Helpful COVID-19 Resources List for Winnipeggers

United Way Winnipeg is here to help you find the resources you need.

The whole world is going through a truly unprecedented event. While times are uncertain, it’s important to remember help is still available to Winnipeggers in need.

Now, more than ever, it’s crucial that we unite in the face of COVID-19. Supports, such as essential information, health, mental health, and medical resources, assistance with paying bills and applying for EI, are available and ready to be accessed. We have compiled a list here, to help you find the services you need fast.

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Health & Medical

Health Links Info Sante: Contact Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free) if you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Health Links is open 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

If you are feeling unwell, you can check your symptoms online using the online assessment tool.

Community Screening Locations (please note screening locations will not accept walk-in patients. Please call Health Links first).  

How to make your own face mask.

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Employment & Finances

Government of Canada support for workers (Employment Insurance & Sickness Benefit)

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (for individuals & businesses)

Increased Canada Child Tax Benefit

Extra time to file income taxes & pay taxes owing

Increased goods and services tax credit

Eased rules for Registered Retirement Income Funds

Moratorium on repayment of Canada Student Loans

Reduced minimum withdrawals for Registered Retirement Income Funds

SAFE Work Manitoba support for workers

Visit the Employment Standards website for information regarding rights and responsibilities in the workplace.

Under The Workplace Safety and Health Act, workers have the right to refuse work that they reasonably believe constitutes a danger to their safety and health, or that of another person should they perform the task.

Community Unemployed Help Centre provides information, assistance, advice, and representation to individuals dealing with Employment Insurance.

The Canadian Labour Congress has compiled some important resources & supports for Unions and workplaces.

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) covers 75% of an employee’s wages for employers of all sizes and across all sectors who have suffered a drop in gross revenues of at least 15 per cent in March, and 30 per cent in April and May.

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Housing & Monthly Bills

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Education

The Government of Canada has paused the repayment of Canada Student Loans until September 30, 2020, with no accrual of interest

Manitoba student loan payments are frozen for six months until September 30, 2020

K-12 classes are suspended indefinitely for this school year

Most post-secondary education is now being delivered online. University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, and Red River College are offering various student supports.

A new education portal My Learning at Home for parents to help with at-home schooling.

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Childcare & Youth

Essential services workers can be matched with temporary emergency child care in their community

Temporary Child Care Services Grant program to help early childhood educators offer child care services at their homes

Extension of foster care placements & financial support to all youth currently in care who turn 18 between March 20 and Sept. 30.

Parenting arrangements (for families separated or divorced) during COVID-19.

Manitoba ParentZone is a comprehensive website that provides parents with resources and information that reflects best practices in health and child and adolescent development.

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Food & Pharmacy Delivery & Pick-up Programs

Grocery Delivery & Pick-up – Consider ordering your groceries online, or over the phone, to avoid going into the stores.

Pharmacy Delivery – Most pharmacies provide free delivery of prescription medication.

You can also use Help Next Door MB  to request grocery delivery (volunteer based).

Aurora Farm is now offering delivery.

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Local Businesses

See a list of local Winnipeg businesses still operating & providing curbside/delivery

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce & Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce have information, toolkits, planning resources and links to help support organizational response.

The Canadian Payroll Association has developed a Q&A document related to the impacts of COVID-19 on payroll compliance. Topics include completing records of employment, layoffs and EI benefits. 

Many businesses are currently faced with difficult decisions on how to manage their operations when faced with unprecedented business conditions. Visit the Employment Standards website for information regarding rights and responsibilities in the workplace.

The Manitoba Gap Protection Plan is a new program providing small- and medium-sized businesses a non-interest bearing forgivable loan of $6,000 to businesses that do not qualify under federal programs.

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Mental Health Supports

Covid 19 Anxiety Support Line (through the Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba). Call 204-925-0040 or email adam@adam.mb.ca

CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association) has resources and suggestions to support your mental health during this time of uncertainty.

The Klinic Crisis Program operates a variety of crisis phone lines and online support services, providing free and confidential counselling.

Mental Health Support – AbilitiCBT is a new digital therapy program available to all Manitobans experiencing low to mild symptoms of anxiety due to the pandemic.

Sara Riel Warm Line has peer support workers available to talk, provide support and/or suggest possible resources. Call 204-942-9276 between 7pm – 11pm.

Calm In The Storm App – An app for coping with the stresses of life.

SMART Recovery Toolbox provides a variety of methods, worksheets, and exercises to help you self-manage your addiction recovery and your life.

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Parking & Transportation

The city is relaxing parking enforcement on residential streets with parking time restrictions and offering one-hour complimentary parking at all meters

MPI insurance renewals and deactivations can now be done by phone or email 

Active transportation routes expansion for cyclists & pedestrians

Winnipeg Transit service reductions effective May 4

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Community Supports

Help Next Door MB (helpers network)

Support for women’s shelters and sexual assault centers

New Indigenous Community Support Fund – immediate needs of First Nations, Inuit & Metis Nation communities

If your nonprofit, charity or group is looking for volunteers, or if you’d like to volunteer in some capacity, please contact Volunteer Manitoba.

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Recreation & Leisure

The Winnipeg Online Library remains open and is available 24/7 to those with a valid library card.

Online museum & gallery tours:

Go on a virtual tour at Assiniboine Park Zoo.

Manitoba Music Live Streams – a calendar of live stream performances by Manitoba musicians.

Active transportation routes expansion for cyclists & pedestrians.

National Film Board of Canada has an amazing library of films and documentaries to discover.

MB Parks remain open, but public facilities such as bathrooms, playgrounds, picnic areas, etc. are now closed.

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