Partners in road safety
Safety Services Manitoba
Through education, training and the distribution of safety information, Safety Services Manitoba fosters the public’s dedication to safety.
We provide this non-profit organization with an annual grant to deliver driver improvement courses and training for motorcycle, snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle drivers.
The courses offered in partnership with Manitoba Public Insurance are primarily focused on defensive and responsible driving. They are available for novice drivers (under 25 years old) and mature drivers.
For more information on these programs, contact Safety Services Manitoba 204-949-1085 or visit their website.
Transportation Options Network for Seniors
The goal of Transportation Options Network (TONS) is to in the sform and educate Manitobans on transportation options that enhance quality of life and promote age friendly communities. Manitoba Public Insurance works in conjunction with TONS to provide a course focused on safe driving practices for mature drivers.
Citizens on Patrol Program
The Citizens on Patrol Program (COPP) is a crime prevention initiative involving volunteers in communities across the province. COPP volunteers support local law enforcement by promoting deterrence, prevention, education and awareness. In a typical year, they contribute thousands of volunteer hours to help keep their communities safe.
Manitoba Public Insurance provides funding and coordination of the program in co-operation with the Winnipeg Police Service, the RCMP and other municipal police services. To become involved, call COPP at 204-985-8849 (or 1-866-326-7792 toll-free outside Winnipeg), or visit their website.
Manitoba Public Insurance is proud to be a major sponsor of the School Safety Patrol program, which has been protecting young children as they walk to and from their elementary schools for over 75 years.
The Corporation and CAA Manitoba, working with the Manitoba School Boards Association, provide annual funding for training, safety vests and flags for more than 10,000 young road safety ambassadors.
We co publish the annual School Safety Patrol Handbook, which is used by police and patrols as a training and resource guide. The training is carried out by the City of Winnipeg Police Service, the Brandon Police Service and the RCMP.
Additionally, the Corporation supports the City Wide School Patrol Awards every year. We recognize the top school patrol captain and sponsor school trophies for the third place patrol teams in Winnipeg. Manitoba Public Insurance also sponsors professional development training of school patrol supervisors and hosts school patrol game nights with the Winnipeg Goldeyes and the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Child Car Seat Program
The only way to protect children from the dangers of collisions or sudden stops is to ensure they are properly restrained in appropriate child safety seats that are correctly installed. That’s why Manitoba Public Insurance has introduced the Manitoba Child Car Seat Program. The program offers free child car seat inspections throughout the province by technicians who are nationally certified through St. John Ambulance.
Manitoba Public Insurance provides no-cost training, support and information to technicians and instructors. Technicians range from emergency services personnel to community members.
Drop-in inspections are offered at numerous fire stations across the province.
Community events and demonstrations
We regularly take our road safety message out to the community as a sponsor of annual events that are aligned with our priorities, including contributions to the community and achievement of business objectives.
Our participation is an opportunity to teach all ages about dangers on the road.
Some of these events include:
- Bike To Work Day – Promotes cycling as an everyday transportation mode.
- Commuter Challenge – Friendly competition that encourages individuals and workplaces to explore greener transportation options for personal, environmental and community health.
- Manyfest: Ciclovia – A free, eco-friendly, healthy-lifestyles festival and active transportation initiative held annually in downtown Winnipeg.
- Teddy Bears’ Picnic – Annual event bringing together kids, teddy bears and parents for a day of fun and health education in support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.
- The WRENCH – Non-profit organization that builds bicycles for inner city kids and fosters a healthy cycling culture within the city of Winnipeg.
- Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade – Annual community tradition that enables the Corporation to promote Operation Red Nose.
Sports teams and events
Through major sports partnerships, we deliver road safety messages on the consequences of non-seatbelt use, speeding, impaired driving and distracted driving at sports events throughout the province. This includes Winnipeg Jets, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Winnipeg Goldeyes games, as well as important events such as the Manitoba Special Olympics, Sport Manitoba Games, Active Living Coalition Association 55+ Games and national championships hosted in Manitoba.
