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.

It is not too late for the new provincial government to take action. Cabinet can still approve an increase to the minimum wage in time for the traditional annual increase date of October 1st.

Examining the economic evidence shows what action – or inaction – on minimum wage looks like for the 38,000 Manitobans who earn $11/ hour and for Manitoba businesses.

Over the past 16 years Manitoba has steadily increased the minimum wage without harming job creation – in fact, the economy kept growing, which was beneficial to small businesses. This is because the minimum wage plays only a bit part in determining employment.

If we look over time and across Canada, increasing the minimum wage does not result in job losses. A Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives study of all provincial minimum wages and employment changes from 1983 – 2012 found no consistent evidence that minimum wage affects employment levels. Employment, job loss and creation, is determined by larger economic factors, not minimum wage policy.

One example of a larger minimum wage increase did not result in job losses for adults, and had a small impact on teenage employment. For example, in 2011 British Columbia increased the minimum wage by 28 percent to catch up for past inaction. This increase did not result in job losses for adult minimum wage earners. For those aged 15 to 24, employment declined slightly by 1.6 percent. Interestingly over the same time period the number of young people age 15 to 24 who became students increased by 1.1 percent. Likely young minimum wage earners returned to school, which improves their earnings in the long run.

Manitoba’s minimum wage currently ranks 8th out of 15 provincial and territorial jurisdictions. When considering to where to locate or if to relocate in Canada, businesses take into account many factors, including the cost of inputs (goods, utilities, insurance and labour etc). Studies show that minimum wage is not a significant factor. In fact, low wage employers dominate service sectors, such as restaurants and retailers, and must stay close to the consumers that support their businesses.

Economic development relies on consumer spending. Higher wages feed back into stronger demand and more jobs. Minimum wage earners spend in the local economy on basic goods and services, not abroad on foreign holidays.

From an employer perspective, a higher minimum wage is good for business, leading to lower turn­over rates, reducing costly searches to fill positions, training costs and employee turn-over.

Not increasing minimum wage forces these workers to cover the rising cost of living from within their already low earnings. That would hurt a lot of households: the majority of minimum wage earners are adults, women, and many with children.

If the Manitoba minimum wage were increased to inflation this year, full time earners would take home an additional $400. Due to rising food costs, without this $400, more minimum wage earners will have no choice but to turn to already over-burdened food banks. Food bank usage is on the rise in Manitoba and Winnipeg Harvest estimates currently a third of food bank users are working poor.

It is important to note that Manitoba’s minimum wage is set by policy and not based on the actual cost of living. The View from Here: Manitobans Call for a Renewed Poverty Reduction Plan finds that the minimum wage should be set at $15 per hour to lift a single parent out of poverty. This is consistent with the “$15 and Fairness” movement sweeping North America. Making the minimum wage a living wage is a key step in addressing Manitoba’s child poverty crisis and building our local economy.

Economic studies indicate that policy makers need not worry about reductions in jobs and both businesses and workers benefit when minimum wages are raised with regularity. Hopefully the new provincial government acts on the minimum wage soon. Otherwise low wage workers will see their spending power shrink and along with it their ability to support the Manitoba economy.

Molly McCracken is the director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba.


Bernas, Kirsten (2015). The View from Here: Manitobans Call for a Renewed Poverty Reduction Plan.

Brennan, Jordan and Jim Stanford (2014). Dispelling the Minimum Wage Mythology: The Minimum Wage and Impact on Jobs in Canada, 1983 – 2012.

Green, David (2015). The Case for Increasing the Minimum Wage: What does the academic literature tell us?



