Dakota Community Centre is home to the Senior Resource Finder (SRF) for the St.Boniface and St.Vital area. The SRF connects older adults ages 55+ to community supports, programs, and services within their community. Dakota Community Centre partners with various health, social services, and community sectors to assist with promoting health and well-being of older adults in this area.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Lance Letain by emailing lance@dakotacc.com or by calling (204) 254-1010 ext 217.

Using the menu below or to the right (desktop), click on a heading to see resources available in this area or feel free to reach out to us for support.


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E.R.I.K.®  (Emergency Response Information Kit)


E.R.I.K.®  is a useful tool for anyone with a medical condition who is required to take a lot of medication. The kit contains all pertinent medical/prescription information for each individual, therefore each person taking medications should have their own E.R.I.K.®. The kit comes with a magnet to hang up on your fridge as first responders are instructed to look there for the information they need. The included sticker is placed on the outside door of your residence. This let's first responders know that they should look for the E.R.I.K.® for all your important medical information in order to best assist you.

For more information about the kit – please follow link to the E.R.I.K.® Guide

If you would like a kit for your organization, please contact Lance (204) 254-1010 ext. 217 or email lance@dakotacc.com to arrange pick up. If you'd like a kit for yourself, they are available for pickup at the Dakota Fieldhouse customer service desk.

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Manitoba COVID-19 Screening Tool

Shared Health has posted the Manitoba COVID-19 Screening Tool. To prevent overwhelming the system, you can answer some questions online to determine if you need to contact Health Links - Info Sante at 204.788.8200 or toll-free at 1.888.315.9257 or seek other medical advice.

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Financial Credit & Income Tax Filing Extension

For low and modest income seniors - and other Canadians - the government will provide a one-time special payment through the Goods and Services Tax (GST) credit by early May. This will double the maximum annual GST credit payment amounts for the 2019-20 benefit year. The average boost to income for those benefitting from this measure will be close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples.

The government is reducing required minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) by 25 per cent for 2020.

The government is extending the deadline to file your income taxes to June 1 and allowing any new balances due, or installments, to be deferred until after August 31, 2020 without incurring interest or penalties. For more information, please follow this link.


HelpAgeCanada (Financial Assistance Program)

HelpAge Canada supports older Canadians from coast to coast to coast, particularly those who face social and economic barriers. All Canadians deserve to age with dignity.

Social isolation and loneliness affect more than one million older Canadians, especially those with limited means. Loneliness and isolation can result in serious social, mental and physical health challenges, as well as in a significantly reduced quality of life for older persons and their caregivers.

They help in four key areas:

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Friendly Calls Program

The Canadian Red Cross Friendly Calls program helps address feelings of loneliness and isolation that so many are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program pairs a trained Red Cross volunteer with an adult who feels isolated or lonely, who may have limited social and family connections, or feels they could benefit from more social interaction. Volunteers provide wellness checks and weekly phone calls, and can help provide connections to community resources and other referral services. Scheduled phone calls are tailored to meet each person’s needs. Calls can range from a two-minute check-in to a longer, more social chat. People can participate in the program by: contacting the program coordinator directly; via a referral from a family member or care provider; or a referral from community partners such as social services, religious leaders, or a seniors’ group. Friendly Calls is a free service.


Elder Abuse Awareness Information

June 15th has been dedicated as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Manitoba Association of Senior Centers has prepared a video in response to creating further awareness. The video focuses on who should I tell" in attempt to provoke/promote action and discussions between friends and families. Please click here for more information.


HUB Support for Older Adults

If you are an older adult (55+) and experiencing isolation, loneliness, anxiety, depression, mental health concerns, addiction, or are concerned about your family, you can call or email CMHA's Service Navigation Hub for assessment, information, referral, supports, brief counselling, resources or courses. Please click here for more information.


