Past Events

November 2021


$95 + GST for the first participant of a MNPHA Member Organization

$45 + GST for each additional attendee of a MNPHA Member Organization

$120 + GST for each non-member

$200 + GST for unlimited registration for a Board – yes, your whole Board can join!

The Building Boards Program is offered with the financial support from the Winnipeg Foundation and Assiniboine Credit Union. 

2021 Fall Education Series: Tenant Wellness and Eviction Prevention

In addition to the individual bundle pricing, we are now offering organizational group rates for the series. We have a $300 all-access pass for organizations with larger groups who want to attend, and a 35% discount available for smaller groups. For the all-access pass select “group organization rate” at checkout, and for the 35% discount use the code ORGDISCOUNT. Don’t hesitate to contact Beth at [email protected] with any questions.

Poverty Awareness & Community Action (PACA): Poverty Awareness

The Poverty Awareness & Community Action Workshop (PACA) is an experiential learning activity led by University of Manitoba faculty and students, and community members who have experienced poverty, intended to explore the impacts of poverty and social welfare systems. 

Participants role play as members of different family units living on a lower income to develop empathy for those experiencing poverty. After the role play, participants discuss what they’ve learned through targeted reflection activities and plan ways to integrate their new learning into their work. 

Date: October 5, 2021 (10:00AM – 12:00PM)
Location: Online
Cost:  Member: $35 (+GST)  Non-Member: $50 (+GST)

Klinic: Mental Health Awareness

This workshop aims to provide participants with basic knowledge on the topic of mental health and mental illness. Participants will also explore values and attitudes surrounding mental illness and understand the effects of stigma. Participants will learn about the different aspects of mental health, coping strategies, and community resources. A discussion of how stress and crisis impacts mental health will also be given.

Date: October 12, 2021 (10:00AM – 12:00PM)
Location: Online

Canadian Mental Health Association: Hoarding for Service Providers

Hoarding is defined as the acquisition of, and inability to discard items even when they appear to have no value. Hoarding behaviour and the experience of a hoarding disorder can be very complicated and personal. This course will provide information about signs and symptoms of hoarding disorder and provide some ideas regarding treatment options and how to provide compassionate and effective support to a person struggling with hoarding.

Date: October 19, 2021 (10:00AM – 12:00PM)
Location: Online
Cost:  Member: $35 (+GST)  Non-Member: $50 (+GST)

Bundle Pricing Options:

$60 + GST for 2 sessions for a MNPHA Member
$85 + GST for 3 sessions for a MNPHA Member
$80 + GST for 2 sessions for a non-member
$115 + GST for 3 sessions for a non-member

Spring 2021 – Accessible Customer Service Standard Course

MNPHA is offering the Accessible Customer Service Standard Course for our members, as a self-directed course. 

The Accessibility for Manitobans Act became law in Manitoba in December 2013. It establishes a process to remove barriers affecting persons with disabilities and many other citizens. The government has worked with public and private sector organizations to develop accessibility standards. One of the accessibility standards is about Customer Service, which includes all types of programs and services that can be accessed by the public. This course covers foundational knowledge for all staff and volunteers of the housing sector to understand the Customer Service Standard. 

Learning Outcomes:

  •  – Interact and communicate with persons with disabilities facing barriers
  •  – Recognize and respect the various supports that people with disabilities may use, such as assistive devices, support person, or service animal
  •  – Provide support to a person with a disability who is having difficulty accessing a product or service

This course should take 45 to 90 minutes to complete. When it is completed, you will receive a participation certificate from Manitoba Possible, which is where the $6 fee applies ($6 includes GST). We are planning to host the course quarterly. You will have a month to complete the course. 

Date: June 28-July 28. Register by July 25. 

Location: Online using Moodle Cloud platform

Cost: $6 (GST included). This is a member-only course. 

June 2021 – Building Boards Level 2

Participants have one month to complete the self guided training, which is comprised of educational videos and other materials. 

Learning Outcomes:

 – Undertake strategic planning in order to ensure the health of their organization

 – Identify the mission, vision, and values of an organization, and articulate guiding principles

 – Identify the Board’s role in financial oversight, including understanding the purpose of the annual audit, and the capital planning process

– So much more!

