November 2020 Newsletter
  • Do all of your board members know their responsibilities and legal duties?
  • Do you think your board is making the most of every meeting?
  • Is your manager or management company getting the direction and support needed at this exceptionally challenging time?
If you answered "no" or "I don't know" to any of these questions, sign up for Building Boards today!

The course is online, and includes video presentations, readings, and activities that participants complete on their own time. The three modules, Governance, Working with the ED/Management, and Effective Organization, take approximately 3 hours in total to work through.

Materials are available to registrants from November 23 - January 15.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion after reviewing all of the material and completing the activities.
Building Partnerships Registration is now open!

Registration for the Building Partnerships Conference is now open. You can register for the full event (9 educational sessions) or for individual series or sessions. Registration rates start from $30/session.

This year, we have an unlimited group registration option: for MNPHA members only, you can register an unlimited number of your organization's employees and Board Members for $400 + GST.

Watch the video where Steve Pomeroy discusses what Session 1 is all about
Session 1: Transforming Social Housing in Manitoba: International Perspectives on Possibilities and Pitfalls

November 10, 2020 11;30am CST

Panelists from the Netherlands, Australia, the USA (San Diego), and Wales will examine potential reform options for social housing in Manitoba, including simplifying RGI and subsidy assistance, and asset renewal and transfer. They will offer insights and suggestions, based on experiences in their jurisdictions.
CMHC has launched the Housing Supply Challenge this Fall! With up to $300M of funding up for grabs, this initiative invites citizens, stakeholders, and experts from across Canada to propose innovative solutions to the barriers that limit the creation of new housing. Through the launch of a number of unique rounds, the Challenge aims to address obstacles to housing supply and affordability, enhance community engagement, cultivate collaboration and partnerships, and inspire others to scale or adapt ideas for “Canada-wide impact”. The first round of the challenge titled Data Driven - Solutions for informed decision-making will focus on creating data solutions that improve decision-making for housing supply across Canada. For more details on the Challenge, visit

Apply by January 20, 2021.
The National Housing Strategy Research and Planning Fund is accepting applications for 2020
The NHS Research and Planning fund provides support for housing research, and the objectives of the fund are to build collaboration, engagement, and alignment with stakeholders working to achieve common goals; and to support the housing community’s research capacity development.

The application process is two-steps: the deadline to submit applications for Stage One is November 27th, 2020 and the deadline for Stage Two is March 15th, 2021.

For more information about the Fund and the application process, please visit:

Launch of the new Rapid Housing Initiative
The Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) invests $1 billion to create up to 3,000 new permanent, affordable housing units across the country. The RHI will quickly
  • develop new modular multi-unit rentals,
  • convert non-residential buildings into affordable multi-residential homes, and
  • rehabilitate buildings that are abandoned or in disrepair into affordable multi-residential homes.
Costs to purchase land and buildings will also be eligible under the new initiative.

The funding will be provided through two streams:

Winnipeg: Major Cities Stream: Under the first stream, RHI will provide $12.5m to the City of Winnipeg to administer. Winnipeg is asking organizations to submit an initial expression of interest detailing their project by Friday, November 6, 2020. Proponents can submit a project description through the submission form available at
Manitoba: Projects Stream: Under the second stream, RHI will provide $500 million for projects based on applications from provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous governing bodies and organizations, and non-profit organizations.

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) application portal for the Projects Stream is now open until December 31, 2020. CMHC will review and prioritize applications based on program criteria and aim to distribute all funds before March 31, 2021, where possible.

Further details on the launch of the RHI and the application portal for the Projects Stream is currently available on the CMHC website; or join the Building Partnerships Conference on November 24 for CMHC Hour for updates and information.

Need help putting a proposal together? The Community Housing Transformation Centre has grants of up-to $50,000 to develop the proposal and plan you need to be successful. Turn around time is less than 1 week. Learn more
Calls for Proposals: Reaching Home COVID-19 Response

Outside of Winnipeg: The Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation is accepting proposals until Wednesday, November 4 at 4:30pm. Funding Available: Indigenous Covid Response Stream $1,584,013; Rural & Remote Covid Response: $1,549,796.

Winnipeg: End Homelessness Winnipeg is accepting proposals until Friday, November 13 at 3:00pm.

Winnipeg Funding Priorities:
  • Activities that reduce the risk of people experiencing homelessness from getting COVID 19 (e.g., investments to reduce shelter overcrowding to adhere to social/physical distancing requirements).
  • Promoting housing stability by connecting people to permanent, transitional, or supportive housing.
  • Interventions to prevent eviction such as landlord-tenant mediation services or financial assistance such as paying rent/utility arrears.
  • Shelter Diversion for people seeking emergency shelter by exploring safe and appropriate alternate housing arrangements.
  • Expansion of drop-in or 24/7 safe spaces to ensure people who are experiencing homelessness have access to basic need services.
What's new?
New Federal Benefits for Individuals and Non-Profits/Businesses:
  • The Canada Recovery Benefit: income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance benefits.
  • The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit: Gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they must care for their children under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care because of COVID-19.
  • The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit: Gives income support to individuals who are unable to work because they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19 or have underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk.
  • The CEBA program has been extended, providing access to an interest-free loan of up to $20,000, in addition to the original CEBA loan of $40,000. Half of this additional financing would be forgivable if repaid by December 31, 2022. Additionally, the application deadline for CEBA is being extended to December 31, 2020.
  • A commercial rent assistance program will be available shortly.