WRHA Healthy Aging Resource Team - River East/Transcona

We are a team of health care professionals working in the River East/Transcona area. We are available for telephone consultation for anyone 55+ living in the St. Bondiace/St.Vital area who need assistance with navigating the health care system, being connected to resources, and maintaining and improving the overall health and wellness. For further information about our team, click here.


Healthy Aging Resource Teams (HART)

The Healthy Aging Resource Teams are community-based professionals dedicated to helping those age 55+ to live well. The teams consist of nurses, occupational therapists and dietitians, who provide a wide range of health services and community supports through client assessments and consultations in person or by phone. The Healthy Aging Resource Teams can help you:

  • Find resources
  • Maintain and improve your health
  • Provide information about health services
  • Learn about healthy living. No referrals are necessary.

The Teams can help anyone 55+ residing in the community area they serve. For more information, call one of the HART teams listed below or visit our website at: Healthy Aging Resource Teams | Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (wrha.mb.ca)

Downtown/Point Douglas Healthy Aging Resource Team

425 Elgin Avenue Winnipeg, MB
R3A 1P2 Phone: (204) 940-8140 Fax: (204) 940-3830

River East/Transcona Healthy Aging Resource Team (also serves St. Boniface and St. Vital area)

720 Henderson Highway Winnipeg, MB R2K 0Z5
Phone: (204) 940-2114 Fax: (204) 940-3629

St. James/Assiniboia Assiniboine South Healthy Aging Resource Team

3-203 Duffield Street Winnipeg, MB R3J 0H6
Phone: (204) 940-3261 Fax: (204) 940-2443


Victoria Lifeline Medical Alert Service

The Victoria Lifeline medical alert service provides a fast and simple way to access help by pressing a personal alert button, which connects you to a trained response associate 24 hours a day. With optional fall detection technology and mobile buttons that work outside the home, Victoria Lifeline is a valuable support system for older adults and people living with chronic health conditions. Free in-home or virtual consultations are available with a trained educator who can help find a personalized service plan that is right for your needs and your budget. There is no contract, so you can have the service for as little or as long as you want. Reduced rates are available for anyone who qualifies for the Subsidy Program. Please visit their website for more information or call (204) 956-6777 to speak to a representative.

WEBSITE: https://www.victorialifeline.ca/


Forward with Dementia: Resources in Multiple Languages Now Available!

People living with dementia and caregivers have a right to information that is aligned with their culture, and can help them live fulfilling lives and have hope for their future. The Forward with Dementia team has developed resources that are helpful for people living with dementia, caregivers and health and social service providers.Resources are now available in English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Italian, French, and PunjabiThe resources can be viewed and downloaded for free at forwardwithdementia.ca.


Feeling anxious? The following are organizations that can help:

Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba (ADAM)

This organization recognizes that there is an increase in anxiety in the general public at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and they are there to help. Please call their support line at 204.925.0040 or visit their website www.adam.mb.ca for more information.
Note: The support line is not a crisis line. People experiencing a crisis should go to the Crisis Response Centre, the nearest hospital emergency department, or call the Klinic Crisis Line, the Mobile Crisis Team, or Emergency Services at 911.


WRHA Health Management Group Programs Guide

This guide is for use by the public and also as referral tool for use by Primary Care, Home Care, Public Health and in acute settings to refer patients to harmonized chronic disease prevention and management programs, including mental health-related. https://wrha.mb.ca/groups/


Age & Opportunity Support Services Resources

Senior Centre Without Walls

A&O offers the Senior Centre Without Walls (SCWW) Program that provides FREE educational and recreational programs over the phone. The program reaches out to socially isolated older adults 55+ living in Manitoba.   Visit their website or call 204.956.6440 (Winnipeg) or call toll-free by dialing 1.888.333.3121. You can view both their upcoming program guide (January 2021 – April 2021) and registration worksheet by clicking on this link.


Free Counselling & Health Services during COVID-19 Pandemic

See attached link for a collaboration of FREE counselling and health services available during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Doctors are here to help you.

