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.
Governments at all levels are strongly encouraging the use of widespread physical distancing. The safety of social workers, their clients and the public is of utmost importance.
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. Social workers in identified positions may be eligible for payment through this program, which provides a one-time payment to low-income, essential, front-line workers, who have taken extraordinary risks to keep Manitobans safe during the period of March 20, 2020 to May 29, 2020 of the COVID-19 pandemic. Information regarding the program details, eligibility and application process can be found on the Government of Manitoba website.
The deadline for applications closed on June 29, 2020. Questions regarding this program should be directed to Government of Manitoba representatives.
Phase 3 – Restoring Safe Services
In accordance with Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery, the Government of Manitoba has introduced a plan to gradually and safely restore services across the province. While public health orders and critical health measures remain in place, 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: