth along with low-income individuals and immigrants who face barriers to employment will get job-preparation training and work experience through federal-provincial funding of $356,102 for an employment project.

May 4, 2010
Manitoba Invests In New Youth Suicide-prevention Initiatives
The province is investing over $1.7 million in suicide-prevention initiatives this year as part of its $8-million commitment to reducing youth suicide in Manitoba, Healthy Living, Youth and Seniors Minister Jim Rondeau and Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.

May 3, 2010
Proposed Amendments to Protection for Persons in Care Act Would Improve Patient Safety for More Manitobans: Oswald
A proposed amendment to the Protection for Persons in Care Act would expand the reporting requirements to include adult patients receiving care in emergency departments, urgent-care centres in health-care facilities and geriatric day hospitals, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.

April 21, 2010
Day Camps for Children with FASD Launches at Four Sites Across Manitoba
New respite day camps called Stepping Out on Saturdays – Manitoba (S.O.S. Manitoba) will open their doors to children and families affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in four communities across the province, Healthy Living, Youth and Seniors Minister Jim Rondeau and Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.

April 9, 2010
Province Invests $950 Million This Year in ALL Aboard Poverty Reduction Strategy
The province is committing $950 million this year to fighting poverty and promoting opportunities for low-income Manitobans including more than 30 new initiatives and program enhancements, Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross and Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.
BackgrounderALL Aboard highlights (MS Word DOC format)

April 8, 2010
Rent Supplement for Manitobans with Mental-health Issues Expanded to Entire Province
Manitobans throughout the province with mental-health issues now have access to a rent supplement that will support them in their search to find and keep appropriate housing, Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross announced today.

April 7, 2010
Budget 2010's Five-year Economic Plan to Provide 400 More Social Housing Units This Year
Budget 2010 includes funding to create 400 additional social housing units as part of the Manitoba government’s commitment to create 1,500 units in the province over the next five years, Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross announced today.

April 1, 2010
Contract Awarded for Brandon Housing Project
Brandon families will soon have improved access to affordable housing as a result of a provincial HOMEWorks! investment of more than $6.5 million for a 24-unit family housing project, Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross announced today.

April 1, 2010
Contract Awarded for Brandon Housing Project
Brandon families will soon have improved access to affordable housing as a result of a provincial HOMEWorks! investment of more than $6.5 million for a 24-unit family housing project, Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross announced today.

March 26, 2010
Province Continues to Improve the Manitoba Provincial Parks Experience
Visitors to provincial parks and campgrounds will continue to see more improvements to facilities to make their stay more enjoyable, Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie announced today.

March 11, 2010
Manitoba Consumers' Bureau Issues Alert
The Manitoba Consumers’ Bureau is advising caution when dealing with individuals and companies charging a fee for assistance in completing and filing forms for the federal Disability Tax Credit.

March 11, 2010
Manitoba Supports United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons With Disabilities
Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard, minister responsible for persons with disabilities, today applauded Canada's decision to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

March 11, 2010
Minister Announces New Program That Makes Lucentis Available to Manitobans at No Cost
Manitoba Health will soon provide funding for Lucentis, a treatment used to prevent and reverse eye damage, through a centralized vision program, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.

January 29, 2010
Winnipeg Beach Provincial Park campground expansion underway
Work on Infrastructure Begins At Accessible Family-oriented Campground

January 8, 2010
Federal And Provincial Investments Help Alleviate Homelessness In Manitoba
SWAN RIVER, MANITOBA, January 8, 2010—The governments of Canada and Manitoba are helping those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness build a stronger future for themselves.

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2009

December 23, 2009
Province Announces Community Places Grant Applications Now Available
Grant applications for Manitoba's popular Community Places program will be available today and will be accepted until Feb. 15, Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross said.

December 10, 2009
Minister Congratulates Winnipeg School Board on Official Opening of Robertson School Additions and Renovations
Education Minister Nancy Allan has congratulated the Winnipeg School Division on the official opening of an addition and renovation project at Robertson School which will take place tonight.

December 8, 2009
New Leading-Edge Programs Help Low-Income Families Prepare for Work: Mackintosh
A pair of pilot projects that help low-income families participate in recreational activities and support single parents experiencing mental-health issues are already showing positive results, Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.

December 8, 2009
New Website Helps Manitobans Determine Eligibility for Financial Benefits, Find Social Services
A new website gives Manitobans a quick and easy way to find information about financial benefits and social services offered by the province, Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.

