Interfaith Health Care Association of Manitoba

Welcome to IHCAM 

The Interfaith Health Care Association of Manitoba (IHCAM) is a voluntary non-profit provincial association created in 1995 and comprised of health and social care organizations that are owned and operated by nine faith groups; Baptist, Catholic, Jewish, Lutheran, Mennonite , Pentecostal, Salvation Army, Seventh-Day Adventist and United. IHCAM advocates on behalf of its membership the value of faith-based health care and governance.

IHCAM’smember organizations represent over 13% of Manitoba’s health care budget employing over 10,000 staff and attracting over 2000 community volunteers.


Recent News

Government drops 'values test' from Summer Jobs program applications
December 6, 2018

Prime Minister Trudeau is seen here before voting on a motion put forward by Conservatives that sought to overturn the attestation on applications for the Canada Summer Jobs Program applications. (Screenshot: CPAC)

The Liberal government says that it has removed wording from applications for the Canadian Summer Jobs program after faith-based groups pushed back earlier this year. 

The government had originally inserted an attestation that many faith-based groups - not just Christians - felt they couldn't agree with if they disagree with abortion.

According to the Canadian Press, the 2019 application has been "re-tooled." Now the application will simply ask people to "declare they don't work to infringe on any Canadian's legal rights.

Labour Minister Patty Hajdu told the Canadian Press that the change should alleviate concerns that faith-based groups strongly voiced earlier this year.

"They felt this was about their values and beliefs and not about the jobs and the performances of the students in particular roles and we took that to heart," Hajdu said in an interview.

"We've been working on making sure we do what we intended to do, which is to stand up for the rights of Canadians...but that we also work closely with faith-based groups and others so that they can see how they themselves would fit into this program."

MPs are expected to receive information on Thursday from Service Canada about the changes.

Canadian Assoc. of Long Term Care Lobby Effort
November 6, 2018

New report from CALTC calls for seniors to be a priority in 2019 Budget
“If we can build hockey rinks, we can build long-term care homes” says seniors group to Trudeau Government

The Canadian Association for Long Term Care (CALTC) revealed its recommendations for the 2019 Federal Budget and called on the government to use federal infrastructure funding to help rebuild older care homes and fund the creation of 42,000 new long-term care beds across Canada. The National group that advocates for seniors also urged the government to address the severe labour shortage in long-term care and provide better access to innovation and data, helping both Canadian seniors and policy-makers.

“The Government of Canada is directly investing over $180 billion over 12 years on infrastructure for affordable housing, for roads, for hockey rinks, but not a nickel on seniors housing that includes care,” says Daniel Fontaine, Chair of CALTC. “The federal government can better demonstrate their commitment to seniors by investing in new and upgraded housing to ensure it meets today’s standards and supports the excellent delivery of care.”

The recommendations unveiled in Long Overdue: Improving Seniors Care in Canada present critical proposals for strengthening seniors’ care across Canada. These include:

• Investing in seniors housing where care is provided by using federal infrastructure funding to create 42,000 new beds and help rebuild older homes by 2023.
• Addressing the seniors care labour shortage by developing a Pan-Canadian Health Human Resources Strategy.
• Supporting innovation and data in health care by mandating funding, and supporting the implementation of a new management information system for long-term care.
About the Canadian Association for Long Term Care

The Canadian Association for Long Term Care (CALTC) is the national voice of long-term care providers delivering publicly-funded health care services to seniors across Canada, when they can no longer live at home.

IHCAM September Connections Newsletter
September 13, 2018

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Caring for the Human Spirit Presentations now available
May 24, 2018

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CROSSROADS… Exploring research on religion, spirituality and health
April 24, 2018

This newsletter provides updates on research, news and events related to spirituality and health, including educational resources and funding opportunities.  Duke University's goal is to create a community of researchers, clinicians, clergy, and laypersons interested in spirituality and health and keep them informed and updated.  To view the April 2018 Newsletter, click here: 
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