You will find local resources related to providing for a baby in the categories of: Money, Baby Clothing and Items, Parenting Support and Groups, Housing and Food. If we are missing a resource that can help families, please contact us.
Are you struggling to make ends meet? You may be eligible for more benefits and programs, listed and explained in the 20-page plain language booklet ‘Get Your Benefits!’. Don’t miss their section ‘Families with Children’ or their info about why even if you make no money, filing taxes can get you government benefits.
Visit www.getyourbenefits.ca for more information.
CANADA CHILD TAX BENEFIT
Resource: Monthly, non-taxable payment to help families with the cost of raising children. Amount of payment is based on your family’s income.
How to Access it: If you are the parent of a newborn, complete the Birth Registration package given to you when you deliver your baby, or by using the Automated Benefits Application (ABA) Service, found on their website.
Phone Number: 1-800-387-1193
EMPLOYMENT AND INCOME ASSISTANCE
Resource: Financial help to Manitobans who have no other way to support themselves or their families. For people who are able to work, EIA will help them go back to work by providing supports to employment.
How to Access It: To make an appointment, or to find the EIA office that you should go to, visit the locations website http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/misc/loc/winnipeg.html#do , or call the number below.
Phone Number: In Winnipeg, 204-948-4000, outside of Winnipeg, 1-877-812-0014
MANITOBA CHILD BENEFIT PROGRAM
Resource: Annual, non-taxable payment to help families transition from Welfare assistance, in addition to providing financial assistance for children’s prescription eyeglasses.
How to access it: If you are in receipt of the Canada Child Tax benefit, not on Employment Income Assistance, your working family may be eligible for up to $420 tax free each year, for each child under the age of 18 who is in your care. You can print the application on their website, then fill it out and mail it in.
Phone Number: Toll Free: 1-800-563-8793
MANITOBA PRENATAL BENEFIT
Resource: If you are pregnant, live in Manitoba and have a net (after taxes) family income of less than $32,000 a year you will receive a monthly cheque that they hope you will buy healthy foods that you need during pregnancy.
How to Access it: Download a form from their website or pick one up at a medical office where you are getting prenatal care, or government offices or community agencies. You must provide a medical note from your health care provider, saying you are pregnant and when you are due.
Website: http://www.gov.mb.ca/healthychild/healthybaby/mpb.html or (http://www.gov.mb.ca/healthychild/healthybaby/babyappln.pdf)
Phone Number: Call 204-945-1301 (in Winnipeg) or 1-888-848-0140 (outside of Winnipeg)
WEST CENTRAL WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTRE (Central)
Resource: Support and mentorship dealing with problems or concerns around housing or income security, assisted by a One-on-One Mentor.
How to Access it: Visit their website, call, or visit in person Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm and Tuesday from 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Phone Number: 204-774-8975
Address: 640 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
Baby Clothing and Items:
CENTRE FLAVIE-LAURENT CENTRE INC. (St. Boniface)
Resource: Free clothing, furniture, appliances, and household items to people receiving Income Assistance.
How to Access it: To request an item(s), you must come into the Centre at 450 Provencher Boulevard (between 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Monday to Friday), and complete a registration form. You will need your medical number, and if applicable, all employment income assistance information with you. They will do their best to help you acquire the items you need. If you are approved to receive items and you find things that you require, you must take these items with you the same day that you are at the centre. They can also deliver the items you have selected to your home for a $25 delivery charge.
Address: 450 Provencher Boulevard, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Phone Number: 204-231-9513
CLASSIFIED AD WEBSITES: Kijiji or Used Winnipeg (Online)
Resource: Online advertisements offering free or low-cost items.
How to Access It: Search the websites for the item you are looking for, contact the seller/donor and arrange delivery/pick-up.
Website: http://winnipeg.kijiji.ca/ or http://www.usedwinnipeg.com/classifieds/baby
FAMILIES HELPING FAMILIES (Online)
Resource: Hand-me-down baby and kids clothing and gear.
How to Access It: Join their Facebook page and post your request or browse donations. Most offers of items require you to pick the item up from the person offering them.
FORT GARRY WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTRE (South)
Resource: Free clothing for women and children.
How to access it: Clothing room is by appointment only. Phone to book an appointment. Up to 3 clothing items per person. Childcare is available upon request.
Phone number: 204-477-1123
Address: 104-3100 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Buzz Code: #106
HANDS OF HOPE (South)
Resource: Free furniture and household goods, and delivery, to people in financial need.
How to access it: To request furniture, call (204) 261-8607 from Monday to Thursday from 10 AM to 12 PM (voice messages and emails are not accepted for requests).
