The 2023-24 call for grant applications is now closed.  

Mental Health Resources – Winnipeg

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Addictions Foundation of Manitoba

AFM is a Crown agency that is committed to being a foundation of excellence in providing addictions services and supporting healthy behaviours. AFM employs over 400 staff and provides a wide range of addictions services to Manitobans through 28 locations across the province.

At least 1 in 5 Canadians experience problems with alcohol, drugs or gambling during their lifetime. Many more are affected by someone they care about experiencing these struggles. People of all ages and backgrounds experience these issues – and make positive changes.

Childbirth and Postpartum Resources 
WRHA – Community Resources for Childbirth Preparation, Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support.

Due to COVID-19 the resources listed may have changed. Please call the agencies directly to see what supports and services are currently available.

Useful Contacts in Winnipeg
Public Health Agency of Canada (Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program) and Healthy Child Manitoba (Healthy Baby) – revised November 2010

Recreational Programs in Winnipeg
This page gives access to free programs and the current Leisure guide and aquatic programs in Winnipeg. 

Aboriginal Community Development
Best Practices in Aboriginal Community Development: A Literature Review and Wise Practices Approach.
By Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux and Brian Calliou
2010 – The Banff Centre

Manitoba First Nations and Metis Parenting Booklets

In celebration of National Child Day (November 20, 2017), Healthy Child Manitoba Office (HCMO), and the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH) officially launched four new resources for First Nations and Metis parents and caregivers in Manitoba.

Aboriginal Organizations in Manitoba
Aboriginal Organizations in Manitoba:  A Directory of Groups and Programs Organized by or for First Nations, Inuit and Métis People. 2011 / 2013

Compiled and edited by:
Aboriginal Education Directorate and
Aboriginal Friendship Committee
Fort Garry United Church

Best Start resource for Aboriginal parenting
An Ontario provincial resource centre that supports service providers to implement effective health promotion programs for expectant and new parents (including both mom and dad), newborns and young children.

Life After War: Education as a Healing Process for Refugee and War-Affected Children
Resources for teachers related to refugee youth. These are Life After War: Education as a Healing Process for Refugee and War-Affected Children 2012 (Full Document) and the two companion documents Life After War: Professional Learning, Agencies, and Community Supports and War Affected Children: A Comprehensive Bibliography, which are web-based resources that are intended to help strengthen the capacity of school communities at all levels (early, middle, and senior years) to provide an appropriate and supportive school environment for refugee and war-affected learners and their families: an environment that will nurture their mental health and well-being, and that will enhance their educational and life outcomes.

Caring for Kids New to Canada helps health professionals provide quality care to immigrant and refugee children, youth and families. It was developed by the Canadian Paediatric Society with experts in newcomer health.

Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs – Refugees
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health 2012
A joint project of:

  • The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Dalla Lana School of Public Health
  • University of Toronto
  • Toronto Public Health

Best Start resources for newcomers
Ontario Health Nexus has produced two excellent resources:

These resources are available in English, French, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Filipino, Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Tamil & Urdu.

A new resource was produced in 2010:

  • A Healthy Start for Baby and Me (86 pages)
    An excellent, plain language, ethnically inclusive resource, with illustrations and explanations about prenatal care, healthy eating, ways to stay healthy, the three trimesters of pregnancy, labour and birth, after the baby is born, and info about babies.

Although some of the information is Ontario-specific, most is generic in nature.

Cross Cultural Parenting Program
Families with Teenagers:  Resource Manual for Immigrant Parents and Teenagers.
2011 – Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association
200, 138-4th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB
T2G 4Z6

School Readiness: Preparing Children for a Bright Future!

What is school readiness and why is it important?  Brought to you by University of St. Boniface Third Year Nursing Students.

Healthy Parenting

a website for expectant parents and parents of children up to 5 years of age.

Website for those working with newcomer parent
CMAS—a great resource for childminders and teachers working with newcomer parents.
Its the CCLB for child care!

Healthy Snacks – Ideas for Healthy Snacks.

Nutrition Guidelines – Guidelines for choosing food for community programs.

FREE BOOKS for Downtown organizations working with families & babies

Books 4 Babies

Time to Play! focuses on physical literacy for toddlers.  

Outside Play Today, celebrates play outdoors.


Contact to order your copies anytime. We’ll deliver to your downtown site for free!

ALL Books are also available to agencies outside downtown Winnipeg, on a cost-recovery basis. Get in touch for pricing.


If you already use our Books for Babies, make them bilingual by using labels in various languages.


“Bookmates Inc. offers trainings and workshops on a variety of early literacy topics for service providers working with families”

Babytime Rhymes: Games, Rhymes, Songs, and Lullabies for Babies 0-24 months of age. (free pdf)

Babytime Rhymes

Raising Children to Speak More Than One Language

Tips for parents and caregivers. Tip Sheet

Link to Winnipeg Public Library newsletter:

Call or visit your local branch to register for various family literacy programs.  Programs meet over 8 weeks.  Program offerings vary across locations.

  • Baby Rhyme Time
  •  Time for Twos
  •  Pre-School Story Time
  •  Family Story Time

Check It Out! mobile library service for the whole family (borrowing, card sign-up and activities) visits 3 locations, two times per month each:  DufferinSchool lobby, Indian Family Centre, Norquay Community Centre.  All members of the community (any age) are welcome at all three locations.