Our daily blog offers selected news of interest to SmartSAVER’s stakeholders and shines a light on the creative ways that communities are promoting the Canada Learning Bond. Stay up to date, read what others are doing and share your own story.


We hope our blog will create conversation and support the exchange of ideas.

We’d love to hear from you! Tell us about your CLB promotion or share tips to engage eligible families. Do you have a question for the community? Submit your stories, ideas and questions to info@SmartSAVER.org and we’ll share it on our blog.

Guest Post by Pathways to Education: Helping youth achieve their full potential

Pathways to Education is a national, charitable organization working to make Canada a Graduation Nation. Partnering with dedicated organizations in low-income communities, Pathways supports youth to graduate from high school and achieve their full potential.

Pathways to Education Canada’s Employment Advisory Council (EAC) is a group of private, public, and not-for-profit professionals tasked with developing a website to encourage and assist employers on how to create internship opportunities for Pathways students and alumni.

On Pathways’ internship website, resources for how to develop an internship program are available for employers to access, along with student and alumni testimonials that illustrate how hosting internships for Pathways youth is a rewarding experience.

We encourage you to visit the new site and consider hosting an internship today.

By W. Aaron House, U.E., B.A., M.ED.
Director, Post-Secondary Affairs
Pathways to Education Canada

Guest post by EvidenceNetwork.ca: Encouraging people to file their income taxes can contribute to improved health

Filing a tax return every year allows individuals and families to unlock access to federal and provincial benefits including: Canada Child Benefit, Canada Child Disability Benefit, Working Income Tax Benefit, Manitoba Pharmacare Deductible, and more. 1 in 3 children live in poverty in Manitoba. Accessing benefits can help them and their families.

In 2016, over $23 million dollars was brought back to those living on a low income and eligible for the free income tax clinics in Winnipeg. Free clinics are available across the province too. Posters encouraging conversations with people about why and where to file taxes are being made available in  different healthcare and community settings.

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(Note: Both Those reasons you didn’t file your taxes last year? and Having trouble making ends meet? are available with editable boxes to enable you to tailor the information to your setting – either by entering the text before printing or by writing in the information by hand after printing.)

Encourage Filing Income Tax!

For more information visit www.getyourbenefits.ca

Do people need help in completing income tax forms? For help send them to  Manitoba 211 – see ‘$ Financial’  on http://mb.211.ca/.

Information about free income tax clinics available in Manitoba and Winnipeg sites are listed at the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) website  

WRHA Community Facilitator’s have additional information about local community tax, income, and benefit resources. To contact a Community Facilitator visit their website.

By Noralou Roos,  O.C., PhD
Director, EvidenceNetwork.ca
Co-Director, GetYourBenefits!, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy
Professor, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

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