Services & Programs
Apply for a Record Suspension (click here for english) (en francais)
Links to the Parole Board of Canada for Record Suspension applications (English and French) are listed. If you have any questions, you can contact the Parole Board of Canada Information Line at 1-800-874-2652 (toll free) or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Women’s Books For Prisoners Project
Books are donated from the community and university students and then vetted for the following exclusion criterion: no hard cover books, true crime stories, and no positive stories of gang and criminal involvement. These books are then distributed to Women's Correctional Centre, The Pas Correctional Centre, and Brandon Correctional Centre.
Reading Stories Project
The purpose of the Reading Stories Project is to give women the opportunity to connect with their children through reading stories using their voice. These readings are recorded and a copy of the recording and the story book are sent to the child.
Clothing Room – Elizabeth Essentials
Often, women who are incarcerated at The Winnipeg Remand Centre or Women's Correctional Centre have only the clothing they were wearing at the time of arrest. If there has been a change of season, the clothing the women have can be inappropriate for that time of year (re: summer clothing in winter). Because of this, release packages are put together for women who have recently been released from the Women's Correctional Centre, provincial, and/or federal institutions.
EFSM assists women with very practical needs when they are released from Women's Correctional Centre, provincial, and/or federal institutions. Clothing, hygiene products (if available), and a few household items are provided on an ad-hoc basis. The items, obtained through donations, are given to the women without any fees attached.
We also provide "court clothes" to community and incarcerated who are before the criminal and/or child welfare court and inmate clothing packages to federally sentenced women (penitentiary package). We provide clothing and shoes for all seasons, as well as winter wear.
Transitional Housing Units
EFSM Housing Units are a transitional housing initiative offering a supportive living arrangement to four to six women by bridging the gap between homelessness and independent living. EFSM offers women a chance for successful reintegration, an opportunity to work on education, employment literacy, health and other identified objectives, as well as access to services. The above are done in an environment that nurtures the women’s individuality and potential for success.
The STOPlifting Support Program is for women who have committed shoplifting, fraud and other breach of trust offenses in Winnipeg. The project works to reduce the risk of recidivism and to promote a healthier lifestyle though individual and group support programming and community accountability. The program also works to ensure women and girls learn and practice new methods of dealing with our shoplifting, fraud and breach of trust offences in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
Women For Change*
The Women for Change Program was created in response to the Manitoba Government’s Zero Tolerance policy as a means of dealing with rise in numbers of women charged and convicted of domestic violence. The program deals with women as abusers. Women are given the tools and knowledge to cope with their anger in a positive non-violent manner. It is a 10 week social-educational group program that runs three times a year. The program looks at the cycle of violence, safety plans, anger management techniques, human emotions, socialization of men and women and the impact of violence on children. The program is offered at the EFSM office as well as the Winnipeg Remand Centre.
*Women for Change (Anger Management) Group Program Changes
EFSM is changing how it offers its group programming due to new financial realities.
To be officially registered for the Women for Change group program, please contact 204-589-7335 ext. 224 to leave a message with your name, address, telephone, and your lawyer and/or probation officer’s name. An intake appointment will then be scheduled for you. Failure to do so will result in your name being re-moved from the waitlist and you have to re-apply for the next session.
In May, the EFSM holds a Mothers Day party for the women in The Winnipeg Remand Centre and the Portage Correctional Centre. There is entertainment, refreshments and a gift for each woman.
We are currently seeking donations for our Annual Mother’s Day events. Please see our News & Events page for more information and how to donate.
In December of each year, donations provide a Christmas package for women who are incarcerated in The Winnipeg Remand Centre or the Women's Correctional Centre. A Christmas party is held, with refreshments, entertainment, and a gift for each woman.
Bail Verification and Supervision Program
The Bail Verification and Supervision Program provides community supervision and support to women who are charged with offences. The Bail Program serves the principles upon which our democratic system of justice is based: the presumption of innocence and the fair and equitable treatment of all people regardless of social or economic background.
The Bail Verification and Supervision Program includes both the verification of information about accused persons and the supervision of accused person while they are in the community awaiting trial.
The Bail Program services are available to women and transgender women who are 18 years of age and older, accused of a criminal offence(s) who are:
awaitng initial bail proceedings
appealing a bail decision
The bail verfication process involves the completion of an interveiw to gather information that will be shared with the courts to assist in making a determination regarding release from custody. Following the interview, the bail worker takes the appropriate steps to verify the information provided by the accused.
Upon completion of the verification process the Bail Worker provides a Bail Report to the Courts, Crown Attoreny and Defence Counsel.
Supervision begins when an accused woman is released from custody on a judicial interim release order (Bail Order/Recognizance) with a condition of bail directing them to participate in the Elizabeth Fry Society Bail Program.
It is the responsibility of each client to:
Report to the Elizabeth Fry Society for intake
Establish and maintain a regular reporting schedule with a Bail worker
Attend all scheduled court dates
Abide by all of their conditions of bail
Work with their Bail Worker to implement a case plan that addresses issues that may have contributed to them coming before the courts
It is the responsibility of the Bail Worker to:
Supervise and meet regularly with each client
Remind each client of court dates and review bail conditions at each appointment
Review possible consequences of non-compliance with their Judicial Interim Release Order (Bail Order)
Assist each client to develop and implement a case plan
Provide ongoing client support and assistance through case management
Initiate referrals to community programs and services
Bail Verification Brochure [PDF]
Volunteer Court Support Program
If you are a woman appearing at 408 York Street, Law Courts Building (Winnipeg), a trained volunteer Court Worker can assist you through the court experience.
For more information about this program or to request a volunteer to accompany you to court, please contact our Community Outreach Worker.
Support for you in the Court experience
Information and Referrals to Community Resources
Clarification of the Court Process
Referrals to lawyers
Assistance with applying for Legal Aid
The purpose of the Literacy Program is to provide women in the Winnipeg Remand Centre with regularly scheduled fun activities with a Stage One literacy focus (e.g. literacy bingo with literacy-related items for prizes, such as popular magazines, soft cover books, or chocolates, etc). This program is a classroom-facilitation based program with up to 20 women participating in each session. Women sign up to participate in the program in advance during the week. However, due to the changing nature of the Winnipeg Remand Centre population from week to week, new women continually sign up to take part in Literacy, making each session different from the last.
The purpose of the Tutoring Program is to provide one-on-one support to women in the Winnipeg Remand Centre and Women's Correctional Centre to develop their skills in a variety of educational areas. This includes subjects such as reading and writing, mathematics, language arts, science, and history. Volunteers are able to interact with women individually to help determine their tutoring needs.