For over 35 years, Manitoba Blue Cross has been a supportive member of its community through The Colour of Caring program. We are involved in a broad range of causes and our support takes the form of sponsorships, donations, participation or corporate merchandise. We're also committed to our environment and take active measures to contribute to its sustainability. In addition to participating in the National Commuter Challenge and annual company-wide clean-up of Omand's Creek, we work tirelessly to monitor and improve the environmental footprint of our facility and operations.
As a member of the Canadian Association of Blue Cross Plans, we are a proud partner of the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada. Children's Wish arranges wish trips for children who have been diagnosed with a serious, life-threatening illness. As supporters of this charity, we provide premium-free travel coverage to Manitoba children and their families any time a travel wish is granted.
Manitoba Blue Cross is also pleased to support dozens of worthy causes across the province. A few of the causes we have sponsored this year include Special Olympics golf tournament, Winnipeg Harvest Empty Bowl Dinner, Riverview Health Centre Foundation's Cycle on Life, and Fore Women's Health Golf Tournament.
To apply for support, please click the Sponsorship Application link on the right to review our criteria and complete the application. Sponsorships rotate every two years.
At Manitoba Blue Cross, we believe that being an outstanding corporate citizen also means investing in the communities we serve. Each year, Manitoba Blue Cross and its employees donate to dozens of worthy causes across the province and participate in a number of local events to show their support.
- drive one of the most successful United Way campaigns in the city – Manitoba Blue Cross celebrates an average 90 per cent participation rate among staff, contributing nearly $100,000 each year following a corporate match
- raise money for various local charitable organizations each year through our employee-led Casual for a Cause Committee – This committee, which has been an active presence at Manitoba Blue Cross for over 20 years, holds a number of fundraisers throughout each year and also raises funds through bi-weekly $1 donations that employees make to dress casual on Fridays
- regularly donate blood to the Canadian Blood Services – As a registered member of the Partners for Life program, Manitoba Blue Cross schedules six blood donor shuttles to the blood donor clinic each year
- consistently collect clothing and personal care items to donate to local resource centres as well as food and toys to donate to the Christmas Cheer Board
- frequently participate in community causes, including: the MS Bike Tour, the MS Walk, the Riverview Health Centre Foundation's Cycle on Life, the Cancer Care Dragon Boat Event, and the JDRF Ride for Diabetes
At Manitoba Blue Cross, we're committed to reducing our environmental impact. In addition to participating in the National Commuter Challenge and annual Omand's Creek Clean-up, we work tirelessly to monitor and improve the environmental footprint of our facility and operations.
We have an Energy Efficient Power Smart Building with highly efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment, including a heat recovery wheel. Our lighting system is comprised completely of energy efficient fixtures and bulbs and is managed by a control system that sweeps the lights off throughout the facility in the evening once the cleaners are finished. All exterior lighting is operated by a light sensor. We also have an automated parking lot control system that cycles outlet power, based on outdoor temperatures. Our stand-by generator is a newer generation model which meets emission regulations for both Canada and US. Additionally, our facility has a secure bike cage on site to encourage staff to commute to work by bicycle and signage to discourage idling.
Recycling - We have a full recycling program in place that includes:
- Shredding/recycling of confidential paperwork
- Cardboard recycling
- Co-mingled recycling (plastics, aluminum, milk cartons, non-confidential paper, etc)
- Proper disposal of all hazardous waste (including batteries & light bulbs) at an appropriate disposal depot
- Computers and electronic equipment recycling
Recycle bins are conveniently located at every coffee station, lunchroom and most meeting rooms. Employees are directed to use the paper shredding bins available at all copy stations.
Reusing - All employees are provided with their own Manitoba Blue Cross mug on their first day of employment so there are no styrofoam cups at our coffee stations. Dinnerware, cutlery, serving utensils, and cookware are provided for staff use to discourage use of disposables. As well, the company provides filtered water coolers at every coffee station, eliminating the need for bottled water.
Reducing - Manitoba Blue Cross has implemented a company-wide initiative to reduce the amount of paper we use, distribute and accept. Our Information Service Centre runs on an entirely paperless system and we have moved to direct deposit for both claims and payroll. Additionally, we have enabled electronic claims submission for many benefits, eliminating the need for claim forms and paper statements. Our members and service providers have embraced this service as we continue to see growth year after year.
Manitoba Blue Cross is the primary contributor both in funding and administrative support for the Manitoba Medical Services Foundation (MMSF).