April 2021 – Property Assessment & Property Tax Information Session

As property tax represents one of the largest annual operating expenses, prudent management of property assessment and property tax issues is crucial for non-profit providers – and saves money!

Altus Group explored a number of assessment and tax management strategies that have been beneficial for non-profit providers, including the critical importance of preparing and sending replies to the Assessor’s annual requests for information, assessment review strategies, and the impact of the recently announced Education Property Tax Rebate. 

Date: April 28, 2021 – 9:00 – 10:00AM

May 2021 – Canada-Manitoba Housing Benefit Information Session

The Canada-Manitoba Housing Benefit was recently announced, and will be providing a portable benefit to designated groups: young adults transitioning or who recently aged out of the care of the child welfare system, people living with mental health or addictions issues living in designated supportive housing buildings, and people at risk of homelessness. Learn more and get your questions answered in this session. 

Date: May 2, 2021 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm

March 2021 – COVID Vaccine Q&A for Housing Providers

Dr. Heejune Chang offered a vaccination info session. During the first half of the presentation she relayed key information about COVID-19 vaccination, addressing updated logistics, common misconceptions about vaccines, and how to help tenants navigate vaccine access. The second half was a Q&A, giving ample time for attendees to ask specific questions. 

Date: March 29, 2021 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm

April 2021 – Coordinated Access in Winnipeg

Betty Edel, Director of Housing Supports from End Homelessness Winnipeg, provided MNHPA members a presentation about their Coordinated Access initiative on April 6 at noon. 

Coordinated Access is a process through which individuals and families experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness are provided access to housing and support services based on a standardized set of procedures. 

Date: April 6, 2021 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Location: Online via the Zoom platform

January 2021 – Post-85 Agreements Discussion

Social housing agreements are ending or have been temporarily extended. Post-85 agreements typically have 100% RGI unites, and therefore higher vulnerability post-agreement without ongoing rent or operating subsidies compared with other agreements; additionally, there is funding in the National Housing Strategy to continue subsidies until 2028, but what happens afterwards is not clear, leading to hesitation in establishing long-term programs or agreements at the provincial level. 

Post-85 agreement holders as we discussed: 

  1. What does the National Housing Strategy and Bilateral agreement say about these agreements?
  2. End of Operating Agreement planning process (determining viability and options)
  3. What do you need, and what are your concerns?
  4. Next steps

November 2020 – Building Boards Program: Online Training Level 1

Calling all Board Members! MNPHA has designed a board training program, tailored to board members serving the non-profit housing sector.  Whether you’re new to non-profit board governance, new to a housing-focused organization, or experienced in both, this custom-designed training for the non-profit housing sector in Manitoba is for you.

This training program consists of two courses – Level 1 and Level 2 – and each course is composed of 3 modules. Each module covers a foundational topic of board governance and includes tools which participants can immediately bring back to use in their organization. The course is designed for both new and experienced Board members of housing organizations. We encourage all new members of boards of directors to join this training program, and each organization to have a minimum of two members who have completed both levels. 

Learning Outcomes
At the end of Level 1, participants will be able to:
  1. Differentiate governance from management, and know the core requirements of a housing governance board
  2. Organize meetings, annual meetings, and board communications to be effective and efficient
  3. Understand their role and have tools to assist in hiring and overseeing an ED/Manager/Property Management Company
Date: November 23 – January 15, 2020 (Access to Materials, can complete any time during that timeframe)
Location: online using Moodle Cloud platform
Trainer: Rolande Kirouac, High Achievement Training

The Building Boards Program is offered with the financial support from the Winnipeg Foundation and Assiniboine Credit Union.

September 2020 – Ask Each Other Anything

An online discussion of COVID-19 response for non-profit housing providers in Manitoba. Hear from your colleagues in the sector and share your experience/challenges/successes.



August 2020 – Ask Each Other Anything

An online discussion of COVID-19 response for non-profit housing providers in Manitoba. Hear from your colleagues in the sector and share your experience/challenges/successes.




August 2020 – Energy Retrofit Basics (& New Funding!) 

