Interfaith Health Care Association of Manitoba



Workshop on End of life choices & Medical Assistance in Dying

For more information, go the Member Serices portion of this website and click on Education/Formation.


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

Compassionate Presence Conference Coming Soon

IHCAM is pleased to partner with the Catholic Health Association of Manitoba and CHCM's Compassion Project to host the April 19 & 20th conference on Compassionate Presence:  Caring for the Spirit (overall) featuring Doctors Christina Puchalski and Shane Sinclair.


For more information on the conference, go to the News & Media section under Special Events to view the poster, conference program, and the sponsorship opportunities.

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.