Newsletter - February 26

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Return to Swimming

On February 25, the government announced that they “consider changes to public health orders”. Proposed changes for the entire province will be considered for implementation in two phases over a six-week period, beginning as early as March 5 and again on March 26.

The most important element for our clubs is the following:

- allowing indoor recreation and sporting facilities, such as gyms, fitness centres, rinks, courts, fields, ranges, studios, clubs, pools and centres to open for individual use and group instruction and practices only, with public health measures in place for spectators, common areas and locker rooms for a total capacity of 25 per cent;


While the province says it "considers changes", details are not known nor when these changes for the sport will be announced.

The province is currently looking for public feedback on all of the proposed changes to public health orders. To provide feedback, please visit

Swim Manitoba will be monitoring the situation closely and will continue to engage with Sport Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg to ensure the return to swimming is as easy and quick as possible.

We will communicate any new information to our members through club presidents and head coaches as we learn of new developments.

The Swim Manitoba community is ready for a return to swimming and we will do all we can to do so safely and as quickly as possible.


Care for Your Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic brings a high level of stress and anxiety as it rapidly changes the way we work, socialize and live. Caring for your mental health is important in these times. If you need help or know someone who does, you are not alone. The Province of Manitoba has established a hub of services available for all Manitobans, including:

  • Two-session virtual counselling by calling 1-844-218-2955
    Every Manitoba resident aged 16 or older has access to up to two free counselling sessions with a trained professional at Morneau Shepell. To book your first session, call toll free 1-844-218-2955. Counselling sessions can be by video or telephone, as preferred. Sessions are offered in multiple languages.


  • Sign up now for AbilitiCBT: free and confidential online mental health virtual therapy
    A free online virtual therapy program available to Manitobans age 16 and older experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety and depression due to the pandemic. It’s confidential and accessible from home on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. So far, over 6,000 Manitobans have signed up for the service.


  • Kids Help Phone is available to those under 16 years of age.

  • Local mental health and addiction organizations have adapted the way they are offering services to better accommodate Manitobans during the pandemic.

  • Addictions Foundation of Manitoba has developed a series of helpful webinars for dealing with substance use and addiction during the pandemic.

  • Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support provides free online resources and connects you to peer support workers, social workers, psychologists, and other trained professionals for confidential chat sessions or phone calls, in both official languages. Resources include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation, and relationship issues.

Visit the Province's Mental Health Services page for more information and resources. 

 Mental Health Resources 


Sport Manitoba’s Announcement on the Western Canada Games Future

Based on factors such as relevance, cost, ability to provide a funding program to all our PSOs, lack of future host and the impacts of the pandemic, Sport Manitoba has recommended to the Province of Manitoba that we do not continue participation in the Western Canada Games in its current structure and format. The Province officially informed the WCSG council on February 4,2021 that Manitoba will no longer take part in the games program in its current structure.


However, Sport Manitoba made some suggestions to the games council that they feel they warrant some further research and discussions on a different format, emphasising sport development vs the traditional 10- day games program that we know it today.


Sport Manitoba did not take this decision lightly and understand the benefits of a multi sport games as a development tool for all our participants on and off the field of play, however the facts could not be overlooked coupled with most recently the pandemic leading us to say we cannot continue in this program as is.