The University of Manitoba understands that family and work can sometimes be a balancing act. This site is a comprehensive resource for all family care matters with information and referrals to services both on and off campus.
The Family Resource Coordinator is available to assist all staff, academics and faculty members of the university. On this page you will find information about:
Visit the Family Resources Intranet site to learn about specific programs offered at UM Fort Garry campus.
The University of Manitoba believes that "family" is a diverse and inclusive network of loving relationships that transcends traditional definitions. Family may or may not be related, share the same household, or be legally recognized.
New to Canada
There are numerous resources available to you that can help ease the transition for you and your family.
Relocation and settlement
The University of Manitoba is a member of the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO), which has negotiated a moving agreement with moving companies. Learn more about recruitment relocation allowances under Travel and business expenses on the UM Intranet for more details.
The UM Family Resource Coordinator works in partnership with the Human Resources Client Services - Immigration Services to provide a comprehensive and personalized support for new hire academics and faculty members with relocation and settlement.
This map highlights all of the Winnipeg Neighbourhoods (PDF) to determine which ones are closest to the university campus.
Tenant or renter's insurance
Tenant or renter’s insurance is typically not included in rental fees. Purchasing insurance allows for a peace of mind that you are protected from housing-related emergencies such as break-ins, fire or flood.
Sample list of companies that offer tenant/renter’s insurance near the University of Manitoba
Landing at the airport
The University of Manitoba does not provide pick-up services from the airport. Taxi service from the airport is provided by Unicity Taxi, which is available near Exit 3 at the terminal building. For more information about transportation at the Airport, visit the airport website.
Navigating around Winnipeg
There are four main ways of navigating your way around Winnipeg: city bus, taxi service, cycling and driving.
Winnipeg Transit is the bus system in Winnipeg.
To learn how to take the bus in Winnipeg, visit Transit Travel Tips.
To watch a video on how to take a Winnipeg transit bus, visit the International students web page.
Visit Busing to campus for more information.
Navigate through the city and plan your journey with the Navigo (Winnipeg Transit).
This Winnipeg Transit site includes a map of locations where transit products can be purchased in person.
To load your "peggo" card (transit bus pass) online, go to peggo Home (winnipegtransit.com).
Taxi and ride-sharing services
There are a number of taxi companies in Winnipeg that need to be requested in advance, either by phone or through an app. You can request an estimate before you use a taxi, but the cost of the ride is determined by a meter that runs in the vehicle throughout your drive.
For more information, visit Passengers — Vehicles for Hire (City of Winnipeg ).
For a sample list of taxi companies in Winnipeg, visit The Best 10 Taxis in Winnipeg (Yelp)
For a sample list of ride-sharing service companies in Winnipeg, visit RideGuru.
Active transportation means using human power to get around – cycling, walking, in-line skating, even cross-country skiing are some examples of how people can get from point A to point B.
Learn more from the City of Winnipeg Active Transportation site.
Licensed childcare programs
Licensed programs are regulated by the province. Most run full-time while some operate part-time or offer extended hours or evenings/weekend care. Each child care centre is overseen by a Board of Directors (mainly parents) and child care homes are run by the child care provider living out of that home. Both childcare centres and childcare homes have multi-year long waitlists.
Learn more at the Province of Manitoba Child care site.
- infant programs (3 months to 2 years)
- full-time preschool programs (2 to 6 years)
- part-time programs (3 months to 6 years)
- nursery schools (3 to 6 years)
- school-age programs (5 to 12 years)
Part-time programs and nursery schools typically run for 2 to 3 hours per day from 2 to 5 days a week.
- family childcare homes (mixed age group; up to 8 children)
- group childcare homes (mixed age group; up to 12 children)
Manitoba online childcare search tool
Please note that most childcare centres have multi-year long waitlists. Although this childcare search tool displays how many vacancies each program has, it is important to realize that it may not indicate real time numbers and availability.
Choosing the right program for you
It is encouraged that families visit a childcare program first before deciding to register your child. Each family is unique and have a different set of needs or values, so it is ideal to find a program that is best suited for you. Most centres will schedule an intake meeting with the family to tour the space, meet the staff, answer any questions, and come up with an individualized plan for your child.
Other children's programming and childminding options
UM Babysitter Directory
The UM Babysitter Directory is a convenient tool for connecting University families with student babysitters. This initiative allows for students to gain casual employment and work experience while helping out their fellow University community members.
Access to the directory is for parents and caregivers. Users will be asked to complete a disclaimer form, and then will receive an invitation to request access.
If you are a student interested in becoming a casual sitter, please contact FamilyResource@umanitoba.ca
- Family members or friends
- Babysitting services
- Nanny services
- Montessori schools (preschool)
- Nursery schools (preschool)
- School-run before and after school programs (school-age)
- Community youth programs (school-age)
For information on youth camps, please visit University of Manitoba Mini U Programs
Connect with the community
Settling into your new life sometimes comes with a lot of changes. Your spouse/partner and children are going through those life changes too. Having a sense of belonging in a community can help to increase our overall health and wellbeing.
Here are some ideas on how to start forging connections along with some information about the province of Manitoba:
Health and wellness
Recreation and tourism
Manitoba Indigenous community
Diverse communities support
Spouse or common-law partner employment opportunities
Household financial management
For information on employee pay and benefits, please log in to the UM Intranet and go to Employee Resources.
Explore benefits available to families and caregivers through the Government of Canada.
UM provides a comprehensive group insurance program to assist you in meeting your mental health, dental, disability and survivorship needs. Learn more on the UM Intranet under Employee resources.
Older adults and caregiving
Most of the following resources were provided by the University of Manitoba’s Centre on Aging research centre. They have developed a well-recognized reputation for research excellence on the topic of aging.
According to the Government of Canada website, the definition of caregiver is “a family member or someone who is considered to be like family providing care or support to the person who is critically ill or injured or needing-end-of-life care.”
Another definition from Aging.com, a caregiver is “anyone who provides care for a person who needs extra help. This could mean a family caregiver, a respite caregiver, a home caregiver, or a primary caregiver…”
Family-friendly resource committee
UM Family Resources is looking for dedicated individuals who are excited about creating positive change and enhancing the University experience for families. Join our Family-friendly Resource Committee!
Meetings are held during the academic year every other month starting in September 2024 from 12 - 1 p.m. via Teams. Whether you are a graduate student, support staff, or faculty member, your unique perspective and ideas are valuable to us.
Contact us for more information.
Office of the Vice-Provost (Academic Affairs)
319-66 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2