COVID-19 Resources and Information 

IPW has closed our physical office until further notice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All IPW staff are reachable by email and we will continue to work remotely towards creating a community that is caring, just and equitable.

We encourage everyone to keep following all recommended safety precautions and stay safe. Below is a list of resources related to COVID-19 that our stakeholders may find helpful. 

Government Updates on COVID-19
COVID-19 Information 

Financial Supports and Benefits

Mental Health Resources

Community Resources and Support

  • Settlement Service Providers: Many settlement service providers are no longer providing in-person services or have temporarily stopped their services. To find out which services are open or closed either go to the organization’s website or go to MANSO’s website.

  • Access to Food: Winnipeg Harvest is providing food to those in need. Check out their website for instructions on how to access a food bank. Free Lunch is also available at 710 Aberdeen on specific days.

  • COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults: The Centre on Aging has compiled resources for older adults on grocery stores, health resources, community resources and social resources for older adults in Manitoba.

  • Housing in Manitoba & COVID-19: This is a summary of information put together with help from Right To Housing and the new group Emergency Housing Justice, explaining how COVID-19 has affected housing in Manitoba.

  • Information for Tenants: This document contains information about tenants' responsibilities, financial relief measures available for tenants and how to appeal tenancy issues.

Parenting Resources 
Social Connection and Volunteering
  • Social Distance Pow Wow Facebook group: to connect with Indigenous Peoples online for community support and to share ideas for navigating this shut-down period.

  • Help Next Door MB: If you are a volunteer ready to provide your support or someone who needs a helping hand through these difficult times, this platform can connect you.

  • CareMongering Facebook group: If you need someone to help you or you want to help someone in your community, please check out this group.

Other Useful Resources and Tools
  • COVID-19 and Human Rights Code for Manitoba Residents: Know your rights! Although we are in the middle of a pandemic, all residents of Manitoba are still entitled to the basic human rights. Check out this factsheet to see answers to frequently asked questions about employment and rent in Manitoba.

  • COVID 19 Travel and Immigration: Basic information about travel and immigration changes due to COVID-19.

  • Stop the Spread of Racism:  As COVID-19 spreads globally, so too does racism and discrimination against the Chinese and Asian community. A dizzying amount of misinformation in conjunction with preconceived prejudice has led to irrational fear. With fear has come chronic xenophobia, causing Chinese and Asian people, businesses and communities to suffer greatly.

  • Technology Solutions for Building a Virtual Workplace: The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA) created a factsheet about resources and tools to help build an online work environment. 

  • Provincial closures and updates: There are many services and businesses that are closed or changing the way they work. Global News has been tracking what is open and closed as it relates to city services, health services, schools, sports and entertainment, retail stores, food, and religious institutions

  • Cancer Care for Newcomer Patients through the COVID-19 Pandemic: Recognizing that newcomer cancer patients may experience additional challenges for receiving care during this pandemic, CancerCare Manitoba has access to emergency funds in an effort to ease challenges. Attached is a letter with additional information about when and how to access such funds.

  • MPI Rebate FAQs: MPI to refund $110M to customers as claims plunge during pandemic. FYI - current policy holders can call an Autopac agent to discuss the possibility of switching from "all purpose use" to "pleasure use" for their vehicle insurance if they are no longer using their vehicle every day, or "storage insurance" if they are not using their vehicles at all due to quarantine and social distancing measures.

  • Resources Available During Social Distancing for Older Adults: To assist both older adults, caregiver’s and service providers during this difficult time, here are some of the additional resources available on everything from physical health, mental health and what grocery stores are open. 

  • Employment Opportunities: In response to COVID-19, there have been changes in the demand for talent. To support companies in finding the talent they need, YES! Winnipeg’s Talent Team is monitoring which companies have an increase of job openings as a result. Please see link for a list of companies that are hiring during COVID-19.

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