Manitoba Youth Hubs Initiative

Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals Process is Now Open

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in establishing a Youth Hub in your community and joining an emerging network of Youth Hubs in Manitoba

Manitoba’s Youth Hubs Initiative is issuing a Call for Proposals from organizations and communities across Manitoba interested in establishing a Youth Hub. The goal of this process is to identify up to three new Youth Hub sites in Manitoba by February 2021.

All proposals must be submitted by Friday, December 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm (CT).

Call for Proposals Package of Materials

The Call for Proposals Package of Materials includes:


Here are the answers to questions you may have about the Call for Proposals.

Manitoba’s Youth Hubs Initiative
  • Youth Hubs is an initiative of the Government of Manitoba, together with Shared Health and a dedicated group of philanthropic partners, all committed to improving services for young people by supporting the expansion of the Youth Hubs model in Manitoba.
  • This collaborative effort has been developed and informed by:
    • the 2018 Province of Manitoba strategy on Improving Access and Coordination of Mental Health and Addictions Services (the VIRGO Report),
    • our partners in government, community and philanthropy, and,
    • through significant consultation and sharing of lessons learned from other jurisdictions across Canada.
  • The Government of Manitoba is investing $1.55 M in the expansion of the youth hub model in Manitoba with $2.65 M in additional funding coming from the philanthropic partners (Bell-Graham Boeckh Foundation Partnership, RBC Foundation, United Way Winnipeg, The Winnipeg Foundation, and the Moffat Family Fund.)
  • Community organizations can apply for funding required for Youth Hub start-up, operations, coordination and service delivery over three fiscal years:
  • Year #1 – up to March 31, 2021
    • Projected costs in year #1 should be calculated based on early start-up costs for the remainder of this fiscal year (1-2 months)
    • Funds for this period will be up to a maximum of $35,000 per site
  • Year 2 & Year 3 – 2021/2022 – 2022/2023
    • Budget projections should recognize a ramp up of Hub activities in Year 2 with full operations sometime in Year 2 and through Year 3.
    • Available operating funds will be up to a maximum of $400,000 per site per year
  • An additional $200,000 per site will be available for one-time physical space start-up or renovation costs such as furniture, renovations and equipment.
  • The Government of Manitoba and the funding collaborative are committed to working with communities to improve services for young people.
  • A strong evaluation framework and common indicators across the Youth Hubs Network are essential to demonstrate the impact of the model over time.
The Youth Hubs Concept
  • Youth Hubs provide low barrier, integrated services for young people and their families in a “one-stop-shop” model.
  • The intent of Youth Hubs is to bring together mental health, addictions services, primary care, peer support, and other social services into a single, easy to access location or access point.
  • Youth Hubs require a network of organizations and service providers to work closely together to provide integrated services, across the continuum of care, in a youth-friendly manner and environment.
  • Where and when feasible, this may involve the co-location of youth-focused services.
  • Integrated Youth Services or IYS refers to a wide variety of services, including mental health and addictions services, that are brought together to treat and support a young person holistically, whatever their needs may be.
  • These services are not necessarily physically co-located (although that may be the case) but work collaboratively together with shared pathways for information sharing and coordinated support and care. There is a growing interest in the IYS model both in Canada and internationally.
  • Manitoba currently has one integrated youth services Hub. Manitoba’s first Youth Hub site was established at NorWest Co-Op in Winnipeg in 2017.
  • Based on the vision and funding model for the Youth Hubs in Manitoba, the Lead Agency will be expected to play a role in both implementation and coordination of the partnerships and integrated service delivery model, as well as direct service delivery.
The Call for Proposals Process
  • Non-profit and health and social system organizations / agencies serving youth, including First Nations, Metis, Inuit and Urban Indigenous service providers are all eligible to submit a proposal.
  • Proposals must be submitted to the Youth Hubs Initiative by 5:00 CT pm on Friday December 18, 2020
  • Proposals should be submitted electronically to with the subject line – Call for Proposals – Manitoba Youth Hubs
  • All proposals will be considered by a Review Committee comprised of:
    • Youth, Families, Government & Community Leaders, and Mental Health and Addictions Professionals
