Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a list of answers to questions we’ve received more than once. Take a look below, and if you have a question you don’t see answered here, please call or email Manitoba Government Inquiry.

 

Who is Manitoba’s Premier and what party does s/he lead?

Premier Greg Selinger is Manitoba's 21st Premier. He took office October 19, 2009 and succeeds former Premier Gary Doer. The New Democratic Party was brought to power in the general elections of September 21, 1999, June 3, 2003, May 22, 2007 and October 4, 2011.

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Is there an online list of Manitoba Members of the Legislative Assembly?

Yes, the list can be found on the Legislative Assembly website at www.gov.mb.ca/leg-asmb/members/alphabetical.html

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Is there an online list of the current Cabinet Ministers in the Manitoba government?

The list of Cabinet Ministers is on the Legislative Assembly website at www.gov.mb.ca/leg-asmb/members/cabinet.html.

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Where can I get copies of, Acts (Statutes) and Regulations for Manitoba?

The Manitoba Queen’s Printer - Statutory Publications is the central distribution centre for acts statutes, regulations and other Legislative material, the Manitoba Gazette, the CCSM (Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba) and Re-enacted Regulations. Current copies of publications are available in person, by telephone, mail, fax or Internet:

Location:
Queen’s Printer - Statutory Publications
10th floor - 155 Carlton Street,
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3H8

Hours:
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Contact:
Tel: 204-945-3101
Toll Free in Manitoba: 1-800-321-1203
Fax: 204-945-7172
Email: queensprinter@gov.mb.ca
Website: www.gov.mb.ca/queensprinter/index.html

Also, Manitoba statutues and regulations are available for the public to read free of charge online at the Manitoba Laws website or in person at the Legislative Library, Main Floor, 200 Vaughan Street in Winnipeg; at the Centennial Library in Winnipeg; at the Legislative Reading Room in the Legislative Building at 450 Broadway in Winnipeg; and in some provincial government offices and some university and college libraries across the province.

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I am researching my family tree. Where can I get information?

The Manitoba Genealogical Society is a good source. You may contact them as follows:

Location:
Manitoba Genealogical Society Inc.
Unit E 1045 St. James St,
Winnipeg, MB R3H 1B1

They ask that a stamped self-addressed envelope accompany requests for information.

Contact:
Tel: 204-783-9139
Fax: 204-783-0190
Email: contact@mbgenealogy.com 
Website: http://www.mbgenealogy.com/

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How can I get records of births, marriages or deaths?

To obtain copies of birth, death and marriage certificates for events occurring in Manitoba contact the Vital Statistics Agency.  If you need other identification replaced, please click on this link.

To order a certificate for yourself, your spouse or your child, you must complete an application form and provide all relevant information. Applications are available in person from the Vital Statistics Agency or on the website. Drop in, fax or mail your request. The fees for certificates are $30 for either wallet-sized or frame-sized certificates. Payment can be made by cheque, money order or credit card (VISA or MasterCard). Cheques and money orders should be made payable to the Minister of Finance. You can drop off the completed application, along with the fee, at the Vital Statistics Agency or send it by mail or fax.

Location:
Manitoba Vital Statistics
254 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3C 0B6

Hours:
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Contact:
Tel: 204- 945-3701
Toll Free in Manitoba: 1-866-949-9296
Fax: 204-948-3128
Email: vitalstats@gov.mb.ca
Website: http://vitalstats.gov.mb.ca/index.html

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How do I find government-related business information?

There are a number of government sources that provide business information such as possible loans or how to start a small business. The best place to begin is with the Canada/Manitoba Business Service Centre. They provide accurate, timely and relevant referrals to business-related government information.

Location:
Canada/Manitoba Business Service Centre
250 – 240 Graham Avenue
P.O. Box 2609
Winnipeg MB
R3C 4B3

Hours:
Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Contact:
Tel: 204-984-2272
Toll Free across Canada: 1-800-665-2019
Fax: 204-983-3852
Email: manitoba@cbsc.ic.gc.ca
Website: http://www.canadabusiness.mb.ca/

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Who do I contact to register a business name in Manitoba?

The Companies Office registers information about corporations and business names in Manitoba. It also maintains a registry of names under which business is conducted. To register or incorporate a trade name, application must be made to the Companies Office and the proposed name is reviewed to ensure that no other business has an identical or similar name to the one you want to use for your business. Application forms are available in person, by phone, fax or can be downloaded from the Companies Office website.

The Companies Office also offers secure online reservation of business or corporate names. If you are planning to go into business, or if you are changing the name of your company, the name of the company has to first be searched at The Companies Office, and reserved if it appears to be available.


Location:
Companies Office
1010 - 405 Broadway
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3L6

Hours:
Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Contact:
Tel: 204-945-2500
Toll Free in Manitoba: 1-888-246-8353
Fax: 204-945-1459
Email: companies@gov.mb.ca
Website: http://www.companiesoffice.gov.mb.ca

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How can I conduct business with the Government of Manitoba?

The Procurement Branch is responsible for acquisition of goods and services for the majority of departments plus it provides departments and certain agencies with centralized tendering and contracting services. For more information please contact them at:

Location:
Procurement Services Branch
2nd Floor, 270 Osborne Street North
Winnipeg, MB R3C 1V7

Hours:
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Contact:
Tel: 204-945-6361
Toll Free in Manitoba: 1-800-282-8069 ext. 6361
Fax: 204-945-1455
Email: procserv@gov.mb.ca
Website: www.manitoba.ca/mit/psb/index.html

Please note that most Manitoba government tenders for goods over $2,500 and tenders for services and construction over $100,000 are posted on the MERX website.