To help Manitobans who have been injured in a motor vehicle collision, we provide support to several medical rehabilitative service providers. These include:
- The Kleysen Institute of Advanced Medicine’s Centre for Surgical Innovation, which is part of the Health Sciences Centre Foundation. This new clinical research facility assists with early intervention treatments for brain-injured patients and shares the Corporation’s commitment to ensuring Manitobans injured by motor vehicle collisions receive state-of-the-art medical attention.
- The Riverview Health Centre, a post acute injury rehabilitation treatment centre which includes an Acquired Brain Injury Unit. Motor vehicle accident injuries are the number one cause of brain injury in patients, and comprise over 50 per cent of admissions in the 20 bed brain injury unit.
- The Canadian Paraplegic Association, which hosts the annual Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion event.
Studies show that drivers respond not just to enforcement but to the threat of getting caught. With this in mind, Manitoba Public Insurance fundsRoadWatch roadside checks throughout the year. This increased law enforcement helps raise public awareness of impaired driving as a serious road safety issue. Each year thousands of vehicles are pulled over during these random checks.
Campaign 911 educates the public on how to spot an impaired driver and encourages them to call 911. Manitoba Public Insurance supports the program in communities throughout the province through the development and funding of public education.
Operation Red Nose
Manitoba Public Insurance is a founding provincial sponsor of the Operation Red Nose “safe ride home” program that runs over the December holiday season. The annual designated driver program is administered by Safety Services Manitoba and works with community groups in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Flin Flon, The Pas, Selkirk, Portage, Shilo, Steinbach/La Broquerie, and Gimli to ensure that Manitobans can get home safely in their own vehicles after festive celebrations.
For further information, contact Safety Services Manitoba at 204-949-1085 or visit the Operation Red Nose website.
The Free Ride Program
In partnership with the city of Winnipeg and the city of Brandon, Manitoba Public Insurance helps provide free Transit service on New Year’s Eve to help everyone get home safely.
Halloween safety program
The Corporation teams up with schools across the province each year to help ensure a safe and happy Halloween for Manitoba students. Manitoba Public Insurance distributes more than 100,000 safety Halloween bags to schools province-wide. These bags have special, light-reflecting strips, making them clearly visible in the dark.
The Corporation sponsors training sessions through the Manitoba School Board Association to show students, parents, teachers and administrators how to conduct Safe Grad celebrations – which aim to eliminate accidents, death and misfortune by promoting safe alcohol practices among young people.
Over the past 25 years, thousands of high school students have attended Safe Grads.
We also assist with the production and distribution of Safe Grad materials circulated to high schools participating in the program.
Manitoba Brain Injury Association
The Manitoba Brain Injury Association was established in 1987 to provide education and support programs dedicated to reducing brain injuries. More than 70 per cent of the members of the Manitoba Brain Injury Association have been injured in motor vehicle crashes. To prevent future collisions - particularly those involving high-risk young drivers - the Corporation works with the association to deliver a program called PARTY (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth).
The hard-hitting program annually takes 1,000 high school students inside hospital emergency rooms to show them the consequences of risky driving behaviour. Students participate in a day-long experience at a medical facility where they follow the painful journey of a trauma patient, from pre-hospital care to rehabilitation.
For more information, contact the Manitoba Brain Injury Association at (204) 975-3280 or visit their website.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
The Corporation is the provincial sponsor of MADD's multi-media presentations to junior and senior high schools across the province. Through music, film clips and testimonials, the presentation exposes and challenges false perceptions about drugs, alcohol and driving. More than 20,000 young people see these presentations each year.
Teens Against Drinking and Driving (TADD)
In partnership with the Manitoba School Board Association, the Corporation sponsors TADD programming in provincial high schools.
We also fund road safety presentations delivered by TADD members in their local communities and annual training sessions that help students establish and operate TADD chapters.
Friends For Life Speaker Series
As part of our support for the Teens Against Drinking and Driving program, Manitoba Public Insurance sponsors the Friends for Life Speaker Series. These one-hour presentations from a speaker whose life has been forever changed because of high-risk driving practices are held in schools throughout the province.