In the first half of this virtual Lunch and Learn session, Dawn Fraser (Sustainable Building MB) provided a basic overview of Energy Retrofit, including basic terminologies and principles of Energy Retrofits. Jim Nostedt (SEEFAR Building Analytics) explained the concept of the total cost of building ownership to illustrate a holistic way of looking at energy retrofitting, rather than the traditional piecemeal approach. Jana Brunel (Efficiency Manitoba) provided a quick introduction of their residential and commercial programs, migrated from MB Hydro Affordable Energy Department. In the latter half of the webinar, Ben Koczwarski (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) presented everything you need to know about their new Green Municipal Fund for Sustainable Affordable Housing – in particular, its eligibility and application process. 

Webinar recording and documents (presentation file, additional resources) used in the presentation are available upon request at no cost for MNPHA members.

June 2020 – Panel Discussion: Social Housing Transformation in Manitoba

This past year we have talked a lot about sector transformation. But what are we transforming into? What can and should the social housing sector in Manitoba become, and how do we get there? Panelists discussed the core issues impacting non-profit housing providers in the province: evolving relationships with government, new financial and funding models, and partnerships and collaboration.

Summary from the Panel

June 2020 – Ask Each Other Anything

An online discussion of COVID-19 response for non-profit housing providers in Manitoba. Hear from your colleagues in the sector and share your experience/challenges/successes.



June 2020 – Financial Management and Accessing Financial Support in Uncertain Times

While the Covid-19 pandemic has made predictable budgeting more difficult than usual, it is also more critical than ever to be reviewing and adjusting your financial forecast on a regular basis. Learn tips on forecasting and details of governments programs to support non-profits, charities, and co-ops that most housing providers can access.

Cheryl Baldwin with BCP Consulting provided an overview of how to track and analyze changes in revenue and expenses to plan for the short and longer-terms as Part 1 of the presentation. In Part 2, she discussed the various financial programs that most housing providers will qualify for: eligibility, how to apply, and how to appropriately account for them. This includes the CERB program for employees; the 10% and 75% wage subsidy programs; the CEBA loan program; tax deferral options, the provincial loan for those who don’t qualify for federal supports, and the new MB Risk Recognition Program. Combined, these programs could provide thousands of dollars in additional revenue to support adjustments to operations, additional programming or tenant resources, and cover additional costs or reduced revenues.

Webinar recording and documents (presentation file, templates) used in the presentation are available upon request for the following cost:

  • $20 + GST/organization for CHF Canada or MNPHA Member
  • $40 + GST/person for non-members

May 2020 – Questions and Answers with Residential Tenancies Branch

Michelle Corrigal, A/Director, and Michelle Reynolds, Client Services Coordinator of the Residential Tenancies Branch joined us via WebEx for a Q&A on RTB during COVID-19.

May 2020 – Questions and Answers on Personal Protective Equipment

Chantelle Riddle-Yarycky, Infection Prevention and Control Specialist with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority joined us via WebEx for a Q&A on PPE during COVID-19.

Watch the video of the discussion

Read the Q & A from the discussion

April 2020 – Ask Each Other Anything

An online discussion of COVID-19 response for non-profit housing providers in Manitoba. Hear from your colleagues in the sector and share your experience/challenges/successes.



April 2020 – Assisting Renters: Manitoba’s Rent Assist in the context of Canada’s National Housing Strategy

Hear the results of the Assisting Renters research report. For the past year, MNPHA, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba (CCPA) and the University of Manitoba have been working together to get a better understanding of the impact of Manitoba’s Rent Assist program on tenants and landlords.

Download the Full Report

Watch the video from the launch

March 2020 – Ask Each Other Anything 

An online discussion of COVID-19 response for non-profit housing providers in Manitoba. Hear from your colleagues in the sector and share your experience/challenges/successes.



February 2020 – Dealing Effectively with Pests: Beyond Spraying

When it comes to pest control, our sector has been traditionally relying on spraying. But spraying alone is not effective, and constant spraying leaves tenants and property managers exhausted. The key is tenant education and support, so they become part of the pest prevention and intervention team too. Jill Hisco from Purpose Construction provided tips on how to make it easy for tenants to collaborate with you, as well as various tools available for tenants. She also explained the differences between bed bugs and cockroaches, and prevention and intervention techniques, beyond spraying.

