This webpage has been established to provide members with up-to-date information regarding the evolving situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check frequently for updates.
Social workers play a key role in providing ongoing and crisis-based social work services during this time due to the increased need for services related to health, mental health, basic need fulfilment, employment and income support planning, safety planning for vulnerable children and families, advocacy and the dissemination of accurate information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The College acknowledges social workers on the frontlines providing these critical services to the public and those developing and managing programs and policies to respond to this pandemic.
Provincial Response Level
Effective September 28, 2020, the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region has moved to the Restricted (orange) level of the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes mandatory mask use in public places and specific gathering restrictions.
Effective September 3, 2020, public health re-implemented travel restrictions to northern Manitoba and remote communities.
For more information regarding cautions and restrictions that may impact your social work practice, please visit the Government of Manitoba website.
For helpful information regarding mask use in workplace settings, please review the following:
Social Workers Eligible for Pandemic Payment through the Manitoba Risk Recognition Program
On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, the Province of Manitoba announced expanded eligibility for the Manitoba Risk Recognition Program. This program provided a one-time payment to eligible low-income, essential, front-line workers, who took extraordinary risks to keep Manitobans safe during the period of March 20, 2020 to May 29, 2020 of the COVID-19 pandemic. Information regarding this program can be found on the Government of Manitoba website.
Questions regarding this program should be directed to Government of Manitoba representatives.
Phase 3 – Restoring Safe Services
Phase 3 of Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services plan took effect on June 21, 2020. As social workers begin to resume in-person services, members must continue to adhere to requirements and guidelines issued by Manitoba Health including physical distancing, strict hand hygiene and self-screening procedures. Additional recommendations regarding workplace protocol, including pre-screening clients, enhanced cleaning and limiting interaction between employers are provided in the links below:
For additional information regarding COVID-19 responses and recommendations, please review the following websites: