Social Enterprise Video

Employees from BUILD and Manitoba Green Retrofit share their experiences working at social enterprises and the impacts this is has in their lives and communities. This documentary short includes highlights of the CCPA Manitoba study “Creating Pride Through Decent Work”.   

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Manitoba Youth Crisis Workers Left in Limbo

Manitoba Youth Centre

By Lynne Fernandez

Manitoba Government and General Employees Union members at Macdonald Youth Services (Local 221), who provide crisis intervention services to youth and families in Winnipeg, walked off the job on August 2, 2016. This move was not undertaken on a whim: strike action is the last resort in any negotiation and is an indication of the level of frustration that these members have reached. Continue reading

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4 Things to Know about Women and Homelessness in Canada

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By Sadie McInnis

Anywhere between 30,000 and 200,000 people are homeless in Canada, with another 1.7 million unable to afford adequate, suitable shelter. Winnipeg in particular has a history of housing shortages and inner-city poverty. In 2015 it was estimated that on a given night in the city there were at least 1,400 people experiencing homelessness. Winnipeg is also home to the largest urban Indigenous population in Canada and poverty rates among the highest in the country.
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Growth Charges: All Winnipeggers have a stake

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First published in the Winnipeg Free Press Aug. 23, 2016

By Christina Maes Nino

The issue of development fees has made headlines again as the consultant hired to take on another study of growth financing in Winnipeg, Hemson Consulting Ltd., completed its second and last engagement session on August 18. The primary purpose of the engagement was to educate stakeholders on the method for calculating growth charges. Key stakeholders have been defined as primarily Winnipeg’s development industry. The reason for this was stated a number of times, by City representatives, Hemson staff, and participants themselves: developers will be the ones seeing and dealing with growth costs most directly. Continue reading

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Work Life Blog: What’s at Stake at Canada Post?

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is currently engaged in collective bargaining with Canada Post. Unlike in previous rounds, the contracts of both the Urban bargaining unit (covering about 42,000 workers) and the unit of some 8,000 Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMCs) are being negotiated simultaneously.

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Next Up Employment Opportunity

Employment Opportunity

Program Coordinator for Next Up Winnipeg

Next Up is an intense leadership program for young people committed to social and environmental justice. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Ottawa. The program examines many social change topics combining theory, practice, deep thinking and hard skills.

The program provides participants with a look at some of the most pressing policy issues and where “progressive” thinking is at on these issues. It will ground participants in how change is made in society. Participants will meet innovative change-makers in Winnipeg— from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who are all working for a better world.

We are seeking a focused, passionate, motivated, and organized person to be our Winnipeg Program Coordinator. The role demands excellent organizational skills and a good knowledge of group dynamics, facilitation, and project management.


  • Excellent knowledge of labour, social justice, environmental issues, and their interconnections
  • Excellent knowledge of Winnipeg/Manitoba NGOs, labour, social justice, and environmental organizations
  • Experience with social justice campaign work and community-based organizing
  • Ability to work well with participants, volunteers, and committees
  • Experience in community development and public education in order to build the capacity of diverse individuals and communities
  • Experience coordinating projects, campaigns, and events
  • Experience creating promotional and educational materials
  • Self-directed and ability to take initiative in a semi-structured work environment
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience with popular education and skills sharing
  • Strong organizational, office coordination, and time management skills


  • Experience with program design and development
  • Experience with fund development and securing of resources for programming
  • Ability to research, design and execute workshops for the purposes of capacity building


Coordinating all aspects of the Next Up Winnipeg program which include: coordinating workshops, attending program sessions, coordinating workshop guests, working with Winnipeg participants, liaising with coordinators in other cities, coordinating advisory committee meetings, the possibility of delivering some sessions, representing Next Up at events.

This is a part-time (15 hours a week) position from September 1st, 2016 through May 31, 2017. The position is remunerated at a rate of $21.50/hour plus 15% in lieu of benefits.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday August 23rd, 2016 at 11:00pm. Interviews will take place in Winnipeg on TBD.

We welcome and value the contributions that individuals who identify as members of marginalized communities bring to our organization, and encourage Indigenous people, people of colour, women, people identifying as LGBTQI, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants, and people with disabilities to apply.

To apply:

By email: Please label your resume firstname_lastnameCV.doc and email your application to

By mail:

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba
Unit 205 – 765 Main St. Winnipeg, MB R2W 3N5

Next Up is a project of the Global Youth Education Network Society and in Winnipeg partners with the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) Manitoba and CCPA Manitoba.

Next Up thanks all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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Inaction Threatens to Stagnate Manitoba Minimum Wage


First published as an editorial in the Winnipeg Free Press July 18, 2016

By Molly McCracken

Unless immediate action is taken, 2016 will be the first time in a generation that minimum wage workers will see their wages stagnate, which will result in fewer earnings for basics like food and shelter.

The 2016 budget failed to signal even an inflationary increase in the minimum wage. This means these earners will make $400 less in 2016/17 – the first minimum wage freeze in 16 years. Continue reading

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