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New Report: Social Housing With Supports – The case of WestEnd Commons

By Jess Klassen

Since late 2014, twenty-six families in Winnipeg’s inner city have been living in a new, supportive social and affordable housing complex called WestEnd Commons. The innovative development was retrofitted in the 100-year-old St. Matthew’s Anglican Church building. Church and community leaders worked for years to build the affordable family housing complex in Winnipeg’s low-income West End neighbourhood. In addition to reduced rents, WestEnd Commons has a vision to create community and increase social inclusion in this inner city neighbourhood. Full ReportWestendcommons

WestEnd Commons hosts three components: a Neighbourhood Resource Centre, a number of independent faith communities and the twenty-six housing units. The Neighbourhood Resource Centre is a social enterprise that rents space to various community-based organizations providing essential services to people in the West End. Community members have long relied on the services and support provided by this welcoming community space, such as a food bank, drop-in, free computer and phone, sewing programs, artists’ circles, meeting and event space and a commercial kitchen. Seven communities worship within the walls of WestEnd Commons, including St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Grain of Wheat Church-Community, Shiloh Apostolic, Emmanuel Mission and others. Finally, twenty-six units of social and affordable family housing have been erected within the walls of the church.

The idea for this ambitious project was conceived in a difficult time for the housing sector. Federal investments in housing have decreased by over 46 percent over the last twenty-five years, while the Canadian population has grown by almost 30 percent (Gaetz et al., 2014), meaning fewer affordable housing options remain for a growing number of Canadians. Locally, Manitoba Housing Renewal Corporation (MHRC) spent years acting as property manager of a deteriorating public housing stock with little capacity or intention to increase the supply of social and affordable housing, although that has changed in the past decade. Despite these odds, St. Matthews Non-Profit Housing Inc. was formed by a driven group of church and community leaders in 2009, with WestEnd Commons as its first build.

This report explores the interplay between low-cost housing with supports, and social and economic inclusion in society, through interviews with twenty-one residents. It is evident that living in WestEnd Commons has increased residents’ economic inclusion through the provision of subsidized rents, and has increased their social inclusion through supportive policies and programming.


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Bill 7: Unfavourable for Manitoban Workers

By Mark Hudson

On June 15 the new Manitoba government introduced Bill 7, The Labour Relations Amendment Act, which aims to eliminate the so-called “card-check” system of union certification currently used in Manitoba. Bill 7 would mandate secret-ballot votes as the only means of union certification. Sounds fair, doesn’t it? Premier Pallister is banking on Manitobans thinking so. The Bill has been pitched as a means to make union certification more democratic—a clearer reflection of the will of workers. It is, in fact, anything but. It is an assault on unions, plain and simple, and will negatively affect all working Manitobans. Continue reading

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BLOG summary: “Energy East: Taking Manitoba in the Wrong Direction”

TransCanada Pipeline’s Energy East pipeline (EE), if approved, will run from Hardisty Alberta to St. John, New Brunswick and will carry bitumen from Alberta’s Tar Sands to refineries in Quebec and New Brunswick.

A new Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives MB report examines the purported economic benefits for Manitoba as presented in three different impact studies prepared by industry experts (Conference Board of Canada; Deloitte; and the Canadian Energy Research Institute). Benefits include the effect on GDP, the projected increase in tax revenue, as well as job creation numbers. The report raises concerns with these studies.

What the Three Studies Claim Continue reading

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Evidence-based policy, wouldn’t that be a change. The case for personal care homes

A version of this article was first published in the Winnipeg Free Press June 8, 2016.

By Pete Hudson

Budget 2016 pledges $160 million to create 1,200 new Personal Home Care (PCH) spaces. It is to be hoped that this laudable move will be implemented based on the evidence. Regrettably this is a practice woefully lacking.

There is, for example, a consensus of experts in the field that long term care is a continuum. The Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) study reported in the Free Press yesterday makes exactly that case. It found that an expanded Supportive Housing Program could meet some of the predicted increased need, thereby reducing the need for more PCH beds. An identical argument was made in a 2012 MCHP study which included the Home Care Program The combination of the two programs has already reduced the admission rate to PCHs. In short, the new government should avoid favouring one part of the system at the expense of others. Continue reading

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Budget 2016

Don’t let the name of Manitoba’s latest budget “Correcting the Course” fool you: this budget stays the course, at least in the immediate term. It is a status quo budget that continues with many of the initiatives of the previous government and does little new to address income inequality and poverty issues. If one is to glean any information as to how they plan to really change course, one needs to unpack some of the messaging incubating in the background information. We’ll get to that in a moment, but first let’s examine what hasn’t changed much, and why. Continue reading

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