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Housing Programs

Housing programs are delivered by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Manitoba Family Services and Housing, and the City of Winnipeg.

Government of Canada Housing Programs
Government of Manitoba Housing Programs
City of Winnipeg Housing Programs

Homelessness Programs

The WHHI’s homelessness programs are funded through the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) which is delivered through Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) - Service Canada.

Government of Canada Homelessness Programs

Government of Canada Housing Programs

The Government of Canada annually supports housing in Manitoba, with approximately $112 million in grants, contributions and subsidies, which serves 42,750 low-income families, seniors, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal people and victims of domestic violence.

Affordable Housing Initiative

The Governments of Canada and Manitoba signed the Canada-Manitoba Affordable Housing Initiative on September 20, 2002 which provided $50.78 million in federal funds to renovate or create approximately 2,500 units. This agreement provided funding for a new rental housing supply program, a rehabilitation/conversion program, a new homebuyer down-payment program, and a home ownership supply program.

The first phase provided federal funding of $25.39 million through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), together with matching contributions of $25.39 million from the Province of Manitoba through Manitoba Family Services and Housing, and housing partners.

In the 2005 agreement, each level of government contributed an additional $11.54 million for affordable housing, and extended the original agreement by one year to 2008. Federal funds are used for capital grants to reduce the cost of housing under four provincially-designed affordable rental housing and home ownership programs.

The governments of Canada and Manitoba each contributed $36.9 million to the Canada-Manitoba Affordable Housing Initiative. Support from municipalities, the private and voluntary sectors, co-operatives and charities added to this investment in affordable housing in Manitoba.

Housing Trust Funds

In Budget 2006, the Government of Canada provided one-time trust funds to provide supplementary funding to provincial governments to assist them in addressing short term pressures with regard to the supply of affordable housing, according to their respective needs and priorities. A total of $61.5 million was provided to the Province of Manitoba with $29 million designated for affordable housing and $32.5 million for off-reserve aboriginal housing.

Federal funds are used for capital grants to reduce the cost of housing under four provincially-designed affordable rental housing and home ownership programs.

Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP)

Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP), to help low-income households and landlords make necessary repairs to bring their properties up to acceptable health and safety standards. RRAP is cost-shared 75/25 per cent respectively by the federal government through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and by the provincial government through Manitoba Family Services and Housing. Manitoba is administering the program while the City of Winnipeg acts as the delivery agent.

For more information on Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, visit the CMHC Web site at: and type “affordable housing centre” into the search window.

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Government of Manitoba Housing Programs

Neighbourhoods Alive! is a long-term development strategy aimed at providing community groups in designated areas of Winnipeg, Brandon, Portage La Prairie, Flin Flon, The Pas, Dauphin, Selkirk and Thompson with the support they need for programs in the areas of housing and physical improvements, employment and training, education and recreation, and safety and crime prevention. In addition, under Neighbourhoods Alive! and through the Winnipeg Housing and Homelessness Initiative, the Government of Manitoba has committed to date:

  • $8 million over four years for housing in Winnipeg neighbourhoods through the Neighbourhood Housing Assistance (NHA) program, plus an additional $3.5 million each year for housing in Brandon, Thompson, Dauphin, Selkirk, The Pas, Flin Flon and Portage la Prairie.

The NHA program will contribute to the revitalization of housing in designated neighbourhoods by providing assistance of up to $10,000 per dwelling unit to neighbourhood based renewal corporations and non-profit and co-operative housing corporations, for locally planned and developed housing initiatives. Funding can also be provided directly to homeowners or owners of rental housing projects where there is demonstrated community support.

The NHA program also supports community housing improvement initiatives through specific program parameters designed by the Neighbourhood Renewal Corporations (NRC). The “fix-up” grants are primarily intended to enhance the capacity of the local NRCs allowing them to deliver local housing improvement initiatives.

Through Phase I and II of the Canada-Manitoba Affordable Housing Initiative, Manitoba has committed over $73 million towards the development of safe and affordable housing. Funding support under the New Rental Supply, New Homeownership Supply, Repair/Conversion and Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance Programs is available to support housing proposals. In Winnipeg, over $43 million was committed and approved for approximately 1473 units.

On April 17, 2007, the Province of Manitoba a new Four Pillar strategy for housing. The first Pillar “HOMEWorks!” is a $104.5 million multi-year funding program that targets affordable homes for low income Manitobans. This includes the $61.5 million dollars provided by Canada under the trust funds with an additional $43 million in provincial contributions. The HOMEWorks! initiative also includes $42 million to the Een Dah Aung (My Home) Program for off-reserve Aboriginal housing. The WHHI will deliver major components of the HOMEWorks! in Winnipeg.

Under HOMEWorks! the Manitoba government committed $6 million Neighbourhood Housing Assistance (NHA) extension for up to three years for continued support of Neighbourhoods Alive! to develop local capacity, innovative training and provide a fund through which local neighbourhoods can implement their revitalization plans. The Manitoba government has also committed close to $4 million annually to its share of federal renovation programs, including the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP), Home Adaptations for Seniors Initiative, Emergency Repair and the Shelter Enhancement Program (SEP).