Click here to access the free Bug N Scrub program for bed bug treatment

Click here for a close-up picture of a pest prevention kit for tenants, recommended by Jill

February 2020 – Board Member Mixer

The Board Member Mixer is an informal networking gathering where you can talk to other boards about common challenges. We had guests from ACU’s community finance centre, Volunteer Manitoba – Board Connect Program, and the Springfield Senior Non-Profit Housing Co-op who are actively engaged with new development projects. We discussed capital planning, organizational growth, board succession planning, and wrapped up with an immersive introduction of universal design/accessibility design at Ten Ten Sinclair Housing.

Download an info sheet of different levels of accessibility design, and key features that tenants look for

Download the one-bedroom floor plan at Ten Ten Sinclair

Learn more about Place La Charette, Ten Ten Sinclair Housing’s newest project (occupancy in 2012), and compare it with the unit design at 1010 Sinclair Street (in 1975) to see the enhancements and similarities in universally-accessible design.

February 2020 – ED/Manager Mixer

The ED/Manager Mixer allows attendees to further connect with colleagues and learn a bit more about the host organization – Ten Ten Sinclair Housing Inc. – and accessible design in affordable housing. To recap some of the issues mentioned, we heard that EDs who have served their organizations long-term are challenged to pass down their knowledge to a successor with the lack of dedicated resources; we heard that there is a need for quality administration support to coordinate legislation compliance and miscellaneous tasks; there is an ongoing challenge to support successful tenancies. We had guests from Recycle Everywhere – Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association, ACU, Kinew Housing, Jubilee Fund, Winnipeg Housing Renewal Corp, Univ. of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation, and New Journey Housing. The complimentary hot breakfast was sponsored by ACU. 

February 2020 – Manitoba Life Lease Forum: Key Issues and Educational Needs

MNPHA and Manitoba Life Lease Occupants Association (MLLOA) co-sponsored the MB Life Lease Forum inviting Board members, EDs, managers and tenant representatives from 15 Life Leases to discuss key issues unique to Life Leases in Manitoba and provide input for a training package for stakeholders in the sector.  The training package may become part of the MNPHA’s educational workshop series, conference, webinars, or online/printed materials.

Download the summary of the forum

January 2020 – Deepening Board Engagement

Increasing team building knowledge and skills is essential to stepping up to any leadership position in the not-for-profit world. By implementing the 5 fundamental steps: motivation, communication, support, positive politics, and negotiation, you will be building teams where everyone will not only succeed: they will enjoy their experience on the Board.

January 2020 – Understanding Financial Statements, morning session

Board members have a key responsibility of ensuring non-profit organizations are financially viable and are meeting their financial obligations. They therefore need to understand and be able to ask the right questions about their financial statements. This session was for those new to boards and/or the housing sector who want to improve their financial literacy, and understanding financial statements and auditors’ report better. 

Part 1: Understanding Financial Statements

Download the Understanding Financial Statements presentation

Download the handout for a sample financial statement for a housing organization (CMHC accounting standard)

Part 2: Understanding Auditors’ Report

Download the What is an Audit presentation

Download the handout for a sample Independent Auditors’ Report

December 2019 – GST Exemptions

Qualifying for a GST exemption during development or after your operating agreement expires requires municipal designation. This exemption may save you thousands of dollars each year. Exchange Group Chartered Accountants provided details on eligibility for GST exemption, and what is required to apply/maintain it.
This event was held at the Old Grace Housing Co-op. It was sponsored by Assiniboine Credit Union, and limited to members of MNPHA and/or the Cooperative Housing Federation (CHF).

October 2019 – Elderly and Infirm Persons Housing License

The Elderly and Infirm Persons Housing License waives the education tax on buildings within certain eligibility criteria related to unit size, age of tenants, and rent-to-income ratios. Rosanne Dudeck from Manitoba Housing provided details on eligibility, and we worked through examples of how the License impacts the overall property taxes. The workshop was held at the common room of Bethel Place, 445 Stafford Street, Winnipeg. 

October 2019 – Housing Applications and Waitlists:

Lessons Learned from The Registry and Manitoba Housing & Lunch with Carolyn Ryan – Transformation of Manitoba Housing Updates

Non-Profit Housing providers in Manitoba each manage their applications and wait lists independently. Direct service staff who work with people in housing need have found various ways to support people to apply for housing, but find the process frustrating, confusing, and full of barriers for potential tenants. As social housing is increasingly provided by non-profits, there is concern that the housing search and application process will become more fragmented. Manitoba Housing changed its application process relatively recently. While there have been a number of successes in its approach, there are opportunities to make adjustments so that it works better for tenants and for communities.