December 3, 2009
Province Celebrates International Day For Persons With Disabilities
Manitoba celebrated the United Nations Day of Persons with Disabilities with the launch of a new website for the Office of the Vulnerable Persons' Commissioner, a new training video to address the needs of people with disabilities in emergency situations and continued funding support for the Canadian Paraplegic Association, Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard, minister responsible for persons with disabilities, announced today.

December 1, 2009
Province Announces Increase In Benefits For Victims Of Catastrophic Auto Crashes
Since the beginning of November, 119 out of 120 Manitobans catastrophically injured in vehicle crashes have already received their share of $14 million in additional benefits, Attorney General Andrew Swan, minister responsible for Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI), said today.

November 24, 2009
Province Seeks Community Feedback To Strengthen All Aboard Poverty-Reduction Strategy
The Manitoba government has launched a series of public consultations on its new strategy to reduce poverty called ALL Aboard, Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh and Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross announced today.

November 23, 2009
Governments of Canada, Manitoba and Winnipeg Mark National Housing Day with Funding for 10 More Affordable Homes for Winnipeg's Inner City
The Government of Canada, the and the City of Winnipeg are making a joint investment to create new affordable homes for Aboriginal families in Winnipeg.

November 23, 2009
Manitoba Builds on Commitment to Address Homelessness with Street Outreach
Manitoba will increase supports and services that will help move hundreds of people struggling with homelessness into transitional or long-term housing, Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross announced today.

October 8, 2009
The Service Animal Protections Act Announcement
The is pleased to announce that on October 8, 2009, a new law was passed by Manitoba’s Legislature to protect Manitoba guide dogs and other service animals, such as search-and-rescue dogs. The Service Animals Protection Act  makes it a criminal offence to interfere with service animals or to allow other animals to do so without consent.

With the passing of this Act, Manitoba has become the first province in Canada to have specific legislation dealing with the interference with service animals. We hope that this new legislation draws attention to the value of the work done by these animals and the serious impact of interference with a service animal team.

September 21, 2009
Province Proclaims Legislation to Strengthen Protection for Students with Life-Threatening Allergies
Amendments to the Public Schools Act and the Education Administration Act that will come into force Nov. 1 will formalize the requirement that Manitoba school divisions have policies to protect students with life-threatening allergies, Education, Citizenship and Youth Minister Peter Bjornson announced today.

September 9, 2009
Province Increases Diagnostic Services, Support for Manitobans with FASD
Up to 30 Per Cent More Children to be Assessed, Resources Enhanced to Help Prevent Disorder: Mackintosh

August 11, 2009
Province Moves Forward with Canada's First Mental-Health Crisis-Response Centre
Canada's first stand-alone, mental-health crisis-response centre is moving forward with a proposed location on the Health Sciences Centre campus where it will provide centralized services while easing pressure on emergency room visits, Premier Gary Doer announced today.

June 24, 2009
$24-Million for More and Better Affordable Homes in Downtown Winnipeg: Mackintosh, Toews
Province Launches New Long-term Strategy Backed by $327-million Investment

June 8, 2009
Legislators look to Protect Guide Dogs and Other Service Animals
Sharon Blady, the MLA for Kirkfield Park, introduced a private member's bill in the legislature today that would protect guide dogs and other service animals such as search-and-rescue dogs. The proposed legislation, the first of its kind in Canada, would make it an offence to interfere with service animals or to allow other animals to do so without consent.

June 5, 2009
$5 Million Improvements for Winnipeg Beach, Largest Parks Investment in Decades: Struthers, Bezan
New Campground Expansion Includes Accessible Sites for People with Disabilities

June 5, 2009
Affordable Housing in Manitoba gets a $192-Million Boost
The Government of Canada and the are partnering on a joint investment to build new and renovate existing affordable housing.

June 4, 2009
$30-Million Strategy Opening Doors for Manitobans with Disabilities: Mackintosh
New Investments Kick-start Consultations To Build Foundation for Comprehensive Strategy

May 21, 2009
Province marks 10 Years of Fighting Poverty with New Strategy Called All Aboard
Vision Sets Goals for Affordable Housing, Training, Jobs and Healthy Families: Selinger, Mackintosh

May 21, 2009
Province Launches Homeless Strategy with Focus on Mental-Health Housing
Up to 2,000 Manitobans to Benefit from 285 More Mental-health Housing Units, 600 to Benefit from New Portable Housing Benefit: Ministers.

April 6, 2009
Amendments Proposed to Residential Tenancies Act
Finance Minister Greg Selinger today introduced proposed amendments to Manitoba's Residential Tenancies Act which include provisions which would allow landlords to request a pet deposit.

