Interfaith Health Care Association of Manitoba


Government drops 'values test' from Summer Jobs program applications

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

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

To view the Newsletter, click HERE

Caring for the Human Spirit Presentations now available

To view the 11 webcast keynote presentations click onto this link: 

To view the 23 PPT presentations click onto this link: 

CROSSROADS… Exploring research on religion, spirituality and health

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: 
All e-newsletters are archived on our website. To view previous editions (July 2007 through March 2018) go to: ossroads

Connections April 2018 Newsletter

Check out this issue of Connections.  Highlights include:

  • Manitoba Multifaith Council's Spiritual Health Committee's Activities
  • Provincial Spiritual Health Care Steering Committee Final Submission
  • Spotlight on Winnipeg Mennonite Seniors Care Inc & HavenGroup
  • Formation Grant Call for submissions
  • Feature Article:  Does Prayer Really Heal?
  • Upcoming conferences and events


IHCAM is pleased to offer its membership with opportunities for formation and education.  While some educational opportunities have been planned over the next year, the Board of Directors decided to create a Fund to provide opportunities for individuals or organizations that have limited budgets to participate in educational or formation workshops / conferences.

Please click on this link to access the Fund Guidelines.

A Frequently Asked Questions document can be seen here


This 5-part educational series is designed to train health professionals to integrate spirituality into patient care as part of the practice of "whole person" medicine. Health professionals, regardless of specialty, are encouraged to watch all five videos (even though the first three videos are designed for physicians). The first video is an overview and summary of the series [transcript]. The second video focuses on past research linking religion/spirituality to mental, social, behavioral, and physical health, which forms the rationale for this approach [transcript]. The third video examines in detail "how to" integrate spirituality into patient care in a way that minimizes physician time and utilizes a team approach [transcript]. The fourth video is designed for nurses and practice managers and focuses on the spiritual care coordinator, who orchestrates the addressing of patients' spiritual needs [transcript]. The fifth video is designed for the entire spiritual care team and describes how team members work together to accomplish the common goal of practicing whole person care, with a focus on the role of the chaplain and the social worker [transcript].

Pastoral Care Assessment Tool

Manitoba's Health Information and Knowledge Network (MHIKNET)

Manitoba Government Releases Background Information From Health System Sustainability and

The Manitoba government is releasing significant portions of the KPMG Health System Sustainability and Innovation Review (HSIR) including sections containing recommendations implemented and underway as part of the initial stages of the province’s health system transformation, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.  To view the full press release, click HERE.

IHCAM Launches Connections Newsletter

IHCAM is pleased to publish its first Connections Newsletter to provide its members and the public with pertinent information, activities and upcoming events that are occuring throughout the province of Manitoba.


Click here to read the November issue of Connections

Making the Case for Spiritual Health Care

The Interfaith Health Care Association of Manitoba in partnership with the Catholic Health Association of Manitoba and nine (9) other partners submitted to the Minister of Health a document entitled The Case for Spiritual Health Care at the beginning of November 2017.  Manitoba's current context in health care where everything is being questioned for its validity, effectiveness, and raison d'être was what drove the need to build a case behind the importance of Spiritual Health in our system.

To read the business case, click here.

Real Leadership in the Nonprofit World

Leading people and being `Mission Fit' requires constant encouragement and upgrading.  This session is for busy (and often over-tired) Executive Directors, CEO`s, Staff and Volunteer Managers, and anyone who wants to increase in thei ability and desire leading others.

More details to follow

The Mission Series Kicks off

The Mission Series kicked off with a Leadership Formation and Governance Workshop on October 10th and 11th, 2017.  Close to 80 leaders and board members from IHCAM, CHAM and CHCM affiliated sites participated in the session.


Minister Kelvin Doerksen proclaims Spiritual & Religious Care Awareness Week


The province is moving forward on an additional 258 new personal care home beds in Winnipeg, Steinbach and Carman, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

“Additional personal care home capacity will be needed over the next 25 years to care for people with significant needs and who can no longer safely remain at home or in supportive housing,” said Goertzen.  “We remain committed to ensuring the right care is available at the right place and the right time, and moving forward on personal care homes is part of addressing this need.”

Design work will begin to support the development of three proposals including:
• developing the Bridgwater Personal Care Home in Winnipeg to add up to 108 new beds;
• expanding the existing Rest Haven Personal Care Home in Steinbach by adding up to 140 beds; and
• expanding the existing Boyne Lodge in Carman by adding up to 10 new beds, 70 replacement beds and up to 30 new transitional care beds.

The minister noted the projects are in areas where analysis has shown that additional personal care home capacity is among the most needed.  Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living will continue working with regional health authorities, communities and stakeholders to look at creative funding models to both help build capacity and make sustainable capital investments.  This will ensure the province can meet the long-term needs of Manitoba’s growing and aging population.

“Our government has committed to contributing approximately $133,000 per bed toward the construction of 1,200 personal care home beds throughout Manitoba.  Manitobans were paying two or three times that amount under the previous government, which simply wasn’t sustainable,” said Goertzen.  “Additional proposals will be assessed based on needs within the region and their ability to fit within the new mandate.”

In addition, Goertzen noted that work on the expansion of the 157-bed Holy Family Personal Care Home in north Winnipeg is expected to be complete by late 2018.

For more information on personal care homes in Manitoba, visit:




  • Faith based health care organizations are committed to upholding all professional and governmental standards in healthcare, but faith based healthcare is also rooted in beliefs and values that go beyond professional and governmental standards to a holistic view of the person.
  • Our members go beyond medical care with a commitment to spiritual health, compassionate care and the importance of serving others.
  • One of the biggest benefits of faith–based organizations is the support from their community. Many faith based organizations are supported by private Foundations that fund services, projects and spiritual health care that are not supported by Manitoba Health. Additionally, faith-based organizations have a large contingent of dedicated volunteers that help to enhance the care and service at each organization.

Manitoba Health Spiritual Care Strategic Plan

Click here to view the Implementation plan for Manitoba Spiritual Health.

Presentation to the Bill 6 Legislative Committee

Click here to view the presentation by Julie Turenne Maynard to the Bill 6 Legislative Committee on June 11th, 2012.



  • Bill 6 ignores and contravenes the basic principles that have been negotiated in long standing agreements with government and the Regional Health Authorities (RHAs).

  • Bill 6 is tantamount to a breach of trust.

  • Bill 6 is an affront to the legitimate and value laden role and significant contribution of the nine (9) faith-based groups that own and operate health and social service organizations in Manitoba.

  • Bill 6 increases the ability of bureaucracies, the RHAs, to unilaterally impose their will on private corporations in matters fundamental to their autonomy;

  • The ability of private corporations to carry out their distinctive missions and mandates, to innovate and experiment, to choose and retain their own leaders, to connect with particular communities of supporters, can all be crucial to their success in providing care that fits the needs and aspirations of clients, residents and patients and their families.