Anti-Racism campaign “Manitobans: COVID-19 Doesn’t Discriminate. Nor Should You!”

Due to the increasing acts of racism, discrimination, and xenophobia experienced by Asian community members, other racialized groups, and newcomers in Manitoba, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg has launched the campaign “Manitobans: COVID-19 Doesn’t Discriminate. Nor Should You!” (Manitobain(e)s, La COVID-19 ne discrimine pas. Vous non plus !) in partnership with various organizations throughout Manitoba.


The three key objectives of the campaign:

  1. Bring awareness of the racism, discrimination and xenophobia experienced by Asian community members, other racialized groups and newcomers due to COVID-19, while condemning the association of COVID-19 with any ethnic or racial group;
  2. Provide information and tools for these community groups and the general public to stay safe and respond to acts of racism, discrimination and xenophobia; and
  3. Highlight the key role many of these community members play in Manitoba’s response to COVID-19 as essential workers.

The campaign actions include:

  1. Poster Campaign: We are encouraging Manitoba businesses and organizations to support our campaign by putting up our campaign posters (available in English or French). If you would like a poster, please fill out this form, and we will deliver the posters (for free) to you!
  2. Resource Development: We are developing informational resources for responding to racism and discrimination for both those who experience it and those who witness it.
  3. Information Sharing: We are sharing related information through our social media accounts
  4. Social Media Challenge: our #EssentialinMB social media campaign highlights newcomers/immigrants/refugees who are front-line workers and essential to Manitoba’s response to COVID-19.
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Canadian Council for Refugees: COVID-19 Statement/ Déclaration COVID-19

On March 23, 2020, the Canadian Council for Refugees released a massage that urges everyone to remain open to people in precarious situations in Canada and around the world. These moments define our humanity: we must remain open to refugees and vulnerable migrants.

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Le 23 mars 2020 – Conseil canadien pour les réfugiés.  Ces moments déterminent notre humanité. Ne repoussons pas les réfugiés et les migrants vulnérables

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Canada provides update on exemptions to travel restrictions to protect Canadians and support the economy

On March 20, 2020, The Government of Canada has provided an update on travel restrictions put in place to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Exemptions to the air travel restrictions will apply to foreign nationals who have already committed to working, studying or making Canada their home, and travel by these individuals will be considered essential travel for land border restrictions.

These exemptions follow others announced earlier this week, for

  • foreign nationals travelling at the invitation of the Canadian government for a purpose related to the containment of COVID-19
  • close family members of Canadian citizens
  • close family members of Canadian permanent residents
  • a person who is authorized, in writing, by a consular officer of the Government of Canada to enter Canada for the purpose of reuniting immediate family members
  • a person registered as an Indian under the Indian Act
  • accredited diplomats and family members (including NATO, those under the United Nations Headquarters Agreement, other organizations)
  • air crews
  • any foreign national, or group of foreign nationals, whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Minister of Public Safety
  • members of the Canadian military, visiting forces and their family members
  • transiting passengers

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Le 20 mars 2020 – Aujourd’hui, le gouvernement du Canada fait le point sur les restrictions de voyage en place afin d’arrêter la propagation du COVID-19.

Des exemptions aux restrictions de voyage aérien s’appliqueront aux étrangers qui se sont déjà engagés à travailler, à étudier ou à s’établir au Canada, et les déplacements de ces personnes seront considérés comme des voyages essentiels dans le contexte des restrictions aux frontières terrestres.

  • Ces exemptions s’ajoutent à d’autres qui ont été annoncées plus tôt cette semaine pour :
    • les étrangers voyageant à l’invitation du gouvernement canadien dans un but lié au confinement du COVID-19;
    • les membres de la famille proche de citoyens canadiens;
    • les membres de la famille proche des résidents permanents du Canada;
    • une personne autorisée, par écrit, par un fonctionnaire consulaire du gouvernement du Canada à entrer au Canada afin de réunir des membres de sa famille immédiate;
    • une personne inscrite comme Indien en vertu de la Loi sur les Indiens;
    • les diplomates accrédités et les membres de leur famille (y compris l’OTAN, les membres de l’Accord relatif au Siège des Nations Unies et d’autres organisations);
    • les équipages aériens;
    • tout étranger, ou groupe d’étrangers, dont l’entrée serait dans l’intérêt national, tel que déterminé par le ministre des Affaires étrangères, le ministre de l’Immigration, des Réfugiés et de la Citoyenneté, et le ministre de la Sécurité publique;
    • les membres des Forces canadiennes ou d’une force étrangère présente au Canada et les membres de leur famille;
    • les passagers en transit.

