Winnipeg Regional Health Authority- Community Public Health Resources for Families
Updated January 12th, 2023
The following programs and resources can offer support to you and your family during and after your pregnancy. These programs do not replace the care provided by your doctor or midwife.
Due to COVID-19 the resources listed may have changed. Please call the agencies directly to see what supports and services are currently available.
Find resources close to you by clicking on your community area:
- Assiniboine South
- Fort Gary and River Heights
- Point Douglas
- River East
- Saint Boniface
- St. Vital
- St.James Assiniboia
- Seven Oaks Community Groups, Seven Oaks Parenting and Health Information
Please Note: The information on these lists is intended to help you find resources in your community. The WRHA strives to make the information contained herein as accurate and current as possible, but the WRHA makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy or completeness of the lists and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of the lists. The services offered by the resources listed and the contact information is subject to change without notice and is not within the control of the WRHA. For the most up to date information please contact the resource directly. The WRHA does not endorse or make any representation with respect to the services, programs or goods offered by the listed resources.
Community Resource Information for Winnipeg
Healthy Baby Programs
Healthy Baby Community Support programs help pregnant women and new parents connect with other parents, families and health professionals. Healthy Baby group sessions offer information, support and resources on prenatal and postnatal nutrition and health, breastfeeding, parenting tips and lifestyle choices. For a list of Winnipeg groups click here.
Please note: To follow public health orders, some Healthy Baby Community Support programs are meeting virtually, while others have been cancelled.
Healthy Start for Mom and Me
Healthy Start for Mom & Me drop-in groups are are slowly returning to the community. Please see their website or social media (Facebook and Instagram @HealthyStartWpg) for updates. Their staff of outreach workers and dietitians are available via phone or email to answer any pregnancy or parenting questions. They can also link people to services and resources in our community. Please call us at 204-949-5350 or email at email@example.com.
Healthy Start looks forward to connecting with you!
Youville Centre has increased breastfeeding support services in response to the impact of COVID on Public Health Nursing services. For breastfeeding support or information on lactation consultation services, book a call back by phoning 204-255-4840.
Changes have been made at HealthLinks/InfoSanté to accommodate the large number of COVID-19 related calls. These changes have affected the way to access the Breastfeeding Hotline. Breastfeeding information is still available. To connect:
- call 204-788-8667 (in Winnipeg) or toll free 1-888-315-9257 (outside Winnipeg)
- and press 2 for Health concerns.
- You may have to wait, but help is available
- Offers support and education by phone and through groups
Call: 204-257-3509 (in Winnipeg)
If you have a nutrition or food question, call Dial-a-Dietitian Manitoba at 204-788-8248 in Winnipeg or 1-877-830-2892. The Dial-a-Dietitian phone number is currently redirected to Health Links-Info Santé. You can leave a message with a nurse and a dietitian will return your call.
Health Links-Info Santé
- Nurses answer your health questions – from flu symptoms to child fevers and provide health information to guide you and help you find the right care. Service is available in more than 100 other languages through over-the-phone interpreters. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Phone: 204-788-8209 (in Winnipeg); toll free 1-888-315-9257 (outside Winnipeg)
Family Doctor Finder
If you are looking for a health care provider in Manitoba, Family Doctor Finder can help you find one.
- Provides information and treatment recommendations on poisoning and suspected poisoning
- Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Toll-free line: 1-855-776-4766.
Rainbow Resource Centre (RRC) offers support to the LGBT2SQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two Spirit, and Queer+ Communities) community in the form of counselling, education, and programming for individuals ranging from children through to 55±. It also supports families, friends, and employers of LGBT2SQ+ individuals.
Phone: (204) 474-0212
Toll-Free: 1 (855) 437-8523
Dad Central Canada
“Dad Central Canada is a network focused on promoting Father Involvement in Canada. Dad Central Canada works to help men understand what an invaluable and irreplaceable role they play in the development and lives of their children”. Click here to see all their great resources.
This booklet lists federal, provincial and regional benefits and programs individuals and families living in Manitoba may be eligible for. Includes information on income tax filing, employment, income assistance, financial counseling and more.
If you are pregnant, live in Manitoba and have a net family income of less than $32,000 a year, the Manitoba Prenatal Benefit can provide you with a monthly cheque to help you buy healthy foods during pregnancy.
This is a tax-free money from the government to help support your child under age 18. To get the Canada Child Benefit, you have to file your income tax return every year, even if you did not have income in that year. If you have a spouse or common-law partner, they also have to file a tax return every year.
Canada Education Savings Programs
The Government of Canada can help you save for your children’s education after high school by putting money into a Registered Educations Savings Plan (RESP). RESPs can be used to pay for expenses for trade school, college, university, or apprenticeship programs. If your child is born after 2004, they may be eligible to receive the Canada Learning Bond (CLB). The CLB provides an RESP of up to $2,000 to children from low and modest income families and no personal contributions are required.
A searchable online database of government, health, and social services that are available across the province. Services are grouped together into categories that include food and clothing, housing and homelessness, health, mental health, employment, newcomers, children and parenting, and youth.