They may provide a phone or video appointment. If an in-person visit is needed, doctor's offices are taking public health precautions to screen patients, disinfect more frequently and apply social distancing advice in common spaces like waiting rooms. Most importantly, your doctor can help you decide if you should seek care now, or wait. Don't self-diagnose, or simply assume they're not available. Just call your doctor first to get advice. They're ready to help. For more information, please click this link.


Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety

During the pandemic, The Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety continues to encourage self-advocacy and healthcare involvement with patients, families and the public. We have developed a new section on our website for the public and healthcare providers to easily find tools and information to support these efforts. You can access this information by going to mips.ca/covid-19.html


Canadian Dental Care Plan

See attached link for more information about the CDCP plan to provide accessible, affordable, and essential oral health care to all Canadians.


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COVID-19 - How to Access Food - Winnipeg Harvest

Winnipeg Harvest is striving to ensure all Manitobans who need it have access to emergency, temporary food support. To stretch their resources to serve an anticipated larger number of clients, they are preparing large food hampers to be delivered through our network of community food banks and partner organizations. To access one of these hampers, please follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Contact the Food Assistance Call Centre to book an appointment at your local food bank.
  2. Attend your appointment.
    • Bring your Manitoba Health Card to your local food bank, and bags or boxes to carry your food hamper.
  3. Following your appointment.
    • Call or email the Food Assistance Call Centre in Step 1 to book your next appointment.

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Need Assistance? - Connect to a Volunteer for help! Province of Manitoba Launches Online Tool to Connect Volunteers Safely with Manitobans Needing Assistance - Manitobans Helping Manitobans


Right At Home (Range of in-home services)

Right at Home provides a range of in-home care options for seniors and adults with disabilities. Don’t think of their services as one-size-fits all. We know everyone’s needs are different, so their care plans are uniquely tailored to each individual. Right at Home provide services such as: Companionship and Physical Assistance; Dementia Specialists; Homemaking and Meal Preparation; Transportation and Errand; Hygiene and Personal Care; Nursing Support; MVA Specialists & Rehabilitation & Navigation and Education. Please visit their website here or you can call  them at (204) 900-8621.


Snow Removal Services

Good Neighbours Home Maintenance Program
Phone: (204) 806-1303. They also help with other Household Maintenance Programs. 

Hire A Refugee
Hire A Refugee services include, Painting, Cleaning, Snow Removal, Junk Removal, Landscaping, Window Cleaning & Demolition. If you have another job you need completed and are not sure if they can do it, don’t be afraid to give them a call at (204) 489-0720.

The Better Business Bureau top rated people in your area can help you find people who are involved in snow clearing. More information can be retrieved on here to get a quote through their website. 


Need Help With Your Home?

Community Home Services: The CHSP provides free community services such as light house cleaning, yard work, snow removal and occasional heavy duty cleaning to low income seniors (60+) and persons with a disability who have home care in place living independently within Winnipeg. Applicants for CHSP services must meet eligibility criteria. For more information contact 204-927-1720

Molly Maids: This is a personalized cleaning service that also caters to seniors. They pride themselves in cleaning according to any special needs or requests with the aim of maintaining your independence. Feel free to contact them at 1-204-808-9079; or email them at info@mollymaid.ca

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*NEW* 211 Phone Line Now Available

211 Manitoba is a free, confidential, 24/7 service that connects individuals to government, health, and social services that are available across the province. The service helps Manitobans who are looking to find the right community or social resource but don’t know where to start. 211 Manitoba also makes it easy for service providers and first responders to direct others to the right resource.

A new addition to this service is the ability to call in and speak with trained professionals. This service can be easily reached by dialing 2-1-1 from your mobile phone or landline.


Help With Transportation

Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre: The Medical Transportation Hotline is a service which offers door-to-door medical appointment transportation for seniors. Due to the ongoing concerns with COVID-19, each vehicle is limited to one person at a time. To arrange your ride, please call (204) 339-1701.

