Make Poverty History Manitoba (MPHM) is a multi-sector collaborative coalition - representing Indigenous, newcomer, labour, women, 2SLGBTQ*, disability, business, education, student, youth, urban, rural, and northern communities.

Our coalition is committed to changing public policy to achieve a Manitoba without poverty.

Our efforts are primarily directed at the provincial and municipal level.


Basic needs are essential at all times, especially during a crisis, that’s why we are calling for an immediate increase to the EIA budget , transforming it to a Livable Basic Needs Benefit, and exempting CERB from EIA clawbacks.

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Urgent Action Needed to Protect Renters in Manitoba

COVID 19 is disproportionately impacting people living with low incomes and without housing. Help support these community members now by telling the Manitoba government to take action.

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Livable Basic Needs Benefit

Manitobans deserve help meeting essential needs, especially when they're affected by poverty. Our campaign calls on the provincial government to introduce a new Livable Basic Needs Benefit, replacing the existing Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) benefit.

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  • Housing First – Success in Canadian Cities
    The Housing First approach is based on the belief that everyone deserves safe housing. Reliable access to housing, combined with access to health services, employment skills, and supportive communities, are overwhelmingly successful in helping people stay housed, reduce substance use, and have better overall health. Homeless Hub, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, has published an article ...
  • Redirecting Police Funding – It Can Be Done
    The Aurora Mobile Response Team (AMRT) in Colorado works to “provide trauma-informed crisis intervention and de-escalation services on the scene” to individuals in distress, providing them with first aid, health assessments, and basic needs. Make Poverty History Manitoba is calling on our mayor and city council candidates to redirect at least 10% of police funding to community organizations that ...
  • Reduced Transit Fares – Looking to Germany’s Example
    Make Poverty History Manitoba is calling on mayor and city councilor candidates to commit to providing eligible low-income Winnipeggers with 80 percent off the cost of a monthly transit pass. We are also calling for a timeline for introducing fare free transit for all. A pilot project in Germany has tested the waters on reduced transit: “Germany’s three-month experiment with €9 ($12 CAD) tickets ...

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