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2008

December 3, 2008
Manitobans with disabilities to employers: "See what I can do, not what I can't"

Province Launches marketAbilities Campaign as Part of a $3.2-million Reform Package For Jobs, Dignity on International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Mackintosh

November 21, 2008
Rewarding Work Strategy To Reduce Rent Burden, Help Build Savings For Low-Income Manitobans In Uncertain Times: Mackintosh

The province is committing $3 million to help people escape poverty through housing stability and asset building, Family Services and Housing Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.

November 19, 2008
Community Places Grant Applications Now Available

Grant applications for Manitoba's popular Community Places program are being accepted until Feb. 15, Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport Minister Eric Robinson said today.

October 2, 2008
New Caregiver Tax Credit Now In Effect

Credit Delivers More Support For Manitoba Families

September 9, 2008
Province Launches Spectrum Connections, A First-In-Canada Mobile Support Team For People With FASD

The province today launched Spectrum Connections, a first-of-its-kind program of community-based services, supports and preventive initiatives for Manitobans living with fetal alcohol spectrum

August 28, 2008
Manitoba Reaches Agreement With Federal Government To Implement Jordan's Principle

The province has reached an agreement with the federal government to implement Jordan’s Principle in Manitoba so that First Nations children with multiple disabilities will continue to receive needed care without delays or disruptions resulting from jurisdictional disputes, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.

August 28, 2008
New One-Stop Health Access Centre In The Works For West Winnipeg: Ministers

Residents of west Winnipeg will have improved access to primary health care and community services with the development of a new ACCESS health service centre in St. James, Health Minister Theresa…

May 6, 2008
Province Acknowledges Progress in Fight on Poverty, But There is More To Do: Mackintosh

The poverty rate for Manitoba children living in single-mother families plummeted by 63 per cent from 1999 to 2006, the biggest reduction in Canada, according to figures just released by Statistics Canada.

May 1, 2008
AFFORDABLE HOUSING STRATEGY AT WORK TO BUILD, REHABILITATE OR REPAIR 1,366 UNITS: MACKINTOSH

Allocated $39 Million In Year One, $48 Million More Allocated in Year Two Including Funds to Build First Manitoba Housing Multi-family Housing in 15 Years

February 29, 2008
Province Supports 'Man In Motion' Rick Hansen With $3 Million For Spinal Cord Injury Research, Quality Of Life
People living with a spinal cord injury will benefit from increased support at the community level for research and an improved quality of life as a result of a $3-million investment in Rick Hansen's Going Forward Together legacy initiative, Premier Gary Doer announced today.

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2007

December 3, 2007
Marketabilities Means More Opportunities for Manitobans with Disabilities: Mackintosh

People with disabilities will now have more of the supports they need to find meaningful employment through a comprehensive initiative announced today by Family Services and Housing Minister Gord Mackintosh, minister responsible for persons with disabilities, and Finance Minister Greg Selinger, minister responsible for the civil service.

November 28, 2007
Community Places Program Increases By 50 Per Cent To $4.5 Million For Neighbourhood Improvements

The successful Community Places Program now has an additional $1.5 million to support local community plans, Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport Minister Eric Robinson announced today.

November 19, 2007
Expanded Access To Legislative Building A Canadian First

The Manitoba Legislative Building has become the first legislative building in Canada to provide full access at its front doors with the completion of a universal access ramp at the front entrance, Premier Gary Doer announced today.

October 17, 2007
Province Fights Poverty With Jobs: Ministers

Rewarding Work Invests $4.75 Million To Remove Barriers to Employment

June 12, 2007
Province Announces $5.4 Million To Replace Handi-Transit Vehicles In Manitoba Communities

Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Steve Ashton announced today that 65 municipalities across the province will receive $5.4 million for the cost of replacing handi-transit vehicles.

April 10, 2007
'Rewarding work' to help low-income working families, and move more Manitobans from welfare to work: Mackintosh

Filling thousands of job vacancies and increasing family prosperity are the objectives of a ground-breaking, four-year action plan to move Manitobans from welfare to work, Family Services and Housing Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.

March 16, 2007
Transport Canada invites seniors and persons with disabilities to join the Advisory Committee on accessible transportation

The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today invited applications from seniors and persons with disabilities wishing to serve as committee members on the modernized Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation. The committee has a mandate to identify obstacles and emerging issues in the national transportation system that impact accessibility and to advise the Minister on accessibility issues and initiatives.

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2006

December 1, 2006
Disabled Manitobans to enter Legislative Building's front door

Access for people with disabilities to Manitoba's Legislative Building will be improved with the construction of a wheelchair ramp at the building's front entrance, Premier Gary Doer announced today.