Ring-a-Ride (Caregiving with Confidence): Please give them a call at (204) 452-9491. Kindly visit their website for further information

Seniors Transport: Seniors Transport strides to ensure we provide a safe, dependable mode of transportation for Seniors in our community. Call them at 204-430-9851.


Programs for Seniors in Manitoba

There are a variety of programs and services to help you ensure your later years are safe and secure. Click here to view programs.


St. Vital Accomodation Options

Here are listings of 55+ residences in the St.Vital area if you are looking for living accomodation with assistance.


National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE)

There are many resources & tools that you can utilize in the community and membership is free.  

NICE is an international network of researchers, practitioners, and students dedicated to improving the care of older adults, both in Canada and abroad.​

Their members represent a broad spectrum of disciplines and professions, including geriatric medicine, gerontological nursing, gerontological social work, gerontology, rehabilitation science, sociology, psychology, policy, law and older adults themselves and their caregivers.

 For more information, please visit: https://www.nicenet.ca/


Grocery Store - Senior Only - Shopping Hours and/or Delivery Services

For more information on city wide services please click on this link: http://umanitoba.ca/centres/aging/coa_community.html


Winnipeg Public Library LibGuide

There are many online activities happening, and authors, artists, and organizations generously sharing their time, words, talents, and stories with the Winnipeg Public Library.

In this Guide, you will be connected with the Library's resources plus the many free online resources being shared. Check in often - they are adding new resources daily.

Click here: https://guides.wpl.winnipeg.ca/aclickaway/

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In-Motion Older Adult Excercise DVD




Balance excercises: https://preventfalls.ca/older-adults/excercise/home-excercise/


Osteoporosis Canada Virtual Opportunities

Join Osteoporosis Canada for their ongoing webinars focusing on varying aspects at https://osteoporosis.ca/events/. New ones are constantly being added. Their signature presentation for the general public is titled "Speaking of Bones" and covers:

  • Whats osteoporosis is
  • Risk factors
  • How osteoporosis is diagnosed
  • How to maintain healthy bones
  • How osteoporosis is treated
  • How to live well with osteoporosis


Arthritis Society Physical Acitivity & Strategies

Dr. Linda Li and Ava Rudachyk are sharing great information on physical activity and strategies to keep you moving and make living with arthritis easier. Because we know staying active is both one of the most impactful things you can do and one of the most difficult, here are a few additional resources to support your journey.

Website resources

  1. Staying Active online learning guide - Discover how to start and stay active to help reduce arthritis pain and increase mobility.
  2. Assistive Devices Resource - Learn about the different types of assistive devices that can make everyday tasks easier.
  3. Daily Living online learning guide - Explore how to keep doing what you need and love to do.
  4. Top 10 Exercises - The exercises most often recommended for people living with arthritis


  1. Mobility for Life - Dr. Hubley-Kozey discusses innovative diagnostics and treatments for osteoarthritis care.
  2. Arthritis Advice: Walking - Physiotherapist Ingrid Beam provides simple tips to help people with arthritis incorporate walking into their activities.

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City of Winnipeg
Reporting a Fraud or Scam
Fraud identification brochure (CRA Tax Scam, Identity Theft, Immigration Scam, Job & Employment Scam, Housing Scams, Package/Courier/Mail Scam)

Province of Manitoba
Investment Fraud and Scams
Scams and Frauds - What you need to know to protect yourself.

Better Business Bureau
Latest Scams news from BBB near Winnipeg, MB

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If you have any questions ore require additional information, please reach out to the contacts listed below.



Lance Letain

Phone: 204.254.1010 ext. 217
Email: lance@dakotacc.com

Conseil Des Francophones 55+

123-400 Rue Des Meurons
Winnipeg, MB R2H 3H3

Téléphone: 204.793.1054
Courriel: conseil55@mts.net
Website: fafm.mb.ca

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