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How can I get in touch with the provincial tax office?

The Taxation Division has information available on retail sales tax, health and education tax, corporation capital levy as well as fuel tax, tobacco tax and mining tax. For more information and forms, please contact:

Location:
Taxation Administration Branch
101 - 401 York Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0P8

Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Contact:
Tel: 204-945-6444
Toll Free in Manitoba: 1-800-782-0318
Fax: 204-948-2087
Email: mbtax@gov.mb.ca
Website: www.gov.mb.ca/finance/taxation/

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What are Manitoba’s symbols or emblems?

Manitoba’s official symbols or emblems are:

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How can I contact someone in the provincial government?

Most government employees can be found using the online phone book or by contacting  Manitoba Government Inquiry.

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Where can I find information about the programs and services offered by the Government of Manitoba?

The primary access point to the Government of Manitoba is through Manitoba Government Inquiry. They can assist you in identifying the program, service, or person that you need to speak to in the provincial government. The fastest way to get information is by telephone, or if you wish, through fax or email. Manitoba Government Inquiry is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Contact:
Tel: 204-945-3744
Toll Free in Manitoba: 1-866-MANITOBA (1-866-626-4862)
Email: mgi@gov.mb.ca
Website: www.gov.mb.ca/contact.html

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How do I get birthday or anniversary greetings from the provincial government?

The Greetings Office coordinates birthday and anniversary greetings from various government officials including the Queen and the Prime Minister. You may contact them as follows:

Location:
Greetings Coordinator
1035-405 Broadway
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3L6

Hours:
Monday to Friday
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Contact:
Tel: 204-945-1657
Fax: 204-948-3772
Email: greetings@legassembly.mb.ca
Website: www.gov.mb.ca/legislature/greeting/index.html

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How can I get information about hunting and fishing in Manitoba?

A wide array of information on hunting and fishing is available from Manitoba Conservation.

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Where can I find information about job opportunities in Manitoba?

If you are seeking employment opportunities within the provincial government, all jobs are posted on the Civil Service Commission’s Job Opportunities site http://jobsearch.gov.mb.ca/jow/

Employment opportunities for health care professionals within Manitoba’s Regional Health Authorities can visit the Manitoba Health Careers website.

For Federal government job opportunities, please go to the Public Service Commission’s website .

Job Bank - a service provided by Service Canada: http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/intro-eng.aspx

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How do I get in touch with the Manitoba Public Insurance?

You may contact MPI at:

Location:
Manitoba Public Insurance
Administrative Office
Main Floor - 234 Donald Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 1M8

Hours:
Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Contact:
Tel: 204-985-7000 Customer Service
Toll Free: 1-800-665-2410
Fax:  204-985-3525
Website: www.mpi.mb.ca

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Where can I get detailed maps of Manitoba?

Contact Travel Manitoba to obtain tourist information and maps of Manitoba or call 1-800-665-0040.

CanadaMapSales.com: offers maps for online purchase at www.canadamapsales.com

Or get an official highway map online.

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What is the population of Manitoba?

The population of Manitoba, according to the 2011 Statistics Canada census is 1,208,268.

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What is Winnipeg´s population?

According to the 2011 census, the population of the metropolitan area of Winnipeg is 730,018.

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Where can I get travel information about Manitoba?

Travel information is available on the Travel Manitoba website at www.travelmanitoba.com or phone toll-free at 1-800-665-0040.

If you enjoy the great outdoors, check out our Provincial Parks Guide.

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Where can I go to find out about the will of an ancestor?

The Archives of Manitoba holds Manitoba probate records including wills and estate files for individuals who died in Manitoba.

For more recent probate records (after 1984 in Winnipeg and later in other courts), you can use the Court Registry System online.

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I’m thinking of immigrating to Manitoba. Where can I find information about immigration procedures and other facts I should know about the province?

The Manitoba government website has an excellent section that provides an overview of information you may need to consider when immigrating to this province, including updates on the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. The information is general in nature and provides many links and contacts to answer your questions. The immigration section can be found at www.immigratemanitoba.com.

Location:
Manitoba Immigration
5th floor, 213 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3B 1N3

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Contact:
Telephone: (Canada 001) 204-945-6300
Toll Free in Manitoba: 1-800-665-8332
Fax: (Canada 001) 204-948-2148
Email:immigratemanitoba@gov.mb.ca

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I’m a student doing a school project about Manitoba.  Where can I find some facts and information your province?

A good place to find facts about Manitoba is the Travel Manitoba website at www.travelmanitoba.com.

Other good sources of information are the About Manitoba site and the Manitoba Trade website Manitoba Quick Facts.

Some frequently asked questions are also available on how the Manitoba Government works on the Legislative Assembly website.

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Who do I contact about getting a Manitoba driver license?

Contact Manitoba Public Insurance at Driver Licencing information line at 204-985-7000 or toll-free 1-800-665-2410.

Website: http://www.mpi.mb.ca/english/dr_licensing/DriverLicensing.html

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Where can I get information on employment standards, minimum wage, statutory holidays, or vacations?

The Employment Standards site has detailed information covering topics such as overtime, minimum wage, sick days, termination, vacation leave and more. 

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How can I get information about drinking water in Manitoba?

A wide array of information on drinking water is available from the Office of Drinking Water website.

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Where can I get information about testing of private wells affected by flooding?

For information regarding testing of private wells affected by flooding, visit the Office of Drinking Water website.

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Where can I find information about how to test or disinfect my private well?

A series of well water fact sheets are available through the Manitoba Health website, and include procedures for testing and disinfecting private wells.

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