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Canada announces plan to continue growing the economy and creating middle class jobs through responsible increases in newcomers

March 12, 2020—Ottawa – Today the Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, tabled the 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan in the House of Commons.

The new plan will benefit all Canadians because immigration drives economic growth, spurs innovation and helps employers access the talent they need to thrive.

Supplementary Information 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan

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Le 12 mars 2020 – Ottawa – Aujourd’hui, l’honorable Marco Mendicino, ministre de l’Immigration, des Réfugiés et de la Citoyenneté, a déposé le plan des niveaux d’immigration 2020-2022 à la Chambre des communes.

Le nouveau plan profitera à tous les Canadiens puisque l’immigration favorise la croissance économique, stimule l’innovation et aide les employeurs à accéder aux talents dont ils ont besoin pour prospérer.

Renseignements supplémentaires sur le Plan des niveaux d’immigration 2020-2022

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City of Winnipeg Council approved the Newcomer Welcome and Inclusion policy

On February 27, 2020, the Newcomer Welcome and Inclusion policy was adopted by the City Council of Winnipeg. This marks important progress in recognizing newcomer’s contributions and show the effort of the community to welcome and help build a sense of belonging for newcomers.

MANSO hope that this policy will act as a fundamental step for future development and for future partnerships across all level.

Stay statistically up-to-date with Manitoba Immigration Data Portal

The Province of Manitoba Immigration data portal that includes the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) annual report, provincial immigration facts, and other related researches.  

More details and information is available here:

Brandon, Manitoba begins accepting applications for Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Brandon, MB is a welcoming community of approximately 50,000 people located in the southwest corner of Manitoba, one hour from the USA and Saskatchewan borders. It is the second-largest city in Manitoba.

Participating in an immigration pilot provides Brandon with the opportunity to work directly with employers and IRCC, to create a pathway for newcomers who want to live, work and settle in Brandon and the surrounding area.

Applicants must meet both the federal government eligibility requirements and the community-specific requirements.

Information about the Brandon RNIP is now available online here.

Learn more about the RNIP Pilot here.

Federal resources regarding Iranian tragedy PS752//Ressources du gouvernement fédéral en réponse à la tragédie du vol PS752 en Iran

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has shared a list of federal resources responding to the Iranian situation so that all settlement sector frontline staff is prepared if they are contacted for information.

Resouce sheet for settlement agencies

Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada (IRCC) a partagé une liste de ressources fédérales en réponse à la situation iranienne afin que tout le personnel de première ligne du secteur de l’établissement soit prêt s’il est contacté pour obtenir des informations. 

Fiche de ressources pour les agences d’établissement


Immigrant Partnership Winnipeg (IPW) – Fostering Safe Spaces Report launched

On January 15, 2020, MANSO, together with other stakeholders from the settlement sector, joined IPW on the launch of their new report. The report focuses on lessons learned and wise practices on building relationships between newcomers and Indigenous Peoples in Winnipeg, Canada. The main recommendation is to provide an orientation tool kit that contains information about Indigenous history and culture, and treaties, while facilitating discussions about stereotypes, telling positive stories about Indigenous communities and listing relevant resources for newcomers.

The project was sponsored by The Winnipeg Foundation through the Emerging Leaders Fellowship (ELF) program with the requirement to work with a local registered charitable organization – in this case, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg – to help build our community. This report is accessible under limited copyright protection. As long as this report is accurately and completely credited and not used for commercial motives, you may download, distribute, photocopy, cite or excerpt this document.

Read the full report here:

IPW report (English)

Rapport IPW (français)

Manitoba’s Accessible Employment Standard Regulation

New requirements for creating workplace emergency response plans for employees with disabilities will come into force on May 1, 2020, for all employers in Manitoba, including newcomer-serving organizations. These requirements relate to creating workplace emergency response plans for employees with disabilities, which fall under the recently passed Accessible Employment Standard Regulation.

The Disabilities Issues Office (DIO) has created a Workplace Emergency Response Toolkit to help organizations prepare.

More info can be found at