Phone number: 204-261-8607
Address: 50 Barnes Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 4Z7
NORTH END WOMEN’S CENTRE’S UP SHOPPE (North End)
Resource: The Up Shoppe (a second hand store) offers items such as clothing, accessories, toys and household items for extremely low prices. Monthly $5 bag sales.
How to Access it: Visit the website, or visit the resource centre. The Up Shoppe hours are Monday – Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm.
Phone number: (204) 582-3494
Address: The Up Shoppe, 384 Selkirk Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
*The Up Shoppe’s Referral Program provides family clothing, shoes, small housewares, linen, and infant layettes to women who are referred by partner agencies or NEWC and had to suddenly leave home without their belongings, gave birth recently, had to take in a family member, are attending a job interview or have left an institution setting or a shelter.
THE SWAPPING NETWORK (location changes with each swap)
Resource: Maternity, baby, toddler, pre-school and kids clothing. Toys, and baby supplies.
How to Access it: Donate your gently used and freshly laundered kid’s clothing from newborn to size/age 12, as well as any toys, baby items and maternity wear. Then, attend one of their swap events, and trade your items for whatever you or your children need.
WINNIPEG BABYWEARERS (West Broadway)
Resource: Various baby carriers are available to rent for a small fee with knowledgeable volunteers to teach you how to use them.
How to Access it: Two group meetings per month, generally the first Saturday and third Friday of each month. Request to join their Facebook group.
Address: Wolseley Family Place, 691 Wolseley Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
WOLSELEY FAMILY PLACE (West Broadway)
Resource: Low-cost clothing items including clothing, seasonal outwear and footwear for adults, infants and children. $1 shopping bag, $2 Garbage Bag.
How to Access it: Visit their website, or visit in person. Hours of operation are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9 – 12, 1 to 4 and Wednesday 1 – 4.
Address: Lower Level, 691 Wolseley Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
Phone Number: 204-788-8052
Parenting Support and Groups:
Resource: A Woman’s Place Domestic Violence Support and Legal Services provides supportive counselling and legal services for women who have exited/are exiting an abusive relationship. Supports include: Legal Representation, Legal Aid applications, assistance with protective orders, advocacy and accompaniment to court or appointments, assistance in preparing legal documents, and support groups and counselling groups.
How to access it: To access their service, contact your healthcare provider, or call the phone number below
Phone Number: 204-940-6624
785 Keewatin Street
ANDREWS STREET FAMILY CENTRE (North End)
Resource: Offers several different programs and services available to the community including a youth drop in, adult drop in, children’s program and aboriginal HeadStart. There are free laundry facilities, parenting classes, advocacy, referrals, resume help and emergency baby supplies. Additionally they have family night on Wednesdays, soup lunch on Thursdays and Harvest on alternating Mondays.
How to Access it: For more information on any of these programs or services, please give them a call.
Phone Number: 204-589-1721
Address: 220 Andrews Street (Andrews St @ Magnus Ave) Winnipeg, Manitoba
ATTACHMENT NETWORK OF MANITOBA (online)
Resource: Valuable parenting resources, including a list of book and web based links.
How to access it: Visit their website, click the ‘For Parents’ link.
HEALTHY START FOR MOM AND ME: Prenatal Program and Parent & Baby Program (city wide)
Resource: Educational and Friendly drop-in programs for pregnant women and mom’s with babies up to 1 year, with free snacks, and milk coupons.
How to Access it: For the Prenatal Program: 8 locations across Winnipeg. Locations can be found at http://www.hsmm.ca/wp/?page_id=5 or call 204-949-5350 or email email@example.com for locations and times.
Phone Number: 204-949-5350
LA LECHE LEAGUE CANADA- MANITOBA (province wide)
Resource: Free info and parent-to-parent support to families wishing to breastfeed, or are already breastfeeding.
How to Access it: To find local Manitoba support groups that meet monthly, visit http://www.lllc.ca/find-group-manitoba or call 204-257-3509 for support 7 days a week.
McGregor Neighborhood Care Site
363 McGregor Street
Winnipeg, MB R2W 4X4
Spence Community Care Site
443 Spence Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2R8
NORTH END WOMEN’S CENTRE INC. (North End)
Resource: Offers several Children’s programs, including a Stay ‘n’ Play every Tuesday from 1:30 – 3:30 for children aged newborn to 6 years, and a Parenting Group.
How to Access it: Visit the website, or the resource centre or in person.
