Children & Family
Register a Manitoba birth - Vital Statistics Agency - Information on how to obtain a birth certificate and social insurance number for your child, and how to apply for the Canada Child Benefit.

Manitoba Child Benefit Program – Monthly financial assistance is provided to low-income families who are NOT on EIA. Help is also provided with some of the costs of children’s prescription eyeglasses. Apply online or contact 1-800-563-8793. 

You may be eligible for other benefits in addition to the monthly Canada Child Tax Benefit:

Healthy Baby Program – A  two-part program that supports pregnant women, new parents and their babies through:

  • The Manitoba Prenatal Benefit – A financial benefit that helps pregnant women buy healthy food. You must live in Manitoba and have a family income of less than $32,000 to qualify.
  • Healthy Baby Community Support Programs – Offer free drop-in groups for pregnant women/their partners/parents with babies under the age of one to get information and support for a healthy pregnancy and baby. Call 204-945-1301 in Winnipeg or toll-free at 1-888-848-0140 elsewhere.

Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care – Provides help in paying eligible day care costs for low-income parents. Apply online for the subsidy or call 204-945-0286 (in Winnipeg); toll-free 1-877-587-6224 or email cdcsubsidy@gov.mb.ca.

Canada Education Savings Program (CESP) - The Government of Canada can help you save for your child's education after high school by putting money into a Registered Education Saveings Plan (RESP) that can be used to pay for expenses related to full-time or part-time studies in a trade school, CEGEP, college, university or in an apprenticeship program. Opening an RESP is more than just building savings; studies indicate that an RESP can help strengthen a child's aspirations of pursuing and completing a higher education.

Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) - The Government of Canada offers a basic amount of 20% on the first $2,500 in annual personal contributions to an RESP. Additional amounts of CESG of 10% and 20% on the first $500 of annual personal contributions into an RESP are also available for children from middle- and low-income families.

Canada Learning Bond (CLB) - If your child is born after 2004, they may be eligible to receive an initial payment of $500 in an RESP plus additional payments of $100 every year of eligibility, up to age 15, for a maximum of $2,000 to children from low-income families. No personal RESP contributions are required to receive the CLB. Canadians who get the skills and training they need are more likely to get a good job. The CLB will help Canadian youth reach their full potential.

Additional information about the Canada Education Savings Programs
  • SmartSaver
  • RESP infographics poster from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) [English] [French]
  • CESG and CLB - Saving for Education: A Little Goes a Long Way  [English] [French] - from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
  • CLB infographics poster - Save for Their Future: from ESDC 8-1/2" x 14" [English] [French] and 8-1/2" x 11" [English] [French
  • Other - Social media [English and French] - Facebook, Twitter, and video links from ESDC providing additional information on setting up RESPs and Canada Learning Bonds.

Child Disability Tax Credit - A tax-free benefit for families who care for a child under age 18 who is eligible for the Disability Tax Credit.

Resource Assistance for Youth (RaY) - A non-profit street-level agency working with street-entrenched and homeless youth up to the age of 29. RaY is non-judgmental and non-partisan, employing a harm reduction approach. Call 204-783-5617 or visit 125 Sherbrook Street or email info@rayinc.ca.


ADDITIONAL CHILDREN & FAMILY RESOURCES

Living on a low income? Access to Benefits program at SEED Winnipeg can help you:

  • Get information about government benefits and apply for benefits you qualify for
  • Open an RESP and get money for your children’s education
  • Get the ID needed to access benefits
  • Open bank accounts and file income tax returns

To book an appointment call 204-927-9945 in Winnipeg or email atob@seedwinnipeg.ca.


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