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Welcome to Catholic Health Association of Manitoba

The Catholic Health Association of Manitoba (CHAM) is a voluntary, provincial association dedicated to the healing Ministry of the Catholic Church.

Through its Ministries of education health care ethics, spiritual care, social justice and Catholic ownership, CHAM fulfills its mission.

The reason we have been able to thrive for 74 years is because of the ongoing support we receive from our dedicated members.  Our members span the continuum of social services, long term and continuing care, acute care, and seniors’ services across Manitoba.

Each year, we strive to foster relationships between our members through regular correspondence along with events such as our Annual General Meeting, special events and conferences.


Recent News

Invitation to “the MISSION” Board Governance & Leadership Formation Series
September 8, 2017

A clear outcome of the strategic planning session held on June 28th, 2017 for the Catholic Health Association of Manitoba (CHAM) and the Interfaith Healthcare Association of Manitoba (IHCAM) is to support the members of both associations in the areas of leadership development and formation.  As a result of this, CHAM and IHCAM have partnered with the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba (CHCM) to bring to all board members and leaders a new Education & Formation Series. As a member of CHAM and IHCAM, your organization has access to the benefits offered by this partnership to offer on-going development opportunities. 


CHAM and IHCAM are committed to supporting and inspiring ongoing board governance and mission leadership. All board members and leaders are invited to take part in this inaugural opportunity to enhance your knowledge, skills, competencies and get to know others in our community.  Your participation will assist us with the developing future learning opportunities to support excellence in governance and leadership.


Your presence is therefore requested at part of, or all, of the sessions on October 10 & 11. Please find attached additional details on the 2-day event and registration information. We invite you to share the invitation widely.   


We are looking forward to journeying with you to co-create a series that supports the vision of faith-based health and human service by ensuring those who serve are appropriately equipped for their responsibilities through effective and on-going formation.


We are grateful to you for your continued service and engagement in this mission of compassion and love.


To view the poster, click here

To fill out the registration form, click here

September 8, 2017

The province is moving forward on an additional 258 new personal care home beds in Winnipeg, Steinbach and Carman, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

“Additional personal care home capacity will be needed over the next 25 years to care for people with significant needs and who can no longer safely remain at home or in supportive housing,” said Goertzen.  “We remain committed to ensuring the right care is available at the right place and the right time, and moving forward on personal care homes is part of addressing this need.”

Design work will begin to support the development of three proposals including:
• developing the Bridgwater Personal Care Home in Winnipeg to add up to 108 new beds;
• expanding the existing Rest Haven Personal Care Home in Steinbach by adding up to 140 beds; and
• expanding the existing Boyne Lodge in Carman by adding up to 10 new beds, 70 replacement beds and up to 30 new transitional care beds.

The minister noted the projects are in areas where analysis has shown that additional personal care home capacity is among the most needed.  Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living will continue working with regional health authorities, communities and stakeholders to look at creative funding models to both help build capacity and make sustainable capital investments.  This will ensure the province can meet the long-term needs of Manitoba’s growing and aging population.

“Our government has committed to contributing approximately $133,000 per bed toward the construction of 1,200 personal care home beds throughout Manitoba.  Manitobans were paying two or three times that amount under the previous government, which simply wasn’t sustainable,” said Goertzen.  “Additional proposals will be assessed based on needs within the region and their ability to fit within the new mandate.”

In addition, Goertzen noted that work on the expansion of the 157-bed Holy Family Personal Care Home in north Winnipeg is expected to be complete by late 2018.

For more information on personal care homes in Manitoba, visit:

November 5, 2015

CHAM's response to the political parties.


Manitoba Health Spiritual Care Strategic Plan
February 8, 2014

Click here to view the Implementation plan for Manitoba Spiritual Health.

Presentation to the Bill 6 Legislative Committee
June 6, 2012

Click here to view the presentation by Julie Turenne Maynard to the Bill 6 Legislative Committee on June 11th, 2012.



  • Bill 6 ignores and contravenes the basic principles that have been negotiated in long standing agreements with government and the Regional Health Authorities (RHAs).

  • Bill 6 is tantamount to a breach of trust.

  • Bill 6 is an affront to the legitimate and value laden role and significant contribution of the nine (9) faith-based groups that own and operate health and social service organizations in Manitoba.

  • Bill 6 increases the ability of bureaucracies, the RHAs, to unilaterally impose their will on private corporations in matters fundamental to their autonomy;

  • The ability of private corporations to carry out their distinctive missions and mandates, to innovate and experiment, to choose and retain their own leaders, to connect with particular communities of supporters, can all be crucial to their success in providing care that fits the needs and aspirations of clients, residents and patients and their families.

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