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The Family Centre is currently closed due to COVID-19. Please visit our faculty COVID-19 page for the latest updates.

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About the Centre

The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences Family Centre is an evolving resource and support service connecting students and staff managing changes in their life with resources and services including:

  • parent/child drop-in (postponed due to Covid)
  • parent discussion group (periodic sessions held virtually)
  • resource materials (available from webpage only)
  • public use computer to register for Maternity Leave, EI Benefits, Manitoba Child Care Registry, etc. (unavailable at this time due to Covid)

We’re listening and want to hear from you – please let us know of any resources or services you would like to see on our webpage and in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences Family Centre. Our goal is to provide you with information and services you need in a quick and direct way.

Email your questions, requests or feedback to

We look forward to welcoming you soon.


Virtual Covid-19 Q and A session

Thursday, March 18 — 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Guest speaker: Dr. Jason Kindrachuk, assistant professor and Canada Research Chair in emerging virus pathogenesis, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, University of Manitoba.

Moderated by: Raman Dhaliwal, director of Administration/Operations, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.

View event details in the UM events calendar

Lunch and learn book club

This six-session book club will dive into Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting, by Dr. Joan Durrant. Dr. Durrant is a clinical-child psychologist and professor in the department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.

Participants must commit to attending six bi-weekly virtual book club sessions. Each session will run from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There are 10 spots available – to reserve your spot, email


Participants will receive a free hard copy of the book upon registration. A PDF of the book is also available for free download.

View event details in UM events calendar


Experiencing a life change on top of everything else you’re trying to balance can be challenging and you don’t have to do it alone.

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There is no guarantee about the accuracy, applicability, fitness or completeness of the information found on this website or in any links to third party sites. Such information is provided without warranty of any kind.

The University of Manitoba and its agents, employees and students disclaim responsibility to any party for any loss or damage of any kind that may arise directly or indirectly as a result of the use of or reliance on the information contained in this website, including in any linked third party sites.

supports for Life changes

Change your personal information at UM

If you have a preferred name change, legal name, gender designation change, or address change you will need to notify the university.

Students: full details are available on the Registrars’ Office website.

Faculty and staff: send an email to with the name related or gender designation change you wish to make and HR staff will guide you through the process.

Employees can self-update an address change through the employee self-service portal via JUMP.

Updating UM eligible staff benefits

Faculty and staff can update their benefits to add or remove a spouse by completing the form below. You may also use the form below to add a new dependent.

Dependent form (PDF)

For more information, contact your staff benefits generalist to discuss any questions regarding your benefit and insurance coverage.

UM counselling services

Counselling is available for students, faculty and staff confronted with challenges of all kinds.

Visit the Student Counselling Centre’s webpage to learn more about available services:

Faculty and staff
The University of Manitoba Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) is a voluntary and confidential counselling service for all University of Manitoba staff and their families. Visit the EAP employee and family assistance program page.

Additional resources

supports for Family planning

supports for Prenatal or postpartum

supports for Child care, activities and parenting

supports for Death

UM spouse, dependent, employee or retiree

Spouses or eligible dependents
If a spouse or eligible dependent passes away, you will need to contact the Staff Benefits Office. Staff Benefits will update the records and arrange for spousal/dependent life claims, if applicable.

If an employee passes away, the department will need to contact the Staff Benefits Office, who will check if any benefits are payable.

The department of the employee will need to complete a cessation form.

If a retiree passes away, the family will need to contact the Staff Benefits Office, who will check if any benefits are payable.

UM compassionate care or bereavement leave

University Governance capture compassionate care or bereavement leaves within the leave of absence governing document. There you will find information on qualifying criteria and the benefits UM staff are entitled to.

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