This foundation was established in 1971 with a vision to serve Manitobans through health education and research. Its mission is to promote and fund scientific research to improve the health and well-being of Manitobans. Since inception, the MMSF has awarded over $19 million to health research and education, investing in cutting-edge, Manitoba-based research. Research ranges from medical and scientific research to the work of allied health professionals such as social workers and nurses.
Manitoba Medical Services (MMS) was founded in 1943 as a not-for-profit corporation to provide equitable access to health services for patients of all income levels. It later established the United Health Insurance Corporation, which in time became the Manitoba Blue Cross we know today. By providing local health professionals and researchers with much needed funding, MMSF honours the Blue Cross commitment to improve the health and wellness of Manitobans.
Manitoba Blue Cross believes that our province's future begins with the youth of today.
Recognizing that one of the biggest challenges facing students is the cost of furthering their education, Manitoba Blue Cross offers scholarships and bursaries to students who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education within Manitoba.
Since 1985, Manitoba Blue Cross has awarded hundreds of students with scholarships and bursaries.
Current scholarships include:
Manitoba Blue Cross Bursary for Students with Special Needs
A bursary of $750.00 will be awarded to each of seven handicapped students with special needs who must incur additional expenses to attend the University of Manitoba or its affiliated colleges, the University of Winnipeg, Brandon University, Canadian Mennonite University, Red River College, University College of the North, Assiniboine Community College or Winnipeg Technical College.
One bursary provided through each facility.
Manitoba Blue Cross Entrance Award
A bursary of $750.00 will be awarded to each of seven Grade XII students, on the basis of high academic standing and financial need to attend the University of Manitoba or its affiliated colleges, the University of Winnipeg, Brandon University, Canadian Mennonite University, Red River College, University College of the North, Assiniboine Community College or Winnipeg Technical College.
One bursary provided through each facility.
Manitoba Blue Cross Travellers Bursary
A bursary of $750.00 will be awarded to each of seven Grade XII students, on the basis of high academic standing and financial need, who must travel more than 100 kilometers (one way) to attend the University of Manitoba or its affiliated colleges, the University of Winnipeg, Brandon University, Canadian Mennonite University, Red River College, University College of the North, Assiniboine Community College or Winnipeg Technical College.
One bursary provided through each facility.
Manitoba Blue Cross Medical Rehabilitation Scholarship
- One Scholarship of $750.00 will be awarded to a student achieving a high overall academic standing in the first year and proceeding to the next year of Masters Occupational Therapy at the University of Manitoba.
- One Scholarship of $750.00 will be awarded to a student achieving a high overall academic standing in either the first or second year and proceeding to the next year of Physical Therapy at the University of Manitoba.
- One Scholarship of $750.00 will be awarded to a student achieving a high overall academic standing in the second year and proceeding to the next year of Respiratory Therapy at the University of Manitoba.
Manitoba Blue Cross Dental Scholarship
- One scholarship of $750 will be awarded to a student achieving a high overall academic standing in the first year and proceeding to the second year of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba.
- One scholarship of $750 will be awarded to a student achieving a high overall academic standing in the second year and proceeding to the third year of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba.
All entrance awards, bursaries and scholarships will be held in trust and are credited to the tuition accounts of the recipients of the awards. They are tenable only for the regular school session (September to June) and students must be registered as full-time students.
These bursaries, awards and scholarships are only awarded to students who are not receiving, nor will receive, any other award, bursary or scholarship of more than $750.00 from the specified university or community college for the same term.
Winnipeg Harvest Grow-A-Row Challenge
Manitoba Blue Cross is flexing its green thumb in the challenge to grow at least 10 lbs (4.5 kgs) worth of fresh garden veggies for Winnipeg Harvest. This year's crop of carrots and beets will be redistributed to help feed some of the 60,000 people that need emergency food each month in Winnipeg.
Manitoba Blue Cross staff laced up their shoes and walked, took the bus, car pooled or rode their bikes for the 2016 Commuter Challenge. All told, over 171 litres of fuel was saved and 355 kilograms of carbon dioxide was avoided through Manitoba Blue Cross employees' efforts during the weeklong event.
The Blue Walkers were out in force this year with 37 participants representing Manitoba Blue Cross. A grand total of $3,480 was raised to help fund research, programs and services for Canadians with Multiple Sclerosis.
Funds to Support Fort McMurray Wildfire Evacuees
Over $10,000 was raised to support the residents of Fort McMurray through the Canadian Red Cross. Employee's donations were matched corporately by Manitoba Blue Cross and by the Canadian Government.