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

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 Savings 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.

CALL TOLL FREE: 1-866-991-0025
Community members from anywhere in Canada can call ACORN to find out about, and register for, the Canada Learning Bond. ACORN will take basic information from the applicant (using SmartSAVER's portal), and connect them with a bank of their choice to set up a meeting to complete the registration process.

Additional information about the Canada Education Savings Programs

  • RESPs Made Easy - A Smartsaver video - describes the steps involved in starting up an RESP. Also see the SmartSaver website for more on what RESPs offer, how to choose an RESP, and for help in applying online.
  • 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.

Youth Support Services

Macdonald Youth Services - The Family Navigator Program helps guide families through the numerous therapeutic services available to youth aged 13 to 24. Details are available - whether you are a parent, caregiver, or young person - in their brochure and poster.

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



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