Programming Brochure: http://www.newcentre.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Health-and-Wellness-Brochure-2012.pdf
Phone number: 204-589-7347
Address: North End Women’s Centre: 394 Selkirk Ave, Winnipeg, MB and
NORTHERNSTAR MILK BANK
Resource: Canada’s only community-based milk bank. They screen breastfeeding parents, accept donations of excess breastmilk from approved donors to be pasteurized in our laboratory. Milk is then given to sick babies in hospitals and at home.
How to Access it: Donor Milk is available by prescription only, accessed through your physician, midwife or nurse practitioner.
WINNIPEG BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT CLINICS (through the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority)
Resource: Meet parents in your area, schedule one-on-one lactation consultations, and receive support and education from Public Health Nurses.
How to Access it: 8 Locations in Winnipeg, view all their locations at http://www.wrha.mb.ca/breastfeeding/clinics.php
WOLSELEY FAMILY PLACE (Wolseley)
* Healthy Start for Mom and Me program, group drop in, every Thursday from 1:30 – 3:30, alternating between Prenatal one week and Postnatal – Babysteps the next.
* Parenting Education including group classes and one-on-one mentoring
* Playroom with a variety of activities available, with parents present, or remaining onsite.
How to Access it: Visit their website, or visit in person.
Address: Lower Level, 691 Wolseley Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
Phone Number: 204-788-8052
WOMEN’S HOSPITAL BREASTFEEDING SERVICE (Central)
Resource: Free breastfeeding support for families from experiences nurses/lactation consultants.
How to Access it: Visit the basement in the Women’s Hospital, from 1:00 to 3:00 every Thursday for their Breastfeeding Clinic. Call Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to book an appointment for breastfeeding help.
Address: Basement Level, Women’s Hospital – Room WR117, 735 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
Phone Number: 204-787-1166
WOMEN’S HEALTH CLINIC (Downtown)
Resource: An inclusive, feminist, pro-choice community health clinic that supports women through health services. They offer Mental Health Counselling, Parenting Group support, Birth and Mothering support, and various health Services.
How to Access it: For access to all of their resource information, visit their website, call, or visit them Monday to Wednesday 9:00am to 8:00pm, Thursday’s 9:00am to 9:00pm. Friday’s 9:00 to 4:30pm, Saturday’s from 9:00pm to 4:00pm. For their Mothers Program, visit their website, under the ‘Services’ tab, or call 204-947-2422 extension 113
Website: www.womenshealthclinic.org View their ‘Coping with Change’ program information here: http://womenshealthclinic.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/copingwithchange-English.pdf?ab54a4
Address: 419 Graham Avenue, Unit A, Winnipeg, MB
Phone Number: 204-947-1517
WRHA POSTPARTUM FOLLOW UP
Resource: Offers phone calls and home visiting services to all new mothers and their families, following birth.
How to Access it: You will be assigned a Public Health Nurse following the birth of your baby, who will contact you, or you can visit the website below to connect with a Community office.
Website: This website will give you a list of all the parenting programs offered, including WRHA Post partum follow up, and a list of all local community offices when you can contact a Public Health Nurse. http://www.wrha.mb.ca/community/publichealth/services-healthy-parenting.php
Phone Number: For additional breastfeeding support, call 204-788-8667 for the WRHA 24 hour Breastfeeding Hotline
MANITOBA ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN’S SHELTERS
Resource: A list of all shelters in Manitoba, based on location. Shelters welcome men or women and their children, who are leaving abuse.
How to Access it: visit their website, and click on ‘Where Can I go?’
NATIVE WOMEN’S TRANSITION CENTRE (North End)
Resource: A centre that embraces Aboriginal traditional values and cultures. Offers:
* Long Term safe housing to Aboriginal Women and their children who are struggling to make life changes and escape violence
* Memengwaa Place, a second stage housing facility with support for up to one year (extensions can be granted) for women experiencing family violence
* Parenting Programs, including education for Mom’s about child development, bonding, and encouraging good behaviour
How to Access it: Visit their website to view all the available programs, phone, email or visit in person.
Website: Temporarily down. New address will be added Sept 2017
Address: 105 Aikins Street, Winnipeg, MB
Phone Number: 204-989-8240
VILLA ROSA (Wolseley)
Resource: A no-cost prenatal and postnatal residence that offers a variety of programs in a safe environment. Accessible to any single, pregnant women or new mother in need. They offer a safe place to live during and after pregnancy, counselling services, an education program, and access to community health services.
How to Access it: If you need help, you can call or email Villa Rosa’s intake Social worker at 204-786-5741 extension 222, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 784 Wolseley Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
Phone Number: 204-786-5741
FOOD BANKS CANADA
Resource: A list of all the food banks in Canada.
How to Access it: visit their website, click the ‘Find a Food Bank’ link, and search by province, city, or postal code.