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United Way Winnipeg donors working with the Manitoba Government to invest $4,900,000 in post-pandemic mental health and addiction recovery supports

February 17, 2022


Growing mental health and addiction crisis in our province gets much-needed funding boost

To help address the growing mental health, addiction crisis, and recovery needs of people across the province, the Manitoba government has partnered with United Way Winnipeg.

With a $2M contribution from the Province and $2.9M from United Way Winnipeg donors, a total of $4.9M in funding has been provided to support 45 community-based initiatives, Sarah Guillemard, Minister responsible for Mental Health and Community Wellness, announced.

“We are committed to rapidly and effectively improving access and coordination of mental health and addictions services in Manitoba, and this can only happen with a coordinated and holistic approach.

Together with many community agencies, we’re already doing so much valuable work to make a lasting difference in peoples’ lives, and this investment will mean we can do even more together to address the critical need for accessible, culturally sensitive, and timely mental health and addiction services for Manitobans who need them.”

The Manitoba government has engaged with about 3000 Manitobans to receive a broad range of perspectives on the most-needed post-pandemic mental health and addiction recovery services, programs, and supports to serve Manitobans in their lives at home, at work, and in their communities.

This funding partnership has enabled community-based organizations to receive up to $225,000 over a three-year period to address significant needs such as counselling wait times and culturally relevant mental health and addiction service provision.

“There are so many in our community who struggle with their mental health, and we know the pandemic has triggered new challenges for others. With a heartfelt “thank you” to United Way Winnipeg donors, and this special partnership with the Province, even more people will have access to much-needed services to support their mental health and well-being. By working together, united as a community, we are able to go further towards our shared goal of leaving no one behind,” said Connie Walker, President and CEO of United Way Winnipeg.

The new funding is expected to increase capacity and offer better support to all Manitobans, but especially to marginalized people who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

Agencies receiving mental health and addiction funding

In partnership with the Province of Manitoba and United Way Winnipeg donors, these agencies are receiving funding to assist with mental health and addiction recovery.

Three-Year Projects

Indigenous Senior Resource Centre
Aurora Family Therapy Centre
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg
Bruce Oake Recovery Centre
Canadian Mental Health Association – Manitoba and Winnipeg
Clan Mothers Healing Village
Islamic Social Services Association
Ka Ni Kanichihk
Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre/Winnipeg Indigenous Friendship Centre
Main Street Project
Manitoba Islamic Association
Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad
North End Women’s Centre
Opportunities for Employment
Rainbow Resource Centre
St. Boniface Street Links
Sunshine House Incorporated
The Link: Youth and Adult Supports (formerly Macdonald Youth Services)
The Laurel Centre
Thrive Community Support Circle
West Central Women’s Resource Centre
Wolseley Family Place
One-Year Projects
L’Entre-temps des Franco-Manitobaines (ChezRachel)
A & O: Support Services for Older Adults
Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre of Winnipeg
Aulneau Renewal Centre
Bruce Oake Recovery Centre
Canadian Mental Health Association Manitoba and Winnipeg
Healthy Muslim Families
IRCOM (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba)
Klinic Community Health
Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba
Mount Carmel Clinic
North Point Douglas Women’s Centre
NorWest Co-op Community Health
Resource Assistance for Youth
SHADE (Safe Housing and Directed Empowerment)
Sara Riel
Spence Neighbourhood Association
SSCOPE (Self-Starting Creative Opportunities for People in Employment)
St. James Assiniboia 55+ Centre
Two Ten Recovery
Wahbung Abinoonjiiag
Women’s Health Clinic


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