For more information on HOMEWorks! and additional programs at Manitoba Family Services and Housing, visit:

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City of Winnipeg Housing Programs

The City of Winnipeg has allocated $17.5 million over five years under the Winnipeg Housing Policy and the Affordable Housing Initiative to fund housing initiatives in targeted inner-city neighbourhoods:

  • Winnipeg Neighbourhood Housing Program provides financial assistance for projects that support the development and implementation of affordable housing and that is consistent with Neighbourhood Housing Plans and strengthen neighbourhood stability. The total assistance is based on an approved proposal and business plan.

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  • Winnipeg Aboriginal Housing Program provides financial assistance for projects that support the development and implementation of safe and affordable housing for Aboriginal people living in Winnipeg.

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  • Winnipeg Minimum Home Repair Program provides financial assistance to owner-occupants to undertake minor critical repairs required for continued safe and healthy occupancy of homes.

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  • Winnipeg Development Cost Offset Program provides financial assistance up to $5,000 to assist neighbourhood organizations and proponents to plan and implement quality, affordable housing projects by providing financial assistance for pre-development costs and the reimbursement of City fees.

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  • Winnipeg Neighbourhood Housing Plans and Advocacy Program provides financial assistance of up to $30,000 and other support for community stakeholders to develop a Housing Plan or Strategy to build local capacity, to undertake housing initiatives, and to provide training and support for home ownership and tenancy.

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  • Winnipeg Downtown Housing Program provides financial assistance to encourage unique and innovative approaches that support downtown housing development and result in quality, affordable housing by providing financial assistance to proponents. The total assistance is based on an approved proposal and business plan.

For more information on the City of Winnipeg, visit

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Government of Canada Homelessness Programs

Addressing homelessness is a challenge in all regions across Canada. The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) is a unique community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness by providing direct support and funding to communities across Canada.

The HPS provides structures and supports that help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness achieve self-sufficiency and full participation in society. The HPS seeks to address homelessness by working in partnership with the provinces and territories, other federal departments, as well as with communities and the private and not-for-profit sectors.

The HPS has been renewed for an additional 3 years (2011-2014) and includes policy and program enhancements that are based on feedback provided during the 2009 consultations with stakeholders, Aboriginal organizations, and provinces and territories.

HPS will continue to invest in and focus on communities, while working to further strengthen relationships with provinces and territories, building on the successful partnerships to date. As well, a number of other program enhancements have been introduced to help communities’ better address homelessness issues, which include:

  • ensuring culturally relevant programming and services for Aboriginal people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness;
  • developing linkages with the Mental Health Commission of Canada to share learnings on mental health and homelessness;
  • increasing the relevance and dissemination of research;
  • reinforcing accountability for results;
  • improving data sharing and collection

Minister Finley delivers keynote address at conference on housing and homelessness

The following funding streams under the HPS focus on the needs of homeless and at-risk individuals at the local level, and provide funding to help them gain and maintain a stable living arrangement.

  • Designated Communities
  • Aboriginal Communities

From December 2010 to January 2011, organizations and service providers working in housing and homelessness areas were invited to participate in Community Planning sessions to update and outline new priorities for the city of Winnipeg.

Winnipeg Community Plan Priorities HPS Funded

1.      Increase, maintain and/or improve the number of suitable, adequate units (new or existing) that include transitional and supportive housing with a focus on recovery and community integration for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

2.      Develop, enhance and/or increase the supports for the targeted populations with a focus on individual case management with an emphasis on mental health supports/programs for those who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

3.      Develop and support street level services and outreach as well as supports for training and capacity building for staff that include human resources, skills development and training with an emphasis on the delivery of culturally appropriate supports.

4.      Develop, enhance and/or increase partnerships and programs that bridge individuals with labour-related training and employment opportunities by providing supports for successful labour market placements for those who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

5.      Develop and/or support drop-in facilities that provide targeted populations with supports that include referrals, activities and amenities combined with housing information for those who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

6.      Establish community based partnerships and networks that bring government, service and community together to address current gaps and issues in the provision of supports and services that are client centered for those who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

7.      Support research that examines the root causes of homelessness and pathways out, and develop and/or support a centralized inter-agency information sharing system that provides both housing and service information.

To assess and review funding applications, the federal homelessness component of the WHHI established a Community Advisory Board (CAB) through an open call for participation.

CAB reviews proposals to ensure their alignment to the community plan priorities and makes recommendations to HRSDC.

CAB membership is comprised of representation from the community, as well as government representatives at the federal, provincial and municipal level serving as ex-officios.

The following Community Representatives are currently serving as members of the Community Advisory Board:

Rudy Ambtman
Lucille Bruce
Marty Dolin
Suzanne Gessler
Mario Lopes
Susan Mulligan
Boris Ntambwe
Jeff Palmer
Floyd Peters
Menno Peters
Sharon Redsky
Mike Robertson

For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, please visit



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