Bed bugs in Manitoba: residents to get grants to help with treatment costs

by nobugsonme on April 26, 2011 · 6 comments

in bed bug treatment, bed bugs, government, money

Finally, some help!

The Winnipeg Free Press reports that Manitoba will begin distributing grants to cover part of the cost of bed bug treatment for residents of the province.

Provincial bedbug coalition co-chairman Dave Funk said Manitoba will launch a grant program at the end of May that will help homeowners, apartment dwellers, landlords and non-profit groups recoup part of the cost of killing bedbugs.

Funk said the total subsidy amount for fumigating will be announced shortly, along with another program that will enable people to purchase a low-cost arsenal of tools to prevent bedbugs, including traps, mattress covers and special laundry bags.

Funk said it will be the latest part of an overall strategy to educate people so bedbugs don’t create a major panic.

Manitoba already has a bed bug website, and a 24-hour bed bug hotline will launch soon to provide information to callers.

However, the grants fill a need that goes unmet almost everywhere: help with the costs of bed bug preparation and treatment.

Homeowners, landlords, tenants, non-profit groups all suffer when hit with bed bugs, and all may need financial assistance getting rid of them.

The Winnipeg Free Press cites one Winnipeg resident who has already spent hundreds of dollars after discovering bed bugs in his home last week:

“The expense alone is enough for people not to be able to do anything,” he said.

This fact allows bed bugs to multiply and spread, ruining entire buildings and neighborhoods.

Unless people who need help with the costs of tools or services to eliminate bed bugs have financial assistance, many will simply not be able to get rid of bed bugs.

And the two horrific outcomes of this common scenario are that those people continue to suffer, and that bed bugs affect more and more people.

Global Winnipeg noted last month that the budget this year for these grants would be $770,000.

Bed bugs have been a problem in Manitoba for years, with prominent bed bug victims in Winnipeg alone including Winnipeg Centre MP Pat Martin, who had bed bugs in his constituency office (according to the Brandon Sun), the Health Sciences Centre, the city’s largest hospital, which found bed bugs in several locations (according to the CBC), and several libraries including the Millennium Library (back in 2009, as reported by the Winnipeg Free Press).

If you have bed bugs in Manitoba:

In Manitoba, landlords pay for bed bug treatment for tenants, according to the province’s bed bug website.  That site also notes that tenants concerned about bed bugs can call a Public Health Inspector; besides ensuring bed bug problems get treated and eliminated, the home inspectors can also help clients with special needs get assistance to clean, declutter, and prep their units for bed bug treatment.


Update (5/30):

The hotline is now live, but no word yet on the grants.  See follow-up post here.

1 Diana Buschau May 30, 2011 at 11:34 am

I work in a condominium complex and our office would like to know how to apply for the grant, who do we contact to find out information about the grants?


2 nobugsonme May 30, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Hi Diana,

I could find no information online about the Manitoba Bed Bug Coalition or the grants. The articles on the grant program mention Manitoba Housing’s Dave Funk as the coalition’s co-chairman. He might be a good person to ask.

Please let us know if you learn more. Good luck!

[Edited to add:]

And three hours after I posted this, there’s an article out about the new Manitoba bed bug website and bed bug hotline. The CBC reports that

People are encouraged to call the toll-free bedbug hotline at 1-855-3MB-BUGS (1-855-362-2847) with questions about prevention of bedbugs, how to identify an infestation and what steps to take when an infestation occurs.

The hotline is staffed from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Outside of these hours, callers can leave a message and the call will be returned the next business day, [Jim Rondeau, the healthy living minister stated in a press release on Monday].

I would hope they would either be able to tell you how to apply for such a grant, or when the grant applications would be available. I suspect the applications may not be out yet, since we have not seen any further announcements about them.

3 nobugsonme May 30, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Added to post above today:

Update (5/30):

The hotline is now live, but no word yet on the grants. See follow-up post here.

4 JJ May 30, 2011 at 11:02 pm

They should spend money researching chemicals/cures, not treatment.

5 N July 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm

FYI…..Grants Program information is now live as of July 5, 2011!


Winnipeg Free Press
Province to help kids’ camps fight bedbugs
By: Staff Writer
Posted: 07/5/2011 12:41 PM

Manitoba’s bedbug battle is going to kids’ camps.

Healthy Living Minister Jim Rondeau said in a statement today that items needed to prevent bedbug infestations, such as bedbug-proof mattresses and box spring covers, insect monitors and insect interceptor traps are being made available to the Manitoba Camping Association through the province’s Bed Bug Prevention Materials Program.

Bryan Ezako, executive director of the Manitoba Camping Association, said the program will reduce the worry of kids going to summer camp. More than 20,000 children attended an MCA-accredited camp each summer.
The Professional Property Managers Association is also being provided the materials.

Rondeau said under the province’s $200,000 Bed Bug Grant Program, other non-profit community organizations are eligible to get financial help to fight bedbugs. The can recover from 50 to 100 per cent of costs related to bedbug treatment or prevention, to a maximum of $2,000.

Rondeau also said grants could go towards payment for an approved pest-management plan or for preventive equipment such as an industrial dryer which could be used to heat-treat donated second-hand clothing that could be given to needy families and charitable organizations.

Call toll-free 1-855-362-2847 for a grant application.

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