Single-Envelope Funding: A new child and family services (CFS) funding model for Manitoba


The single-envelope child and family services funding model is central to Manitoba’s commitment to reforming child welfare.

It will support better outcomes for children, youth and families by providing
Manitoba’s four CFS authorities with:

  • autonomy in the management and distribution of child maintenance
    funding to their agencies
  • flexibility in directing resources towards the best interests and needs
    of children, youth and families
  • a means to shift focus from taking children and youth into care to preventing
    the need for apprehensions and encouraging the reunification of families
  • predictable and sustainable funding based on results and outcomes

Single-envelope funding will provide each CFS authority with child maintenance funding up front in a ‘single envelope’, rather than making payments based on a child or youth in care.

The single-envelope funding model builds on engagement and feedback from many community partners in child welfare including Manitoba Keewatinowi, Okimakanak (MKO), Southern Chiefs’ Organization and Manitoba Metis Federation, child and family service authorities and agencies. 

In February 2019, the Manitoba government announced the implementation of single-envelope funding. Since then, the Child and Youth Services Division, in collaboration with Manitoba’s four authorities are working to support the transition toward the new funding model across the province.


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