    • The Committee will make recommendations to the Initiative’s Strategic Steering Committee
  • Proposals will be evaluated based on:
    • Alignment with the Youth Hubs model criteria listed in the Call for Proposals
    • System, geographic and population specific considerations including:
  • site readiness for implementation, including capacity to achieve Youth Hub operations and initial evaluation within the project timeframe
  • site capacity and the available resources (to provide financial, human resources, and instrumental support to the initiative, deliver services within budget, and meet financial reporting requirements)
  • the needs of Manitoba youth and communities, including consideration of population health and service utilization data
  • health equity, particularly addressing, reducing and/or eliminating health inequities previously experienced by diverse youth sub-groups and transition-age youth
  • geographic diversity and diversity of community type (i.e. urban, suburban, rural, remote)
  • The Review Committee will be comprised of a range of integrated youth services stakeholders, including youth, families, government & community leaders, and mental Health and addictions professionals
  • Letters of Support should come to the Review Committee through the Lead Agency as part of the proposal submission.
  • The letters can be addressed to the Lead Agency for the proposal, or to the Manitoba Youth Hubs Initiative Call for Proposals Review Committee.
  • We do not have a list of organizations already interested in partnering with others for this first Youth Hubs Initiative Call for Proposals.
  • We do anticipate acquiring that kind of information and support material for future “Calls’ as we move forward with the Initiative and establish a provincial Youth Hubs Network and Community of Practice.
  • Although the start-up costs will vary per site based on needs, there is a maximum of $200,000 per selected site for these costs.
  • Applicants are encouraged to focus on a specific area, describe their population and demonstrate an understanding of the unique needs of their community.
  • The proposal template suggests using Census data as a potential source for community data. However, the catchment area your Youth Hub proposes to serve does not need to follow federal, provincial or municipal ridings.
  • While co-location is desirable it is recognized that it is not always possible.
  • A key component in the review process will be to understand what the proposal plans in terms of offering coordinated, integrated, easily accessible services, (for example, this could include partner presence on site a certain number of days per week/month or a rotation to multiple sites).
The Backbone Organization
  • The Backbone Organization will report to the Youth Hubs Initiative’s Strategic Steering Committee
  • The Backbone Organization will help to guide the implementation of vision and strategy and support a network approach towards scaling youth hub sites in Manitoba.
  • The Backbone Organization will be comprised of a small staff team, including an Executive Director and a Clinical Director, and will be responsible for supporting:
  • Hub Development
  • Clinical Care and Innovation
  • Community Engagement, Communications, and Branding
  • Fundraising Activities, and
  • Research, Evaluation, and Reporting
  • United Way Winnipeg (UWW) is well-positioned to take on this role given their expertise in bringing partners together to work on transformational initiatives.
  • In recent years, UWW has gained significant experience as the administrative host for collaborative efforts like the For Every Family Initiative and the Winnipeg Boldness Project.
  • The role of the Youth Hubs Initiative’s Administrative Host will be to steward and support an evolving network of integrated Youth Hubs across the Province.

Youth Hubs Webinar Series

A series of webinars are planned to provide information and support to communities, organizations and partnerships interested in establishing a Youth Hub.

Here is the webinar schedule:

November 17, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm (CT)
Introduction to Integrated Youth Services (IYS) in Manitoba. Click here to watch the recorded webinar

November 24, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm (CT)
Lessons Learned from NorWest Youth Hub in Manitoba Click here to watch the recorded webinar

December 1, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm (CT)
Lessons Learned from Youth Wellness Hub Ontario (YWHO) Click here to watch the recorded webinar

December 8, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm (CT)
Lessons Learned from Foundry BC Click here to watch the recorded webinar

Register for Webinars


Manitoba Youth Hubs Integrated Youth Services is an initiative of the Government of Manitoba in partnership with:

  • Bell – Graham Boeckh Foundation Partnership
  • United Way Winnipeg
  • RBC Foundation
  • The Winnipeg Foundation
  • The Moffat Family Fund (held at The Winnipeg Foundation)
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