September 22, 2006
Accessible Apartments For Low- To Moderate-Income Manitobans Officially Open In Steinbach, Manitoba

A new apartment complex in Steinbach opened today creating more affordable housing for low- to moderate-income Manitobans. The apartments will also be accessible for people with disabilities. The project is being supported with more than $1.5 million from the Canada-Manitoba Affordable Housing Initiative (AHI).

September 14, 2006
Construction Begins On $23-Million Redevelopment Of Selkirk Mental Health Centre

Healthy Living Minister Theresa Oswald participated in a ground-breaking ceremony here today to mark the beginning of construction of an estimated $23-million redevelopment of the Selkirk Mental Health Centre.

August 21, 2006
Province Provides Improvements For People With Disabilities On Employment And Income Assistance: Melnick

Manitobans with disabilities living in an institution or hospital can now use certain lump sum payments to improve their quality of life without affecting their Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) benefits. In addition, further changes will exempt Canada Access Grants for Persons with Permanent Disabilities if recipients are receiving EIA, Family Services and Housing Minister Christine Melnick, minister responsible for persons with disabilities, announced today.

July 24, 2006
Unique Inner-city Project will Create Needed, New Accommodations for Low-income People

Low-income residents of Winnipeg's inner city will have access to more affordable housing with the construction of "pocket suites" through a new pilot project developed by S.A.M. (Properties) Inc. in collaboration with several community organizations. The project is being funded with over $1 million from the Government of Canada, the and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Housing and Homelessness Initiative (WHHI).

June 2, 2006
Affordable housing project announced for Ste. Anne

Lower-income Manitobans and those with mental health-care needs in the Ste. Anne area will soon benefit from the construction of a new affordable-housing project. The project is being supported with $1.4 million from the Canada-Manitoba Affordable Housing Initiative (AHI).

March 13, 2006
Melnick Announces Over $22.4 Million to Improve Quality of Life for People With Disabilities, Low-income Manitobans

More low-income families, Manitobans with disabilities and seniors will benefit from $22.4 million in additional provincial funding including the first step of a new shelter allowance to help with housing costs, Family Services and Housing Minister Christine Melnick, minister responsible for persons with disabilities, announced today.

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2005

November 2, 2005
Legislation in force today on appropriate educational programming

Education, Citizenship and Youth Minister Peter Bjornson announced today that regulations for Bill 13, The Public Schools Amendment Act, Appropriate Educational Programming are now in effect to support appropriate education for all students.

September 26, 2005
Additional housing for people with disabilities officially opened in downtown winnipeg

New housing units that are more accessible to people with disabilities were officially opened today by Family Services and Housing Minister Christine Melnick, minister responsible for persons with disabilities.

September 22, 2005
New housing consultation service to be offered by province to promote accessible housing

The province will provide design expertise to help make new homes more accessible and visitable for people with disabilities, Family Services and Housing Minister Christine Melnick, minister responsible for persons with disabilities, announced today.

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2004

December 10, 2004
Province announces major investment for Portage la Prairie's Manitoba developmental centre

Family Services and Housing Minister Christine Melnick announced here today a multi-year plan to invest approximately $40 million to redevelop the Manitoba Developmental Centre (MDC) and enhance the living environment for its residents.

September 14, 2004
Consultations to be held this fall on inclusive education and dispute resolution

Education, Citizenship and Youth Minister Peter Bjornson today announced consultations will be held this fall to develop regulations for appropriate educational programming and dispute resolution in Manitoba schools.

September 10, 2004
Minister Responsible for Persons With Disabilities Announces New Employment Strategy at World Summit

Manitobans will benefit from the launch of a new employment strategy and additional funds for preschool children with autism, Christine Melnick, minister responsible for persons with disabilities, announced today while addressing delegates at the Disabled Persons International World Summit being held at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

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2003

December 3, 2003
Manitoba opens new on International Day of Disabled Persons

The province's first ever was opened today by Christine Melnick, minister responsible for persons with disabilities, at a special event marking the International Day of Disabled Persons. The province also announced interim grants that total $374,600 to support the Mobility Disadvantaged Transportation Program and funding in support of Winnipeg's handi-transit service.

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2002

June 19, 2002
First ever round table meetings to discuss disability issues commence

Representatives of more than 60 community groups from across Manitoba are gathered in Winnipeg today to discuss disability issues that will help direct the long-term priorities of the Manitoba government.

April 4, 2002
Province introduces new policy for universal access building design

Representatives of more than 60 community groups from across Manitoba are gathered in Winnipeg today to discuss disability issues that will help direct the long-term priorities of the Manitoba government.

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