Rewarding Work is a financial strategy promoted by Manitoba Family Services and Consumer Affairs. The initiative focuses on helping people prepare for and make a smooth transition from income assistance to work. Programs offered can help with rent, the transition to work, saving programs, and services for disabled people. Contact a service location near you.
Individual Development Accounts (IDA). This savings program gives low-income people, including those who receive EIA, new opportunities to save money for the future. SEED Winnipeg Inc. is delivering a financial literacy program to low-income people in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson. People in Winnipeg and three rural/northern regions also are able to contribute to Individual Development Accounts and receive matched savings without affecting their monthly EIA benefits.
AFM Gambling Helpline. This phone line is available 24 hours, 7 days per week with interpretation services available in 150 languages and dialects. It offers information and referral services and is free and confidential.
1-800-463-1554 (toll free in Manitoba)
Community Financial Counselling Services (CFCS) is a publicly funded, community governed agency, offering debt management services. CFCS clientele include more vulnerable and high risk populations such as youth, seniors, low income, persons living with a disability and persons with problem gambling behaviour. Programming includes the creation of a plan to meet individual financial responsibilities with ongoing supports to help individuals gain the decision-making skills and self-management abilities that will continue to support them long after the formal program has ended. Located at 516-294 Portage Avenue. Phone (204) 989-1900. Email.
The Credit Counselling Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families find solutions to their debt and money problems. They provide individuals with confidential and free credit counselling services, credit education and debt management programs. Located at
611-428 Portage Ave.
Phone 1-888-527-8999. Email.
Neighbours Helping Neighbours. The Salvation Army, with support from Manitoba Hydro, has expanded its Neighbours Helping Neighbours program to reach out to all residents of Manitoba. This energy assistance program provides low income individuals, families and seniors who are unable to pay their energy bill due to personal hardship or crisis with:
Neighbours Helping Neighbours relies on private and corporate donations to fund its services. Manitoba Hydro matches all program donations dollar for dollar. Phone: (204) 949-2106.
Opportunities for Employment offers a range of services for job seekers and employers. There are two offices that offer employment consultation services (i.e. resume development, interview prep.), resources (i.e. computers, messaging service), workshops, and employment development certificates. Main office: 2nd Floor, 325 Donald Street. Phone 925-3490. Email. Community office: 561 Ellice Ave. Phone 925-3595.
PATH Resource Centre is a storefront operation in the North End of Winnipeg open to providing a range of resources and services for individuals engaged in a variety of employment-related activities. Some participants come to the centre looking for assistance with housing, health and other social issues, while other participants are seeking career counselling, help with a resume, or the development of a job search plan. Whatever the need of the participant, staff at the centre try to provide the service directly or will refer to other dedicated services. Located at 627 Selkirk Avenue. Phone: 927-2300. Email.
Partners for Careers is a storefront, accessible resource centre, offering information on all the programs and services, agencies and initiatives, government programs, etc. available. As a referral service, we help Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people sort through the wealth of programs related to employment, training, education and community supports (housing, recreation) and we direct them to those services. Partners@510's core business is job placement: assisting Aboriginal job seekers to find employment, training or continuing education opportunities in Manitoba. Located at 510 Selkirk Avenue - the Murdo Scribe Centre. Phone 945-0447. Email.
Consumer Association of Canada, Manitoba Branch, has a Resource Guide as part of its Consumer Education Resource Program. This Guide contains information on consumer rights and legislation, welfare, banking, credit, bankruptcy, consumer proposals, pawn shops, payday loans, rent-to-own and tips for consumers living on a limited budget. You can view the Guide here; it is a long page so scroll down. Located at 21-222 Osborne Street South. Phone: (204) 452-2572. Email.