In Ottawa, The Registry was started by a consortium of non-profit housing providers to create a shared, consistent, and centralized application for their units. This resource is an example of sector collaboration that can create greater efficiency in Manitoba.

Ishbel Solvason-Wiebe presented on The Registry. Her power point slides and a video of her presentation are available with details about The Registry’s operations. Harold Smith presented on Manitoba Housing’s application process for its direct managed units, including sharing some lessons learned and current challenges.

Carolyn Ryan, A/CEO of Manitoba Housing spoke over lunch on the Transformation of Manitoba Housing and non-profit housing that will take place over the next decade.

Read the Notes from Carolyn Ryan’s Presentation and the group brainstorm afterwards

Watch the Video of Ishbel’s Presentation on The Registry.

September 2019 – Board Governance Series

Aimed at members of the Boards of Directors of our members, this new annual workshop series provides board members the foundation they need, along with a network of other board members, to serve their organization for years to come.

Download the poster for 2019/20 Board Series

October 2019 – Board Basics

Aimed at new board members, or those who wanted a refresher on the roles and responsibilities of being on a board, this session covered the following fundamentals: 

 – Role and responsibilities of board members

 – Authority and power held by the chair

 – Relating to the board and to the executive director

 – Dealing with rogue board members

 – Encouraging participation by all board members

 – Strategies to help conduct a productive, effective meeting

 – Governance vs. Management

March 2017

In March of 2017, CHDG hosted our fourth annual learning symposium.  This event explored partnerships between housing co-ops and their municipalities as well as looking at housing co-op development across Canada.

Workshop Slides: Housing Cooperatives as a Municipal Partner

Workshop Slides: Co-op Tour Presentation

May 2016

In May of 2016 the CHDG hosted a full day learning event focusing on actual development of housing co-ops.  Topics discussed were:  Financing Member Shares, Tax Increment Financing, the Co-op Loans Guarantee Board and a panel discussion on Mixing Market and Affordable Units – Challenges and Opportunities.  We wish to express our sincere appreciation to our knowledgeable presenters:  Nigel Mohammed (Assiniboine Credit Union), Shirley Lord (Old Grace Housing Co-op), Blair Hamilton (Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada), Dave Dessens (City of Winnipeg), Karl Falk (DSI Tandem Co-op Resources), Sandra Hardy (Old Grace Housing Co-op), David Gawthrop (Village Canadien Housing Co-op), Harry Finnigan (Gas Station Arts Centre).

Workshop Slides: Share Financing CHDG

TIF and Other Incentives

Workshop Slides: Gas Station Arts Centre

Workshop Slides: Old Grace CHDG Presentation

May 2015

On Thursday, May 21, 2015, CHDG was pleased to present a full afternoon / evening symposium featuring Keynote Speaker Murray Guy of Integrated Design.  Additional workshops included an update from Manitoba Housing and Community Development on the Cooperative Housing Strategy, a facilitated discussion on share structures and offering statements, an overview of CHDG and a Q and A on Integrated Project Delivery.


May 2014

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, thanks to our friends at Old Grace Housing Co-op, we were pleased to host a discussion with Rob Dumont who spoke about high efficiency multi-family buildings for cold climates – lessons learned from Prairie climate buildings.

Dumont Poster

February 28 – March 1, 2014

The second annual Learning Symposium:  “Innovation & Adaptation”

The full day event, was a mutual learning event meant to be a hands-on, facilitated exploration of policy and practice options that can advance the cooperative housing sector in Manitoba.  It featured a Keynote Address with Brian Scott of Communitas who spoke about “Station Pointe Green – Green Financing and Design”.  Additional workshops included Addressing the Equity Gap, Finance, Equity and Housing Cooperatives, an update on the Cooperative Housing Strategy Development by Manitoba Housing and Community Development and a Q and A about the structure of CHDG.

On Saturday morning, a companion event was held with a panel discussion entitled Breaking the Mold – New Look Housing Co-ops.

Symposium Agenda


September 2012

On September 28, 2012, we held our first ever Learning Symposium entitled “A Symposium For New Solutions – A Cross-Sector Dialogue”