Keep checking the resource page for updates:
Featuring speakers like Dan Pallotta, Lee Maracle, Sandy Hudson, and Megaphone Speakers Bureau, the #HousingCentral Conference is an opportunity to join like-minded advocates in the wake of the most critical period of our lifetimes.

View the program here
MNPHA Members receive Membership Rate at Housing Central, December 2-4, 2020 Online

BCNPHA, and CHF BC are excited to invite MNPHA members to register for our virtual Housing Central Conference at our member rate. MNPHA members receive $50 discount on their registration to lower the non-member rate from $295 to the member rate of $245 (rates exclude GST).
How to register at the discounted rate:
  1. Contact MNPHA for the membership promo code
  2. Visit the How to register page
For many years, Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) and the CHRA Indigenous Caucus have called on the federal government to introduce a dedicated strategy focused on urban, rural and northern Indigenous housing. The Caucus captured its vision for the strategy in the “For Indigenous, By Indigenous” proposal released in 2018. However, to date, there has been no release of a dedicated strategy that addresses the housing gaps faced by the 80% of Indigenous peoples living in urban, rural and northern settings.
That is why the CHRA Indigenous Caucus is launching the “For Indigenous By Indigenous” campaign.

Show your support for the FIBI campaign by:
  1. Informing yourself. Visit our new website,, where you can access all the information regarding the FIBI campaign. 
  2. Signing our petition that will be presented in the House of Commons.
  3. Sending a letter to your local Member of Parliament. With the easy-to-use MP Letter Generator, you can send an automated letter in minutes.  
  4. Sending a supportive tweet to your local Member of Parliament indicating your support for the FIBI campaign
  5. Downloading and sharing our social media graphics to get the conversation started online. Don't forget to follow and tag CHRA (@chra_achru) on Twitter and use the hashtag #ForIndigenousByIndigenous. 

Let’s make sure the federal government meets the housing needs of Canada’s urban, rural and northern Indigenous peoples.
Dulux Paints is running a package deal available exclusively to MNPHA members until November 20!
Purchase any specially priced Graco Sani Spray unit and receive a special price on Rexall disinfectant “Purexall 10” as well as Ultra ZERO VOC Paint by Dulux!

For every 5 gallons of disinfectant purchased at the promotional price you will also receive 1 gallon of ULTRA ZERO VOC paint (flat, eggshell or semi-gloss) at no charge up to a limit of 5 gallons.

With every Sani Spray purchased you also unlock limited time exclusive pricing with no restriction on purchase volume for the ULTRA ZERO VOC paint – that’s an additional savings on top of your regular discount!

For more information on which Graco Sani Spray fits into your business please view this link:

The Dulux team is happy to set up a demo call with any purchase or visit in person to answer your questions:
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PPG Architectural Coatings Canada
M: 431-374-4214
November Picture of the Month: Carriage House

Carriage House North Volunteers initiated a hot Thanksgiving turkey meal and offered it to their 100 residents for $10 per meal. Meals were packaged and delivered to the residents' suites. Carriage House covered the additional costs of the meal along with a volunteer appreciation event the next day.

(Note, the photo is of the volunteer team in 2019).
Picture of the Month Feature! MNPHA's team has seen all the interesting, fun, and innovative things you do to improve the lives of tenants, your staff teams, and the communities around you.

"Pictures of the Month" - is a way to share this regularly so members can learn from each other. No idea is too simple or too complex. If you are doing something you think should be shared with your colleagues in the non-profit housing sector, send a photo and brief description to us by November 27 to be included in the December newsletter.
S.A.M. Management: Chief Executive Officer (full-time, permanent)
S.A.M. Management Inc. is a non-profit property management corporation that provides socially responsible property management in partnership with organizations offering affordable housing options in the community.
Reporting to the S.A.M. Management Inc. Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer will support the Board in developing and implementing the strategic vision and direction for the organization. As a visionary leader who thrives at the 30,000 foot level, you are an accomplished change agent who maximizes performance through organizational growth. Known for your problem solving abilities, you also bring a strength of knowledge in buildings, systems, and finance to the role. Exceptional communication skills and a transparent leadership style enable you to keep Board members and staff appropriately informed.
The Chief Executive Officer provides direction and operational leadership to 4 direct reports, (Executive Assistant, Controller, Tenant Relations Manager, and Building Operations Manager), and indirect oversight of 75 employees.
If you would like more information about this role, please visit or contact Lisa at 204-934-8833.
Did you know that MNPHA's job postings are the most "clicked" item in our newsletter?
Do you have a position you are trying to fill in your organization? MNPHA is always accepting job and volunteer postings for display on our website.

The Job Board is located under the Resources tab on the

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